Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ready. Set. Write! Week 5

I missed last week but I am back to Ready. Set. Write! with a vengeance :) Thanks to Erin FunkJaime MorrowKaty UppermanAlison Miller, and Elodie Nowodazkij because without this blogging support I wouldn't have pulled it together to get back to my desk this quickly. It works, people!

How I did on last week's goal: I made my 2,000 words! 

My goal for this week: 2,000 words is working for me :) I'd also like to take all the little notes off my phone and enter them into an actual outline on Scrivener.

A favorite line from my story OR a word or word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised: To be perfectly honest, most of what I wrote last week was craptastic at best, but I was in the chair and the words are on the paper and some weeks that is good enough.

The biggest challenge I faced this week: Unexpected real life issues have really made me think about the role of writing in my life, and whether or not I am delusional for basically spending all my free time in my head and thinking of it as a career path. Because no matter how many times I tell myself that I would write no matter what (and I would - just not as much), I also have to face the fact that I am an adult (*shudder*) with certain responsibilities of the small person kind, and sometimes I think I should be putting that energy into something with more security.

So I skipped a week of writing to ponder, and I would love to say that I spent that time in serious reflection, but I mostly watched Scott Eastwood in The Longest Ride on iTunes and sent my friends texts about hot cowboys.

See? TOTAL ADULT over here, guys.

Then I got back in my chair and did my 2,000 words. 

So I guess I'm delusional. 

But happy. 

And fond of cowboys.

Something I love about my WIP: One of the characters is a snowboarder and I am loving writing about the mountains. I miss them.

How was your week?


  1. We all have those concerns as well but time well spent as an adult that is a cute movie and he IS a hot cowboy. Inspiration for something in the future maybe? Also you still made your goal so seems like it all turned out great.

  2. Great job with your word count! I can relate to the Real Life concerns making you doubt the whole writing thing (and I don't even have a small person relying on me), so I'm glad you took the time off to think about it (or at least relax with cowboys). ;)

    Good luck with your goals again this week. We'll all be delusional together! :)

  3. I'm a delusional adultish person too, so totally okay. :) Also, my words this week were craptastic at best too, but that IS okay. Because for me, at least, it's forging ahead. And those words can always be cut or fixed. :) Hope you have another great week!

  4. Oh, Carrie, I have those moments of mulling over the eons of energy I spend on writing ALL the time. I don't think you're allowed to be an aspiring author and NOT have those doubts. :-) Awesome job on your 2K words, and here's to another 2K this week!

  5. Yay to hitting your word goal. I don't know how many times I've sat back in the chair and wondered the same thing about writing, but no matter what the decision after that sit, I still find myself back in a story a couple days later. Guess it's something we can't escape. Good luck!

  6. Great job hitting your goal! I think adulting is overrated. ;)

  7. I can totally relate to having to balance writing with taking care of little ones--I have 3 under 4 at home, and it was a bit stressful writing under deadline while still caring for them. What I've learned is to write when they sleep! Nap time is still a requirement here, even if they just lie down for an hour or so, but I also meet my word count quota after bedtime, too. But yeah, adulting is hard. Hope it goes better this week!

  8. Oh my gosh, I totally watched The Longest Ride this week as well. As a form of distraction from the crummy life stuff. Geez, I feel like I had a similar week to yours what with the pondering, real-life stress, and all that. Hope this week is better for both of us. Even so, 2000 words, craptastic or not, is great! Have a wonderful week, Carrie!

  9. I'm amazed there are any writers at all. When you think about all the time and effort we put into creating a body of work and we're never sure if we're going to see it in print. We're a unique brand of people.

    Craptastic writing is awesome. You can't edit a blank page. I admire you for getting in your 2K words.

  10. Okay, I was just ranting to my husband about exactly what you said here (writing taking time away from raising the kid, not cowboys lol). It's so frustrating dumping all this time into something without knowing if it will ever pay off in any way at all. My son is 15 now, and I keep thinking that there won't be too many more summers like this to spend with him and maybe I should be focusing on that instead. Sigh. It's so hard to know, and to budget time. I hope you get it figured out or arrive at some balance. And hey, craptastic words are still an accomplishment! :)

  11. Any writing is good writing! And I am with everyone else, I've definitely pondered similar things about writing. I have a toddler who is very needy and some days I feel like I'm not giving him enough of anything--time, attention, structured play, etc. On the other hand, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of a little one. Better for them to have a happy, fulfilled mama who takes time to nurture her passions than to have one who is just a slave to their wants/needs. Writing might not pan out, but I feel like I am showing him passion, goal-setting, and perseverance. If it doesn't happen for me, then I guess I'll set an example of how to deal with disappointment gracefully? Haha...

  12. I've never been a cowboy fan, but man is Scott Eastwood pretty to look at! I'm glad you're sticking with writing, I've had those moments of introspection too but always realize I love it too much to give up. Hope you have an awesome writing week!


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