Becoming the writer I want to be

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by Anakin66, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. AtomicTango

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    Welcome!
     
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  2. Last Week: 1240 words

    Monday: 409 words
    Tuesday: n/a
    Wedensday: n/a
    Thursday: n/a
    Friday: 351 words

    So I didn't quite write as much as I had liked, but I did get the new chapter up to 2000 words even so I figured that would be a good place to stop. I've two papers to work on over the weekend, but I hope to be able to make some notes on what I want to do to expand the chapter to around 4000-4500 words, plan on how to fill in any potential gaps with this chapter, and try to get myself ready to write 500 words again on a daily basis beginning next week.

    Weekly Total: 760 words

    Sure, the weekly total is far shorter than what I'd like, but considering that I was sick for three days, that's still not a bad amount for the week. I'm actually shocked I managed to get that much written because of my sickness, but I don't mind this kind of surprise. I hope to bounce back next week and make up for my losses and get back on track to where I'm supposed to be, but it's kind of hard to plan this when you've no idea what curveballs may be thrown your way, but I'm determined to still keep moving forward. :D
     
  3. AtomicTango

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    5722 words this week, new page total is 134 pages.
     
  4. Anakin66

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    I did manage to get some writing done during my packed Thursday (200 words). Then I wrote 422 on Friday (Nov 30th). I ran computations on Saturday, so my weekly total was 1750 words. That's 50 more words from the previous week. I'm happy with that output.

    I was able to write a lot more today, 774 words. This week is packed for me. My aim is finish the first draft of paper 3 by Friday!
     
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    Great to have another engineering student here. I look forward to have you join us on the thread.

    Which field of engineering are you studying? If you don't mind sharing of course.
     
  6. AtomicTango

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    Wow same here. I am studying Mechanical Engineering, what about you?
     
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  8. AtomicTango

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    2093 words today. Something I have had planned since book 1 is finally coming back to play a major role in the narrative.
     
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  10. @AtomicTango: I've got a question for you: I'm trying to work on the rewrites and I've some suggestions I know could help set up the chapter better but I'm having a bit of a hard time figuring out where to put what. Could I share my ideas with you and see what you think?
     
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  11. AtomicTango

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    You definitely can!
     
  12. AtomicTango

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    1413 words today. I hate to sound so arrogant but I am SO pleased with how this chapter has turned out. I always seem to do best when writing horror sequences it seems.
     
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  13. Anakin66

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    Civil Engineering.
     
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    It's been a very productive week so far. I was able to complete 380 words on Mon, 545 on Tue, 481 on Wed, and 1067 today. This brings my weekly total to 3247.

    That's almost twice of what I wrote last week and I still got 2 more days left. I won't finish the paper by Friday, but I'm sure gonna try to get as much as possible done.

    I am at brain capacity now. Time to sleep and refresh.
     
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  15. Have any of you guys got a few tips for an aspiring writer? I write a lot of short stuff. Mainly musings poetry type story's there's generally pretty good. But I'd like to take the dive and start working on a novel based on true events. Where would one start?
     
  16. AtomicTango

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    1029 words today, chapter is finished and I am done for the week.
     
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  17. AtomicTango

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    While everyone's writing process is different, what allows me to pump out words so fast and with such consistency is by sticking to a fairly rigid schedule and by spending a LOT of time planning out what I am going to write before I actually start writing. I also dedicate time in this schedule to reading through my weeks work and making small changes, then after I have written a certain amount (for example my books are split into 3 acts each so in my case it would be after each act) I read through everything again and make more alterations. Then once the whole thing is done I read it through all over again. Only then do I even send it to anyone to read it and offer their feedback. This routine allows me enough freedom to incorporate new ideas but it also acts as a buffer against the impulse to insert changes that are bad, that you I realise are bad after the fact. Sticking to a rigid plan that I am always keeping in mind allows the narrative flow and characters to remain steady and consistent. Is my writing of an excellent standard? No, there is always more to lean and improve upon but by doing this I have definitely helped myself a lot.

    The long and short of it is that a lot of amateur writers dont take the writing process seriously enough, they maybe make a few notes, have a few ideas they think are good, then steamroll into it without really thinking about it deeply enough or for long enough. Inevitably you write yourself into a corner you cant get out of and end up with an inferior piece of work that isnt like what you imagined. I know this because I've done it before many times. The only way to stop this is to be disciplined and focused and treat writing like the work that it actually is, and not some artsy and nebulous process that is completely dependent on nothing but "having a good idea". Having a good idea is like 10% of the process, the rest of it is translating your imagination into something that is actually good.
     
  18. AtomicTango

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    7243 words this week, and 20 pages, bringing my total page count to 155 pages.
     
  19. Do you guys mind if I join your thread? I've started. It will be a novel inspired by true events.
    I've written part of an introduction just to set the scene. And then a page or two of the first chapter. 1128 words. It's amazing reliving days past so long ago. Well the whole story takes place within about 8 years. I think the reason I've had such struggles with health, and then not starting back at work has been God's way of telling me to just write the book.
    And I've been getting right into writing poetry as well. I sat down at the lake last night and wrote two poems. Both inspired by the geese and the serene surroundings.
     
  20. Anakin66

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    Finished the results and discussion, then conclusions section of my third paper. I wrote 551 words on Friday and 807 on Sat. I also wrote 465 words for an unpublished blog I'm working on about my spiritual awakening.

    My weekly tally is 5070, which is significantly greater than the last two weeks. I'm happy with this output, but I have to get this paper out by Monday night.

    I'm finishing off the methods by tomorrow afternoon. Then I have to clean up the intro.
    The rest are comestic stuff and will fall in place by Monday.
     
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