The Best Title That Never Was

Our topic at the SFF Seven this week concerns the reality of having to change names. We’re asking the crew if they’ve ever had to change the name(s) of a character or place in a book after we’d drafted it? Who is the character who will forever go by their “unpublished” name in our minds?

For me, it wasn’t a character. But I will tell you about the title I wish I hadn’t changed. 

Writing Sprints and Author Jokes

Lately I’ve been sprinting with buddy Darynda Jones every day. We hop on a Zoom meeting and do three one-hour writing sprints, with 20-20 minute breaks in between. Well, that’s what I do – she keeps going because she’s under deadline and going for 5-7K per day. Doing this together started as a way to help her with accountability, but I’ve been really benefiting from it, too. Knowing I have to “meet “with her at 9am and again after break, keeps me on schedule also.

Plus it’s really fun to share what we accomplished and ask each other questions. We try to keep the chatting to a minimum, so we stay on track with the work, but sometimes it’s pretty amusing

She posted this conversation to Facebook and it made me laugh. She’s, of course, very funny and good at polishing a joke – so she makes me sound good – but this was a funny conversation. Thought I’d share it here. 🙂

Transcript, if you can’t read the image:

CONVERSATION WHILE SPRINTING THIS MORNING

ME: I lost a scene.

JEFFE: A what?

ME: An entire scene. I lost it.

JEFFE: Where did you see it last?

ME: Right here in my document.

JEFFE: Did you leave it in the bathroom?

ME: I don’t think so.

JEFFE: Did you take it off to wash dishes?

ME: I’m on deadline. I haven’t washed dishes in weeks.

JEFFE: I don’t know what to tell you. You’re just going to have to retrace your steps.

ME: *whimpers*

My Secret Weapon: a Writing Habit

Our topic at the SFF Seven this week is “Writing through your Achilles heel – How do you keep writing through [whatever it is that prevents/stops your writing]?”

I think I was supposed to fill in my particular [whatever it is that prevents/stops your writing], but I don’t think I have a specific Achilles heel that way. Not that I don’t encounter obstacles to getting my words in every day! There are multitudes of those things, from Stupidly Trivial to Truly Important. When I was a newbie writer, even the Stupidly Trivial stuff won all the time. These days, only the Truly Important stuff gets in the way of writing, and even then I bounce back quickly, all because of my secret weapon.

My secret weapon is: my writing habit. Come on Over to Read More.