Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review of

I have been writing so much lately.  I just don't have much to show for it.

I've found this absolutely wonderful site - - that takes one of the principles (morning pages) of the book, The Artist's Way, and allows you to write online.  There are rewards for different things, it tracks your stats, and best of all, it shows you kinds of things you would never realize by yourself, such as what time frame you're writing in (past, present, or future), what you're writing about, and generally finding correlations in your writing that you're probably doing subconsciously.  Oh, and it also compares your stats with everyone else who uses the site, and even compares your recent pages to what you've written in the past.  For anyone who loves to count numbers or keep track of their progress, this website is going to be your crack.  Global averages, and how your writing compares both recently and overall?  And we're talking a lot of categories here.  How you're feeling, what you're concerned about, your mindset, even your frequently used words.  Highly, highly recommend it.  Like for serious.

I'm still doing Camp NaNoWriMo, too.  I'm just staying off the forums, now.  I can really understand why some people don't like NaNoWriMo, and I can still understand why some people don't.  My productivity levels have been off the charts since I started this thing, but I was looking for an excuse to get back to those levels.  I would have found something eventually that would have led me to write, I just needed the incentive.  I've written a whopping 12,222 words since midnight on July 1st, bringing my novel up to a solid 25k word count.

I like this book.  I do, I do.  I like writing.  I'm working on getting more into the flow state, actually working on this, as a daily thing, because I cannot remember what it was like last year when I was writing feverishly.  Was it like this?  Now, I get a little bored just typing.  My thoughts are going much faster than my fingers, and taking the time to transcribe them is a boring task.  The feel of fingers on keys is nice, but there's no other stimulation, and it gets a little old.  So I'm doing some exercises, becoming more aware of the time it takes me to write x number of words, and trying to keep my mind occupied.  Meta-writing, if you will.  Thinking about how I'm writing, while I'm writing.

That's what I think a site like is really good for.  A way to think about the words on the page, when the real message is elsewhere.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great night!    

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