Jan. 15th, 2013

faerie_dreamer: an open book & writing utencils, a blank page ready for all the creativity you can pour into it (writing)
It's been a while. Clearly, blogging is not my thing.

Today is good, though. I feel peaceful...a bit tired (I did not sleep well last night,) but peaceful. Today, it would take a lot to bring me down.

I want to write - I really have not been doing any writing lately - but I can't think of where to start with anything I was working on before. The piece I most want to work on is my "Souls of Winter" story. I am hoping it will be at least a novella, though I would prefer a full novel. I got stuck, and put it down, and I really haven't written anything since. I handed off what I have written and typed up so far to a friend of mine, and my husband. I am hoping that if I start getting some new feedback, inspiration might strike again. I had thought that the cold would help, but honestly, my drive to work on my writing has waned. Not because I do not want to write, but I have been kind of avoiding the stuff that's in my head. It's not what I want to work on, and it's not helpful. It would be really, really nice if I could manage to get something written from start to finish, an absolutely completed piece of work.

It seems a bit sad to me that the only piece (that is not a short story, at least) that I have managed to write in the entirety, is pretty much a fanfic of my own original fic. Don't get me started on how that worked out. It's really not my favorite piece I've ever done...but it is a beginning, middle, and end. It's about novella length, too...so it's too bad that it could never be published. And, again, not really my favorite bit of writing that I've done. I am actually very proud of my work on "Souls of Winter". I just can't seem to get back on the bandwagon and keep writing the damn thing. I know where the story is supposed to go, and I know pretty much how it gets there. I even have the next several scenes mapped out for myself (I am not the world's best at doing outlines and the like, so I decided to outline a few scenes ahead of where I was actually working.) The story is being told (currently) through two different points of view, to show what is going on in two different parts of the world. The action pov is easier for me to work with. Stuff is happening, it's full of life and death situations, the action is interesting and nerve-wracking, and suspenseful, and easy to write. It flows, and fills itself out; the embellishments from physical page to typed up piece are a simple matter.

The other pov is has much slower movement. There isn't much going on, there is no sense of urgency, and writing it in a way that keeps it interesting is difficult. The momentum isn't there for me to focus on. I like the character, and what's happening there is important to the story, but it's incredibly challenging. Actually, this entire piece takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me as a writer - I have never attempted anything like my "Souls" piece before - but this particular pov is quite possibly the most challenging thing I've ever done. It is probably the most I have ever attempted to challenge myself with my writing, and when I feel as though I am not living up to the task I have set for myself, I get frustrated. How do I keep simplicity, and peace, and quiet interesting, and entertaining, and as riveting as the action pov chapters are? How do I make a reader want to keep reading these slower-plodding pov chapters? Is my writing up to snuff? Are my descriptions on par? Will the reader think these chapters matter when they're done reading the entire story? Or will they wonder why I bothered with a large number of them?

I am in the middle of one of the "slower" pov chapters right now...and I have been for the better part of 8 months. I have gotten a few lines done here, a line or two there...but in the past 8 months, I have pretty much written maybe about two and half to three paragraphs. That is not a lot to show for the amount of time I've been working, even taking into account that I haven't really been writing in general. As I said, I've handed off what I've gotten typed up so far to a couple of people in the hopes that new feedback will kick me into gear. Of all the things I could be working on, "Souls of Winter" is the one I want to finish, to make sure it becomes a completed piece of work. I want to have it done so that I have something with a beginning, a middle, and an end, that I could possibly put to print someday. I want it to be a piece I can be really proud of, even after I feel that my writing craft has improved. More than most of the things I start working on, all for my own enjoyment, I began this piece with the thought in my head that I might actually try to do something with it at some point...but that can only happen if I complete it.

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