So let’s see how has my writing been in the past few weeks:
Well for one thing I’ve taken to writing more poetry. I guess it has something to do with the fact that I feel restless and I don’t have energy to write as much as I did previously.
But I have to say I am really enjoying it. I think I’ve written about thirteen poems? Which is lot considering I usually only managed about two or so when I was writing my serials and they were usually focused on my characters. No this poems are much more personal.
I did start writing on another story though but not the original l&d that I started back in July. I’m sort of stalled on that one and I’m not particularly stalled on that one.
But on the above story I’m trying to figure out a name for it. I have it titled Colette in Love in the document but I was thinking of changing the name to Unconditionally which sort of fits with the overall theme that runs through the novel which is unconditional love. What do you guys think?
Well early this morning I finished working on a short story. It’s my first one that is self contained. I started a few weeks ago but then I fell into a funk so it got set on the backburner. But it is done! I’m going to have some people look over it before I even think about submitting it.
And while I’m talking about submitting, I’ve sent out a few of my poems to a literary magazine. This is the first time I’ve done this since I was like a teen and that whole deal was a vanity press though I didn’t realize it until like way later. I still wish I had a copy of that particular poem.
But today I have been productive. Of course my word count isn’t as high as it was last year but it’s still pretty good for someone that hasn’t been really focusing on writing like they should!
I have a character who I can’t quite get a hold on. When I first wrote her she was a bit haughty and vain, but then that morphed into naive and kind when compared to her younger sister who is…you know actually haughty and vain. Then as she aged she grew into the sort of weary mother type. I wrote her today and she seems to be world weary or something.
Basically compared to my other characters especially said character’s sister, this one seems to change every time I write her. I just cannot get a hold on her personality. I don’t know what I want her to be like. She seems to change in every situation. Is that a good thing? Idk it’s really frustrating to me. She’s more of a supporting character in others’ stories but if I did focus on her what would she be like?
But at least I’ve been writing if only for a bit. I keep bouncing between projects and rereading over my old work.
For the longest time I have been what other authors would call a “panster”. When I wrote I would literally start out with a vague idea and go from there. It served me well as I wrote prolifically but perhaps it lends itself to my former inability to write longer pieces. The bulk of my work ranges from the 500 to 1K. But a few months ago I decided to change that.
I was tired of complaining about my inability to write novels. I had ideas for longer stories but I didn’t know how to go about writing them.
I joined a number of writing communities on Livejournal and Dreamwidth. For one a prompt set forth the following: write an outline of a story. So I did. I didn’t think much of it.
But I found myself returning to the document. I started to expand the simple paragraphs into something bigger. Then I jumped into writing. I didn’t have much of a chapter outline. I’m not completely ready to give up the pantsing. But so far I’ve gotten way past my other pieces of writing. It’s about 12K at the moment.
I don’t know changed in the past week but I’ve been seeking more information on plotting. I’ve tried several things and I’m still finding my groove but I have to say I quite like the whole having a plan thing.
I’m constantly learning something new about writing. I think that’s why I love it so much. It continues to enthrall me.
I’m making progress on my ~novella~. I’m practicing writing longer stories and so far I have almost 6k on this so I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. The plot has expanded a bit from what I originally wrote in the initial outline though but I’m really excited to write this story!
So I started a new project. The idea literally came out of nowhere, but a first line popped into my head so I figured the muse or whatever was trying to tell me something!
This particular project will be an epic poem. Before I seriously started to write prose, I focused a lot more on poetry. In fact in the period in my life when I was hospitalized most of my creative output was in the form of poetry.
I’ve been trying out new forms and generally just learning. There’s something about poetry that calls to me. Perhaps it’s because it’s generally short and I have a notoriously short attention span. XD