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Daily Count Challenge to . . . CanDream!

Between our water cutting out early Monday morning and doctor appointments, my weekend (Tuesday and Wednesday) has been completely buggered. It looks like the best I'm going to be able to get out is 1500, which I did get yesterday but had delayed in posting because I'd hoped to be able to get some more words in early this morning -- and it's just not happening. :( Better luck today, candream!

And on another note, how do you guys feel about dropping out of challenges? I've got a challenge that's buggering me. The fic is pretty much written, but I feel like it needs a little doctoring and it has to be betaed, or at least self-betaed, before posting. I really think the idea of having to look at that process again is part of what's hindering my inspiration, and it also doesn't help that the main character has something wrong with her with which I just had a brush myself and I don't really want to think about that sort of thing right now. I feel like I'd be able to better write if I didn't have that hung around my neck, but I also feel guilty when I think about giving in and dropping out of the challenge.

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tellshannon815
Mar. 15th, 2018 01:11 am (UTC)
Do you have enough time between now and the deadline for the challenge to be able to take a break from that one and come back to it with fresh eyes at a later date, when you've had some space from it and possibly some distance from the issue with the main character?

The one and only time I've ever thought about quitting a challenge was due to personal problems in my life at the time and in the end I decided to take an extension on it instead and persevere. And even now, five years on, I would say I'm glad I went with that route. I've shared this story in other places but I don't think here, it was a fic I had thought had gone really badly, and yet I was getting positive feedback from people I didn't know, who had no way of knowing the personal problems I had at that time so it wasn't done to cheer me up over that, and it made me feel a lot better about my writing. (The fact that I later ended up getting together with one of those commenters is a whole other story.)

So yeah, that was a rambly way of saying I personally try and avoid quitting, but if it's what feels better for you then go with it.
katleept
Jun. 22nd, 2018 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for this advice, as belated as it is. :) I did FINALLY finish that story and am quite happy I did! I also have to admit to curiosity: You "got together" with one of those commenters?? I love Internet romances, and writer romances. :) My life partner and I actually stopped fighting our feelings when we were writing an EPIC series way back in the day.
tellshannon815
Jun. 28th, 2018 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's sort of a long story, and I apologise in advance if you heard any of it before, since I know that you and my boyfriend are mutual friends on LJ.

eternal_moonie and I actually connected properly through this community, specifically the A-Z challenge when I started an A-Z series on Pretty Little Liars and carried it on as he kept encouraging me, rather than stop at A Is For Alone as I originally thought I would. (This was about a year after the Vampire Diaries fic mentioned in my above comment). We didn't end up friending each other until somewhere around L Is For Legend, but once we did, we realised that we actually have a lot more in common, from Arrowverse to OUAT via How To Get Away With Murder. You would not believe the number of times we've gone to say the same thing at the same time - the "Lyra from Supergirl looks kinda like Anya in vengeance demon mode" said at the same time being a classic example, hence the icon.

Over time we ended up chatting online every night, and that eventually developed into a relationship - for 2 years now, although I'd known for a long time before that ever since the day when he'd just got back from holiday and still took the time to make me feel better after my relatives had just been in an accident.

Right now we live 300 miles apart, which I hate, but I know it isn't forever.

So yeah, that's my story, and I have to admit, I'm intrigued by yours now too!
cmk418
Mar. 15th, 2018 02:24 am (UTC)
Depending on how long the fic has to be and how much time you have, you may want to start anew and write a whole different story for the challenge. That way you can take the time you need with the story you're currently writing and put it out there when it's ready.

Good luck!
katleept
Jun. 22nd, 2018 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for the advice (as belated as this is)! I did end up finishing the story and am quite glad I did and happy with the way it came out!
haldoor
Mar. 16th, 2018 03:13 am (UTC)
Is it something a trusted beta could help with? Because, depending when the deadline is, maybe one of your regular beta-readers would be able to help by reading it through as it stands to see if it needs as much work as you think?

Or, if it really is too much, as long as you won't feel worse about dropping out, maybe that is the best option.

I like cmk418's idea too - try writing something else if there's time, and come back to the other one later (or not at all if that's how you keep feeling).

*hugs* And we're here to support you no matter what choice you make!
katleept
Jun. 22nd, 2018 02:35 am (UTC)
Hum, let's just say I've learned the hard way that betas and I don't mix. :( But thank you for the advice and for co-running this lovely comm which is always so supportive! I did end up finishing the story and am quite happy I did and pleased with the result!
haldoor
Jun. 24th, 2018 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ah well; that's how it goes sometimes.

But I am so glad you got it done! And you are very welcome; K and I know how it is, and we want to keep this place as friendly and supportive as we can, so I'm glad it's helping! ;-)
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