Here’s Something Else… from Wendig

One of my fellow SHU people (Hi, Patricia!) shared what I’m about to drop on you on Facebook yesterday, before I had a chance to discover it for myself (and then this morning added a second piece to follow up on the first)… You like hockey? Let me body-check you into the wall with this, the first thing:

Another piece of writing advice from Chuck Wendig. It’s the brash, matter of fact, non-sugar coating that I can appreciate (and is a contributing factor to some of my own writing lessons over the past year).

The goal is not to write a masterpiece. It’s not to sprint. This ain’t NaNoWriMo. The goal is to finish a novel despite a life that seems hell-bent to let you do no such thing. It is you snatching snippets of word count from the air and smooshing them together until they form a cohesive (if not coherent) whole. It assumes a “slow and steady wins the race” approach to this book.

A finished first draft. That is the brass ring, the crown jewels, the Cup of the Dead Hippie God.

I encourage you to go read the full text of the piece (follow the link), but if you’re too link-weary to do that, se the big fat image at the bottom of this (pulled from said linked post above) to get the Cliff’s Notes version…

On the heels of that, though, was this thing that I saw this morning – a spreadsheet. (Mindy Klasky did a series of posts at Magical Words (starting here), which addressed the concepts,  mostly from a business angle – not a raw production angle – but without a downloadable file for an example.) Now… I have not actually played with this thing yet (like I said, just saw it within the hour), but for those that might be interested, there you go. (I’ve heard/read of several other writers doing things like this – at least early on to get into the groove, so it is something I’ve been considering… I’ve just not been that inclined to spend hours figuring out how I wanted to set it up… Priorities, you know?)

(Also, Jamie Raintree [she who created the spreadsheet linked above], has her own section of writerly advice at her site, if you are inclined to explore over there. Just skimming in the brief moments I’ve been composing this, I’m seeing some interesting sounding titles to look at later.)

Right, so here’s that Cliff’s Notes graphic I mentioned a moment ago:

Now, go write something!

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  1. #1 by Patricia on February 22, 2013 - 13:04

    For Scrivener users, I found something else this morning: under Projects–>Show Project Targets, set the Session Target for 350 words. it the Options button, and choose “Reset session count at midnight” from the drop down menu, and check “Allow negatives” (that way, if you delete and rewrite the same sentence 40 times, it doesn’t count as new words) and “Show target notifications.”

    You’ll come in with a zero count every morning, AND Scrivener will notify you when you’ve hit that 350. If you’re on a roll, GREAT—keep going. But, if it’s one of those days when you are digging every word out of your brain with a spoon, you can finish your sentence and quit, knowing you HAVE made your goal for the day and that draft will, eventually, be finished.

    Note: I use a Mac. On a PC, your mileage may vary.

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