Planning Party Archives Mar 30, 2020 13:25:16 GMT -5
Post by Keri on Mar 30, 2020 13:25:16 GMT -5
March 30th, 2020
These are the questions from the planning party hosted in the WriYe Discord chat on March 30th! Feel free to answer these on your own, or keep them somewhere to be answered when you feel the urge.
It also is the official last day of our ten day planning challenge. You have to get through the entire challenge before you earn your badge! If you want to talk about the challenge check out our Chatter Thread!
Q1. A common one is "Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard" or something similar. The real essence behind this is to make sure you show up to your "work" for day. Showing up and being prepared is half the battle!
What can you do to make sure that you have that time you need each day to hit your minimum word count goal? How can you ensure that you'll at least open the doc, put your hands on the keyboard, and make an attempt?
Q2. "Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist." (Jane Smiley) This is trying to tell you *not* to worry about whether or not your writing sounds good or your plot is completely airtight at this point. Just get those words down so we can correct them alter.
What can you do to stop your inner editor from popping up and causing trouble, blocking your creativity or stalling you completely?
Q3. "It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly." (C. J. Cherryh) Bouncing off of our last quote, this one hits a little deeper. Will you write things that you never want to see again? Sure. Does that mean everything is a lost cause? *No.*
What sort of self-comfort can you give yourself when you're feeling the lowest about your novel or your writing? Can you find a snack or a happy television show, podcast, or music that can boost your spirits again?
Q4. "Every word counts!" Sometimes you won't hit your goal. It happens. What's more important to remember is that (unless you are on a deadline) it's not "failing" if you've gotten some words down. Even one!
When you fall behind, what can be your contingency plan so you can catch up? Or is it better instead to have an alternate goal that's based not on number but on accomplishments?
Q5. "You are not alone." Community is helpful for *all* things, not just writing. Unlike the quotes about writing being solitary, communities like WriYe and NaNoWriMo have proven that though the act of writing might be solitary, it doesn't have to be done in a bubble.
How will you rely on the community to help you in times of need? Or in times where you want to celebrate?