Monday, 8 August 2011

WIP Update: Prepping Hell ...Only A Month Away


One month from today I will have started my 12-week work break aka novel writing holiday. Let me say it again - one month. Four weeks. Twenty-eight days.

Am I excited? Yes. Am I as nervous as hell? You bet I am. I've never done anything like this before. I have written the first draft of a novel but it took me nine months, with odds snippets of time grabbed here and there. Hang on. Nine months? I wonder if that was why working out those final scenes felt like I was giving birth? Might explain a lot.

Where was I? I've never had this length of time to concentrate on one project with no work to distract me. But I'm also realistic enough to know I will still need to be careful with my time. I've got one chance to get this right. So, I've made some tough decisions this week. For the next 16 weeks I will be posting just once a week, my Work-In-Progress Updates, which will move to Mondays. There will still be the occasional guest post and blogfest. Don't worry - I'm not leaving the blogosphere, rather cutting back on my post writing and responding to comments. I will still be lurking around your blogs and commenting; in fact, I'm counting on you all to keep me sane. 

I will also be asking my friends and family not to call or text me - unless an emergency arises - before 1pm each day, so that I at least have the mornings to write in peace.

What sacrifices have you had to make in order to complete a project? Were you able to stick to your resolutions?

35 comments:

  1. Back when I was a journalist I used to be expected to turn out between 10 and 12 stories a day, of approximately 250 words each. Polished, complete and ready for publishing. That's 2,500 words a day.

    At five days a week that's 12,500 words. Polished, complete and ready - remember. In 12 weeks that's 150,000 words. How long IS your novel? Just treat it like a 'proper' job and DO it. You know you can. :)

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  2. MorningAJ has got it right! Treat it like a proper job, with the same dedication you would. I'm always at my desk by 8 a.m. and I work through until my target is accomplished. You'll be amazed at how much you can get done! Good luck - I'm sure you'll have an amazing time writing.

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  3. Ellie,

    Great advice from MorningAJ. The very best of luck with all this. Don't stress yourself out too much thinking this is your one chance. I say, try and enjoy it too ...

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  4. GOOD LUCK ELLIE!!!!!! Gosh it feels like this is your own personal Olympics - like this is IT!!! How scary exciting in a great way!!!!

    I'll be sending lots of mildmelding support hugs and the occassional scream of KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN your way to help you along! Yay!!!

    Take care
    x

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  5. Hi Ellie .. good luck - sounds like you've worked your plan out and there's good advice above ..

    Enjoy the process .. it'll be great and we'll be here to keep you sane and on track ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  6. I know you'll achieve your goal, Ellie you're almost there already.
    I'm still rationing myself ahem! with blogging and trying to do research for my novel idea. :O)

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  7. Good luck and stay focused the time will fly by.

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  8. What sacrifices have I made for the love of writing? Housework....now that is really hard .

    Yvonne.

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  9. I've been working on the first draft of my next book for almost three months - wish I had time to take off and finish it sooner.

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  10. Best of luck to you. I would love to have all that time to just write. I have two squeeze in time around my schedule...lucky. :)

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  11. you can do it, we all stand behind your efforts...
    jeremy

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  12. Can't wait for your updates on how this goes for you, Ellie. Nine months. Egads! It took me 30 days to do 80k words on my first WIP (I was doing my own NaNo since I'd missed the real thing). But I've been editing it for a year. Please don't tell me it could take another 17 to get this baby really grown up. Ugh

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  13. Good luck and congrats on taking a break to write. It will pass before you know it, so get as much done as you can. :)

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  14. The more people who know the target you've set the more you will feel honour-bound to meet it. Good luck:-):-)

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  15. Good luck Ellie! That's a big thing to do but we all know you can do it! Don't make it all work though, keep the passion in it too. :)

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  16. Oh my, to have that much time to dedicate to a project...

    I'm drooling.

    I'm excited about the 3 hour window I'll have in a few weeks when all four of the wee beasties are in school :)

    It sounds like you have a good plan in place. Best of luck to you!

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  17. a countdown to dedicated writing time? heaven! tell me what it's like, would you?

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  18. You can do it! No fear. And looks like you have a lot of participants for the blogfest. Cool!

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  19. I will be very interested to learn which option works better for you--nine months of snippets or the 12-week writing marathon. I hope it goes incredibly well for you.

    As for sacrifices I've made? It's more the ones my husband is making, for I haven't cook a decent meal in so long, I practically need GPS to guide me to our kitchen. :)

    P.S. I've left a reply to your comment on Bird's-eye View, http://michellefayard.blogspot.com/2011/08/get-your-foot-in-door-contest.html.

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  20. It's awesome that you're setting some time aside to really focus on your writing. I have done a very short version of this. I'll take a brief three or four day holiday from work then chain myself to my laptop. It feels really good, too, because it helps me reach my goal.

    I have lots of faith in you. You'll accomplish a great deal. Best of luck and I'll keep enjoying your posts when you do them.

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  21. Biggest sacrifice I've made? Sleep.

    (Helps me know what a zombie feels like)

    This writing holiday sounds wonderful. I wish I had the time to devote to writing like that. Make the best of it and good luck!

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  22. It's sort of like your own private writing retreat. Go for it, Ellie! You can do it! :)

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  23. Good luck, and congrats on taking a break so you have the time to write!

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  24. My mornings are sacred. :) Hope you're mega productive.

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  25. First off, it's good that you can take a break like this to spend time on your WIP. Secondly, I think the early comments were spot on - don't think of it as a break, think of it as a new job.

    Good luck with it, I've been in revision hell for the last year or more and wish I could find my way out :)

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  26. Well, writing has to come first. Enjoy your time, I hope it doesn't get away from you.

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  27. I'm really excited for you. I believe you'll get soooo much done that you won't want to go back to the old way ;)

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  28. You can do it, Ellie. Your determination is evident. I am going to be your conscience,will keep pricking you, if you stray. I will be watching you long distance ;)

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  29. How exciting! You'll do it. :)

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  30. I'm kinda shutting everything down to finish my MS and get it off to my editor. But kids swim lessons and other summer activities we signed them up for are dominating my time. At least this gives me opportunity to finish reading the entire Harry Potter series. Almost finished!

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  31. Hope you meet your target, but it sounds like you've started with a good plan. I used to be disciplined and would get up early to write. These days, well, let's just say I'm far from disciplined.

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  32. That's so exciting Ellie! I wish you so much luck with it and hope your family and friends are understanding of your working. It's not always easy. I have made myself a home office in the spare bedroom and kind of expect to be left alone when I'm in there, but I still get visited by the kids when the feel like chatting!

    I look forward to hearing how it's going on your updates.

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  33. I wish you all the best and hope the writing time is peaceful and very productive.

    I have to literally turn off my cell and growl at people in order to get any kind of time for writing. For some reason they think because I work from home that means I am at home and free to do whatever.

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  34. gopher it, ellie... i KNOW you can do it! :)

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  35. Good luck Ellie. I wish I could take a month off work. I've taken two weeks off here and there, but catching up on all the backlog isn't worth it.

    ........dhole

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