A few things to note (edit - I hate blog formatting):
- Leaving the word document open during the entire day forces me to add to the story when I get a few minutes of down time. The minimized window constantly in my viewing range at the bottom of the screen reminds me of my job, what it is I'm supposed to be doing. And at night, when I'm getting ready to shut everything down, I maximize it to do a final save only to get caught up where I left off and continue for another couple of paragraphs.
- The story is becoming more about Jane than it is about Jane and Ryan. Not sure how this will play out since I'm supposed to be writing romance, but I'm going to go with the flow and figure it all out later.
- Make every week a BIAW week. OK, not really, but I need to make writing a priority. As discussed both on this blog and over on The Prairies yesterday, if writing doesn't come first, then it will come last on those days when life is crazy. I may not be able to pound out as many words per day that I did here, but I need to write. Every day. Always.
- Do. Not. Go. Back. And. Edit. This is more of a warning for me right now. If I start to look back, I'll start to make changes. If I start to make changes, I'll lose the momentum of the story. Yes, the final first draft will be an absolute mess, but the important thing is it will be finished. I have discovered, after a couple of years of BIAW, that if I go back before the work is finished, I am doomed. Hey, it only took me four years to figure it out - no one ever said I was quick!
- Trust my instincts. A couple of days ago I wrote about the worry gene. If I had listened to that, Jane and Ryan's story would look much different today. I wrote through the distraction of those nagging voices and trusted Muse. And with my inspirational quote this week to guide me, I have come to realize that I love to write. For me. If others enjoy, so much the better, but I will not compromise my story for a 'what if' scenerio that doesn't exist right now.
- Those that support my writing are the best people in the world. This pretty well means everyone I know because everyone has been and continues to be supportive. Propping me up when I fall, reading my writing and liking it (yes, Sally Field comes to mind - "You like me, you really like me."), offering advice, and believing in something that some days I find hard to believe in myself (if that makes any sense at all). To those people - thank you!
OK - this is getting to be sentimental and tear-inducing. BIAW was a great experience, again. And now I have to figure out what needs done on the day job (did bare minimum this week), clean the house (anyone want to buy some Dust Bunnies - going cheap?), and look at rescheduling my days (see comment section over on The Prairies). Oh, yeah, I also need to keep writing Jane's Story!
Question for the day - not really a question, use the comment section to thank those people in your life who've supported you and urged you to continue to pursue a writing career. We'll have our own mini Academy Awards acceptance speech (oh, that would have made a cool post - too late)!