In college, I loved having the ability to chat about writing with other writers. Since I graduated, it sucks not having that kind of community. I’ve been looking for a place where I can ask questions and give advice to others where I can. I couldn’t find anything that suited my wants, so I decided to create my own community on Google+! Continue reading
Procrastination. That’s what I learned this week. Procrastination kills. And it is horribly tempting when you give yourself other things to do. I have a bunch of things that I could be doing, like planning for NaNoWriMo, adding to my novel, writing blog posts, etc. etc. But you know what I did? Sit on my tablet and play games. I AM A HORRIBLE PERSON!
I am finally ready to dive back into my novel! In my break, I had been writing very short pieces of fiction to keep up my writing. And now that I am heading back to the novel, I thought I would share with you one of those stories. Enjoy!
She didn’t know where the sound was coming from. It wasn’t that she was scared. Okay, she was a little scared. But she had every right to be. She was home alone, after all, and there was a scratching noise in the corner of her apartment. Continue reading
This week I learned I am my own worst critic. I finally got some feedback I was waiting on, and the parts that I thought were no good weren’t as bad as I thought!
Trust is super important in the writing process. You need to not only trust yourself–making the right decisions–but you need to trust those you give your work to critique. Continue reading
So for my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel, I sort of have an idea that is YA, but is a bit more fantastical, and perhaps horror-ish than I usually write.
So that got me thinking. How often do you write outside your “genre?” If you do, is it to challenge yourself? Or do you just have an idea for a story that you want to go with?
I think it should be interesting to see what happens. I sort of expect it to not be spectacular just in the sense that it is a first draft. But that sort of makes choosing a new genre interesting. I have this one month opportunity to experiment without having to seriously commit to anything afterwards, if I don’t want to.
Considering I am writing a novel in the perspective of teenagers, they still live at home with their parents. Initially, my main character’s parents were dead (or rather, missing throughout the novel and thought to be dead). Then I realized, what was the point of that? It didn’t add anything to the plot. Was I doing this just so I didn’t have to write them in and deal with adding another set of characters/relationship for her?
I think sometimes its easy to just kill off the parents. Then the character is free to do whatever they want because there is no parental figure around. Sometimes, I do think it helps shape the character and is necessary to do so.
I just think that this instance opened my eyes to sort of “easy way outs” in writing. Just because it is easy, doesn’t make it the best thing to do!