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update - THE PACT [Jan. 5th, 2010|06:21 pm]
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Yay for responses!

I messaged our High Queen on FB and this is what she said:

*blows dust off teh LJ* I'm game, actually. I MISS writing, and I came across some old journal entries of mine from last June and was like -"this is really good. You should DO this more often", so if you want to sign a pact of some kind, I'm in.

A pact to post regularly would be too much for me at the moment, soooo.... my pact this term is going to be to set aside a regular time each week to write my own stuff even if it's only an hour. I need to spend less time on the internet not more but that said I would LOVE a group Skype chat.

We could use this comm to post writing-related tips / quotes / articles we come across that other people might find them interesting - that might provoke some discussion y/n?

So, in the spirit of motivation, here's a time management thingy I came across yesterday:

1. What do you want to accomplish this week with your writing?

2. What are two things today you can do to make that happen?

3. What is one thing you can do each day to make that happen?


It worked yesterday - today, not so much :(

So tomorrow here are my 2 things:
Integrate summary of Foucault article "What is an author?" into the overall argument for my paper.

Write up my margin notes on a book I read way back in October FAST without getting bogged down in editing myself so I can include it in the paper before I have to send it to my supervisor Friday.

Sorry it's boring academic stuff :D

In the comments STATE YOUR PACT for the next chunk of time whether it's a week, a month, a term whatever.
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[User Picture]From: mullvaney
2010-01-05 07:19 pm (UTC)
Tonight, I will produce a rough first draft of a short piece for the Brigets flame all-stars contest. No more than 1,000 words, as the short pieces seem to do the best there. (1 hour) If I have time, I will work on the chapter I have of NDoR, which has gotten complicated and I think I've gotten too involved in the story.

As far as letting go of that Internal Editor, I don't think I can do that; syntax and word choice are so entwined in the way I write, that I don't think I can just spew words without thought to how they go together and convey the mood, point, or image I'm after.

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From: ex_jo_blogs
2010-01-06 06:49 pm (UTC)
syntax and word choice are so entwined in the way I write, that I don't think I can just spew words without thought to how they go together and convey the mood, point, or image I'm after.

I realised after I'd finished my last fic that my Internal Editor had become so dominant it was in danger of paralysing me completely. I think it may be a fanfic-related problem because I obsess over getting every detail 'right'. I'm hoping I can be a bit freer with my own stuff.
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[User Picture]From: siftingseaspray
2010-01-06 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! I think a skype chat sounds fun if others are up for it...

For the coming term: I think I'm going to try and make myself write something once a day in the form of a diary (even if it just ends up two lines of rubbish), it's quite a good grounding mechanism for me. I'm going to schedule one hour a week (Probably on a Saturday) to try and do some actual creative writing. I don't think I can manage anything more in term time..

In terms of academic writing I *really* need to get my fieldwork notes written up.... So at the moment 2 hours a day is spent on that with reading/ essay writing on top of it (supposedly about 5 hours, 'but it's snowing outside!')

I would also like to do more reading/ critiquing. One thing I always found really helpful to my own writing was reading and picking apart other people's. I know I've been away a lot so I think I've missed a lot of people's stuff, but if anyone does want feedback do email me... might take a little while for me to get back to you if I have an essay crisis but I will do, in time.

Integrate summary of Foucault article "What is an author?" into the overall argument for my paper

I'm reading Foucault too! (Erotics- ancient greek sexual practices, yay).... I didn't know he'd written about writing. What do you make of him? I find his ideas really interesting but for some reason almost impossible to write about.... the word discourse gives me an instant mental block *shudder*.
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From: ex_jo_blogs
2010-01-06 06:45 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything at the moment for you to critique - but an offer of critique is a good incentive to get my synopsis written!

'discourse' is one of those slippery terms - I'm using it at the moment without much idea if I'm using it correctly. Hopefully I'll get a handle on it at some point! I find his ideas easier to write about than some, but I can only digest them in very small portions. Have you read the thing about the regicide? It's available online but I won't link to it because I don't want to be responsible for scarring anyone for life!
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