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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2015, 11:49:42 AM »
Finding new lows : spent the day writing - articles, mails.. But I. The end decided to dump an entirely finished chapter from my work and do some massive reshaping.
So I officially canceled out my days writing and worse, went into negative on the actual work writing.
Gloom gloom!!
That is exquisitely and painfully appropriate for this thread (even if not exactly avoidance). ;D ;D ;D
Sorry to hear.

I put aside my "second world"work in progress (tired of "world building) and spun up a new outline for an old idea. Still not writing (but not exactly avoiding  :-[ )
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2015, 11:57:13 AM »
Must feel horrible to have to do that.  :-\ Exactly why I'm in favour of extensive outlining.

I've been doing the best kind of not-writing: reading! Finished Promise of Blood this morning, and I'm already something like 70% through The Crimson Campaign.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2015, 10:16:05 PM »
Finding new lows : spent the day writing - articles, mails.. But I. The end decided to dump an entirely finished chapter from my work and do some massive reshaping.
So I officially canceled out my days writing and worse, went into negative on the actual work writing.
Gloom gloom!!
I read a post by Abercrombie on his blog once which spoke about words written as opposed to how many of those words actually make it into the finished project.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2015, 12:48:45 AM »
No actually I'm really glad I did.

It's entirely @Elfy 's fault anyway!! Which is also why I'm glad I posted my chapters in the critiqued area. Would have wished for more reviews but in the end Elfy's one gave me a wake up kick in the derriere.

I wish to write something light and fast paced against a dark-grim background and spinning around pretty serious ideas. And the chapter I trashed was a lengthy presentation of the main character during a communal funeral pyre on the beach. Too heavy, too dark and setting a slow pace.
Besides, though I appreciate the references Elfy got me, I realised how inappropriate Melbourne would be for me. I've spent enough months there to realise fully that I wouldn't get away with what I wanted without massively rebuilding the town.
So I gave up entirely and decided to set up North-East of Melbourne with a new super-city, entirely created to host some of the millions of refugees that flooded Aussie. International influence and the need to create nuclear resistant housings will let me shape my new town just like I fancy. Really can't complain. It also gave me an all fresh idea for the opening of my work, so I'm pretty excited.  8)
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2015, 08:05:33 PM »
I wrote maybe five hundred words today (on the train!). Hard to write at six thirty am when the person in front of you is watching Poldark on a tablet. More than hard, in fact.

I did, however, repeatedly facebook the fact  that my unpublished novel was described as a masterpiece on reddit yesterday. That took up quite a bit of my day.
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2015, 02:01:54 PM »
Done a bit of work today - simultaneously working on the outline at chapter, scene, and sub-scene level. However I keep getting distracted, reloading the FF unread posts page/reading new posts, reading another forum I'm on, and researching a few things. I'm even considering finally get around to replying to Justan's monolithic posts in the Scene & Chapter length thread. Even worse, I'm very tempted to stop and play a game for a bit...  ???
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2015, 02:36:33 PM »
Done a bit of work today - simultaneously working on the outline at chapter, scene, and sub-scene level. However I keep getting distracted, reloading the FF unread posts page/reading new posts, and researching a few things. I'm even considering finally get around to replying to Justan's monolithic posts in the Scene & Chapter length thread. Even worse, I'm very tempted to stop and play a game for a bit...  ???
All of that ^

But NOT THIS!
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reading another forum I'm on
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2015, 02:45:24 PM »
I wrote about 800 words last night, then deleted them all in fit of rage.

Went back to reread a previous chapter, deleted more words from there too.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2015, 03:01:20 PM »
Done a bit of work today - simultaneously working on the outline at chapter, scene, and sub-scene level. However I keep getting distracted, reloading the FF unread posts page/reading new posts, and researching a few things. I'm even considering finally get around to replying to Justan's monolithic posts in the Scene & Chapter length thread. Even worse, I'm very tempted to stop and play a game for a bit...  ???
All of that ^

But NOT THIS!
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reading another forum I'm on
;D
Lol I actually have somewhere between three and four times as many posts on the other forum...  :o


I wrote about 800 words last night, then deleted them all in fit of rage.

Went back to reread a previous chapter, deleted more words from there too.
Ouch, that sounds painful! :(
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2015, 03:06:38 PM »
For all those in this thread (including me)

GET BACK TO WRITING YOU LAZY HOBBITS!
Now where did I leave my pipeweed...  ;)

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2015, 03:13:17 PM »
For all those in this thread (including me)

GET BACK TO WRITING YOU LAZY HOBBITS!
Now where did I leave my pipeweed...  ;)
Hmm, get back to writing you say?

/considers the suggestion

Nah. I'm gonna go read.  :D

(my partner's ill, so I'm gonna take a break and hopefully help make her feel a bit better)
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2015, 03:46:47 PM »
It's been about two years since I last wrote my story. Okay okay, I have been rebuilding the world and getting ready for a re-write, so I have written some things relating to the story. But do I still get some sort of prize for writing avoidance?  :)

Done a bit of work today - simultaneously working on the outline at chapter, scene, and sub-scene level. However I keep getting distracted, reloading the FF unread posts page/reading new posts, and researching a few things. I'm even considering finally get around to replying to Justan's monolithic posts in the Scene & Chapter length thread. Even worse, I'm very tempted to stop and play a game for a bit...  ???
All of that ^

But NOT THIS!
Quote
reading another forum I'm on
;D
Lol I actually have somewhere between three and four times as many posts on the other forum...  :o
Even more posts than here!?!? Please teach me that time-stop spell of yours, Raptori. Maybe then I could solve my time management problems.  :P

(my partner's ill, so I'm gonna take a break and hopefully help make her feel a bit better)
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #27 on: March 27, 2015, 05:26:10 PM »
Ouch, that sounds painful! :(

The wounds ran deep.

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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #28 on: March 27, 2015, 06:24:46 PM »
It's been about two years since I last wrote my story. Okay okay, I have been rebuilding the world and getting ready for a re-write, so I have written some things relating to the story. But do I still get some sort of prize for writing avoidance?  :)
It's possible, though I think worldbuilding might count, since it's still working on the story...  :P

Done a bit of work today - simultaneously working on the outline at chapter, scene, and sub-scene level. However I keep getting distracted, reloading the FF unread posts page/reading new posts, and researching a few things. I'm even considering finally get around to replying to Justan's monolithic posts in the Scene & Chapter length thread. Even worse, I'm very tempted to stop and play a game for a bit...  ???
All of that ^

But NOT THIS!
Quote
reading another forum I'm on
;D
Lol I actually have somewhere between three and four times as many posts on the other forum...  :o
Even more posts than here!?!? Please teach me that time-stop spell of yours, Raptori. Maybe then I could solve my time management problems.  :P
Yeah, though there are a lot of people on there with many more posts than me. The person with the highest number of posts has been there since 2006, and has 74,063 in total... so over 8,200 per year. There's another guy a few places below him with over 50,000 posts in 6 years, so almost 9,000 per year. I've been there about six months, so my post rate there is just under 3,000 per year.

Moral of the story: Raptori's time-stop spell is second rate!  :(

(my partner's ill, so I'm gonna take a break and hopefully help make her feel a bit better)
One Get Well Soon wish for your partner.
Thanks!  ;D
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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2015, 08:00:35 PM »
Well it's obvious then that people here put quality over quantity..... ;D
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