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( Apr. 4th, 2014 07:30 pm)

For me, staying in the habit of writing every day is hard. I need a deadline to help me focus and to keep me moving forward. If left to my own devices, I will wile away my days watching bad television and playing video games. This might be why my edit/rewrite of my NaNoWriMo novel is taking so long. I need the accountability of a public forum to stay motivated. 

 I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and I'm using the month of April to write the first draft of the next book in the series. Writing another first draft when I have one I need to edit seems like a weird thing to do, but I feel I need to get the entire story out of my head before it disappears. A part of me wishes I started writing the second book back in December when I had a clear idea of where I wanted the plot to go. The partial outline I completed then doesn't seem like enough of a road map. I have fragmented notes, but they are confusing to me. Brain fog is the symptom of fibromyalgia I hate the most. Thoughts, ideas, and memories fall out of my mind so easy. 

When new writers are starting on their journeys, they are encouraged to write every day. The practice of putting words on the page daily sharpens your skills and makes you a better writer. I agree with this idea one hundred percent. But it is easy to let life and other things keep you from following your dreams. Pain, sickness, and just plain procrastination has deterred me from writing on a daily basis. It was only since I lost my job, that I have rediscovered the joy of creating worlds out of words. 

Not writing for a couple of years was a good choice for me. I think I appreciate it more now and I think I am better writer than I was back then. I spent the time reading and thinking about writing. I feel lucky to have a writing group who stood beside me during the times when I wasn't writing. They have become like family to me.
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( Oct. 6th, 2009 06:02 pm)
This is my sixth year to participate in NaNoWriMo and my third (or fourth) as a ML. I have five crappy little novels to show for it. My first was a disaster. I was switching POVs like a mad woman and had an antagonist who was way over the top. The MCs gallivanted around a detailed world I created without a plot in sight.

I feel like I've come a long way since that first effort. I now know how to stay with one POV and how to plot. My dialog doesn't sound contrived and stiff anymore. Some might think six years on a journey without an end is a serious waste of time. But I think it has been beneficial to me. My writing has improved with practice and age. I have forged friendships with other writers and received valuable feedback. I have learned publishing is hard and most published writers have to keep their day jobs.

The road has been bumpy and I've thought more than once I should pack it in. But if I did, then I wouuldn't be me. Regardless of whether or not my name ever graces a bookshelf, I am a writer. I will tell my stories till I die and participate in NaNoWriMo as long as I'm able.

Good luck to all those other crazy writers who have signed up for the November madness. You are in good company.
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( Sep. 26th, 2009 10:01 pm)
I still exist!

There was no writing happening all summer, so no entries.

Actually, I haven't had enough to time to keep up with this blog and my LJ. It is true that I haven't worked on anything all summer long. But the good news is, I have a new idea in the works and the words will be back shortly.

Barb, a member of my writing group, introduced us to novel bashing, which is plot brainstorming. I offered my idea to The Yetis and we bashed so there is a workable plot and some character development. This new idea is woman's fiction and doesn't contain any paranormal elements. It feels weird, yet at the same time "right." I do believe it is possible to write well in several genres and I don't think we pick the stories we tell.

The next two months are going to be busy, with NaNo prep and a writing retreat. I volunteered to Co-ML again. (probably my last year) I'm more excited about the retreat. Two days in a cabin in the woods doing nothing but writing. Bliss! (I'm sure there will be a bit of drinking and merry making since it is a Yeti sponsored event)

Thanks to everyone who stuck with me through the long silence. I promise to not wait so long in the future.
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