Jenkins Rising

ROW80 Check-in, Middle of Week 5

Here’s my week 5(a) linky.

I wrote another 1000 words on Tuesday, which isn’t quite enough to catch up: if I write another thousand on the weekend, I’d still be 100 words short, since I was behind 600 at the end of last week. On the other hand, it means I’m starting this week on the (metaphorical) right foot. We shall see.

I keep meaning to explain what my writing project actually is at some point, and today I can’t think of anything else to say, so:

I find that the longer I keep an idea, the more complicated it gets and the more invested I am in it; this reaches a point where I don’t want to actually write it because it could turn out to be trash. To avoid that, I decided to deliberately make bad ideas part of the story, forcing myself to throw it away. The value of the writing (if any) will have to be in the things I learn and habits I build doing it.

So far, it seems to be working as a motivation technique, but that could just be the discipline of writing weekly.


One response to “ROW80 Check-in, Middle of Week 5”

  1. It’s actually good that you’re getting that invested in your story idea. Yes, it can be hard to take the risk–remember the zero draft concept though. Get the words on the paper/screen and know that over 80% of the zero draft is either trash or something for another story. <–That is key, remembering that you can always save things for another story; it’s nice to have that fear of losing things diminished. And you can always write another story in the same world… Make a series. Readers like myself love series books even more than stand alone works.

    So, on top of allowing yourself mistakes… just write and read and enjoy the journey. (Actually intentionally putting in mistakes probably isn’t as good as just accepting that you’ll make some and accepting that not all the stuff you’ll write will be perfect for THIS story.)

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