Morning Pages Entry – March 20, 2014

This is one of those days, where I sort of feel at a loss of what to write about in my morning journal, so, I’m just going to wing it. Yesterday was pretty good, and actually a step in the write directions for a change. I was late getting to it, but eventually I did write about 700 words, and did a bit more plotting on the novel. Basically, I layed out an outline for a better beginning for my novel, that included a new chapter, and 3 new scenes. Then, heaven forbid, I actually wrote 700 words for the first scene. They were sort of painful words in that it took me quite a while to write those words. It’s just because I think my head was in a bad space for doing it. I mean, I’m going to write 750 words here now, and it’s going to take me about 15 minutes. Those novel words took a lot longer. It makes you think quite a bit, about how much of what you do in this life is really mental. Everything from playing squash to writing a novel, to how you perceive the relationships in your life. Those are the three big things that seem to occupy my brain these days. And, maybe I spend too much time thinking about them, and not enough actually, doing things about and for them to make them better. I want to write 5K words per day at least. So, I’ve taken a step in that direction. I’ve got an outline. I think, what messed me up a bit yesterday, was that I actually had a roadmap to follow, and that made me think more then actually do more. Before, when I was writing, I was just going where ever the road took me, and making up shit as I want along. Yesterday, it was like, I actually had guardrails on my path that I was supposed to follow. I think, that’s a good thing, but I just need to adjust to writing that way. It’s not necessarily free flow writing, but I think it could be. Even when I was writing before, I had some kind of direction I was heading. The difference this time, is that direction is a little more predefined and thought out. With the intention of course, for the novel to have more interesting conflict issues, and a better overall structure. Your still entitled to meander as much as you want to, but eventually, you need to cover the points in your outline with the goals, and outcomes, and conflicts that have been layed out. It’s really just a matter of practicing more writing with these kinds of guide lines. Nothing to prophetic really. The other thing I’m trying to figure out, is my best writing times. I do feel more open and creative in the mornings, but I get so easily distracted by other shit in the mornings as well. I would really like to get most of my writing done in the morning, then I can spend the rest of the afternoon and evening doing other interesting things, without feeling guilty about not hitting my word count. And, if you can hit your word count early, then, you’ll feel so happy and energetic for the rest of the day, that whatever you decide to tackle then, will be accomplished with more enthusiasm. Right? Yep, that makes perfect sense to me. So, get your writing done early. Maybe, do your plotting later in the day. That could be a good combination. So, here’s an issue I haven’t talked about in a while. I’ve gone now about 22 days, without eating any processed sure whatsoever. At least that I know of. That brocolli salad we had the other day at Dianes may have had some in it, but I’m not sure. But, the thing is, I haven’t actually lost any weight since doing it. I’ve been pretty much stuck at 175 or 174 since starting. Which is a little bit annoying. Last time I did this over the Christmas holidays, I think I lost a little under 10 pounds. This time, it seems like nothing. I wonder, if maybe it’s time to throw a fast day in there, and see what happens. Maybe not, even a whole day. Naa, probably a whole day would be the best approach. Today wouldn’t actually be a bad day to try it out. No eating for the entire day, and see what happens. Could be worth a try. Only a week until our league playoffs start, so why not.

TIGERBLOOD: no DAILYMOOD: nuetral LOCATION: home office WORDSWRITTEN: 700 PUSHUPS: 2:00 plank TODO: writing, plotting, editing, reading TV: dr who, greys anatomy, supernatural, true detective BOOK: none GAME: none EXERCISE: none WEIGHT: 175 BREAKFAST: bacon & eggs LUNCH: big ass salad DINNER: pulled pork SNACKS: orange, grapes, apple, mixed nuts ALCOHOL: none BEDTIME: 12:30 AWAKE: 5:00 & 10:00

 

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