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Subject: Getting Writing Goals Done?
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 7:26 PM ET
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My new year's resolution this year was for me to FINALLY finish my novel - at least the first draft. My goal is at least 80,000 words and just last month I broke 50,000 words. I know exactly where I want to go (for the most part), how to get there, etc. All I need now is motivation, and I need a method with no distractions, and no reason to not sit down and WRITE.

Any suggestions on how I accomplish this?

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 8:54 PM ET
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Writing is very lonely...so I decided that a partner would be the best idea--a co-writer to share everything so you succeed or fail together.

Subject: A Writing Problem
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 11:29 PM ET
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Can someone here help me with this problem-I have both CharacterPro and QuickStory.  My CharacterPro program is gone! Agh! I don't know what to do because I had quite a bit of work done.


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Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:14 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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Melaine- did your computer crash or was it a trail version?  Not heard of programs just dissapearing unless anyone else has access to it, try looking in the trash folder..

ALWAYS make back ups of your story, character details and research notes, either email yourself the details, use google docs, zoho.com or wiki set to no public view.


Sarah- join an online writing group- I belong to kiwi writers.org and this month we are doing a 20,000 word novella challenge BUT you can always use it to continue a story OR put up a memeber challenge of your own.   In June we will be doing SoCNoC which is a 50,000 word challenge but we have others all through the year to keep people on track.  Oh and you dont need to be a new zealander to join either..

Another place I beloing to is Writers  village University and they are having a Novel Writing program that helps anyone get a novel from any state to ready for agent submission (or publisher) costs $80 and starts on Feb 9th..if you are interested just PM me and I can give a link.  They offer other courses as well and its a great community of new writers as well as published.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 2:20 PM ET
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Joining a critique group or getting a critique partner and swap a chapter (or a certain number of words) would help. Since I do the majority of my writing on the computer, my biggest distracting is the internet. I lose track of time and waste so much time. A quick check of my email, or just looking up one piece of information can take up a lot of time because I get sidetracked.  

So, I'm setting a 'timer' on my computer so that the internet is blocked from my computer from 9 am - 2 pm. Right now, I'm fortunate that I can stay at home and not have to work outside the home and I know I need to take advantage of this time ... who knows when it could change. I've tried to monitor my internet usage on my own but decided to just take the drastic step and take that temptation away from myself.

Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:17 PM ET
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I think a conscientious, qualified critique group is terrific.  My group of six meets weekly.  Each week one person's work (of 25 pages) is critiqued.  They have been absolutely essential in finding the fatal flaw in my latest novel!  I never would have found it myself.

I took a creative writing workshop at the local community college.  I also highly recommend this!  It is  from this group that we formed our Group of Six.  We've been doing this for 2 years now.  It does have to be the right combination of personalities, however.  It must be a safe haven for writers.  They must know that the criticism is NEVER, EVER mean-spirited.  I'm very lucky to have found such a qualified, eagle-eyed critiquers!

Cleo Author (Linda H.)

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Date Posted: 1/6/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Throw away your TV.  'Nuff said! ;)

(And before you ask... no, I haven't followed my own advice!  The idiot box holds too firm a grip, it seems...)

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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:20 AM ET
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Oh, I agree with turning off the internet.  No sooner than I sit down to write I think of 15 things I HAVE to do online. Have you tried setting a reward for yourself?  I just finished the rough edit of one of my stories. My goal was to finish by 12/31/08, which I did with about 3 hours left to spare.


Have you tried just writing a narrative from your character. My characters often visit a therapist who asks very pointed questions. :) Sometimes they just rant. It doesn't have to go into the story, but sometimes that helps me move into character and get motivated to write more.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:10 PM ET
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oh I forgot to mention, I use an alphasmart that I got from Ebay for $60. It lets me write anywhere with no need for cords etc.  I just plug in the USB cable and it transfers it to my computer.  its an absolute god send.  I get side tracked way too much when on a computer, so even a laptop would not work for me. I once spent 3 hours playing solitaire!    They are rather cheap, last for ages on one set of batteries - I have had mine and I swap the batteries once a year  and I do NaNO on it. And I dont have to retype what I have written.

Sadly I cannot turn off my internet since when I am home, hubby is home and he uses the internet.