Life Needs Happy Things

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Ever so often, in the middle of a busy schedule, it is important to stop, let go of the stress and remember where to find the good things in life. (Like, for example, when rebooting one’s computer for the fourth time in an hour. That’s a good time to think of all the stories and fun games on said computer rather than thinking about where to find the nearest hammer or high window.) Continue reading

Sometimes a Week is a Fail

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This week was a little frustrating because I totally failed at accomplishing my goals for the week, and when I did my end-of-month tally I was confronted by the fact that I also failed at my monthly goals. On one hand, this was because my day job picked up a little bit and I was reading a lot more helpful blog posts and working on my limited networking skills. So no time. On the other hand, I hate not finishing my to-do lists. Gah!

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Five Things that Come Up When Editing a Short Story

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I’ve mentioned that I’m writing a short story. Well, it’s all written, and now I’m on the critique stage. This is surprisingly less painful than I thought. Granted, there’s any number of things that need to be fixed, but the people who have read it thus far seem to think that it’s at least a solid base. I am okay with that. I can fix anything as long as I know the core is solid. Continue reading

So Many Writing Blogs

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There are so many writing blogs out there, and so many helpful people full of great advice that is well written and readily available for perusal. Sometimes it feels like too many. I get overwhelmed by the information available, or else I fall down a rabbit hole and spend hours searching around for the next post. This is not all that practical for getting my own writing done, so in recent months I’ve had to severely curtail my blog reading habits. But there are still a few that I read regularly. Continue reading

Short Story Dilemmas

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Short story writing is hard. So far it’s taking about twice as long to write as the equivalent amount of words for a novel. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m that unfamiliar with short story writing (and thus subconsciously moving slower, more carefully), or if it’s just because writing a short story takes longer. Have to give it a few more goes before deciding.

Here’s all the opening lines I’ve gone through over the course of writing the rough draft:

  • Shelley Marchant often wondered what life was like for people who didn’t have an archnemesis.

Yes, I know it’s just the one. I don’t know if it’s any good, but it’s the only one that’s occurred to me so far so it’ll have to wait until edits. It was kind of weird, actually, that the story was able to start from this one line and progressed from there without being deleted or having more words added in front of it.

Of course, it’s more than been made up for by the number of closing lines I’ve tried.

  1. And as Maya screamed her outrage, Shelley went out into the night.
  2. She became a superhero.
  3. Shelley let go of everything she was thinking and stood tall.
  4. Murder on the knees with the landing, but such a cool exit.
  5. And then she got on with her life.

And those last two were just from yesterday.

Sometimes beginnings snap while the endings flounder, and other times beginnings are vague while the endings are inevitable and poetic. And any number of combinations in between. There are worse problems to have.

Anyone else having trouble with beginnings or endings?

One Task Finished, On to the Next

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Finally, I have finished my current novel’s first draft, and at this point all I can think is “good riddance.” The writing pace went something like this:

  • November: 60,000 words
  • December: 25,000 words
  • First two weeks in January: 10,000 words
  • Third week: 2,000 words

It’s not exactly proportional, you might notice. The ending is not really an ending at this point, and I shudder to think of what will happen when I have to edit it. I didn’t really make it easy for myself. But it’s done, and now it’s on to my next project: a short story. Continue reading

Writing Distracted

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I’ve written about 3000 words over the last week, which 1.5x what I usually try to target in a day. There are lots of reasons for this. Some are good reasons (this chapter is not working, all the little disconnected bits are not connecting, etc) and some are bad reasons. It’s like having a bunch of cakes all demanding immediate eating. Below is the process I went through when exploring my capacity to procrastinate. Continue reading