Quick lesson of Writing 101, a non-existent strictly pictorial series by yours truly.
^ Writing expectation.
^ Other writers’ writing reality.
^ Madi’s writing reality.
AND BIGGEST WEAKNESS.
Did you catch what my biggest writing weakness is?
In all its gloriousness.
The moment I know I have to do something hard, anything and everything besides that thing becomes more appealing. I suddenly become hungry.
And despite that misleading picture, I usually use eating as an excuse to push whatever I’m supposed to be doing until later instead of eating during it.
“I can’t do that until I finish eating!” I say. I just want to eat more and more and push what I’m supposed to be doing, in this case writing, back until I’m finished.
But you know me. I believe in writing undefeated. So how do I defeat this writing weakness of mine?
*insert sloppy eating gif ’cause I don’t have one*
I destroy the food. Any and all food that stands in my way. I MURDER IT. WITH MY MOUTH.
It’s a very enjoyable experience. Not so much for the food as it is for me, but nobody cares what food thinks unless they’re weird.
Once the food is successfully demolished, I can defeat the rest of my writing. Like so:
January 17, 2018
I gently stretch my trembling fingers to his hand. “I’m so sorry.”
Daily Word Count: 1709
Total Word Count: 27,329
Without a word, Hinoki leads me to the east section of the dorm room halls. When we arrive at one he deems empty, he turns to me. “This is locked from the outside.” He holds up a small key. “And only I can let you go.”
A new, more feminine voice speaks up beside him. “No, I can let you go, too.” I turn to see a young samurai woman holding up her own key. She doesn’t bow, but she doesn’t glare at me. “I’m Yimata Tairan. I’m your keeper.” She pulls back her short black hair and directs a teasing smile in Hinoki’s direction. “Hinoki’s just dramatic.”
He doesn’t even seem dramatic. But then you hear Yimata say that and realize… right in the context, he is kinda dramatic. XD
January 18, 2018
“Are you going to let him kill you are or are you going to do more than defend yourself?”
Daily Word Count: 1201
Total Word Count: 28,530
By the time blood blinds my vision, Hinoki throws me to the floor, panting. Tears no longer run down his cheeks, but they glisten in his blazing dark eyes. “I hate you. I—hate you. I want to kill you so bad right now.”
Gee, I dunno, but you better do something, Ari.
I claw at Hinoki’s wrist, but he squeezes my throat tighter, and that’s when my screaming lungs decide they have finally had enough. I pass out and slump against him, sliding down his side to the floor.
January 19, 2018
Hinoki grabs my clothing again and slams me into the wall. “You thought that was trying to kill you?” His dark eyes stab mine with a fury I can feel through the heat of his breath on my neck. “That was nothing.”
Daily Word Count: 861
Total Word Count: 29,391
He really is going to kill me. Tears and blood blind my flashing vision, and I only realize Hinoki has thrust a round kick to my skull when the force propels me into the wood floor once again.
Right in front of Seishin’s path.
Master Seishin glances at Hinoki, then down at me. He clasps his hands together with a little smile. “Just the people I wanted to talk to.”
XD Sometimes Seishin just seems so positive. He has a really freaking-out moment in chapter 3 or 4, though.
January 20, 2018
Seishin catches Hinoki’s gaze. “You are to train her like I’ve trained you.”
Behind his back, I spot Hinoki curl his hand into a fist shaking with no doubt anger. “Yes, master.”
Daily Word Count: 1264
Total Word Count: 30,655
NOT MY GREATEST WEAKNESS AGAIN OH NO. SOMEONE HIDE THE COCOA FROM ME.
Today was epic. I wrote 600 words in 15 minutes. Had I kept the pace, I would’ve been able to get back to my normal 1k a half-hour. (I can do 2k a half-hour for insane word sprints, but those 1k half-hours are my very favorite. They’re how I did my 20k day back in July.)
I was eating (shocker) while writing this time, so I wrote 1.2k in 45 minutes instead of 30, but that’s still my fastest writing time for this book yet.
Hinoki stares down at me and doesn’t give me an answer for a few uneasy moments. “The—the garb fits.”
“Yes.” Heat rises to my cheeks at his gaze. “Yimata made sure.”
“The garb fits” AHAHA YOU JUST THINK SHE’S PRETTY.
And I’m at 30k now! I kinda wanna pick up the pace and try to get 50k before the end of the month, but we’ll see. I’m trying to remember quantity over quality. XD
The writing days are getting easier and easier now. I’m no longer dreading my writing times, but they still take up an hour or two out of my crazy busy days. Having to put my devices away at nights now really cuts back on my productivity, but since I’ve been taking melatonin, I’m sleeping more.
I don’t think it’s doing much to help my insanity, though. I believe we’ve left sanity behind forever by now.
I don’t know how I’m going to stand being Hinoki’s personal pupil.
But I’m going to make it so he can’t stand it, either.
THAT’S THE SPIRIT.
January 21, 2018
Daily Word Count: 0
Total Word Count: 30,655
I didn’t write on Sunday ’cause I was busy with church, which means I have to double up today even though I have church tonight TIME TO DEFEAT SOME WORDS. >:)
Days 17-21 Overview
- Things are getting better. That’s actually the name of a song I more or less illegally stripped a section of from an American Girl movie trailer. It’s actually a song on my phone now. XD
The first two weeks were pretty rocky, but undefeat prevails! I’m heading into week 4 now, which will be my busiest because I can’t do anything in the evenings due to an 8-day campmeeting. So it’ll be quite the feat to see me keep up the work. I’ve got the drive—let’s see if I’ve got the time!
What I’ve Learned and Will Do for the Upcoming Days:
- I wasn’t the best at scheduling writing time meaning I didn’t schedule any time at all? XD I’m going to actually schedule time this week to ensure it doesn’t get lost within the busyness of campmeeting.
- Hot cocoa actually helps! Okay, maybe it doesn’t. But writing feels extra special when I make hot cocoa and only let myself drink it when I’m writing. Only I’m using up all the milk. Oops.
What’s your biggest writing weakness? How do you defeat it?