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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2015, 08:37:28 PM »
Well it's obvious then that people here put quality over quantity..... ;D

You obviously have no clue how I got to this number. ;)

Back on topic: Does working on a paper count as avoiding? Because I'm getting TOO good at that if you tell me.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2015, 08:50:50 PM »
Back on topic: Does working on a paper count as avoiding? Because I'm getting TOO good at that if you tell me.
You are the only judge of whether this is productive or just obsessive and avoiding behavior.  ;D
Thought, I'll judge too if you want.
In fact, yes, IT'S AVOIDANCE.
There. Answered.  ;)
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #32 on: March 27, 2015, 08:54:47 PM »
Well it's obvious then that people here put quality over quantity..... ;D
Lol yeah, a lot of that other forum is more chatting than anything else. Plus there are tens of thousands of active members, so it doesn't have wuite the same community feeling. :)

Also, yes working on a paper is very clearly avoidance. Writing fiction is far more important.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #33 on: March 27, 2015, 10:50:32 PM »
I don't generally write on the weekend unless something really hits me that I can't ignore. I do edit, though.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2015, 09:52:57 PM »
F-F is really dead today. Even though I've managed to watch two and a half football matches today (so almost four hours of playing time), read for a while, gone shopping, and done a little work, and played a couple of computer games for a while, I've actually had so much time that I've run out of excuses to avoid writing. Have now taken a scene outline roughly 400 words long and expanded it to 1200, currently about 1/3 of the way through it.

Where have you all gone?  ???
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2015, 10:02:23 PM »
F-F is really dead today. Even though I've managed to watch two and a half football matches today (so almost four hours of playing time), read for a while, gone shopping, and done a little work, and played a couple of computer games for a while, I've actually had so much time that I've run out of excuses to avoid writing. Have now taken a scene outline roughly 400 words long and expanded it to 1200, currently about 1/3 of the way through it.

Where have you all gone?  ???
Did my tax return.
Ironed table cloth for tomorrow's family dinner, with which we are now stuck what with my mother-in-law lost in the fog of Alzheimer's  :-[
Just finished watching the first episode of Outlander. Pretty fun.
Two people have read my actual story submission for April, and neither got it. There's work to do, apparently.
I have to sing at church tonight. Why did I agree?

Haven't written anything except Atku's submission and my own draft in... Oh, a few weeks? Cr*p

@Raptori, the term in the U.S. for hearing nothing when you're waiting for a reply or such is:
"crickets"
 ;D

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2015, 10:06:28 PM »
F-F is really dead today. Even though I've managed to watch two and a half football matches today (so almost four hours of playing time), read for a while, gone shopping, and done a little work, and played a couple of computer games for a while, I've actually had so much time that I've run out of excuses to avoid writing. Have now taken a scene outline roughly 400 words long and expanded it to 1200, currently about 1/3 of the way through it.

Where have you all gone?  ???

Everyone's had too much chocolate and are too lazy to post  :D
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2015, 10:07:31 PM »
F-F is really dead today. Even though I've managed to watch two and a half football matches today (so almost four hours of playing time), read for a while, gone shopping, and done a little work, and played a couple of computer games for a while, I've actually had so much time that I've run out of excuses to avoid writing. Have now taken a scene outline roughly 400 words long and expanded it to 1200, currently about 1/3 of the way through it.

Where have you all gone?  ???
I've been incredibly busy with my very active and totally existing social life.
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...Okay, I've just been playing Monster Hunter all day and trying to work up the motivation to write something.

Basically, despite having all the free time in the world, I've hit a really nasty wall at the moment. I'm currently on the second draft of my book and I reached a spot that I also struggled over on the first draft but which needs some really heavy rewriting. It's especially difficult because it's introducing a character I've always struggled to get a good handle on and I'm worried the scene slips too far into being overly silly rather than comedic. I suppose it's best to just slug through it and then polish it up on the third draft.

Been meaning to ask though, what happened to those writing groups we were planning on organising a couple months back?
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2015, 10:13:47 PM »
I'm having a existential plotting crisis.

Too much ambition toward plot. Sure.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2015, 10:27:40 PM »
Did my tax return.
Ironed table cloth for tomorrow's family dinner, with which we are now stuck what with my mother-in-law lost in the fog of Alzheimer's  :-[
Just finished watching the first episode of Outlander. Pretty fun.
Two people have read my actual story submission for April, and neither got it. There's work to do, apparently.
I have to sing at church tonight. Why did I agree?

Haven't written anything except Atku's submission and my own draft in... Oh, a few weeks? Cr*p

@Raptori, the term in the U.S. for hearing nothing when you're waiting for a reply or such is:
"crickets"
 ;D
Yikes, that's responsible! I haven't watched a new TV show in years... no idea what that even is!  :o
Sad about your mother-in-law, Alzheimer's sucks  :(

Humph that's lame, I would've thought that the term in the US would've been "tumbleweed". I are disappoint.

Everyone's had too much chocolate and are too lazy to post  :D
:'( No chocolate here. I'm gonna eat biscuits and tea and mope.

I've been incredibly busy with my very active and totally existing social life.
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...Okay, I've just been playing Monster Hunter all day and trying to work up the motivation to write something.

Basically, despite having all the free time in the world, I've hit a really nasty wall at the moment. I'm currently on the second draft of my book and I reached a spot that I also struggled over on the first draft but which needs some really heavy rewriting. It's especially difficult because it's introducing a character I've always struggled to get a good handle on and I'm worried the scene slips too far into being overly silly rather than comedic. I suppose it's best to just slug through it and then polish it up on the third draft.

Been meaning to ask though, what happened to those writing groups we were planning on organising a couple months back?
Played Monster Hunter years ago, was pretty fun. I only play Football Manager and PES these days though... stopped playing proper games ages ago.  :-\

Yeah sounds like the right plan, if it's not working right now then it's better to get through it and go over it again later. Also see a lot of advice saying completely scrap the current version of the scene and start over, then merge the best parts of the two versions... no idea how well that would work though!

Haven't heard anything about them either, though since we opted out for the first round that's not surprising!

I'm having a existential plotting crisis.

Too much ambition toward plot. Sure.
There's a difference?  :o
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #40 on: April 05, 2015, 12:20:55 AM »
Raptori's plea reminds me of a line from an Everything But The Girl song: 'Everyday's like Christmas Day without you, it's cold and there's nothing to do'. The song is called Don't Leave Me Behind.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #41 on: April 05, 2015, 07:32:27 PM »
For today, I avoided the 500 words I normally do. Instead of this, I'm weaving again studying it as a writer would. In a sense the over and under motion is like try/fail cycles.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #42 on: April 05, 2015, 07:37:11 PM »
For today, I avoided the 500 words I normally do. Instead of this, I'm weaving again studying it as a writer would. In a sense the over and under motion is like try/fail cycles.
This is a wondeful avoidance story. Something we should all aspire to live down to.  ;) ;) ;D
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2015, 09:39:51 AM »
I'm completely paralysed waiting to hear back from publishers. Broken Knives is currently Schrödinger's cat: I haven't opened the box yet, so it's not actually dead. It's so hard writing number two whilst waiting for number one to be officially put down. And my husband insisted on watching the original Star Wars trilogy, so that was distracting.

But what I have written seems pretty good, if several hundred obscenities strung together with the odd innuendo thrown in technically counts as writing...
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #44 on: April 06, 2015, 11:19:39 AM »

But what I have written seems pretty good, if several hundred obscenities strung together with the odd innuendo thrown in technically counts as writing...

Or you could count it as avoiding. We'd be totally down with that.  ;D
But here's hoping the cat survives and gets kittens!
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