Last check-in word count: I was at 45K after a great writing week!
Current WC + CC: 58K! 2000 words almost every day this week! Yay for productivity! :D
WIP issues this week: Oh first draft woes, why must you torture me? The inner editor's been on the rampage this week, interrupting my writing by whispering in my ear that I'm using the same descriptions over and over again and have forgotten how to use words, that my writing makes no sense, is cliche, etc... So it's been tough trying to shut those voices out and concentrate on just getting the story down.
One of the pitfalls of jumping between projects at vastly different stages of the writing process (when editing the second Darkworld book and sending queries for Beneath the Waves to agents) is that it's easy to forget that a first draft doesn't have to be perfect! I tell myself this so often, I should probably stick it on my ceiling or something...
What I learned this week in writing: That no idea is original! It's something I need to remind myself CONSTANTLY, because, even after publishing two books and having readers comment on how original my ideas are (YAY READERS! :D), I still have days of Oh God everything I write is unoriginal and crappy. But there are NO original ideas!
I read a blog post this week (and can't for the life of me remember where) which reduced some of the most popular books (i.e. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, etc.) to their basic concepts - and suddenly they don't sound unique! That's because it's what the writer does with an idea - the characters, the story, the details - that makes it original. Hell, I've read Booker's Seven Basic Plots three times all the way through (the joys of a literature degree!), and according to Christopher Booker, there's only ONE basic plot, common to all stories. He gives dozens of examples of stories which couldn't be more different, yet all of them share this same core plot. It's definitely something to keep in mind!
What distracted me this week when writing: First draft woes. That pesky story trying to get away from me (I made a slight deviation from my outline earlier in the draft and it came back to hound me...). The Darkness Watching sale and all the promotion insanity that involved. Also, signing the contract for Walking Shadow and subsequent exciting things like cover design worksheets and marketing plans. :)
Last 200 words: ...are off-limits. Well, I'm at the final 1/4 of the book, wouldn't want to spoil it. ;)