Friday, January 11, 2013

Writer's Group + Outlines.

 {Art print image by Sycamore Street Press.}

Last night, I had my first meeting with my new writer's group. There weren't that many of us, but I'm still glad we met. I just needed to get it started, you know? I feel like I can't put off writing this book any longer.

Setting up this in-person group makes me feel like I have some accountability for my work. I think I'll be more motivated to meet my writing goals if I know there are people to follow up on me. Plus, it's always good to be around like-minds.

The difference for my writing approach this time around? I've really worked on my outline.

I have a story I've been messing around with for awhile now (maybe even as long as two years?) with multiple, multiple, rough drafts that don't go much further than chapter 1.

Ugh. I've written chapter one so. Many. Times.

I hate it. My problem? I get this great idea, start to free write and see it where this character takes me and she takes me around in circles. Or ditches. Or hitting walls.

I was reading old entries of Marissa Meyer's blog and she wrote about how she outlined Cinder using the book, "First Draft in 30 Days." I checked it out from the library and to be honest. I'm a bit wary of it. I'm not much of a how-to-do-it book reader, so it looks daunting.

As my writing group friend who was over last night joked, "It might take you 30 days just to read the book!"

Despite the endless text,  I have however, been skimming this outlining book and it's useful. I've also been using some outlining worksheets off of Writer's Digest. Also helpful.

So, in summary so far this year I have:

- An outline (not as detailed as I would like, but it's a great start).
- A writing group 
- A short-term goal (1,000 words a day, three chapter by next meeting)

And guess what folks? I've already done my 1,000 words today. Huzzah!

 I'll have some time tonight while the kids are asleep to write more too. New year, we are off to a great start.

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