Writing Funk + Dexter = #Writegoal

Writing Funk

     For the past couple of months it has almost been perpetual rain here in the Pacific Northwest. Now, usually it does rain a lot , but this year has been one of the rainiest springs on record. Besides producing a lot of weeds in my yard and a lawn that is too damp to be mowed, it put me in a writing funk. I’d wake up to grey skies and rain. Both make you want to stay in bed and read all day, instead of going to work, much less write. The dreary days led to even drearier nights with more rain pelting against the sky lights and a cold dampness that not even the warmest blanket could keep away.


Writing Funk = Nights Filled with Dexter

     So what did I do? I became addicted to Dexter.

Writing Funk + Dexter = #Writegoal

     After watching Dexter for days in a row I began to be inspired by the writing in the show. Each character is unique, has their flaws and weaknesses and each one will surprise you. Dexter’s inner monologue, Debra’s foul mouth and Angels soft heart, not only had me laughing and crying, but inspired me to write and write better.

     So, the next step was to pull myself out of this funk and set a writing schedule. Last week my writing boot camp started. I went to bed by 10 every night, got up at 6am every day to write for 2 solid hours. #writegoal was 900 words each day. I gave myself one rule: no Facebook, Twitter, email or blogging untill that two hours was up.

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 #Writegoal + Encouragement = Vampire Tracker #fridayflash Series Made Into WIP

     Thanks to some very encouraging  feedback from Icy Sedgwick, Florence Fois, Estrella Azul, Aidan Fritz, John Wiswell, J. Davies, Helen Howell, Steven Green, Danielle Lapaglia, Sonia, Chuck Allen, Stephen Hewitt, Clar Bowman-Jahn, Susan Helene Gottfried, Stephen, John Unkown, Deborah Rickard, Mari Juniper,  Tim Vansant, Matt Merritt, Eric J Krause, PegJet, Catherine Russell, Leslie Rose and Mazz in Leeds on my #fridayflash /#tuesdayserial series Vampire Trackers I decided to delve more into this story. With the creation of my characters Lavella and Jeremy the pieces are starting to fall into place. My edits have gone well, made some changes, added some little bits in and improved the dialogue in the beginning. As of today my word count is a little shy of 11,000.

   This is week number two and so far I haven’t pressed the snooze and kept up with my #writegoal. Yipee!




12 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, do I love this as I sit here at 2am waiting for the laundry to dry,catching up on blogs, posting my
    Wed piece and planning another crazy day tomorrow. Yeah, that’s right … now is tomorrow. No matter … I’ve put myself to the task of editing a long work and polishing some of my shorter stories.

    Love your commitment and I am glad you are going full force with this story. Yes, the characters are solid and the story compelling.

    Keep up the good work because I am certain you can reach your goal 🙂

    1. laradunning says:

      You must be a night owl. Hoot, hoot! LOL. Great to have your support.

  2. Helen says:

    Well I love Dexter, and I agree the writing is just so good, but I am glad it has inspired you to turn your tuesday serial into a WIP – because it’s just a fabulous story!

    1. laradunning says:

      Thank you Helen! Was a little under my #writegoal for today, logged in at 815.

  3. Very interesting post, Lara. I’m a great believer in going off and doing other things when inspiration/motivation disappears. Often your brain will sort itself out while you’re not looking. And as you’ve proved the writer’s radr is never entirely switched off.

    Well done on your boot camp approach and on seeing how to develop your serial.

    All the best with all your writing.


    1. laradunning says:

      Thanks Anne. The last couple of days have been sunny and warm. I’m hoping the longer days will help renew my creative mind.

  4. Leslie Rose says:

    LOVE Dexter. It is clever, terrifying, and definitely well-written. Amazing plotting. The season with the Trinity Killer, John Lithgow, was heart stopping. I think you’re smart to turn to great story telling to refuel your own writing fire.

    1. laradunning says:

      I was so bummed how Season 4 ended. John Lithgow is always good at playing a creepy dude. I loved Dexter’s inner monologue-very ingenous.

  5. That’s the power of rain and Dexter for you. 🙂

    Great series.

    And, yeah, speaking from Scotland — the rain capital of the universe and inventors of the word ‘dreich’ — we seem to be having an unseasonably warm Spring, this year…

    So if you want your weather back, leave lots of unmarked, consecutive treats in an unmarked car at Disneyland and we’ll come and pick it up. lol.

    Now why is it I’m not getting much writing done? Too much surfing?

    Good luck with your WIP. Look forward to reading more.


    1. laradunning says:

      Glad someone is having good weather. Surfing in Scottland? Really? Sounds cold. Thanks for your support it means alot.

  6. Thank you for the mention. I am procrastinating emailing my submissions editor with contract negotiations. So don’t feel comfortable writing. My friends have been busy and not responded to my cries of help. Perhaps I cry help too often. Well here goes. An email that I hope will be returned.
    Good luck in your goal. You are an inspiration. My son lives in Olympia Wash and also has been singing the weather blues.

    1. laradunning says:

      Thank you. I’m in your corner!! Submit your contract!!!

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