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#FirstDraft60 Days 26 & 27: Weekend Catch-Up and Sunday Reflections

Sunday, September 27, 2015

#FirstDraft60 | KayeDacus.comIt’s the final weekend before we begin the writing portion of our sixty days . . . and I missed posting the Saturday catch-up post! (We were celebrating the birthday of one of my best friends yesterday, so it was a very full day.) Hopefully, you forged on without me.

Let’s Play Catch(-Up)
Rather than repeat all the assignments here, like I’ve done in the previous weeks, here are links to each day’s post from this past week. Please review them and see if there’s anything you need to get caught up on.
Writing and Testing Your Story’s Premise
Mapping and Outlining Your Story
Write One-Sentence and One-Paragraph Story Summaries
Do You Know Enough About Your Setting?
What Research Do You Need to Do Before You Start Writing?

Time to Catch Up:

  1. Review everything you’ve done so far and catch-up with anything you couldn’t get to or couldn’t finish during the week.
  2. Update your Story Bible and Style Guide based on everything you came up with this week.
  3. Once you’ve caught up and have everything updated, do some “what if” brainstorming with your character information and backstories and see if you can come up with some additional ideas for either the characters themselves or for your story/plot. Have fun with this. And if you feel inspired to write some scenes, do it!
  4. Check in and let us know how you’re doing, what you’ve accomplished, and what you hope to achieve this weekend.

Reflections for Day 27

A. What is your physical writing space?

  1. Where is your physical writing space? What are its boundaries? Have you made it a “sacred” space (i.e., do others in your household know not to disturb you when you are working in that space)?
  2. Is your writing space distraction-free? Are the surfaces free of clutter? Is it clean? Is there anything in or about the physical space that could be or become a distraction for you if you find yourself having difficulty focusing on writing?
  3. What can you make sure you do have in your physical writing space that will assist you in being able to focus and not get distracted?

B. What is your mental writing space?

  1. What time of day can you best focus on writing?
  2. What time of day to you feel most creative?
  3. What type of environment is least distracting to your mind? Do you need quiet? Music? Soft lighting? Bright light? Do you get less distracted when you’re sitting upright in an office chair at a desk, or with a lapdesk slouched down in bed?
  4. What can you do to train yourself to be able to write in any environment?
  5. What images, sounds, smells, or other factors are relaxing and/or put you in a creative frame of mind?
  6. How can you silence your internal editor and just let the creative side out to play? What Creative exercises could you do for ten or fifteen minutes before your writing time starts in order to get the creative juices flowing?
  7. Have you done enough prep work on your story to start writing with the confidence that you have a clear enough picture of where the story is going that you aren’t going to get “stuck” once you reach a certain point?

Hope you’ve had a great weekend and are looking forward to our last few days of prep before we start writing on Thursday!

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