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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #75 on: April 26, 2015, 11:36:24 AM »
And meanwhile, the original intent of the OP (it was mine, by the way) was to give us all a place to vent, whine, moan, complain and make excuses each night for failing to progress on our mutual but separate dreams.

Then we all get to weigh in on it. Over-investment in world building? Avoidance. (I might be talking about you, @Yora, but then again, you may knock our socks off with an actual story one day  ;). Eighth version of your outline? Avoidance. Had to actually work for a living? Big time avoidance. I mean, really. And there's writing a post in the Avoiding Writing thread. Definitely a case of avoiding writing.  ;D

But, I love how these threads go from thing to thing to thing.

Meanwhile for once I did not avoid writing last and actually got to post something in the how many words did you write today thread. Feeling very slightly, just a wee, well a smidgen good about that.  8)
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #76 on: April 26, 2015, 01:08:36 PM »
..................Had to actually work for a living? Big time avoidance. I mean, really.

But, I love how these threads go from thing to thing to thing.

 ;D ;D ;D

 - Agreed it is amazing how they all twist and turn and we get so many different ideas and points of view.




Meanwhile for once I did not avoid writing last and actually got to post something in the how many words did you write today thread. Feeling very slightly, just a wee, well a smidgen good about that.  8)

I suppose you expect cake for that?
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Well, I found this today and wondered where I could use it, so  here is one celebrating probably your most exciting city and where, as it happens, my YA's and their parents are as of now, possibly even at the top of Miss Liberty.



This isn't meant to be a totally frivolous thread but I couldn't resist this little beauty, so share some with everyone struggling to write today and I will go away and leave you in peace. 8 ;)
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #77 on: April 26, 2015, 11:54:36 PM »
Im about to learn whether the recent Godzilla movie is as awful as I've heard. I could be writing, but there's only 2 hrs before Game of Thrones...  :-\
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #78 on: April 27, 2015, 03:51:31 AM »
Im about to learn whether the recent Godzilla movie is as awful as I've heard. I could be writing, but there's only 2 hrs before Game of Thrones...  :-\

It's worse. So happy GoT wasn't, though.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #79 on: May 20, 2015, 02:29:03 PM »
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..................Had to actually work for a living? Big time avoidance. I mean, really.

But, I love how these threads go from thing to thing to thing.

Hmm and there's me task avoiding by thinking of fairy tale themes and plots.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #80 on: May 20, 2015, 04:26:50 PM »
Yay, today I wrote ZERO words on the story that matters and 900 on a new one that doesn't and isn't even plotted out. So if that inspiration had flowed where due, I would be done with the first story to begin with... *exasperated noise*
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #81 on: May 20, 2015, 05:00:30 PM »
I just started my next novel, and I'm assailed by self-doubt and "imposter syndrome".

I do this, every time. I've written an MA dissertation, I write a column for the local paper, I've written (and now published) two novels and a memoir...and every single time I start a new anything, I am convinced I have no idea how to do this, and that everything that came before was a fluke.

Every. Single. Time.

So my answer is: Not a lot, and it's all rubbish anyway.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #82 on: May 21, 2015, 01:23:50 PM »
I successfully didn't write 1000 words today. Gotta love binge surfing writing forums! :D Tomorrow shall be different...there've been many "tomorrows" in my writing experience.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #83 on: May 21, 2015, 08:20:21 PM »
Haven't written a thing for two weeks cuz Japan. Catching my flight back in some hours :3

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #84 on: May 21, 2015, 08:29:39 PM »
I've been learning a lot about vengeance and sailing.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #85 on: May 21, 2015, 09:59:41 PM »
Yesterday, I wrote about 700. Not my best day.

Today, I haven't written any yet.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #86 on: May 21, 2015, 11:22:28 PM »
I've been learning a lot about vengeance and sailing.
I hope not for your own personal life  ;)

But very intriguing. I have to ask why?
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #87 on: May 22, 2015, 02:52:16 AM »
I've been learning a lot about vengeance and sailing.
I hope not for your own personal life  ;)

But very intriguing. I have to ask why?

Whole family lost to pirate, gotta go make them pay now.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #88 on: May 22, 2015, 04:14:08 AM »
I've been learning a lot about vengeance and sailing.
I hope not for your own personal life  ;)

But very intriguing. I have to ask why?

Whole family lost to pirate, gotta go make them pay now.
Isn't that The Phantom's origin?
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #89 on: May 22, 2015, 10:20:37 AM »
Research. I want to make the characters sound like they know a lot about sailing without sounding stupid to any readers who actually know about sailing. The average reader probably reads "something something something ship, something something something sail", but even if you don't know what exactly it means (as long as it is not really relevant to understand the scene) it adds a lot to the atmosphere. Thing got a bit more challenging because I'm interested mostly in 2000 year old ship designs, which work very differently from modern racing yachts or four-masters.

Vengence seems to be pretty important to understand when writing about bronze age tribes. Because it actually works very differently then the last survivor of a village swearing to hunt down the dark lord to the end of the world or two families killing each other at random.
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