Since I couldn’t type in all caps in the title, I’LL DO IT NOW.
I AM LITERALLY DYING FROM ALL THE WRITING I’M DOING.
I mean, it’s not even that much, considering I’m also juggling blogging and reading???
But I’m working on two projects at the same time and their deadlines are both at the end of the month and it’s SO. STRESSFUL.
*whispers* Please someone save me it’s summer and I should be relaxed but I’m NOOOOOOOT.
ON IMS EDITS
So you know how in my last Writerly Update I said that I had a hate-love relationship with editing?
Well it has now been promoted to a HATE-HATE RELATIONSHIP.
There are only so many times you can read your manuscript before getting bored. (One.) AND I SLOWLY DIE INSIDE because it takes like 20+ minutes to edit a chapter JUST BARELY.
It’s not even big edits yet (though I’m starting those today). I’m just going through, marking little stuff down, fixing grammar or wording, and making myself notes to fix when the big edits come in.
PLUS ALSO CHARACTER-DEVELOPING AND WORLDBUILDING FOR ANOTHER PROJECT.
I’ve made myself a writing schedule because I’m THAT stressed, and… it’s slightly working. Not completely, but slightly. I’m planning to finish edits by Friday the 23rd, so then I have the weekend to look over it and then SUBMIT IT TO THE CONTEST.
The absolute WORST part of this is that my mother refuses to buy dried mangoes for me until we go on vacation. What am I supposed to eat while I edit??? AVOCADOES???*
ON THE TORTUROUS MAGIC STORY
(I did not just write “manga story”.)
(And I did not just write “mango story”.)
On top of edits, I’m also planning out my magic story. I SORT OF know the plot for it. Or I will figure it out later during Camp and regret everything.
But as much as I said I LOVED develop characters… IT’S NOT WORKING. Backstory is TORTUROUS for me, even though backstory is my favorite! part! ever! NOT FAIR.
I think it might be because I didn’t flesh out the plot enough??? I just had the basic structure and am planning to get the details while I outline for Camp. But I’m realizing that’s not the best plan??? #TooLate
Let’s not forget worldbuliding. Which I hate. I’m going to say it again because I can’t say it enough: I. HATE. WORLDBUILDING. I HATE HATE HATE IT.
It’s honestly so hard??? Like whatever I can come up with a story and some people, but a world??? NO. I’m focusing on characters right now, but soon it’ll be time for worldbuilding… And I will turn into a pile of pumpkin mush.
Don’t know why it was pumpkin.
I think I’ll have to turn to my own writing advice for this.
Too bad it sucks.
I’m aiming to be finished with ALL my planning on Monday the 26th. So then I can enjoy my vacation to Canada without worrying about anything writing-related. But if I need it (and I probably will), I’ll take my planning to Canada with me. I mean, I already have to bring a notebook to start my outline for Camp. #RIPMaysVacay2K17
Also let us pray for May as she struggles to come up with a title for her story.
ON EDITORIAL REVIEWS
In my May MMM*, I talked about how I C O M P L E T E L Y F O R G O T to tell you guys that I actually got an editorial review on an excerpt of my work. *cue the fangirl screaming*
Okay, so like it was two pages, and a lot of it I have learned this past year, but STILL. AN EDITORIAL REVIEW. FROM AN ACTUAL PUBLISHING HOUSE/EDITOR. Asdfghjkl.
I read over the feedback and made it generalized:
- ground the setting
- outline and define the world and its rules
- weave the details into the story
- provide enough understanding and background of significant plot points
- more background on the focus of the story (MC)
- describe emotions and feelings of characters
- make dialogue flow naturally (like regular convos with friends)
Cool right??? I basically jumped up and down when I saw it was in the mail. And the smile on my face slowly faded as I read the feedback. I mean, you gotta love it. But it’s hard.
*This technically reads as “May May’s Moments of the Month” but do I care??? No.
ON MY BLOG WRITING PROJECT
So. In my last Writerly Update™ I said that I would be introducing a blog writing project to you near the end of June.
LOOK, I’M SORRY??? I had a WHOOOOLE different plan when I said that. And it was a HORRIBLE idea, whereas my current idea is 112% amazing.
Anyways, expect to see a post about it on Saturday, July 8th! I would post it earlier, but #vacay. But like… I have the post ready and everything??? But it’s not actually happening till like August ahem.
I would also like to inform you that I have SUCCESSFULLY COME UP WITH A NAME FOR THIS PROJECT. I mean it sucks because I’m #creative like that, but it’s the best I’ve got, okay???
I’M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS THO. Expect prompts and feedback and partners.*
*This is obviously “partner” as in “HOWDY PARTNER”. #YesIAmTexan #NoIDoNotSayThat
ON WRITING CAMP
- I wrote a magical realism story.
- Okay more like the prologue of a magical realism story—but the main character is a boy named Cadis (IDK HOW I THOUGHT OF THIS BY MYSLEF BUT I LIKE IT???) who has a useless (muscleless, boneless) arm, and flowers growing on his back AND I’M EXCITED.
- The flowers thing is hard to explain, but basically imagine a moving tattoo???
- There are also FOUR people in this camp who were seventh graders at my school. (Not including me.)
- IT MAKES SHARING MY WRITING EXTREMELY HARD(ER).
- And the camp’s “process” is “Read. Write. Share.” And I’m just like I CAN DO THE FIRST TWO BUT NOT THE LAST!!!
That moment when Google Docs says “said” should be corrected to “saaid”.
That moment when Google Docs says “Oh” should be corrected to “O”.
That moment when you do some keyboard shortcut wrong and THE FONT SUDDENLY SWITCHES LIKE WHOA.
That moment when it says “hid his arm and back in dear” instead of “hid his arm and back in fear”. OBVIOUSLY I AM DEARFUL OF YOU.
That moment when you have no other moments to share. #rude
how’s writing going for YOU? what
manga mango stories are you cooking up? planning on doing camp nano? are you turning into pumpkin mush??? are you dearful of anyone??? AND ARE YOU GOING TO JOIN MY WRITING PROJECT? tell me alllll, folks.