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Friday, 31 May 2013

Weekly Writing - Mixing It Up... Somehow

Now eagle-eyed readers will have noticed I didn't post last week.

Or maybe you didn't notice at all...

But anyway I didn't post last week as I didn't think you really needed another post telling you that I hadn't written anything.

Well I haven't written anything this week either although the idea cogs have been aturning in my head.

And my RSI is slowly but surely getting better.

 *Next line to be read to the tune of 'Somethin' Stupid*

But then I go and spoil it all my doing something stupid like playing on the PS3!

But seriously I have had to 'ration' the amount of time I spend playing on the PS3 and I think that has helped with my slow but sure recovery, along with other things including stretching exercises, massage and good old fashioned pain killers. My wrist doesn't twinge as much when I write or type. (Although I am still writing quite a bit with my left hand).

Of course it's not 'writing' writing. Given that I just declared that I hadn't written anything again this week. No - it's the notes/lists sort of writing.

On another creative note this week I had a go at drawing left handed... let's just say I need to work on that a bit.

Next up will be sewing left handed which I see as a disaster waiting to happen, perhaps I'll just wait until my wrist has recovered before attempting that one.

Now I've been thinking this week about mixing it up a little bit on this blog (as my post title suggests)... the only problem I have is that I haven't really got any ideas on how to mix it up.

More thinking is required... and more writing.

Til next week.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Weekly Writing - Becoming Ambidextrous

Good news - my wrist is feeling a bit better.

Bad news - I haven't written anything this week.

My wrist is definitely feeling better than it did. However because it's starting to improve I sometimes forget that it is recovering and I start typing with both hands (like I keep doing now) or I go to scribble something down with my right hand and get a twinge in my wrist.

It won't get better if I keep doing that will it?

But the bright side is that, when writing with my left hand, my handwriting is getting faster and still legible.

I'm also really getting used to using the mouse with my left hand as well.

Although I haven't written anything this week I have been giving editing some thought. I don't think I'm going to officially take part in NaNoWriMo come November. I think I'm going to use November to crack on with editing my first draft of my NaNo 2010.

I've been attempting to turn it in to a second draft for a couple of years, so hopefully the transformation might actually end up complete if I spend a month working on just that.

And between now and then I will try and get my NaNo 2012 and my Camp NaNo April 2013 first drafts finished (NaNo 2012 is a lot nearer completion that what I've just been working on for Camp NaNo).

So til next week...

Friday, 10 May 2013

Weekly Writing - Woe Is Me

I haven't written anything this week.

I'm pretty sure that I've developed a repetitive strain injury in my right wrist. Which is not good given that I'm right handed.

It's either RSI or I have managed to sprain my wrist without actually noticing it... is that possible? Or maybe that's the definition of RSI? An injury that you didn't even realise you'd got until it hurt.

So anyway when I first realised that I probably had RSI I immediately overreacted and assumed it would never get better and started researching voice recognition software. So that's probably the closest I got to actually writing this week.

The only typing I've done has been one handed, with the mouse on the other side of the desk. While I click the wrong side of the mouse because my brain thinks it's a mirror image for some reason.

And then there was trying to write things - notes, lists etc - with my left hand. If I write at the same speed with my left hand as I would with my right it would be completely illegible.

So I've had to write painfully slowly and had to concentrate really hard so I don't try and write some letters backwards (clearly operated by the same part of the brain as the mouse operating part).

Maybe this is my body's way of telling me to stop writing and start editing what I have already written.

So even though I haven't been writing this week I have a couple of links about writing more/faster and rewriting:

How To Maximize Your Word Count And Write More Every Day - Chuck Wendig @ Terrible Minds

Writing it Fast vs Writing it Right - Rachel Aaron @ Pretentious Title

Til next week...

Friday, 3 May 2013

Weekly Writing - I Made It

I made it!

On the 30th April I managed to crawl over the finish line and ended up with 30,161 words for Camp NaNoWriMo (Word said it was 30,160 but the validator found another word hiding somewhere).

So here is the break down of my last week's worth of word counts:

Friday 26th: 1,587
Saturday 27th: 1,548
Sunday 28th: 2,017
Monday 29th: 1,001
Tuesday 30th: 997

Week total: 7,150

Grand total: 30,161 words

Now at this moment I've no idea where the story is going... it is far from over. And although I'm writing it in order the events in it don't seem to be occurring in order... if that makes sense.

But my plan of attack for now is to put this on the back burner... let it simmer and see what turns up.

And while that's happening I will (I WILL) finish the first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2012. It's nearly there so not long to go... I hope.

And then I will (I WILL) restart and finally finish editing the first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2010. Yes you read that right - 2010.

Til next week...

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

NaNoWriMo Countdown

May is here! Spring has sprung (finally). And there are now

184 DAYS

to go until the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2013.