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How I Completed the Third Draft! Part 3: The Timesheet
Sunday, April 5, 2015 10:02 PM
The summer after finishing my master's degree (last summer), I worked and worked and wrote and wrote. But then the summer ended and I was not even halfway done. I voiced my displeasure with this to someone who tried to console me by saying "the good part of being a teacher is that there's always next summer." Now pardon the language, but my... Read More...
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How I Completed the Third Draft! Part 1: The Vow
Sunday, March 29, 2015 1:36 PM
The last post I made here was over a year and a half ago. I was fed up and failing at balancing my life as a writer with the multitude of other demands on time: twin girls, full-time job, working on a Master's Degree in education. I was trying everything I could think of: writing early in the morning, writing during my planning period, writing once a week... Read More...
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Days 15-17: Chapter 4
Monday, June 24, 2013 3:45 PM
I wanted to blog everyday this week, but it was just too crazy and what time I had to write went straight to the book. I've had anecdotes and more "there's always reasons not to write" moments, but what it boils down to is this: I got another chapter done. A chapter a week may not be the best pace but it's the best pace I've known in... Read More...
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Day 9: Onward! and stuff
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:38 AM
This morning, I finished Chapter 3, (Huzzah!), and after yesterday's discussion thought I would share what punctuation I believe it ends on (may have to writing more and look back globally before I can think about the novel's rhythm). So, what punctuation does chapter 3 end on? A semi-colon. Because it rounds out a thought and seems to conclude nicely... Read More...
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Day 8: Breaking Chapters
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:15 AM
Just about finished chapter 3 and the only thing that's keeping me from moving on is seeing how long the next chapter potentially is. I wonder about chapter balance. Plenty of books I read have short chapters and long chapters. Only when they are in the extreme one way or the other do I really notice at all. I posed the question to facebook and this is the... Read More...
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Day 7: TBAWP
Monday, June 17, 2013 9:29 AM
That stands for Tampa Bay Area Writing Project. I am and will be for the next four weeks attending their summer institute for writing teachers. I'm expected to create a demonstration lesson to take back to my school (and district) to share with my peers about the teaching of writing. It's from 9 AM to 4 PM. Monday through Thursday. For four weeks. BUT... Read More...
Day 4: Word Working
Friday, June 14, 2013 8:07 AM
No, there wasn't a day-three. Not sure yet if I'll be posting everyday that I do writing, but sadly, yesterday was completely consumed by working on our old house and getting ready to be rented. 10+ hours. Good stuff. Going back today for about an hour / hour in a half. But this isn't a blog about not-writing... Today, I write! And, since someone... Read More...
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Day 2: 'Chapter 3, You Old ***' or 'Still Chilly and Sputtering'
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:14 PM
Well, I failed at writing this morning. Not in the getting up and getting start part but in the isolating myself from family part. I've got to have my space to write, especially when it's something like this, where the ideas and inspiration aren't as fresh and you have to force yourself into the chair a bit. Then there was a whole day full of stuff... Read More...
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Day 1: The Cold Start
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:39 AM
Here it is, the first day of summer. Let me say, I'm already starting off by having failed in my goals a bit. I'm not even talking about the numerous other attempts I've made to get Draft 3 started that go back more than a year at this point. No. That's far too depressing to talk about in a blog about a grand new beginning. I'm just talking... Read More...
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The Latest Push
Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:33 AM
I just scanned through my last real post to this blog and can't belief that so much time has past. The girls were six weeks old and I was trying to keep the book going by writing during my planning period. It was a good idea, worth a try at least. At least I was trying to intend to do something. Of course, that didn't work. I heard of a writer once who... Read More...
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Shapes and Subjects
Sunday, July 15, 2012 12:16 PM
Novel update: Finished that section earlier this week. Pseudo-finished it anyway. I'm letting Mary get a first read on it and I'm going to at some point run back through and clean it up a little bit before really calling it the third draft. As I've said on here many times, my approach to this draft is different than others in one huge way: I'm... Read More...
Break on Through
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 2:23 PM
Reading and revising whole swaths of the novel, especially, I imagine, when the book is so damn big, is proving to be a very unique challenge. After reading and making a detailed plot outline of the next seven chapters, I thought I was stuck. There were so many options to consider. So many things that needed changing alongside twice as many items that could be... Read More...
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Friday, May 18, 2012 7:55 PM
This last Wednesday I finished the third draft of chapters 1 and 2. Not bad for ten days work (most of which wasn't spent working on the novel). As for the goal to shorten this draft, so far the word count dropped about 1500 words between the two chapters. My wife (those of you who know her know she's not afraid to tell you exactly what she thinks of... Read More...
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Here We Go Again
Sunday, May 6, 2012 8:25 AM
Draft 3 can be put off no longer. My identical baby girls will be here in about two and a half months and who knows how much time I'll have to write once they're here. I have a 31 chapter, 173,000 word monstrosity that I need to do some serious revision on. If I'm going to do this it's got to happen now. I'd love to spend a few weeks fiddling... Read More...
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New Year, New Plan
Saturday, January 7, 2012 10:55 AM
Alright, so the plan isn't that new. It's different from last year's but it's the same overall plan. 2012 is poised to be a year of unparalleled change in my life, leaving me helplessly busy and most likely suffering from unrelenting fatigue and exhaustion. My full time job as a tenth grade teacher continues to consume most of my time and leave... Read More...
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