[BT/WT] Why I don’t Read while I Revise

[SCC] Update: Currently revising Chapter 24. Now onward to the post!

Writers.

We’ve got to read often, read as much as possible, and read a wide variety as well. Some of us will spend hours reading, finishing a book in a day or two, maybe longer depending on reading speed and the length of the book. Others will read in bursts through the day–minutes before a class, on a train/bus commute, while in line, waiting for an appointment, while the kids are asleep. Some will read while they do other things–while running on a treadmill, in the shower or during a bath, as they cook (I just prop my book open on the spice rack). Either ways, we have to get some reading time in almost everyday.

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Especially if I have my headphones on. Just…please don’t interrupt the movie inside my head. Please…unless you’ve read the book and would like to discuss something, then we’ll be best friends, even if we don’t agree on things.

I’m the latter types of reader (oh, there are so many more types, I just listed 3). Especially during the academic year when I’m kind of forced to prioritize my readings for classes (also I’m an English major with a creative writing concentration), I don’t get the luxury to sit down for a few hours to read every night. I don’t think any person in college does to be honest. Academics will shove itself in your face no matter what major you are.

Anyway! I do have a lot of time between classes or while I wait for things to happen. If I don’t decide to get ahead with readings for class, I’ll read an e-book on my phone or listen to an audiobook, or whatever book I happen to have stashed in my backpack.

During the summer, I’m the first reader mentioned. I get home from work, change into pajamas, grab a book, snacks, and drink, and head over to my reading chair beside the window and read for a few hours. That is the life I would love to have…even if I become a hobo. Give me books and I’m okay living in a box…or beneath the bridge…or in the park.

Now, when I write, I keep my academic reading pattern (read in small bursts). A little less because I have to make room to write in these bursts moments as well, but I do get some reading done.

On the other hand, when I revise my writing all books stay shut (unless I have to read for class) until I’m done revising. And why do I not read while I revise?

It’s rooted in the power of influence.

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[SCC] Update + Killing Your Darlings

Current Stats:
Word Count: 13,462
Chapter: 7

My goal was to hit 50,000 words by today, but that mentality was when I was on a “I’m currently at ~31,800 words” track. 50,000 words would have been possible, had I not eaten Chinese food and gone crazy and decide to scrap those 31,800 words and start again. I still love Chinese food nonetheless.

The question now is: why did I do that?

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[WT] The Importance of Critique Partners

Five days into spring break and this seems to be the only post I can muster. Chinese food has wondrous powers, including the ability to make me reconsider everything I’ve ever written up to this point (not that much, might I say). But I’ll save that fun post for Friday’s update. Today, let’s talk critique partners.

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You are Spongebob and Squidward is your critique partner after a few weeks working together.

Critique partners are people I run to when I’ve buried myself into a ditch with my writing, which happens more often than not. I want to call them something else aside from “critique partners” because “critique” gives me anxiety, even if there is good criticism. I’ll come up with a cool word eventually. Update on Friday?

Anyway, here are five things to look for in a critique partner + extra tips on finding them:

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[SCC] Update + “Deadlines”

CURRENT STATS:
Word Count: ~31,800
Current Chapter: 12

Small progress this week because I had two mid-terms to study for. I’m really hoping I get to catch up on some writing this coming week (spring break!), but I’m also really hoping I can catch up on some reading (Lady Midnight just dropped this past Tuesday) and some shows on Netflix. I’m really hoping I can at least hit 50,000 words by the end of the next week, I really need to pick up the pace because my deadline is rolling around the corner (May).

Here’s the story behind my “deadline:”

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Why page view can’t be trusted

I use Scrivener to write my stories and Microsoft Word for papers. When it comes to assignments for class, we’d always be given a page count or page range to reach (ie. 5 pages or 3-5 pages ). Page number is affected by a bunch of different things–font type, font size, margins, kerning, indents, spacing, etc. We all know what it’s like to sit there and mess around with formatting to see if we can get a 4-page paper to reach 5, because we’ve run out of things to say. If you do it right, you can definitely make the 4 turn into a 5. I found if you’re using Google Docs, what appears as a 5-page paper (standard formatting of 1″ margins all around, Time New Roman, 12-pt font) on the program, it turns up short when you paste it to Microsoft Word (even if you clear the formatting and redo it on MSWord). Formatting can be fun sometimes, but for the most part, it’s a huge pain in the ass.

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Conclusion: Page count is unreliable.

Word count, on the other hand, is handier.

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