Monday, June 3, 2013

Not Writing

Well, it's the beginning of June which means it's time to revisit the writing goals I set for myself last month.

Sigh.

But here's the thing...I really don't want to. As you can probably infer from the title of today's post, I haven't been, of late, making much progress in the writing world (must be Monday, right?) and today's the day I have to own up to it.

So here is a quick review of last month's goals and—hey, what do you know—this month's goals:

1. Solve the major problem that is holding up all progress on Effigy's sequel, Second Nature. Or die trying. Well, maybe not die per say, but still, stop watching Scandal and get that plot hammered out.

The good news is I stop watching Scandal. Sure, it was because the season ended, but hey, it still counts. As far as hammering out the plot goes, I have made several pages of notes that may help me work things out. And, if they don't, at least my new pens are pretty.

2. Seriously stop ignoring Effigy's blurb. You need something more than "It probably won't be the worst thing you've ever read!"

I have several pages of notes on this, too, so technically, I suppose I did stop ignoring the blurb. I wrote a haiku blurb, and then a limerick blurb. Then I watched Merlin and "wrote" this blurb:

In a land of myth and a time of legend, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young woman. Her name is Haleine Coileáin...

(And in case you don't happen to watch Merlin, the above is the opening of each and every episode. Only 'young woman' is 'young man' and is followed by "His name is Merlin...")

Think anyone will notice?

Yeah, me too.

Anyway, I really don't like not accomplishing my goals. Fortunately, the solution for that is simple.

Accomplish them next time.

Have a great Monday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by.

47 comments:

  1. As writers I think we all have these moments. I know I'm having them (again) this month. I find encouragement in the words of Anne of Green Gables, “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

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    1. It is nice to think that. Thanks, Anne (And Jenn...)

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  2. Some months are simply better than others when it comes to accomplishing goals. At least you've been taking notes! Having those should help a lot as you tackle your goals in June. :)

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    1. I really hope it will. I'm desperate for a new set of goals.

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  3. You're not alone in this, I'm all too good at not achieving my goals. I'm really going to try and meet them this month though. Fingers crossed!

    Good luck with June x

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  4. It's been that kind of month for me, too. Sigh. Hopefully June will be better. It has to, right? Right?!

    And could you believe the last episode of SCANDAL? I literally gasped...then felt like an idiot, but still.

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    1. That scene with Quinn and the drill made me gasp.

      June will be better. Most definitely.

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  5. At least you know what progress you have made and are not sticking your head in the sand. I think that is half the battle! Good luck this month!

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  6. Bummer, because that blurb is really good!

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    1. I know. It's miles better than anything I've come up with so far.

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  7. Don't beat yourself up too badly for not meeting your goals. There's always this month :)

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  8. You are always so hard on yourself.
    I'm not writing either. Which, of course, is bad. I'm psyching myself out of it. Which, again, is bad.
    Maybe you need to come at your story from a different angle. Maybe there isn't a plot problem. Maybe its time for something drastic to happen or for someone to kick the bucket.
    You will figure it out.
    You will.
    HMG

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    1. Yes, I am always hard on myself. I want to do better and if I keep letting myself off the hook, I will never be doing better.

      I think the problem is that the something drastic and the bucket kicking stuff has just happened and I have to deal with a little quiet(er) time.

      But yes, I will figure it out. Because the alternative is not okay.

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  9. I have a blurb to write too. I don't know why I hate them so much!

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    1. I think it's because they're evil. Okay, well, maybe "evil" is an overstatement, but they're still not much fun.

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  10. Absolutely. Delaying the achievement of a goal is okay, as long as you do achieve them. Eventually. :-)

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    1. It's the "eventually" part that's the problem...

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  11. What, exactly, is wrong with a haiku or limerick blurb? Be a pioneer! (Please post them. I so want to read them.)

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    1. My brother thinks I should go with the haiku blurb, too.

      And I have considered posting them, but the limerick blurb is so, so silly. I mean, I know it's a limerick and 'silly' is kind of the point, but...yeah, I've got nothing to follow that.

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  12. You made me laugh...

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  13. The series finale of Merlin just aired on SyFy this past Friday. I know it's been online for months, but I never looked it up. I balled my eyes out when Arthur died and Merlin cried over his body saying "He's my friend." I knew it was coming but what a horrible ending. The Arthurian ending is always the same. Sigh. I wish someone would write one where Arthur doesn't die and Merlin and Arthur hook up and become lovers.

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    1. I think you've found your next project...

      And yeah, between the series finale of Merlin and the red wedding last night, it was a very emotionally draining weekend. There's not enough Ben & Jerry's in the world.

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  14. Now I want to go watch Merlin. ;)

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  15. I haven't written anything for ten days. Time to get back to it. Goals...why do we punish ourselves with them?

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    1. Or why do we make them challenging? Why wasn't I smart enough to make my goal "eat my weight in donuts" or something?

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  16. You know, I think revisiting our goals is good. But even when we finish them, we just replace them with more...that doesn't sound as encouraging as I meant it to be. Ha!

    Good luck with your goals this month1

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    1. I'm looking forward to replacing these particular goals with new ones. They've been hanging around way too long.

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  17. Of course no one will notice the, erm... homage to Merlin in your blurb :-)

    I'm stuck on a point in my WIP too. Your notes sound like you're getting close to the answer!

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    1. Oh good. Then my blurb's done...

      And as for my notes...I'm getting closer to needing a new notebook. Not sure about anything else just yet.

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  18. Some months you beat your goals and other months they beat you. Good luck with this month and your goals. I think mine may beat me this month. Oh, motivation, where have you gone?

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  19. The quote is a good place to start! It's kind of like blurb fan fiction. I think.

    Good luck with June.

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    1. Blurb fan fiction...that's kind of a scary thought.

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  20. I have problems with set goals, its a feeling of being caged in I think. Good luck xx

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    1. I get that, but if I don't set goals for myself, I have a tendency to drift too far for too long.

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  21. Sounds like the opening to Xena...

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    1. Does it? I've never seen an episode of Xena. I guess I'll have to check that out.

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  22. I say this with no B.S., M.J. (I've always wanted to say that:)

    You are one of the funniest, intelligent writers I know out there. I will be *forever* grateful for all you did with WIP#1 and I know the words will flow for you as soon as you switch off the power to your TV :)~

    Scandal? Is that a new show... I've never seen it. Is that a scandal?

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  23. I know exactly how you feel. I'm having a hard time pushing myself to do anything today--but most likely it's because of lack of sleep. Good luck with your goals for this month. You can do it!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  24. I haven't written consistently for 2 months. I hate myself when I let other obligations take precedence over my writing.

    But here's a launching point for your blurb. It starts with one fill in the blank sentence, then you can expand from there. (It's the GMC for your story) Yours to use if you wish.

    (Name of your character) wants (the item/goal he/she is after) because (why is he/she after it), but he/she faces (the obstacle(s) in the way).

    Good luck!

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  25. Eh, I doubt ANYONE will notice where you got the blurp idea from. *Grin*

    Ug, writing troubles! Keep going! You can get over them. Just think of all of us, eagerly waiting for your book!

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