Friday, October 4, 2013

Weekly Update: 10-4-13

It's been a sleep-deprived week.  Not that I exactly know why I can't seem to sleep.  General anxiety, I suppose.   I'm looking at ways to network and thinking about re-writing my short stories and starting my brainstorming for NaNoWriMo and, well, all these little thoughts worm their way into my brain in the middle of night.  So I toss and turn and toss and turn and worry about waking up at 5:00 AM for subbing work I may or may not get.  (This week I didn't get it.)  Next thing you know, poof, a couple hours have gone by and still I'm awake.

Incidentally, the only way I know to combat this is the same way I combat writer's block--by scribbling my frustrations into a journal until I feel calm.

Working on my second novel this week, I focused on brainstorming.  I have a rough draft and know vaguely where I'm going; the bones of the novel are in place, so now I've got to fasten some meat on them.  In the past I might have typed aimlessly in order to meet a random work count I've assigned myself.  This time, I'm trying a different strategy.  It's a combination of problem solving and outlining, a very informal structure of tossing out ideas until I figure out where I'm going.  I'm not sure how well this will work, but I'll test it and see. 

Oh, and I just found out I got Rejection # 3 for me novel.  Yay for me.

1 comment:

  1. Don't worry about those rejections! You just keep knocking on the door. I hear you about sleep deprivation--those thoughts worming in. I've done the same thing--scribble in the journal until things stop wriggling. That combination of problem-solving and outlining--I've used it myself, with limited success. I make progress, but so very slowly. But there's all kinds of ways to write and no two ways are the same. d:)