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Did my original fic morning pages this week, also finished the latest episode of TD, which brings the remaining episodes down to two. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. I will do my boy Connor right, and once that's done, I will have the time to really bring my new fiction project into focus. Up until now, I've mostly been dabbling with outlines. And I do mean that literally, because what I've been writing in my morning pages doesn't count as fictional prose. Ocassionally, I'll slip into something that is half-prose, half-outline, but right now, it is musings on what could occur in the story. And since I seem to be in a sustainable place with that exercise, I'm sticking with it for the time being. I really do come up with some interesting ideas this way that I might not if I were writing a linear fiction story right off the bat.

I anticipate finishing TD by Fall, then using NaNoWriMo to kick-start the process of turning my musings into an actual tale. This five-month-away goal makes me feel safe, because it means, for now, I can write ten contradictory things in my morning pages and then ten more until I find the idea that suits me best.

However, writing the new story will have to compete with editing my old novel. One story is in the experimental, expansive stage, the other is in the brutal slash-and-trim phase. The contrast ought to prove interesting.

Morning pages total for this week: 2,202 words.


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May. 30th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I don't plan on doing NaNo according to the rules. I just plan on starting the actual writing of my story that month, to cash in on the "energy" of the whole event. But I will put no word goal on myself.

The morning pages have worked well for me because I have 20-minute commute, but I generally wake up around 5:30 and don't have to be at work until 9. I only write for ten minutes a day, so it's a fairly low-pressure situation. The idea is to do it at a time of day when you're not awake and alert and all left-brained-rational. It's totally free writing, and no, I don't do it on TD, because the writing of that is totally formulaic at this point. I am doing it to develop ideas for my original fiction story, which is in its nebulous infancy.

Edited at 2009-05-30 11:32 pm (UTC)
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May. 31st, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I just wake up at 5-5:30 naturally in the summer, whether I want to or not. Later in the winter, but not that much later. I am a morning person and enjoy that time before work a lot. But being a morning doesn't mean I can do much mentally for the first hour or so. That's a good time to just let the right brain plunk around.

My whole brain tends to turn off around 9 pm, and I'm useless after that.
May. 31st, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
sounds like a plan
May. 31st, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
I have a plan! An actual writing plan!

V. weird. Also skeery.
May. 31st, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
hahaha I too have a plan for nano whichis very unlike me
May. 31st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Don't you usually just plan to write a 50,000-word novel in thirty days? Not exactly original, but still a plan.
Jun. 1st, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
yeah I pretty much wing it. this time i have notes and actual scenes in my head and everything ahead of time
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