Saturday, September 21, 2013

Writing Challenge and Helping Creativity

So, I joined in with a 30 day creation challenge on google +.  The basic idea is that you spend at least 10 minutes a day working towards completing an ebook for self publishing (I didn't know/read that it was for non-fiction).  I don't plan on being done my novel by the end of the month, but being a part of this group has helped with my creativity and my thought process regarding the novel.

Though I haven't added words to my novel each night, I have for about 18/21 to this point.  The other three nights I worked out chapter sketches and corrected a plot flaw.

Tonight I worked on it for about an hour or so and typed up 1,100+ words in chapter 6.  I still have more to type tonight (maybe), but I also need to think about adding in another sub plot/ adventure (it is a fantasy novel) into the book that I have some basic ideas typed out.

My goal is to have the first draft of this novel done in two to three months.  From there it'll be rereading the story, checking for inconsistencies and grammatical errors.  After that, I have to think about whether I want to pay someone to edit the story or work at it on my own.  I don't have a lot of money to spend for this project as I will have a big chunk of change invested into a children's story by the time this one is ready.  I guess I answered my own question/ $, self editing :)

Do you self-edit or pay someone to do it?

I do have someone who edited my kids book for free, but for 60-90k words, yeah, free won't work and I wouldn't even ask!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I Can't Focus!

OMG!  I've got a few different writing projects going on and I'm having trouble focusing!

Or, I was...

I ended up making a list of all the things I'm working on, what I want with them and what I need to do to get there with them.

From there, I thought about what I need/want to focus on now.  Where is my heart?  What am I feeling passionate about?

Then, I gave them a "timeline".  The time frame I gave them was short/medium/long term goal.  Since then it's been a bit easier to focus.

So, what's come of it?

Well, I stopped working on a series of short stories for a possible shorts collection.

I stopped working on a second fantasy novel (well, I'm only about 1/3-1/4 of the way done my first).

I wrote two more kids stories in a series and edited/ fine tuned the second in the series.

I also am in the process of creating a contract with an illustrator for the first book in the above series and hopefully things will work out for all of them!

I am writing only one novel right now and have been getting 500-1000 words here and there in the first draft.  I had learned a lot about getting the words down in the first draft and not editing as you go or you'll never finish!  I'm leaving myself notes in Scrivener in case I know I need to add/change something when I go through it after finishing the whole novel and it's been helping a lot.

I also stopped working on a non-fiction running novel as I am at a point where I need a couple goals to come about to continue writing it.  On a side note, my running comeback from knee and hip surgery this past Spring has stalled as I'm having pain in both joints and have been for about a month.

So, have you been stuck?  Having a hard time focusing?

Write down your goals.  What are you working on?  What are you feeling passionate about?  What do you need to do to get it done?  Write them down and rate them on a scale.  The time range goal worked for me.  Maybe a 1-5 range or least important to most important rating will work for you.  Either way, focus your work; take charge of it and get at it!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Disappointment in a literary magazine

I ordered a copy of Glimmer Train a couple weeks ago.  I've been looking forward to reading it for quite some time (long story short, I thought I ordered it about 6 weeks ago only to remember a month later I didn't...).

Finally!  Today, it arrived!  I was psyched!  I made a cup of coffee, went outside and sat to read it...

That was about it.  The stories are VERY well done and amazingly well written.  I also realized that there's no way the story I submitted will make it there.

Why?  Well, it's not well written enough.  And?  Well, each of the first four stories I read in it seem to be themed around death, depression and loneliness.  That's not me at all.  Not in my life or my writing.  Maybe it was just this one.  I don't really know.  I'm not going to spend another $14 to find out.  I'm still debating on whether or not to even read the last couple stories in it.

Oh well, time to find another magazine!!