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750words.com [Dec. 8th, 2011|12:03 pm]
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Some of you may have noticed that recently I have been writing a little more. Still not getting around to commenting or answering people, but that's the trade-off. I tend to find I just don't quite manage read, write, and comment.

What has gotten me writing again is that back in October I joined 750words.com. It's a site where your goal is simple - to write 750 words a day. They don't have to be about anything, you can just rant, talk about your day, note down ideas or jobs, whatever.

I've been struggling to get writing again, and on a whim tried it out. And it's worked really well. Most days I just write stream of consciousness stuff. But every now and then I'll morph some of that into a new piece of fiction, or an article.

It's taken a lot of the pressure off me that was stopping me before I started. Previously if I wanted to write something for here, or try to get going on a new piece of fiction, I'd go at it in fits and starts and give up. Health issues, the kids, trying to get housework done, it all got in the way. Now I write as much as I feel like, digress off to theorise about this, rant about that, make a list of jobs I've done for the day, and wonder at the beauty that awaits me every time I look in the mirror.

I don't have to get a story or article finished. I just have to get to my 750 words, and that feels wonderful to do. Sometimes I struggle to find the words at all, but it's amazing how blathering on about your day will give you fresh insights. And of course, I'm sure I'm not the only one who occasionally writes something like, "Oh, at 710 words, and I've run out of things to write about. I really am drawing a blank. Damn. How many to go now? 733? Oh poo. Come on, I just want to finish now..." and so on. That's the beauty of it, none of it matters, you just have to write.

I've written 50,000 words since I began. Probably 45,000 of that is crap that no one will ever see, but still, I've written 50,000 words! I've missed days for one reason and another, but at this point I've written a minimum of 750 words a day for 29 days straight.

And I'm feeling really good about that.

If it's the sort of thing you think might appeal to you, or might help you as it's helped me, give it a look!

(I'd already done my quota for today in the wee hours of this morning when I wrote the first draft of an 800 word short story, and I just finished writing this post in it as well, bringing me up to 1300 words so far today.)

[User Picture]From: callistra
2011-12-08 04:42 am (UTC)
I write stuff like that into my nanowrimo. I just deleted a paragraph that ranted about J demanding my attention when I was running Write or Die for that 1,000 in twenty minutes, and there being five minutes left and he was being OMG demanding and whiny and all at once...
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2011-12-08 05:49 am (UTC)
Glad it's working for you. Sure lots of it won't be works of genius, but hey, Sturgeon's law applies. Most of mine is recapping of the day, sometimes venting about what I want to get off my chest. One day I may even do some creative writing with it.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-12-08 08:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting me on to it! It's been great :)

And yeah, sometimes it's just a daily rundown. And oh but there's been some serious venting!

Doubt I'll ever manage your amazing record though! It really is very impressive.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2011-12-08 09:16 am (UTC)
Record of uninterrupted days, that is. Not venting.

Though who knows, you may be a ranting machine when no one can see you :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-12-08 01:37 pm (UTC)
I can be very persistent sometimes ;) - as for ranting, I can when I get angry enough, but I find it hard to sustain anger for long. So I don't normally hold grudges, though a few people have attained 'I don't want anything to do with them status' but even then I usually don't waste time or energy on them if I don't have to.

411 days tonight. Next stop Space Bird!
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2011-12-08 01:38 pm (UTC)
And that was me forgetting I wasn't logged in.
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