Monday, April 18, 2011

04-18-11 Did you write?

04-18-11 Did you write?

By reporting what is going on in your life each week, you have the opportunity to post whether you wrote or not. If you did not write, you can tell about what got in the way. Hopefully, over time, you will feel embarrassed to report that you did not write, and will open something, anything, so you can proudly report that you wrote. A little bit of writing, spread over time, can end up in a finished project.

We all know that new writing is writing. Editing is also writing, even if it is the work of someone else's Critiquing is a form of editing and counts as writing. Poetry, articles, blogging, technical writing, writing assignments, character and world development, and even E-mails as long as they pertain to writing or story, are all writing. If you have to ask if it is writing, the answer is yes. Of course, you also have the right to not count something as writing too. It is strictly up to you.

How much writing is unimportant. New writing will give an increased word count, but editing, one can get negative word count, same word count or increased word count. If you just change a word during one session, then in the next session change the word back, you are still writing and that counts. Word counts are not important, but they are a gauge one can use in general.

I had a long phone discussion with my writing partner about Waxy 3. I misunderstood what the story was. I aimed for far more plot than I needed to cover in one piece. I cut the plot apart so I can really take time to tell the story better. Between the one page I wrote on the new version and what I added to the old version, I have 1666 words accumulated. There is a different emphases and the characters changed slightly. What I am writing starts later, eliminating a lot of scenes that were interesting but not needed. I will see how this version fairs as I dig into it.
My art show took up a lot of work time on the story, as there was a lot of stuff to prepare to display.

On the story idea front, I am keeping up, was a little ahead for a short time. As it is, I have49 story ideas including what I am posting tonight in my compost pile. I had gone some time without coming up with anything, then had a couple days where I ended up with 10 story ideas!!! I love those times.

I did my art show this week. It was a lot of work to prepare for it, as I started back in January to get everything done. This weekend, I went full bore to finish up things and get everything packed for the show.
The show was several hours of getting set up, having to re-arrange it because it did not look quite right. The people coming by was nice and talking to them was fun. Sales was slim, but I made some deals and sold a few items. I got my entry fee back and a little bit more, plus a great shirt and a wonderful meal. I did better than last year.
Packing up with a whole lot of work, some stuff being dropped off at my mom's house where those pieces are stored on display, and other items came home with me, more than one trip from the truck to the door.
I will say it has been a very long time since I worked this hard. I held up quite well.
I joke that this is something that is fun to do ONCE A YEAR. while it is a joke, I tend not to do more art shows.
I now have a period to do some fun projects (they are all fun) before I start planning for Christmas.
One thing I can say about this art show. It is like a ball game. there is a lot of build up, preparation, planning and dreaming. Once the event is over, one simply has memories. On gets to plan for the next event.

As to the question of the week, I can honestly say,



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