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.
faerie_dreamer: an open book & writing utencils, a blank page ready for all the creativity you can pour into it (creatve writing)
It's too much. I get so much going on in my head that I don't even know how to begin sorting through it all. Ideas for 1st gen, which is just as well, since that's what I'm trying to write. Ideas for 2nd gen, which is not as useful, as that's supposed to be at least book 4. Ideas for the Trickster's interview, which is even less useful. ::laughter:: That's just a side thing I was doing for fun, and then it became so much larger than it was supposed to be! Ideas for a novel I wanted to do when I was in high school, that has changed the piece so greatly that it's pretty much not even the same story any more.

I have ideas for how I want to change what I've all ready gotten written down - something that I can't be bothered to do right now, as I really just need to get the story out first. I can't go back and re-write the re-write I've all ready been working on, it's crazy. But I have ideas for it anyway.

I've been working on a glossary of terms for my books, as well as a pronunciation guide. Considering how much of a language I've gotten written down, the glossary is kind of small so far. I haven't been really all that big on using much of the language I've created in the story. Among other things, it's not like any of the characters have run across an American human, who would immediately realize they aren't speaking in English, which is, of course, what I'm writing the story in. Without that, there has been less of a need to bother with throwing in words in the language I came up with for the story. Some of the terms that are in the glossary are not even the words that the fae themselves would be using, because they aren't in the language the characters would be speaking. The term Lifemate, which is in the glossary, is pretty specific, and I don't really need to make the fact that it's a new term more confusing by calling it Xillixyar, which no one besides me even knows how to pronounce at the moment. Admittedly, what little I have been using has been fun. Mostly titles and honorifics, but still. :)

I've always enjoyed writing my own language. It's not exactly useful, really, because I really only use it for certain phrases, and I haven't come up with enough to hold an entire conversation with, really. ::laughter:: But still. I can go off in it for a while, and that's always entertaining. Enough of that, though.

Anyway, I just really have too much going on in my head, and it's gotten to the point where it's getting kind of difficult to keep everything straight. I'm at a slight pause in my 1st gen work at the moment. I'm changing the way I'm writing a bit from here on out, and so, I've been working on outlining. I do believe I've gotten better at the whole "outlining" bit. ::laughter:: I have a decent amount outlined right now for the part I want to work on next, but I've gotten stuck at a "pause" point. I think I might need to make a bit of a jump in things with the story, but I'm not sure how to do it with the pov of the character I'm working the current scenes (and chapter) through. As a result, my 2nd gen outline has gotten underway, and is going pretty well. I'm learning that making a fairly in-depth outline is not a bad idea for me. Among other things, I can tag in certain phrases, words, or conversation pieces I know I'll want to throw in, but might not remember by the time I'm actually sitting down to write. It's been pretty useful. Writing them down also actually helps me to remember them. The problem with the idea of working on 2nd gen's outline is that my mind isn't on 1st gen work then, and I'm still in the outline stage for the chapter I want to start writing. As usual, I just can't write fast enough to make myself happy.

I'm wondering if I should just start writing the chapter, even though I haven't finished the outline for it. My thought is that if I start writing it down, I might be inspired with a way to do the time-hop in the pov I'm currently using, at which point, I could finish the chapter outline before I write everything down. It's got to be a better idea than continuing to work on the outline for 2nd gen, right? ::laughter:: Definitely better than working on the side story for the Trickster, or the complete re-write of the novel I wanted to write in high school. Sometimes I wish my brain would settle down to only a few ideas at once instead of such an explosion of them. It would also help if the explosion could reign itself in to be about only one plot line of one story. That would be awesome. :p

I so obviously have no idea what I'm doing. ::laughter::
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Background on this post:

So, I was writing a story - something I hope to turn into a novel. At the time that I got stuck, I'd managed to get 25 scenes written. I say scenes, because I don't really know if they break into chapters the same way, given that some of them are many pages, and others are really, really brief. I'd gotten a good deal of a 26th scene written out as well.

As a random aside, my writing method is as follows: I physically hand-write the scene. Once it's written out longhand in a notebook, I proceed to type it up. I do a lot of re-phrasing, some editing, and a lot of descriptive adding at this point. I will go back to it later to re-read what I've got typed up to see if I can catch any spelling or grammatical errors, and see if I still like the way I've got the scene worked out. I usually wind up making corrections and fixing things, and I determine if it flows well. A lot of times I'll re-read the scene before it too, to check that it flows with what's all ready there.

This method of writing is in part due to necessity: I can often get a lot of writing done at work, but I can't use my laptop there, and a notebook is easier to carry about. Also, I have always enjoyed writing things down. Something about that just makes the process more pleasurable for me. ::shrugs::

The actual post:

There was one scene I knew I was going to have to re-write. My main character won out too quickly and easily against someone that he should have really needed to work at beating. The rest of the post -> )

I'm currently writing out an outline of all the scenes I have all ready re-written, using the roman numeral A) 1.2.3. B) 1.2.3. style. It's a style I feel I can only use for creative writing when I've all ready written the story out. ::laughter:: I don't think my mind works logically enough to be able to continue in that style once I break into new territory - the "where do I write from here?" portion will require more of an actual writing-style outline. I'm hoping just trying to write out where I want the story to go from here will help with placement of certain pieces of plot. I'm trying to break the habit of writing without an outline. I really do need to become better at planning out the story in a physical form prior to actually writing it out completely. I suspect it will make the next explosion of ideas a bit easier to handle!

And, uhm, I think that's my first official post on y own craft-work. ::laughter:: For anyone who's reading this, please feel free to comment with any ideas about outlining - how you do it, if you find it helpful, why you like one way of outlining over another, etc. I'm currently rather open to new ideas!


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