Written on Thursday, March 20, 2008 by haleigh

So the race is on...

And I'm losing.

On the bright side, it's motivating me to write faster. The question, of course, is if it's motivating me to write better. At this point, I'm thinking no. Hell, I wrote a sentence that included the word 'armhole' twice. How in the world is that even possible?

But we had this goal of turning off our internal editors until the first draft is done, so I'm trying to forget about the armhole debacle and move forward. Onward and upward, right?

So last night, there was a terrible storm here. Winds coming off the ocean like you wouldn't believe. Did hurricane season strike without anyone noticing? Being from the midwest (and much preferring tornadoes to hurricanes, myself), I decided to enjoy the storm. I wrapped myself in three blankets, trucked my laptop out to the porch, sat on the swing, and cranked out 2,300 words.

That's right, Christie. 2,300 words. Watch out.

The blustery wind was howling, sirens from the fire station down the street were blaring, a car alarm was going off, assorted small animals were skulking between the houses, and the steady creak of the porch swing all created an eerie cacophony around me.

Talk about setting the mood!

Our lovely rum-stealing pirates were talking this week about soundtracks and wandering laptops, both of which I apparently make use of. Anybody else "set the mood" for the type of scene their writing, inadvertently or otherwise?

Christie, Marnee Jo - how are you guys coming? I think Christie is going to take the cake this week with her 11,000 words, but Marn's still got a higher total...

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  1. Kelly Krysten |

    No, I never set the mood for a scene. I must be the most boring writer I don't listen to music while writing, I don't write in coffee shops and now I find out I'm not a mood setter*g*
    Anyway, good luck with your race. Any word count is better than none. You've set such a great goal for yourself!

  2. Sin |

    I love that you've set a new standard with a tag that includes, kicking Christie's ass. LMFAO

    I must say, in the past three nights, I've produced less than 1500 words. I got on a graphic arts kick tonight and have wasted all night playing. But it will be worth it in the end. I have all day off tomorrow. And I'm feeling motivated to put another 11k under my belt.

    Watch out babe. I love a challenge.

    PS. Right now, it's not about quality (but face it, we both know it's there. I mean you are writing it.) it's about quantity and if we can produce it.

  3. haleigh |

    Kelly - don't worry, my setting of the mood was entirely inadvertent. It was just one of those perfect settings that I doubt will ever be repeated. Whatever makes you write!

    Christie, feel free to try for 11k words again. I'm going to spend all of this evening and tomorrow writing. Just wait.....

  4. Marnee Jo |

    Hi Hal! Go you rock on! And yay wandering computers!

    I had to tote the fam across the great state of Pennsylvania this weekend, so my word count is nil. And, my small fry got a cold which he very graciously has shared with me (bless his little heart).

    Snotty noses don't put me in a writing sexy fiction kinda mood.

    Maybe tomorrow. I'm still planning on cranking out 5000 words this week. So, I'll keep ya posted!

  5. haleigh |

    But I thought snotty toddler noses were hot! Glad you made it safely home - how's the word count coming? I managed to crank out almost 4k in the car on the way to and from Grandma's house Sunday!

  6. Marnee Jo |

    Nah. Snotty toddlers are cranky, clingy toddlers. :( But, tonight I hope.

    I admit to being lazy last night, though. I went out to Don Pablos for dinner. Yum.


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