Thursday, February 4, 2010

Quick post on writing process!

Hey folks

Am crazily trying to finish my mss that I entered in the Emmy!

You see, I had every intention to have it finished well before the second round announcement but then I got the revisions request on the partial from the ed. I stopped writing the rest of the book then and rewrote the beginning so it actually changed quite dramatically. I assumed I probably wouldn't get into the second round and would worry about crossing that bridge (ie. writing the last 10k of original version) when and if I did.

So Monday, I get the email saying I'm through. Monday night I read ALL what I had written of original incarnation and Tuesday I start writing.

Now usually... at least lately... I've been a pretty low-output writer. I try for 5k a week but frequently don't make it. Now I had to write 10k in less than a week.

There was a fair amount of cursing and screaming.

And then I got on with it.

And what I've learnt is that I CAN write when my muse is taking a tea break and I CAN write when I'm tired or have a sore throat or have had not a moment's peace during the day. I CAN write to deadline.

I'm just hoping that when this is all over, I maintain the discipline I've been forced to adopt.

End of ramblings!


Janette Radevski said...

Go you - and yes you CAN do it! I dragged myself to the cafe today - the lack of kids, husband, TV, Internet did wonders... Have told hubby I MUST have at least 1.5 hours a day where I go to the cafe and write (and um, drink scads of coffee too). Hmmm not sure he agrees...

Good luck with the rest of your 10k!

Rachael Johns said...

WOW Janette - if your hubby agrees to that, let me know how you managed it!

Lacey Devlin said...

Wow congrats Rach! I hope there was a little bit of screaming for getting through to the next round mixed in with the rest of it :) Good luck!

Mel Teshco said...

well done Rach!!
10K in a week is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kerrin said...

well done - here's hoping you can keep it up!

Rachael Johns said...

Yeah... LAcey, there was definiately a little happy screaming.

Thanks Mel and Kerrin - unfortunatley I think I'm slowing down. Have only written 1600ish today :(

Jackie Ashenden said...

Great Rach. Amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it eh?

Joanne Coles said...

Congrats, Rach, both on the output and also reaching the second round of the Emmys. I somehow missed your post announcing that. You're flying this year :-)

Angie Peters said...

Good luck with the second round of the Emmy's, Rach! It's amazing how much we can achieve when the pressure's on, eh?
You can do it!!

Maisey said...

Good luck...drink lots of caffeine. ;-)