My writing journal for Saturday, September 6, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.
Up early, and back to my usual routine of writing fiction and nonfiction before I do anything else.
I managed 1,800 words of fiction, and 2,000 words of nonfiction. The fiction flowed well, but it took a little time to get back into the feelings of the characters.
Fiction: stay with it
That’s the big danger with fiction: if you take too much time away from it, it’s very hard to get back into it. You need to be able to feel what the characters feel. If you can’t, your fiction is dead, because it’s an emotional experience for readers. If you can’t feel it, your readers won’t either. :-)
I know this, of course, but I still make excuses for myself, and give myself days off from fiction. I’ve decided that if I know that I’ll be “too busy” to write fiction on a particular day, I’ll get up earlier to make sure that it’s done.
When you take time off from fiction, not only is it hard to get back into it, you end up second-guessing yourself.
A tip: here’s what works for my students when they take too many days off from a piece of fiction. I ask them to go back a couple of scenes, and copy them. No copy and paste however. I ask them to type the scenes again, because that gets them feeling the characters’ feelings again.
Yes, typing is a hassle, but if you can’t FEEL your characters, you’ll start procrastinating. Then you’ll give up on your story.
Another tip: always go with FEELINGS when you’re not sure what to write next.
(More on scenes, and emotion, on my Just Write a Book blog.)
I fed Honey, then had my own breakfast, while checking over the schedule for next week. I remind myself that I MUST walk today. No excuses.
Next, email. Feedback for students, and quotes for clients. Julia can deal with most of it.
It’s Saturday, so I need to run some errands. Since I’ll be out most of the day, I need to get to the “must do” tasks right now. I’ve got a couple of coaching calls later on tonight, so I set myself an alarm to remember to prepare for them.
Draft blog posts, and writing workshops
Firstly, I need to complete several blog posts for clients, and schedule them for publication. Next, I need to do more research on the rush product-launch website content.
OK. Time for my walk.
And back… Lovely morning. It takes a couple of hours to finish up blog posts, and write a page for our new “Leap Into” writing workshops.
Enrollments are open for the first workshop, a three-week copywriting workshop.
I need to work on the NaNoWriMo workshop we have coming up; watch for that one if you’re writing a novel in November.
With that done, it’s time for Saturday’s commitments.
Phone coaching sessions
I’m back. The daily review is done, and so is the word count.
Now it’s time to prepare for a couple of phone coaching sessions. I always enjoy these. After this week’s tech aggravations, I’m glad that the connection’s fine, so we can Skype away.