Music and Words

January 10, 2010

Writing

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 10:53 pm
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I have a project I’m working on. There’s a whole backstory to it, but the short version is I’m a nerd. And probably a masochistic one. The medium version is that I have decided to do a literary analysis of the Harry Potter books. I’m working with some good points and ideas, but unfortunately I’m a procrastinator at heart.

I thought that after I finished college I would have lots of time to do other stuff (like working on this crazy writing project) because I wouldn’t have homework anymore. I was half right.

When I get home from work, I’m usually tired and I don’t want to think about anything. Generally, I’ve just spent the last 9 hours thinking and would really like to sit in front of the TV and absorb some Bones. Or House. Or Burn Notice, Doctor Who…you get the idea. (Actually that line about absorbing some Bones sounded a little weird, so just ignore that.)

I’m currently working through the 30-day free trial of Scrivener to organize my thoughts and ideas and such, but because I’m a slacker always tired, I don’t exactly have many ideas and such to organize yet. In my defense, however, I’m still working on rereading all the books and pulling out handy quotes. That would be going a lot better if someone-who-shall-not-be-named hadn’t borrowed the fifth one a long time ago and is apparently never home so I can get it back. Moving on…

I’m thinking I should set a goal to write a certain number of words every day. Kind of like what everyone else in the country is doing this time of year, only theirs is related to exercise, not writing. (Which I should be doing too, but instead I’m going to commit to spending MORE time on my butt in front of the computer. Go me.)

Problem is, I don’t have any clue what a reasonable number of words would be for me. So far, this post is over 300. (Really? Already? That’s not so bad.) I suspect it would be good for me to decide on a number for the month of January, and then raise it each month. And then change to an editing goal once I actually have content that I could edit.

Speaking of being tired, look at the time! If I don’t get to sleep soon I’m going to be dead on my feet tomorrow at work. 400 words was pretty easy, actually. Maybe 300 to 500 would be reasonable and I can adjust from there.

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4 Comments

  1. I know how this is. I’m getting more and more grand ideas about things I want to write, and they never materialize.

    I hope you have better luck with that.

    Comment by fitzage — January 11, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  2. Sounds like an actually fun idea. At least the re-reading part should be easy enough to do when tired after work.

    Comment by easykeys — January 12, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  3. Yeah, rereading the books has been great. And more interesting than you’d think. I keep running across things that make so much more sense now that I know how the series ends. It’s interesting to see how she put it all together and really made the first books as important to the overall story as the last ones. But I’ll save this lecture for another time.

    Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — January 12, 2010 @ 9:47 am

  4. […] Remember that project I said I was working on – the Harry Potter one? […]

    Pingback by Interpretations « Music and Words — January 24, 2010 @ 10:33 pm


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