Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hey, Page 121 - It's ON

There's a paragraph in my manuscript that's won an embarrassing amount of staring contests against me this past week. And this paragraph (and the page it's on, and the scenes it folds into) does NOT care about deadlines.

In fact, it's helped me procrastinate in new and exciting ways. I cleaned out a linen closet, shredded a mountain of junk mail, ate an entire bag of sour watermelons, and read two books in under a week. Page 121 has effectively knocked the wind out of any and all writing productivity. At one point this weekend, I walked away from my computer and started flossing my teeth.

My self imposed deadline is quickly approaching (71% finished!), so tonight I did what I had to do - what I should have done days ago instead of rearranging my cleaning supplies. I hit "print."

This isn't for everyone, but pen to paper just works for me. No blinking cursor, no easy access to my Google Reader - just pages that I can flip and fold while I read, and mark up with my happy blue pen.

Writing a book is one of the most mental things I've ever done, so I'll take whatever mind tricks get me through the painful parts. If all it takes is a little printer ink, then I'm in luck - and page 121 is going DOWN.


  1. Good luck! I love revising by hand. I think I'm going to have to print my entire manuscript and revise the whole thing that way.

  2. Thanks chica! And it worked like MAGIC! I busted through the entire section during Write Night.