Camp Day: 4
Word Count: 4,048
Good Afternoon Friends,
My apologies for such a short post yesterday, I needed to make sure that some things in my personal life came first, and thankfully, were sorted out in a timely manner. That being said, today’s post will be some more of my writing progress as well as some of the really helpful things I’ve picked up from No Plot? No Problem!
I know I have yet to talk about Section 2 and that’s what I think I will discuss in more detail today. This section has its chapters divided up into each of the four weeks of your writing process. Since Baty suggests reading each of these chapters one week at a time, to keep in the moment and keep the excitement alive, that’s how I will talk about each chapter of the second section. For this post, I will be focusing on Week One. The tone of encouragement from Baty starts out the chapter with much enthusiasm and excitement. I have to agree with him, writing the book you’ve always wanted to should be a fun and adventurous journey. I like that he also identifies a huge problem right off the bat with self criticism and tackles it right away by identifying it as an “Inner Editor” and how to put them on hold for the next 30 days of your writing journey (Baty 107-108.) I found his tips throughout the chapter to be very helpful, and gave me a sigh of relief. He talks about how to deal with what he calls “Week One Issues” such as starting off your story’s first sentence, finding when your optimal writing time is, and how to bring a chapter to a close (Baty 110-112.)
After reading these, I felt that through Baty’s encouragement and positive constructive thinking, I was more at ease and wasn’t too caught up in my story. I didn’t end up seeing it as a chore anymore: I saw it as a peaceful, new, and exciting journey of which I couldn’t wait to be apart of. With these 30 days, he breaks up his strategy on how to deal with each of the week’s challenges. His “Week One Tips” focus on balancing out the adrenaline rush from the excitement of diving into your story and how to keep up with a healthy momentum all while not falling into bad habits such as stop and go editing and runaway thoughts (Baty 112-116.) I have definitely had my moments already where my story ideas and sentences are coming to me like a broken dam: all at once. Instead of stopping myself, I just type out the story as it comes. This can be a bit overwhelming, and if I worry about the new ideas that tend to be more ahead of my story than I am, I just jot it down in my notebook that I leave next to me for such an instance. Getting to know yourself as a writer, and learning about what helps and hinders you along the way is very essential to the progress of your creative writing. I believe that you should nurture your good habits and needs and work on limiting your bad habits as much as possible. In order for me to think clearly, my work space needs to be neat, so I always make sure to keep it as such to prevent an unnecessary distraction. Also, like I said about the notebook, I always have one with me wherever I go because inspiration and ideas tend to come to me at any given time, so what I noticed works for me, is physically writing out my thoughts and ideas. I know other people who have places dedicated on their smart devices for said ideas and I think that’s a great idea as well. What this week so far has taught me about my story writing process is my need to stay focused and positive has already been a great factor in completing my weekly goals and has already surfaced what my good and bad habits are (good being riding out the momentum and bad being allowing my immediate distractions to take a place before my writing.)
Thank you all for continuing this journey with me as I write my first short story in a long time. It really means the world to me that you guys take the time to stop by and see what I’ve got to say. For those writing along, I wish you all the focus, words, luck and love the world can give you. To those of you just here for the ride, I hope it’s enjoyable for you.
Baty, Chris. No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. Chronicle Books, 2014.