Strategies for 2011: a comment and a response

This is a comment I got for my update on my strategies for 2011. Thought that it is better to post it as a new entry along with my response as in some ways my answer is an extension of my earlier blog posts on strategies for 2011.

Curious: typically, how much does the idea you decide to develop mean to you? Do you feel – ‘Yes! This story needs to be told’? Or – ‘this means a lot to me and so i need to take it out – for sure’?

Reason I ask – it seems you put a good effort to develop the idea, outline, write treatment and…when you are on to the draft, you tend to leave it, as the deadline got over. If so, then this is like punishing yourself so next time you will play it harder?

If…you have a story to tell the world and you are going good, then why stop? If it takes another month, wouldn’t it be worth it? Hmm…perhaps your new idea/s excite your more?

Point – it’s a BIG thing to finish something. To run through the course. Of course there could be valid reasons too to give up. Yet…if you are at the last mile I wonder why it wouldn’t be worth it, to not take it on hard on self, and go through the grind.

Yup…it’s different strokes for different people. So maybe you are sure on how it works better for you.

Well…hope it goes on smooth. The big positive – despite every thing you are writing. Tremendous.

So yeah…keep going strong. And hey – do take it easy on yourself. It’s alright. You are hiking on a tough uphill climb. Enjoy the effort. Slow-&-steady you shall get there.’

Thanks for raising some valid and interesting questions.

The question is what do the stories that I develop mean emotionally to me- rephrasing your question probably what you meant to ask is- is choosing a subject and developing it too mechanical for me such that I have no qualms about abandoning it midway in case I couldn’t finish it in stipulated time?

First of all, I have to concede the fact that for me as a writer, excessive emotion and passion related to any subject makes me rethink whether I have to take it up for development. Continue reading

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Strategies for 2011: First update

I had promised myself here that I would update every fortnightly about my strategies and targets for 2011. But due to the same strategies, it was tough finding time to write this blog post. So instead of 15 days, I am giving an update for 30 days.

I had kept the rule that I will not access internet (except email) unless I finish 3 hours of writing.

In the last 30 days

–Total days I was able to complete 3 hours- 21 days.

–Days I didn’t spend on writing at all- 2 days

–Days I broke the rule about accessing the net only after completing 3 hours- 0 days

–No: of days I wrote for more than 3 hours- 2 days

Certain issues that cropped up in the last one month-

*Though the amount of writing has picked up, still need to learn how to stick to deadlines. Continue reading