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I'm doing National Writing Something Month.  My goal is just to write something every day.  Not that I think anyone particularly cares, but I'm going to do brief posts every evening charting my progress, as a way to keep myself accountable.  I'm only counting original projects; no fanfic.

The Orphan Queen (novel): 20,054 words --> 20, 583 words --> daily total: 529 words
The Fall (tv pilot): 0 pages --> 6 pages --> daily total: 6 pages
The Burning Brand (screenplay): 11 pages --> 11 pages --> daily total: 0 pages
Untitled Zombie Screenplay: 0 pages --> 0 pages --> daily total: 0 pages

In the future, I'll just post the last two options for each.  So, 500 words and 6 pages on two projects is a pretty damned good start, I think!  (Especially since I did almost all of that at work.)

Books
31. Almost Home: My Life Story Vol. 1, Damien Echols.  10-2.
32. Blood Games, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.  10-28.

Movies
19. X-Men First Class (2011).  10-9.
20. Astrópia (2007).  10-27.
21. [Rec] 2 (2009).  10-31.

Television Episodes
277. Supernatural - 5x15 - “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.”  10-2.
278. Fringe - 4x02 - “One Night in October.”  10-2.
279. Raising Hope - 2x03 - “Kidnapped.”  10-4.
280. Community - 3x03 - “Competitive Ecology.”  10-6.
281. Parks and Recreation - 4x03 - “Born and Raised.”  10-6.
282. The Office - 8x03 - “Lotto.”  10-6.
283. Fringe - 4x03 - “Alone in the World.”  10-7.
284. Raising Hope - 2x04 - “Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby!  Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!”  10-6.
285. Community - 3x04 - “Remedial Chaos Theory.”  10-13.
286. Parks and Recreation - 4x04 - “Pawnee Rangers.”  10-13.
287. The Office - 8x04 - “Garden Party.”  10-13.
288. Fringe - 4x04 - “Subject 9.”  10-14.
289. The Walking Dead - 2x01 - “What Lies Ahead.”  10-16.
290. Modern Family - 3x04 - “Door to Door.”  10-17.
291. Modern Family - 3x05 - “Hit and Run.”  10-20.
292. American Horror Story - 1x01 - “Pilot.”  10-22.
293. Downton Abbey - 1x06 - “Episode Six.”  10-23.
294. Downton Abbey - 1x07 - “Episode Seven.”  10-23.
295. Bored to Death - 1x01 - “Stockholm Syndrome.”  10-23.
296. Bored to Death - 1x02 - “The Alanon Case.”  10-23.
297. The Walking Dead - 2x02 - “Bloodletting.”  10-23.
298. Modern Family - 3x06 - “Go Bullfrogs!”  10-24.
299. Community - 3x05 - “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps.”  10-27.
300. Parks and Recreation - 4x05 - “Meet ‘n’ Greet.”  10-27.
301. The Office - 8x05 - “Spooked.”  10-27.
302. American Horror Story - 1x02 - “Home Invasion.”  10-29.
303. The Walking Dead - 2x03 - “Save the Last One.”  10-30.
304. American Horror Story - 1x03 - “Murder House.”  10-30.


Date: 2011-11-02 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sallycandance.livejournal.com
I might be wrong, because everyone has their own technique and style, but personally I am more creative when I only have to concentrate on one project a day, when I had the intention of getting some serious writing done. Otherwise my brain twists into knobs and I get nothing properly done.

It still means I have a lot of open projects at the same time, but I rarely work on more than one (okay, two) project a day...

Date: 2011-11-02 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kungfuwaynewho.livejournal.com
Eh, I got over that in grad school, when I was taking two and sometimes three writing classes at the same time, and was expected to turn in pages for multiple projects each week on an ongoing basis.

My plan isn't to necessarily work on all four every day, just that I have four open projects to work on at any given time. I either do screenwriting with a specific program - which means no work computers - or handwritten - which means I can't when I'm working at the circulation desk. So, those are the times to work on my novel. And for me, if I'm not feeling a specific story/scene at any given time, it's nice to have something else to work on rather than just blow the day off. Which I've done before.

So yeah, different techniques and styles, definitely. One thing I'm pushing myself to do more regularly is to write like a professional, which means to just sit down and write dammit, write it better the first time, write it fast!, etc. I'm trying to be less prissy about "I can only write when I'm in this specific place for a set period of uninterrupted time, lalala," that kind of thing. It's one of the implicit goals in the above.
Edited Date: 2011-11-02 11:34 am (UTC)

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