I’m trying to work my way through Writer’s Block. I’ve read a bunch of posts about how I should calm myself or go out for a walk. I’ve practiced calming techniques and told myself not to worry. The truth, however, is that I don’t think much of it is working.
My story has been closed off to me. Continue reading
Nanowrimo is interesting this year. I’ve decided to do a rewrite instead of a completely new story. But here’s the thing: I’m actually adding a lot of new stuff to the story I have.
I never did that before in rewrites. I tried to stick to the original manuscript as much as possible. I would focus on improving dialogue and character development. I would look for inconsistencies and errors. But I wouldn’t actually add anything to the story.
It’s new for me. Continue reading
Part One of “The King’s Son” is done. It took me a lot longer than I had expected. It was also a lot more gut-wrenching. I struggled a lot. But with the support of friends and family and a particular friend/editor (Lisa, I’m so thankful for all of your help!) I was able to get through it. At least for now. I’ll still need to do another quick read-through for pacing and proofing, but the main part is done. Continue reading
I finally got through a major hurdle. I mean, I think it was a major hurdle. I had been working on the same chapter for three days. I couldn’t get it to sound exactly the way I wanted. I’m not actually sure that it is the way I wanted. But it was enough to feel comfortable sending it off to my friend to edit. Continue reading
Writing has been rough today. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve changed my editing process or because my mind is on other things. Probably both. But I was only able to write 199 words in two hours. And that sucks.
I can usually write 1500 words in 40 minutes. But that’s when I’m doing my stream-of-consciousness style writing. When I edit, things are usually slower. I tend to finish a chapter a day at least, though.
That has changed. Continue reading
I spent the week reading through my manuscript. I had been doing edits on my computer, but decided to print it off and work with it that way (with a notebook to write in as well). It was great to approach my writing through something other than typing on a keyboard and staring at a screen. It got me into the story from another direction.
But what I’ve found is that I have a lot more work to do. Continue reading
As ridiculous as it may sound, I’m finally giving Twitter a try.
Now, I say “ridiculous” because it’s been around for years and, from what I can see, most of my friends have been on it from the beginning (or somewhere close to it).
The thing is that I was living abroad at that time (pretty much since 2003 actually) and the countries I was in (Korea and China) had their own versions of it. Just as a little side note, Twitter isn’t even allowed in China.
But, on the advice – or I should say persistence – of a friend, I figured it would be a good to give it a go. Because, as she put it, it’s an easy and fast way to connect with followers. Continue reading