Thursday, October 18, 2007

70 Days of Sweat

I signed up to do 70 days of sweat. Louisa and Mary were doing it and my good friend helenb suggested I look into the seventy day challenge some time ago.

Yep, my life is still busy. Yep, that's a lot of writing. Yep, 750 words a day isn't a lot. Yep, the math adds up. If I use enough yeps, I won't have to think of many real words.

I'm finishing Alex's story and starting Bracken's. So my goal is actually dual. When I'm near the computer, I'm going to work on Alex and Nea. We're in the homestretch. The story is told. Now I need to pretty it up a bit.

When I'm relying on a notebook or sheets of scrap paper, I'm going to sketch out Bracken's story. I've got his conflict,and his heroine. What I don't have is her internal stuff. But then, I'm not worried too much about that story right now. It's just in the pre-writing stage.

I signed up yesterday. I went through Alex's story and pulled out all those symbols that needed more research. The two hours online resulted in less than a dozen words, but led to another layer in several scenes. I made the 750 word goal through that exercise alone.

Today was a busy work day, both jobs for a total of 13 hours out of the house. The good news is I named Bracken's heroine, got a sense of her personality and one of her quirks. A paragraph during one break, half a page on another one. I'm not sure of the actual word count today because I wrote a page of dialogue with Alex and Pzuzu. That bar scene sure is fun.

I'm not going to be near a computer again until Sunday. A minimum of 750 words a day for 70 days. It's going to be a challenge. I'll keep you posted.

4 comments:

  1. What's this? You're hanging out with other Marys? Geez. I thought I was special.

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  2. Hi Sheryl

    It sounds like you are working hard on your Sweat70 projects and getting lots done. Way to go!

    See you around Sven's gym! :)

    Love

    WendyPortia

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  3. helenb.2:31 PM

    Whoot, whoot, Sheryl! Get down & dirty with that writing. Sweat with Sven.

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  4. Maybe you were thinking of Cary? I understand from BCB that the two of us are really the same person cleverly disguised & photoshopped to look like two people.
    (That's another way CBs are helpful; they tell you these kinds of things. I would have thought we were two different people otherwise ;)

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