Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Writing Challenge

It is July Novel Writing Month! Did you know? JulNoWriMo

I am taking this challenge to write 50,000 words in July. That's 1,667 words a day. More if I take a break on the 4th for Independence day, and the 5th for another celebration of Independence day. Single spaced, that's about 3 pages, even with dialogue.

In a WriMo, anything goes. Even if the writing is complete crap, count the words and move on. Word vomit can be cleaned up later. The goal is the finish line. The goal is to write The End and to like what you have done.

My last two posts on my writing resolutions and what holds me back are going to help fuel me through this.

Plus, it's my summer break and I am determined to reawaken my passion for writing and love what I do every day.

My first Writing Resolution was to finish what I start. I have started this writing challenge, and I will finish it! I'm sure it will fuel me to more blog posts, more time spent editing, and more projects finished. Then I can focus on accomplishing my next two writing goals. (Getting critiques and marketing)

As far as turning my stumbling blocks into stepping stones, I am tackling them in reverse order. I am no longer burdened for time (number 3). I have a story that I have outlined to be my muse (number 2). All I lack is a writing partner.

In this case, I take a sort of "If you build it, they will come" approach...

If I keep writing, blogging, and critiquing others, I will find a writing buddy. I will find a muse. If I go where the writers hang out, I will find somebody who is willing to take on my questions, inane ramblings, and enthusiasm for my story and reciprocate with advice, ideas, and laughter.

For now, though, it is back to the work-in-progress.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones

Thanks to a friend for suggesting that I go back in time and review old writing to spark something new! As I perused my old works, I noticed that I had 3 things that kept me going.

  • Writing Partners to keep me going on a series and throw in new ideas and twists. Having a writing buddy to take your characters into new settings, genres, even meeting new villains broadens your horizons.
  • Muses who were usually humans that encouraged me and whom I thought about a lot. In thinking of them, I found I created stories about characters loosely based on my perception of who they were.
  • Unrequited Love/Emotional Baggage and regrets/trials and tribulations that I just couldn't let go of. With time and hard work, that kind of baggage falls away. Life changes. 

I am currently lacking in these 3 things. I feel very out-of-whack, akimbo, in limbo, and indecisive. Projects unrelated to writing are taking the forefront.

In order to get back, I need to find ways to make these 3 things return.

  1. Find New Writing Buddies! Working on ficly dot com, many of the same writers still visit. I need to work on meeting new writers to fill the voids left behind by those that have moved on or visit less often. I could also go back to other sites and find new buddies there as well; Protagonize, Dark Media City, even a group on Critique Circle.
  2. Search for my Muse. One of these new people could become a new muse. I could also look for inspiration in other places like people watching, jotting down things my children say, or journaling memories and random thoughts. When I find it, I need to write it down before I lose it.
  3. Consider my stressors. While emotional baggage is a bad thing, stress can be good if it fuels creative fire. I have had a lot of stress this school year, and I did write about it twice. I always have to preserve confidentiality when it comes to work related stories and that does put a kink in the process. I don't want to simply change names or places because too many descriptive words will give away the characters to those that know them. I don't want to get in trouble. (Yeah, I'm afraid of trouble.)
What helps you write? What keeps the creative juices flowing? Who are your muses? What fuels your creative fire?

Don't be afraid to tell me in the comments..I won't get you in trouble!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Writing Resolutions 2014

As far as my Writing Resolutions for this year, I have decided upon a few.

1. Finish what I start.

I have way too many little starts. Little starts are good. But finishing a story feels soooo good. I also have starts on editing multiple projects. Those need finished this year. I know this will take some more planning to be executed, however at this time, without knowing how demanding on my evening hours life and work will be, I feel good leaving this flexible.

2. Trade critiques with another writer.

I know how valuable this is. I won a writing competition because I had others critique my work and I listened to them to make it awesome. I am not ready to trade critiques this month, but I will do it when I feel ready. I will most likely go back to Critique Circle and begin working there.

3. Increase Marketing Platform

I'm not sure how or when I will work on this goal. I have to catch back up on the whole ebook market and look at my image (non-existant) and decide what I can do about it myself. Mostly, it is going to be to write and get things out there. Have things to promote.

I just updated my Sample Writing page here on the blog. Go ahead, click it. You will find the current project I am working on: expanding the ficly series based on a dream I had into something longer.

I am proud of what I have so far, but I am at a place where I need some outlining to flesh out my ideas into motives, morals, and the fibers that make up a good story. I don't even have many character names yet. They don't have past secrets, well, not that they have shown me yet. I have not yet fabricated the tangled webs that will piece together the story into an epic adventure.

They say if you can dream it...