Thursday, 20 March 2008

Glad That I Race am I

Just a v. quick note to say thanks to you all for being so welcoming and encouraging. I'm very glad I joined, it definitely helps spur me on. I've had one writing day so far and wrote just over 3,000 words, so only 4,500 to go before the end of the week... and that is what I am doing today. Not mucking about with my Blogger profiles, writing test posts on here to see whether my profile change worked, going to aquanatal classes, doing admin and fretting already about whether this new book is worth a damn or not, oh no. Not me. I am the model of motivated activated busy-ness.

[coughs and covers face to hide lie-detecting blush]

8 comments:

Clare Sudbery said...

Don't worry, I won't post here every time I'm procrastinating...

Argh though, today has gone rather slow. Only 1558 words so far, and I was hoping to complete the week's 7500 today, wot with Easter weekend coming up and my son being off school as from tomorrow and my partner having his nose buried in the magazine he edits, trying to get it to the printers...

I even originally planned to do *extra* words today, cos I'm going to lose at least a week's worth of writing while my son is on easter hols for the next fortnight...

Am not getting into this book though. My favourite publisher rejected my latest book this week, which has knocked my confidence and left me fretting that I'm not writing the right book, that I don't know what I'm doing, that I'm not enthusiastic enough about it all...

Just need to get my head down though, I think. Rekindle the previous enthusiasm, steer the writing towards things which inspire me. If only I could remember what inspires me...

Leigh said...

Ahhh, Aquanatal classes. I remember those. Lying about in the water with all those floaty things. I could do with some of that now, I can tell you; but without the being pregnant bit...

liz fenwick said...

You have written this week which is good....remember it is good. Now keep writting and stop fretting :-)

SpiralSkies said...

How cool that you've joined the Novel Racers - I just found out after my usual furtive lurking on your blog.

Aquanatal classes, aaarrrgh. I always wondered what aliens would have made of us if they landed at the pool while we bounced about all roundy and worn out?

Welcome aboard, by the way. Sorry I missed your arrival; am a bit of a div.

wordtryst said...

I tried to join the welcoming party earlier this week but Blogger refused to recognize my password. **shrug**

So, this is rather late, but welcome to the Racers!

Clare Sudbery said...

Yay, thanks all for the welcomes and encouragement. I have been struggling a bit the last couple of days, mainly with paranoias that this book is the wrong book and is no good... but as Zinnia pointed out to me (which also reminded me that I often say this to others), first drafts are rarely much cop, and many many writers go through feelings of being a fraud and not knowing what they're doing when they start a new book. And also I've only just started so there's plenty of time to rectify things which aren't right.

The good thing is that I'm thinking and pondering on the book constantly, and that's good. Also my partner reminded me I'm supposed to be taking it easy in the last months of pregnancy and there's really no point writing another book if it just puts me under loads of pressure and makes me miserable... so I'm determined to just get on with it and stop bloody fretting. Otherwise there really is very little point.

I always struggle with first drafts. It's not my favourite part of the process. I envy these people who chomp at the bits and can't stay away from their computers!

Clare Sudbery said...

Um, and now I have decided to start all over again this week, on a completely different book, this time character-based instead of plot-based... see my blog for details...

Clare Sudbery said...

Ooh, this seems to be working. 4777 words in one day on the new book, and it's all flowing *much* more smoothly.