I can't tell you how much motivation/inspiration/information I'm getting from following different authors and agents and other writing professionals on Twitter. What took me so long to figure it out?
Anyway, this weekend a group of writers on Twitter is having a Wordathon where the goal is to write as many words as possible by 6pm Sunday (for me, PST).
My wordcount start: 21,432
I don't have a goal, but I generally shoot for 1000 words a day, which would make 2000 in a given weekend. Since this is a contest, however, perhaps I'll shoot for 4000 for the weekend. I'll be tweeting updates throughout the weekend.
I have a huge problem with editing my writing as I go, which is a great way to stop me in my tracks. I've found it's a particular problem for me now that I'm writing a mystery based on a true-life murder. I always want to stop and check the facts.
The way I've combatted this is by using XXX when I can't recall a fact but want to get the basic story written. It looks something like this:
It seemed I could not enter any public space without hearing something about it. Depending upon who was telling the tale, Sir Edmund had last been seen passing by XXX's lodgings by the Cock-Pit. Or perhaps it was by XXX in XXX, who had joked with him about buying property near Primrose Hill, to which Sir Edmund had asked for directions. His household reported that he had left the house early that Saturday morning on judicial business after meeting with a man named XXX. I kept my eyes and ears open, hoping to learn that Sir Edmund had turned up safe and sound in some whore’s bed in St. Giles or at his sick mother’s house in XXX. With all the conflicting reports, one explanation seemed as likely as another.