*Note: I am in the middle of a sort of “family crisis” right now so I’m posting this in a rush.
I spend more time talking about my writing than actually writing.
Honestly, guys, look at a writing log I’m keeping:
You can’t deny it.
And now I’ve found another writer link-up to talk about my writing. #YAY
The link-up I’m talking about it the Writing With Fury link-up, hosted by Allie (at The Depth of My Faith who has MOVED her blog to Blogger) and Grace (at The Girl Upstairs). I was SUPER excited to see this post on Allie’s blog, because I really do love talking about writing. I could spend hours answering writing-related questions, instead of actually WRITING.
Click here to read Allie’s post and find out more about the link-up. Since I’m so anxious to get started, I’m going to skip all that fluffy random intros and just GET ON WITH IT.
P.S. The flowery graphics/dividers/borders/whatevers are inspired by Cait‘s flowery graphics/dividers/borders/whatevers. They are super cool, even though they took me FOREVER to do! I’m not sure if I’m going to keep them, but tell me if you like it!
1. what are your top 3 writing to-dos for this month?
Okay, so I have an announcement to make in this Saturday’s third Writerly Update, but until then, you won’t know. 😉
- Start rewriting Chapter 7 of IMS.
- Brainstorm new story ideas.
- [#secret because of something I’ll be talking about later]
2. what is your #1 goal for progress with your wip this month?
Well, my #1 goal is to just write as much as I can and get back into the writing flow. I really want to reach my goal of 17,500 words for Camp NaNo, but to do that, I REALLY need to start writing again. I haven’t written a single word of IMS since early January!
3. can you describe your plotting process?
Yes, of course I can.
I am 100% capable of this.
Okay, fine. This was the first story I’ve ever tried outlining for, and while it was horribly torturous, it is SUPER helpful, and I am DEFINITELY doing it for future stories. A lot of the time, I get novel ideas by characters, so I’ll build worlds around the characters, and then plots around the world and characters. Then I’ll keep coming up with details, define the goal of the story, the climax, the rising action, and all those other important plot points. I’ll make a loose plot structure. And after that, using my plot structure as a guide, I’ll outline! Of course, this is only what I sort of did for IMS, and what I hope to do for future stories. 😛
4. do you work best with a friend helping in the plotting process, or are you rocking the lone-wolf thing?
Well, one of the friends who is very into my writing (Ivy) is who I talk to a lot about IMS. I finally caved in after not wanting to spoil it for her. 😄 Another very close friend I talk to about writing, and she often is a source of ideas, even though she doesn’t entirely know what the plot is. 😄 But other than that, I’m pretty much a lone wolf. But it’s very hard to be a writer, and you need lots of support. Which I don’t have. *finger guns*
5. how are you going to execute your to-dos for this month?
Well, first I’ll just, you know, rewrite Chapter 7. Then I will make a Google Doc on just random story ideas I have: genre, plot, characters, setting, etc. And finally, I will *mumbles*. Hey. Are you at the end of this post yet? NO. Which means I cannot tell you my amazing announcement that I am silently squealing about.
(But don’t go read it right now FINISH READING MY WONDERFUL ANSWERS.)
6. are you fairly organized with your writing, or messy?
Both. I am usually organized, with specific pages for specific details, but sometimes I just need to jot something down, or I’ll forget it. On one page of my notebook, I have this whole math section (I KNOW. THE HORROR. MATH IN WRITING???) and all these messy notes while I try to figure out ages of this person while this person is this age and this person grows up to be this age and this person is this age. Yes. It’s very confusing. I’m confused reading over it again. Which is #notgood.
7. what, in your opinion, is the best way of keeping track of your instant ideas?
For Christmas, my little sister gave me a journal. It’s not huge, but not small, and I bring that, along with a pencil pouch of my four Paper Mate pens, to school with me every day. I can jot down things there, and this also the journal I use for my habit tracker.
If you’re a writer, I highly recommend always having a small notebook and pen/pencil to jot down ideas on the go. Or a phone, if you can take notes on it. They are ESSENTIAL to a writer’s life, because if you don’t have something to jot down instant ideas, THEY WILL BE LOST FOREVER. I have been victim to this horrible tragedy, and it is NOT something you want to experience. THE HORROR.
8. binder, pinterest board, notebook, or scattered sticky notes?
*laughs at the coincidence* *struggles to keep straight face* What a coincidence.
As of right now, I have my notebook(s) to keep track of my ideas and stuff. I also have this “hutch” thing above my desk (I forgot what it’s called, sorry???) and I just stick random sticky notes on the ledge of it. Although, they’re not all for my novel. Sometimes they’re just random thoughts. Or words. Or names. Cuz names are #awesome.
I think a binder would be super cool, but I just don’t think I would want to use it because 1) it’s heavy and my arms are already tired from carrying my notebook and pencil pouch and a tagalong book around school??? and 2) I’m way too lazy to hole-punch everything.
9. aesthetics in pictures or words?
Um… pictures??? Of course, graphic design is the best aesthetic of all because they incorporate both fonts and pictures… WAIT. BUT WORDS ARE PRETTY TOO. AGH NO HOW CAN YOU ASK THIS. Okay. Let me say. Pretty pictures and pretty words are both aesthetic. Especially beautifully colored pictures and gorgeous fonts. FONTS. AGH. I COULD JUST FANGIRL OVER FONTS ANY DAY. But don’t forget about those super awesome photographs―so amazing! NO. I CAN’T CHOOSE. #HALP
10. how will you reward yourself if you complete your goals and tasks?
I won’t…? 😄 I don’t really reward myself. I mean, I just think, YAY I DID IT I’M ACTUALLY A DECENT WRITER. I don’t even reward myself with food or books. I know. It’s so horrible. I think I’ll only reward myself when I actually finish the whole thing.
And finally get everything over with.
Well, I guess if I’ve been writing for a long time, I’ll grant myself internet-browsing time, but, I mean, I browse the internet INSTEAD of writing, and I don’t think I’m supposed to encourage that???
And now for the exciting announcement!
I’m starting to post things at The Writing Writers! ‘Tis a blog for writers (like me) to share their writing, unless they’re really #shy like me. Then they’ll just do some random post or something.
It will mean a lot to me (and the others) if you check it out. Who knows, you may be invited to join! (Like I was by Mirra. I don’t know you very well, but thank you???)
Check out my hello post HERE.
dost thou like the flower graphics/dividers/borders/whatevers? what is THY plotting process? hast thou participated in writing with fury yet? (if so, links, my frens) wilt thou check out the writing writers? and dost thou know why i am speaking like this to thee??? tell me everythiiiiiing, beans.