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#ROW80: Avoiding the tendency to self-sabotage

As planned it has been a gentle start to ROW80 but, nonetheless, a start has been made.

I am still not 100% decided on my POV for this one. I’ve started off with third person but I’m suspecting first person might be the way to go. However, I’m wary that it might be difficult to raise the necessary suspense with that POV. The book I’m reading just now (American Outlaw by John Stonehouse) starts with a first person perspective and is flicking into third person for the sections with US Marshall Whicher. And, do you know, I’m fine with it and it doesn’t jar with me. So, why sweat it now?

The most important thing with any writing is that I’m determined that I won’t undermine myself – it’s easy to see how the anxiety around this could quickly lead to a rise in doubts and become an act of self-sabotage. I’ve learned this with non-fiction writing; how I need to suspend my anxiety with the utter dross of my first draft and how it often doesn’t come good until several drafts down the line. I still need to learn to do that with fiction, to hold the line and to keep going until it feels better.

#ROW80 progress – the first check in and an open road ahead

downloadNowt to report yet but I knew that would be the case and it does highlight the benefits of a flexible challenge like ROW80. I knew I had a busy week at work ahead when I signed up and it would have been all to easy for me to simply not bother with it and chalk it up as as being just too hard. Another opportunity would be going by and, instead, I’m looking forward to the next few days when I can get started.

I have to admire the fine grained goals and targets of other participants of ROW80. I know it’s the best way to go about setting goals (SMART and all that) so I’m slightly envious when I look at my rather sprawling, bloated and indistinct goal of 60,000 words in 80 days.

My Pacemaker plan did allow for a few days without words and it starts with a gentle ramp up of effort. I’ll spend some time this evening pulling together my characters and plot before launching into some initial scenes tomorrow. I think I would benefit from having a detailed outline, a road map if you will, so I may need to accommodate that in my schedule, but I’ve also found that some initial writing helps me ‘find’ (if not too pretentious) the characters at the start.

A new website and a new challenge: ROW80

UnknownI’m late to the party so I’ve hastily set up a blog today (much needed) and scribbled a few words for ROW80.

The major goal is to write 60,000 words of the novel that has been brewing and bubbling up for the past couple of years. Life is busy but it can no longer wait. My plan has been drawn up in the excellent Pacemaker (widget at the side).

More reflections to follow in the future. And, now, to the writing…