Monday, February 20, 2012

Robin Caroll: Up Close and Personal

Good morning Seekerville!

This is Pam, and I've asked Robin Caroll to share some tips on prepping for a writing marathon. I've seen her go dark and resurface a few weeks later with a 90K book. It's an amazing thing to watch.

So, let's turn this show over to Robin. Welcome to Seekerville, girl!

Let me first say that I am so not a plotter. But I'm not a total pantster either. Let me explain.

I do very thorough character sheets on the protagonists and antagonists. I get pictures of them, do their history...everything. Here's an example of what I do: Madeline "Maddie" Baxter character sheet. That is just the first page of that character's information. I do this for my 3-4 main characters.

As far as plotting goes....I know the basics: Basic plot, setting....then I have my "open" areas: alibis, research, etc.

When I'm ready for a writing marathon, here are some tips that I've found helpful to me:

(Before starting, make sure you have someone else watching your children, doing whatever household stuff you normally do, etc. so you can spend some serious time focusing and being creative)

1. Neurologists have reported you can only concentrate on a subject for 42 minutes before you fade, if even for a moment. I get the scene I need to write in my head, set my timer to 45 minutes, and just write.

2. No editing allowed in your 45 minutes.

3. When the timer goes off, get up and stretch. Get a glass of water. Splash water on face. Whatever. Get out of your chair for at least 5 minutes.

4. It's ok to check email or text messages, but ONLY for 5 minutes. If you have to set a timer to make sure you don't get distracted, do that.

5. Take 5 minutes and read what you wrote in those 45 minutes. You can do minor editing here-but ONLY for 5 minutes.

6. Set timer and do it all over again. And again. And again.

7. STAY OFF FACEBOOK.

8. It's ok to send a quick tweet in your 5 minutes instead of checking email.

9. If you need to research something, make a note of the page # and just what you need (ex: pg 12-how do they answer the phone?) and keep going...don't stop to look it up. It's MUCH easier to do all those little research bits at once when you aren't writing.

10. After 4 sets of the 45 minutes, take 45mins to an hour and go for a walk, eat lunch (or any meal you might've skipped), do anything else except watch tv, check email, edit, get on facebook or twitter....the point is to keep your subconscious working on the next several scenes you're going to write.

11. Go through steps 1-10 again. Then, if you're still able and can, do them again. Remember to eat for energy. Fruits are great. Okay, so is chocolate. :)

I've written 65K words in 7 days doing this. 15K in one 24 hour period, but I don't recommend this unless you're up to it as it can be DRAINING. Some additional warnings: let your family/roommates know you're doing this. You will snap if someone interrupts your 45 min sessions and breaks your concentration. Turn the ringers off your phones. Lock yourself where you aren't tempted to even think about turning on the tv, "just to catch the news headlines." If you can totally turn off your internet and not check email, twitter, facebook, even better. (I can't-I just can't make myself). Let people encourage you. Tell them what you're doing. I send tweets (ok, it feeds into my facebook too when I'm doing it via my stupid-phone) of my word count goal percentage met every couple of hours.

Most importantly, reward yourself when you're done. If you hit your goal, woohoo-chocolate is in order! If you didn't, you still made progress! If you totally failed...well, hmm....try again later?

Pam again. What Robin didn't tell you is that her manuscripts are squeaky clean when she gets to the end of this process. Obviously, this isn't the way to write day after day, week after week, but if you're on a tight deadline, it gets the job done.

Or if you work a day job and find your creativity drained at the end of the day, or your day starts too early to get in the groove for writing, maybe carving out a few days to do a marathon would get a major chunk of the story out of your head and into the computer. Then you can concentrate on cleaning it up.

Another excellent Seekerville article is Cheryl Wyatt's Productivity. How to get the editor off your Shoulder to spit out the first draft. She gives some great pointers, and shows how getting up close and intimite with your story ramps up the word count the longer you stay imbedded with it.

So, there you have it. Robin's (and Cheryl's!) tips for churning out a lot of words quickly.And, if you want to see the final product of one of Robin's marathon writing sessions, throw your name in the hat with a comment for a chance to win a copy of Robin's latest release from B&H, Injustice for All, print or ebook, your choice.

Oh, and I just had an aha moment. Injustice for All is the 1st book in Robin's Justice SEEKERS series. Highly appropriate, wouldn't you say?

83 comments:

Helen Gray said...

I really wanted to see that chracter sheet, but it won't open for me.

So I'll get the coffee pot set up here and go try again.

Thanks for the input, Robin.

Helen

Abbi Hart (gatorade635) said...

Great post and awesome giveaway!

CatMom said...

Welcome Robin! Whew! I just realized I'd been holding my breath as I read through those 10 steps, LOL. I really do want to give this marathon writing a try (although I'm not really sure I could go totally without e-mail/Facebook, etc.). But it's worth a try! Thanks for sharing (and I'm going to check out Cheryl's article too). ~ Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Virginia said...

This was really great- especially number 7!!

You know, I had't heard that about the 45 mintues (which I'm sure is much less with our internet saturated culture) but it makes a lot of sense.

Also liked the point of make sure everybody KNOWS you're doing this or you'll snap. I've learned that I just can't expect complete alone time if no one knwos I'm working. Not many of us have that writer's cottage in the backyard, so this is good to remember.

Very cool post!

Virginia said...

(sorry, this is for VINCE)

I tried to send you my top 10 YA books that are truly AWFUL and it wouldn't go through...

:( Maybe the wrong e-mail?

Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome, ROBIN! Whew that's some fast writing.


Pammers, you might want to check the link. The character sheet won't open for me either.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Aha!@ I discovered if you go to Robin's website and under For Writers you can access the character sheet there.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I am always amazed by folks who do marathon writing. Whoa!

Thanks for coming to Seekerville, Robin! Helen, coffee is great as usual... and I'm grateful, as usual!

I've got cinnamon crunch muffins to share, warm and fresh. Sweet butter, too, from Elsie the cow.

Gotta love Elsie! ;)

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing. I think MBT or somebody's hosting March as a writing marathon month. What a great time to post this.

Please put my name in the pot for you book. It sounds great.

Thanks!
Jackie

Kav said...

Now I feel guilty because I was maligning my aging laptop for not keeping up with the new upstarts since I couldn't download that character synopsis link. LOL. I'll be eating humble pie all day!!!!

So, I went over to Robin's website and took a gander and I love it! I can see how helpful that's going to be.

Love all your points, Robin, and thanks for sharing. I don't have to worry about #7 because I'm not on facebook -- see I'm already ahead of the game! :-)

My dog is especially thrilled with #10. He was getting worried as I read the points out loud. 5 min breaks? What kind of walk would that be?! But he did a happy dance at the 45-60 min break after a few sets. Walking always gets my creative juices flowing so that's what I will do for that break period.

I'mr eally excited about this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lindi said...

Robin, Wow--that sounds like an amazing journey doing a marathon. What I like about it is that you keep 'in' the story. And that's a great tip about the 42 minutes--I'll remember that.
Congrats on your method.
I might try a mini-marathon on a Saturday when I have 8 hours or so to write. :)
Thanks for the post and helpful tips.
Lindi P.

Debra E. Marvin said...

I've found that I don't know my characters until I've hung out with them for 50k words, no matter how much dating we do before hand. I can imagine their reactions and I can let them monopolize my #1k1hr with what they say and do, but it isn't until things get ugly that they admit their real feelings.

It sounds like your first draft is pretty clean, Robin. Do you feel it is, with minor tweaks and polishing, or is the bigger part of your writing going deeper from the bones of this marathon writing?

Tina Radcliffe said...

JACKIE! WE IN SEEKERVILLE have March madness. SPEEDBO.

Glynna Kaye will intro it this week.

Wednesday: Today Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye will be kicking off our special March event with "On Your Mark, Get Set...for Seekerville Speedbo!" She'll also be doing a giveaway of a copy of her March release, High Country Hearts, the fourth story set in the mountain country of Canyon Springs, Arizona.

Jan Drexler said...

Thanks for the great tips, Robin! I especially like #9, about making a note when something needs to be researched. I find myself following rabbit trails and lose track of where I am in my WIP.

I'm not sure I'm up for a marathon - although if there was a deadline looming, it would certainly be necessary!

Jeanne T said...

Robin . . . wow! I'm so glad you shared how you do writing marathons. :) I hope to give it a try when I begin another wip. Did (Do) you find you can do this with young children at home? My biggest struggle is finding more than an hour a day to write. When I do write for a longer period of time though, I'm going to try this.

Thanks so much for sharing your method!

Robin Caroll said...

Hey, Seekerville!

I really hope you find the tips helpful. I've had to write a book in a week because life interrupted when I was on deadline. That book? My editor only had MINOR revisions after it was turned in.

After I heard about the 42 minutes (because my hubby makes me watch medical documentaries as well as others), I realized I was trying to force myself to do something impossible by sitting there for hours on end, and then wondering why my train of thought would disappear!

Pam had the annoying experience of sitting in a hotel room with BOTH me and Cheryl while we were on writing marathons....so pass her some more coffee!

Robin Caroll said...

Jeanne T....my youngest is now 9 and my middle daughter is 12, so they're both in school now. But my 21 year old daughter and my two grandsons live here...one is 19 months and the other grandson is 8 months old....what works for me in my house right now, when the boys are here, is I choose to sleep during the day if I have to do a writing marathon--I can just shut my door and let hubby take care of our kids, the house, whatever needs to be, then I start my writing marathon after the little ones are in bed. It might work best for you on a weekend to try on a Saturday/Sunday. This is why it's important to have your spouse/roommate on board with what you're doing.

I have a friend who can't do this at home, as much as she tries, but she CAN do it by going to a hotel for a weekend. She disappeared into a cheap hotel on a Friday afternoon with PB&J sandwiches, chips, and water...then emerged on Sunday afernoon with almost 35K done in two days by following my suggestions.

Pam Hillman said...

Ugh.

That link has been giving us fits.

It seems that it only works from each person's computer. Robin had to send it to me a second time before I could access it.

But, it really is worth seeing!

Maybe throughout the day, a computer savvy person can help us figure out how we can all access it.

I'm working on it!

Pam Hillman said...

Abbi, isn't it? So glad you stopped by!

CatMom, I've been picking Robin's brain and am planning to do this too. But I've got to be sure of the basics of the story and "clear the decks" to do it.

Bridgett Henson said...

Welcome Carol.
Thanks for the character sheet. And (TINA) thanks for the info on how to access it.

Great tips this morning, especially #9. I can research one itty bitty thing for hours.

All my kids are school age, but when they're home, I use earphones and close my door. They know not to disturb me unless someone is dead, dying, or the house is on fire. (With my kids you have to define, emergency.)

Now I need to work on no emails, texting and staying off facebook. :)

Pass the coffee, Helen.

And Ruthy, thanks for the cinnamon rolls.

Pam Hillman said...

Tina, those resources on Robin's site are great too. I have them too, but I like the one Robin sent in the link. It's more like Pinterest or something. You just paste all kinds of stuff in the document that pertains to your character.

Robin, can you tell Seekerville what program you use for that? And in the meantime, I'll be working on unveiling this mysterious, wonderful page! lol

Pam Hillman said...

Ruthy, thanks for the cinnamon crunch muffins. Yum!!!

Jackie, as Tina said, we're doing a marathon in Seekerville in March! Whoo-hoo! I SO need to get organized for this.

Speedbo is the entire month of March, but I thought for some of us, a big CHUNK of time (in days) might yield better results vs. smaller chunks of time every day during the month of March. Not that we shouldn't work each day as well. :)

I plan to take off a few days to try the "Speedbo-on-Steriods" approach. lol

Anita Mae Draper said...

Great post, Robin. I'm very familiar with what you were saying.

However, I'm not sure I agree about the 45 mins. I love the #1k1hr on Twitter and Facebook, although Twitter is in real time and Facebook needs to be refreshed which is a nuisance and breaks my concentration. Sometimes, it takes me 5-10 mins to get my thoughts in order and then when that STOP flashes on my screen from Twitter, I'm surprised the time has flown.

My record day so far is 8K so I have quite aways to catch up to your speedy fingers.

Pam, thanks for sharing Robin. :)

Pam Hillman said...

Robin, I wouldn't say that experience was annoying.

Enlightening is more like it.

I've never attempted to write with other writers around, and it took me a while to tune out Robin's little clacking keys.

Btw, Cheryl's keys didn't do that little clickety-clack thing, Robin. Just so you know...

But after a while I was able to get some words down. And since they were both under IMPENDING deadlines, they HAD to get some writing done.

Starbucks loved us! I think we each had about 3 white chocolate mochas!

Missy Tippens said...

Robin, welcome!! And thank you for this wonderful method. It sounds perfect for me. I'll definitely give it a try! I've found I work well with a timer ticking. I don't know what it is--the white noise or the fact I know the end is in sight. :) But it keeps me going.

By the way, I love your new cover! And the title.

Pam Hillman said...

Missy, the timer ticking actually annoyed me when I first used it, but I know I can train myself to use it as a motivational tool instead of the reverse.

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Robin! Thanks for the practical tips on writing fast. I didn't realize we could only concentrate optimally for 45 minutes. I'm sure getting up and moving around for five minutes is way healthier than sitting for hours. Once I'm caught up in the story I tend to sit too long, which is not good for us. I've got to remember the timer is our friend.

Janet

Pam Hillman said...

Grabbing a cup of Helen's coffee and Ruthy's cinnamon crunch muffins (yes, all of them!) and headed to work.

I'll stop by in an hour or so.

Have fun chatting!

Sally Bradley said...

Robin, thanks for sharing how this works. I have little kids at home, but a few days a week my husband works from home in the afternoons. And on those days I head out to our library and shut myself in the conference room. Next time I get to go, Wednesday maybe???, I'm going to try this.

Can't wait!

Jeanne T said...

Robin, thanks so much for the ideas. Thankfully, my husband is on board with me writing. We're figuring out how to make it work on the weekends with busy schedules and kid needs. :) So appreciate you!

Robin Caroll said...

I use ONENOTE to keep everything. I use tabs as "dividers"...characters, setting, research, weather, etc. Then pages under those dividers with all the info. It's especially helpful when writing a sequel in that all your prelim stuff is saved

Robin Caroll said...

What Pam hears on my keyboard is that while I'm on a laptop, my carpal tunnel gets so bad when marathon writing that I have to bring my ergo keyboard to use. It is loud, but kind of comforting to me....kinda like the typewriters of old. :) And Cheryl was using her regular laptop keyboard, so it was quiet

Robin Caroll said...

Debra....Since I have let the idea settle in my subconscious for a while, it's usually pretty clean. I have at least two people read behind me (thanks to CARA PUTMAN and my sister-in-law on this last one-they read it in a day for me)to catch my uh-ohs....other than that, it's pretty clean

Julie Lessman said...

WELCOME TO SEEKERVILLE, ROBIN, and WOW, what an incredible approach to writing!! Talk about a true professional!! A couple of questions, if you will:

1.) How many books do you write in a year?

2.) Do you take this approach on all of them or just prior to tight deadline?

3.) Do you enjoy it when you write like this?

I'm anxious to get my mitts on that character sheet you sent Pammy because it sounds WONDERFUL!!

Pammy and Robin, GREAT blog today!!

Hugs,
Julie

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

This approach to writing sounds like something I could try. I usually spend several evenings a week writing, which is really only in 2-hour blocks. However, one weekend, when my husband was out of town and I had the apartment to myself, I found myself writing 6,000 words in one day. Going back through in edits, it's still some of the cleanest and strongest writing in the story.

I will definitely have to try it again, using these tips. Thanks!

Anita Mae Draper said...

Oh, I forgot to say that this is also great timing for those RWA members who are part of the Faith, Hope and Love group because we're doing BIAW all this week.

Thank you, Missy, for taking charge of the BIAW this time around. I really appreciate the extra time you're putting in on our behalf.

Myra Johnson said...

Great tips, Robin & Pam!

Actually, the 45-minute thing sounds pretty close to the way my writing usually times out. I don't have a timer or watch the clock, but when my brain snags, as it tends to do several times during my normal 4-6 hours of writing in the afternoon, I do a VERY quick e-mail check, pop in at Seekerville, go fix myself a cup of tea, talk to the dogs, or whatever.

That tiny break is usually just enough time for my subconscious to work out whatever it needed to so I can continue writing.

Digging for Pearls said...

Welcome Robin. Loved hearing another point of view of how you get the actual words on the page. Congratulations on your new book. :)

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe

Robin Caroll said...

To answer Julie:
1.) How many books do you write in a year? Under contract? As many as I have to. LOL I can write 4 90K novels a year

2.) Do you take this approach on all of them or just prior to tight deadline? Usually a mix of both. :) If I'm not on tight deadline but need to push through something, I'll do a weekend writing marathon.

3.) Do you enjoy it when you write like this? The sense of accomplishment is AMAZING! At the end, I'm exhausted, but I thank God that He allows me to do this...just writing stories that honor Him is truly a blessing

Connie Queen said...

This sounds like a wonderful way to write a book. I'm a slow writer and get distracted easy. Lately, I set my timer for 20 minutes, followed by 10-15 minute break and then write again. I'm hoping as I get better, I can go for longer periods.

Whenever I complete this ms, I may try a book in a week for the next one. Sounds like fun.
Connie

Pam Hillman said...

Robin said: my carpal tunnel gets so bad

lol

I thought you were going to say that your bones were popping!

Debby Giusti said...

Great info, Robin. Thanks for sharing your robo-writing technique. Love it! Especially the 42-45 minute tip!

What amazes me is that you write clean when you write fast. That's impressive!

Thanks, Pam, for inviting Robin to be with us today.

Love the title of her Seeker book! It's on my to-be-read list!

Pam Hillman said...

I really hope some of us set aside a few days to try this method soon. If you do, I'd like to know how it works for you.

I know that's my plan. I'm thinking of holing up in the church evangelist's quarters for 3 days. Dh will think I'm CRAZY.

I'll even have to put DO NOT DISTURB on the doors to the apartment of my mother-in-law and grandmother will be knocking, bringing me food and asking if everything's all right.

Virginia said...

Like Pam said, some people will realy think 'holing up' is crazy. But for us with busy, busy lives this kind of talk is really liberating. I don't think I could do a weekend or even a whole daylight day (there's NO WAY my husband would watch the kids while I typed, hahaha!).
BUT this all comes back to the idea of gettign it done, sitting in the chair and writing through the hard parts, the broedom, the wrist aches, the chocolate cravings.
I keep thinking about my first book and how it took me 5 years to finish it. Not really because I was learning (it was as bad at the end as it was in the beginning) but because I didn't understand the idea of pacing and word counts and daily goals. Without those ideas you could write and re-write a book for decades.
Or maybe I just didn't have Seekerville!!!

Virginia said...

Wow, sorry for the typos! Baby on my lap...

Pam Hillman said...

Whoo-hoo, I did it!

The link Robin sent me is something to do with Windows live, so it only works on the computer it is opened on. I'm not sure how to explain this phenomenom further, so won't try to.

Anyway, I played around with it, managed to copy the shortcut, and now I think we've got it, by-jove!

Robin’s Amazing Character Notes

And, remember, this is just the first page of one of her major characters. And she does all this in OneNote.

I downloaded the trial for OneNote, but haven't had time to learn how it works. It sounds like an awesome way to keep up with things.

Pam Hillman said...

Virginia, it's amazing how a contract, a book, and a royalty check (not that I've seen one of THOSE yet! lol) can show the fam that this really is a job, and that some uninterrupted time will yield better results.

I overheard dh telling a preacher friend all about my trip to Dallas (where our friend and his wife live) and my writing and my work with ACFW.

He's finally realizing that I'm not just sitting at the computer playing while the house goes to wrack-and-ruin around me! lol

Carol Moncado said...

Hey Robin! Great tips!

A few weeks ago Cheryl and Camy were doing a 30K weekend. She said something like "Just ask Camy - the longer it takes me to write a book the worse it is". I emailed with her about that and I think I'm the same way. I need to start realizing that and plan accordingly.

That said, God has used the additional time it's taken to fix a couple of plot holes sometimes - things that wouldn't have been fixed if I'd finished in a week or two but...

I'm pondering how to make this work in my favor for Speedbo - especially since I need to finish the rough draft of my other MS first - had planned to get it done this month but being sidelined for 2 weeks may have ruined that plan :/. We'll see how it goes.

Grandma's here! BBL!

Stephanie Rae Pazicni said...

Robin - Wow, four 90K novels in one year, wow. I really liked #10 taking a walk sounds so refreshing. There have been at least two years when I missed spring entirely, had no clue it was out there.
Bet that 45 minutes flies by.

Pam Hillman said...

Btw, don't y'all just LOVE the picture of Robin I used in the post???

So different and totally cute!

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Thanks for sharing Robin! Great to see another example to prove that every writer has their own way :)

Stephanie Rae Pazicni said...

Yes Pam, I did like that picture! It said, "Who's that knocking on my door while I'm writing?" with a pleasant, friendly professional look. I need to work on my interrupted face...

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Robin, I am sorry to say I have not read any of your books but I love mystery, suspense and romance all mixed together in the story. I love the reviews I have read and have you as new author and this book on my wish list. I can't wait to read Up Close and Personal.
Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us. I love the idea of a character sheet. This has to be a great tool to writing.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Brandi said...

I really do like these tips from Robin! I always wondered how some writers have the ability to complete entire manuscripts within a few weeks or months, and now I know a few ways to get the process started. So glad for this post!

Robin Caroll said...

Hey, all! In honor of it being President's Day, we kept the kids out of school and took them to the Clinton presidential library. Just got home. :)

The photographer who took the picture Pam used is the ACFW conference photographer for 2012...EXTREMELY reasonable, for anyone who is planning on attending and needs to update their shots

Pam Hillman said...

Wow, how wonderful that you got to tour the museum on Presidents' Day.

No such luck in my neck of the woods. lol

Tina Pinson said...

Welcome Robin,
And can I just say whew.

Mercy... I'm tired just thinking about all that time and all those words.

Actually, I used to could do some pretty good writing stints and then I got a touch busy. I hope to get some wordage in through the month of March and beyond...

Thanks for a look into your writing world.

blessing
Tina P.

Dianna Shuford said...

Robin, thanks for such a timely post. I've got a full manuscript to revise during this week. I'll definitely have to try your method. Especially, since my boys are at my mom's house for the week. Do you find this method works equally well for periods of revising?

Thanks for sharing your process, and I would love to be entered for a copy of your book.

Pam Hillman said...

Tina, I'm sure Robin, Cheryl, and other authors who tend to write like this are exhausted when they're done, but to be able to just get it all down in such a short time period seems miraculous.

I wonder how many hours these ladies are actually putting in to get those 50, 65 and 90k words vs. someone who writes 1K a day for 60 days, etc.

I'm such a goal-oriented person, and I work better if I'm totally focused on something for long periods of time. I think this would work for me.

Or, maybe, I'm just dreaming, and I would hate it! lol

Now, Robin, this thought occurs to me... In a perfect world, would you choose to write your books in a whirlwind, or would you prefer to write them 1-2K words a day over a 3 month stretch?

Honestly, I can see pros and cons of both systems. One is being so immersed in the story that you sense and feel everything, and the other gives you more time to think and plot and plan your next move.

Robin Caroll said...

Actually, I like both ways. But I want to get the passion I feel for the story onto the page, so to speak, and if I have to draw everything out for 3 months, then I'm afraid the passion would be lost. That's just how I am!

Julie Lessman said...

WOW, ROBIN, four 90K books a year??? That is truly impressive!! Thanks for answering my questions!

Hugs,
Julie

Robin Caroll said...

Sure has been fun hanging out in Seekerville!

Linnette R Mullin said...

LOVED your tips, Robin! Thank you! I need to make myself do this. I need to make myself turn off the internet and make myself get up and stretch in between. Thank you! :D

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Robin, What a great tip to get us going for our March Speedbo. Ii'm so in agreement with getting everyone on board in the family. It helps tremendously.

The times I've done this, I do find I have less to clean up because I am really in the story and in the characters. I love how you recommend the five minute breaks. Those are critical.

Thanks again for sharing with us here in Seekerville.

For those of you who need a little pick-me-up this late in the day, I have baskets of tortilla strips and guacamole. Kettle chips and salsa. And i made some homemade onion dip and clam dip. There are pita chips too with some roasted red pepper hummus.

Heather Day Gilbert said...

LOVE this post and I'm tweeting it for sure. Now, if only I can get someone to watch my kiddos for a week, I might get something amazing done! Grin.

Annie Rains said...

Wow! Your technique is hardcore and very inspiring. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing!

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

I LOVE the term "woohoo chocolate" and I'm always looking for new goals to meet so that I can have some!

I am so impressed by the whole marathon idea. I work full time, but the thought of going away somewhere for a few days and doing the marathon makes my heart beat faster!!!

Now...to talk my husband into a getaway without him!

Pam Hillman said...

Sherrinda, I'm with you!

You know, this sounds exciting and frightening at the same time.

Once I get over the thought of being able to write uninterrupted for several days at a time, the next thought is whether I could actually write THROUGH the story???

Yikes.

Cara Lynn James said...

Robin, you're definitely inspiring! I think your tips will get me through SpeedBo! Thanks so much for the tips.

Janet Kerr said...

These are great tips for fast writing.
Thanks for putting the blog together!

Cindy W. said...

I'm at my office (before work hours) and I can't open the Character Sheet. Not sure if it's because there are a lot of 'bells & whistles" on our company computer or not. I will definitely try opening it at home tonight. I always appreciate the helpful tips that are freely given here at Seekerville.

Robin, I just love your books and can't wait to read Injustice for All. I would love to have my name thrown in the hat to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy w.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

marybelle said...

Fabulous thank you. I appreciate the sharing.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Rachelle Rea said...

WOW. This is amazing! I've had Writing Marathon Days with friends in which we all wrote for a couple hours, chatted with each other to check our progress, then went back at it, but doing this for days on end? I'm definitely going to have to try that this summer when I'm off from college! I can't wait!

And thanks for the giveaway!

biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

The Doves said...

I love this idea Robyn - It makes me want to go to a cabin for a week, with no phone or TV - and find creativity and time uninterrupted during the process. i love it!

~jenn

jdovefamily @ gmo

Bethany said...

I am not a professional writer, but as a blogger and reader these ideas sound wonderful. A time away from phone/internet/life definitely helps!

Her book sounds fantastic- cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Tried Robin's approach--Loved it! Got in a banner day of writing. And didn't feel exhausted afterward.

Thanks for sharing, Robin!

Marian

Casey said...

WOW!

That post blew me away. I'm catching up on my all my Seeker reading since I was gone for a few days and this post is soooo worth coming back to. Robin--you are my serious hero! I love that. Good for you. :DD

Pam Hillman said...

Janet, Cindy & Marybelle, so glad you stopped by!

Rachelle, go for it! I've been itching to try this for a while now, but taxes(like 4 returns because I'm the NUMBERS person in the family) come first. Grrr

Jenn, can I come too. We can share expenses, and I promise not to talk to you while you're writing.

Pam Hillman said...

Bethany, I agree. The world won't end if we unplug for a few hours.

Marian, this makes me smile! So glad you tried the "short" marathon, and it worked for you. Thumbs up!

Casey, so happy to see your pretty smile back in Seekerville. :)

PatriciaW said...

Always love a few good tips. Didn't know about the 45 min focus thing. That's interesting. Is that why I always start feeling a little antsy after a half hour?

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Oh I like this - 45 minutes uninterrupted!

I've done this in the past with 30 minutes - but it has been so long since I've actually written anything I think I'll give it a try. Maybe not all day - but at least every day.

Thanks for the advice!

PamT

Pam Hillman said...

Patricia and Pamela! Thanks for stopping by. Hope y'all try Robin's method. I know it works great for her.

And join us for Speedbo - book in a month all during March!

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Great post, Robin and Pam! Thanks for the mention.

Hugs all on your novel progress! YOU CAN DO IT! Find what works for you and just git-er-done. :-)

Cheryl