Writing resolution update

Writing resolution update

It’s the 19th, and I’m proud to say that I’ve stuck with my resolution of writing at least 250 words of fiction every day!

One of the biggest reasons behind this is that I’ve got a huge motivator now: less than 2 weeks ago, I was accepted into a writing critique group. The members of the group meet up in-person every week; the critiques work on a rotating basis so that different people submit pieces of writing every week, and everyone comments constructively on everyone else’s work. My first piece was critiqued just this last Thursday.

And Oh. My. God. Having a supportive, understanding group of people to be held accountable to makes such a huge difference.

There’s the pleasure that comes from people praising your work, of course. But there’s an equally exquisite pleasure to be found in hearing other people tell you the moth-eaten holes in your story’s fabric – holes you can’t really grasp because you’re the moth. That is, you’re the moth that’s…creating the fabric, instead of ruining it?

You know what, never mind. I’m rolling with it.

Before I got my first critique, I was just writing in response to random little prompts, punching in the metaphorical clock each day to reach my word count goal. But now? Now that I know what needs fixing, I’m making up new scenes left and right, and not only that, but I’m actually returning to scenes and expanding on them. Even as I was falling asleep last night, I was thinking about what new sensory details I would add in today’s writing.

Is this what writing every day really does to you? Because I’m so glad that I’ve gone beyond the clock-punching stage. I really hope I can keep it up.

2 thoughts on “Writing resolution update

  1. Aphotic Ink

    You’re a spider who’s too close to the web to see the holes in the broader pattern that someone can see from fifty feet away? 🙂

    Also, congrats! (I’m managing to write 250 a day as well – although I’m finding that “writing” and revising” are really different for me, so I might need to adjust… something. Not sure what.) My crit group meets online, but the weekly schedule does help a lot.

  2. Christina Post author

    Well, considering I don’t like spiders, I’m gonna stick with the moth comparison.

    What crit group are you part of? Do you also take part in in-person groups?