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Fuel for Writing

Nanowrimo continues, and The Third Transmutation is coming along very nicely. The write-in last Sunday was a lot of fun, and I think we all added a good chunk to our word count (for some reason we all ignored our word dukes at the meeting...)

The main reason for my progress is that I find procrastination a lot harder when there's a goal and a deadline, but there are several other types of fuel that make the writing roll along:

1) Lots of time. I run my own company, so I'm pretty much able to control my own time and projects. I do use work for procrastination once in a while, but generally I have a good deal of time on my hands. Even so, I'm surprised how much I get done when I take an hour at odd times between other tasks during the day.

2) Music: This novel seems to be written mostly to the tunes of Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Marty Friedman, Queen, Dire Straits, and a good deal of new age music. A pretty weird combination, come to think of it.

3) A little too much chocolate for my own good. The ill effects are alleviated to a certain extent by:

4) Exercise. Running or taking the bike to work means I burn off some of the stress that would otherwise keep me unfocused and unproductive.

5) Meditation: I'm attending a course in Mindfulness Meditation, and it's Very Good for anchoring me in the real world. It takes a great deal of training and daily exercises to make it work, but in general it helps me separate work from family time, so I'm not lost in the novel 24 hours a day.

6) All right, put this up as number 0. I really want to tell this story. The characters are alive in my mind, they experience great and horrible stuff in an interesting world. Because of the speed I'm writing at and the lack of planning, some very unexpected things happen to them, and they seem to handle themselves quite well. (All right, in places the story hangs together only because I insist it does, but I wouldn't send this off without editing anyway :-) )

Anyone else out there with similar experiences?

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threeoutside
Nov. 13th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Go, Jakob! Sounds like you're doing great.
jakobdrud
Nov. 13th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm having a great time! The first notes for this novel date back to 2006, and I just haven't been able to get a good start on it. Nanowrimo turned out to be just the thing.

And thanks for the encouragement. It belongs on the fuel list :-)
jongibbs
Nov. 13th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I've never tried NaNo (I like to write at my own pace), but I'm impressed that so many people find it can work for them.
jakobdrud
Nov. 14th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
The really useful thing about Nano is that it puts a kind of benevolent pressure on me. I want to see if I can write 50.000 words in a month, but I won't get chewed up by a customer if I don't deliver. That makes it a thing of play. And to quote my own first rule on writing: writing should always be at least a little fun, and preferably a lot.
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jakobdrud
Nov. 14th, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
I constantly ran into the problem of keeping my working hours 9-5 and not letting them spill over into my private life. The last year or so, I've seemed to relax a lot about my own expectations, and that made all the difference for me.

And I have no idea what 80s feel you're talking about. It's purely coincidental that it features the Warlocks of Yu'pii preparing a strike against the Great Red Mage of the East...
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