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Gosh, it's been a while.

After a few weeks of being frustrated with myself for not getting much writing done, I've come up with a plan. Every morning (except Saturdays--everyone deserves a break) I'm getting up at 7am, doing 20-30 min exercise, showering, and then writing for half an hour. This means even the days I have to leave for work shortly after 8am, I still get writing done when I'm fresh. It also means I have to retire to bed around 10pm every night, as I haven't convinced my body yet that it can do with less than nine hours sleep. I'm not all that productive after 10 at night anyway, so it's probably better this way.

Done two sessions so far, and I think it's going to work well. Eventually, on the days like today when I don't have work until the afternoon, I'll write for a longer stretch, but I don't want to increase the pressure too soon. I will write more today, I'm sure, just after I get my internet-ing et al done. And even if I procrastinate and don't, I'll have gotten some done, so the guilt monkey can't beat me too hard. ;)

Still working on In Memory Of. The muse finally decided it was time to outline, so I've got pointforms on each chapter to keep me going in the right direction. Over 10,000 words now; around 1/5 done, I suppose. Hardest part is keeping Cassie's voice. I picture her sitting across from me, telling me the story, but it's hard to hold that focus and focus on the story, so I have to keep pausing and bringing her back.

Have also been brainstorming for a MG series. I've had this desire to write a MG series (like, 4-8 books, not a super-long deal) for a while now, something about continuing characters and storylines appeals to me, and I think I've finally come up with an idea that works. It's percolating down as I work on IMO.

Question for those still with me--any suggestions of good books or sites on the slang (American) of different time periods? I have teen characters from the '20s, '50s, and '70s here, and I wasn't alive in any of those decades to know how people talk.

Cheers!

mlc

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tufted
Oct. 26th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
Big list of slang links.

http://stuff.goduck.net/links/slang.html

Hope that helps!
lkmadigan
Nov. 22nd, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
OMG - you get NINE hours of sleep?!

Every night? Sometimes more?!

You must not be a mother ... or you have wonderfully sleep-oriented kids.

I get up at 5:15 in the morning to get in 30-45 minutes of writing before I get in the shower. (Must be at work by 7:30.) Mind you ... I don't manage this every single day. I do it if I'm deep in the midst of my story. AND I must have a cup of coffee.

Trust me, inkchangeling ... you can survive on less than nine hours of sleep. I do pretty well on seven.

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