Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Writer's Wednesday - Gettin' Chunky
This spring has been manic. I say that a lot, don't I! Truth is, the last 2 years have been pretty hairy at one time or another. This year alone sees five books release and like most writers, I have a house, yard, kids, pets...lots of other commitments. And it's really easy to feel overwhelmed by it all and wonder how it's all going to get done. Or to get to the end of the day and realize that yes, you got the laundry done so your kids won't walk around naked or you volunteered; you vacuumed up the dog hair balls or maybe made something other than frozen pizza for supper, but you didn't manage to get any writing done. It happens. More often than I'd like.
Followed by an impossible deadline.
And I maybe came close to hyperventilating a time or two.
Well, thank goodness for critique partners (and PHS editors). Through the month of April, Michelle Styles was telling me how she was writing in 750 word chunks. The volume of writing she got done was amazing. And when you're trying to juggle things, she said, it works really well.
So...when the rewrites went in, and I had to start my deadline book from scratch (don't ask), I thought it might be worth a try.
After 750 words, you do something else. Then you come back and do another 750. And you do this 3-4 times a day. Write your 750 and do some laundry. Another 750 and vacuum the floors. Or run out and get groceries. Whatever is on your list, it comes after your chunk of 750.
I always go over what I wrote the previous day before I start, so in the morning, that's my warm up to get me "into" the story again. And then off I go. I get my writing done AND I don't feel like the rest of my life is falling apart at the seams. And if it's going well, I ride the wave a little longer. Nothing is set in stone, except the 750 minimum.
Chunk writing is really working for me, so if you're stuck and trying to keep momentum going, or crazy busy and wondering how it's all going to get there, it might be worth a try.
Donna's next book is a reprint of HIRED: THE ITALIAN'S BRIDE in the anthology Mediterranean Men & Marriage, a Special Release from Mills and Boon coming in July.