What is so amazing to me is that I have NOT been writing as I planned! I have a new short in progress, and I have figured out how to move forward through the middle of my novel — middle muckiness is apparently quite common for novel writers — but I have refocused on my “real” life the as few months. Reason for lack of new posts as well.
In my real life, I reactivated my real estate license, so I have been focusing on that. I think I am now ready to divide my time between real estate and writing.
As for a review of my year, I didn’t accomplish half of what I wanted to with my novel, but I have high hopes. I WILL FINISH THIS NOVEL, just in it’s own time. I wish you all super success in your writing endeavors also!!
Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!!
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It’s no big surprise that I am still struggling with the middle of my WIP. It seems no matter where I go with it, I dislike it, scrap it, then write something else (usually some maudlin poetry) just to keep the fires lit. This vicious cycle has gone on for a few months now. Needless to say, I am tired of it.
Being the determined person that I am, though, I refuse to give up. I’m fully invested int his project and I cannot just let it go. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading and I think I may have come up with a solution. I generally write in a linear fashion, creating the manuscript as I go. (Even though I have already know the ending, I haven’t written it yet. It’s only documented in long-hand notes.) I do this because it gives me a sense of clarity. One day, I discovered this nice little feature of Scrivener which I never fully utilized before: You can write out a chapter entirely in scenes. Okay, admittedly, I have paid more attention to the writing than the finer points of the software I use, but that’s for another post.
This nifty feature, when selected in the compilation, will print the scenes in the chapter AND it allows for easy reorganizing. Earlier this week, while rewriting a recent scene, the lightbulb went on: write the plot lines separately, then worry about weaving them together later! What I’ve come up with is simple. I created a folder called Plots. Within this folder are the sub folders containing the main plot and the subplots. Within those will be the scenes that formulate the individual plot lines.
I think, after all is written out, these scenes can be moved into chapters and weaved together more effectively. I can also fine tune each plot without having to search for it within the chapters. I’m hoping that this approach will offer me the clarity I need to survive the middle of my WIP and bring the project to fruition.
I have high hopes that this will get me back on track! I’ll keep you posted.
While writing today, I came across a conundrum of word usage. What’s the difference between “a while” and “awhile”? This type of issue rarely happens to me, since I was an English teacher in a previous life, but I just couldn’t get it, so I looked it up.
Here’s what I found on Dictionary.com:
The noun phrase a while can and often does follow a preposition, such as for or in: “He said he would be home in a while.” The adverb awhile cannot follow a preposition, a rule that makes sense if you revisit the definition of the term and drop it into a sentence such as the one above: “He said he would be home in for a short time or period.” However, if we omit the preposition and rewrite it as “He said he would be home awhile,” the sentence works with a slightly altered meaning.
So, when you have that burning need to know the correct usage of a word, look it up. I went right on writing, satisfied that I was using the proper version!
I read a lot of posts about the new year upon us and new resolutions. For me, 2015 brings a time of reflection and refocus. I mean, so often we make the same resolutions every year, only to see them dashed by the first week of January.
This year, I am reflecting on the goals I had for last year and refocusing to improve results. All the wishes in the world won’t make your goals come true. So I am in for some hard work.
Truth be told, the hard work is the easy part. After all, I LOVE to write. It’s what I do. It’s the time I get to spend on writing that is so difficult to come by.
Last year, I resolved to get up very early (before dawn) and write. This worked out well for a long period of time and I got a lot of writing done. I was starting to get up on my own, without the benefit of an alarm clock. It seemed the characters wanted to tell me their parts of the story! Unfortunately, after several weeks, this time no was not always my own and the wonderful man to who am married and share my life with sometimes forgets that interrupting my train of thought when I am writing is a big NO-NO!!! So, I became less productive. Then I caught a cold and stopped getting up early.
I have come to the conclusion that I need to be more fierce in my demand for writing time. Like right now, I am cooking breakfast while writing this post. Yes, I will still get up before dawn to write and, yes, I will still be interrupted on occasion; but maybe, just maybe, the fierceness will overcome the interruptions and I’ll get this darned book finished!
Happy New Year ad happy writing, everyone!!
I am so frustrated because my computer is almost dead after a Windows update during which my computer froze. It has been nothing but trouble since then. I finally realized there was no fix unless I reformat the hard drive and re-install the operating system – which I do not know how to do.
I won’t go into the gory details. Suffice it to say that my computer is now limping along. Trouble is, I have spent so much time trying to fix the darned thing that I haven’t written a single word in over a week! UGH!!! Thank goodness I backed up all my files! I decided to switch to a Mac, so now I have to navigate switching from Windows. Still less trouble than trying to refurbish my current computer.
This has created a conundrum, though, because now that I have ordered a new laptop, I am wondering how to proceed with my writing. Do I continue to write on my computer (in Word, cuz Scrivener won’t open anymore), or do I wait for the new one to arrive? Might it be prudent to write on paper, then transcribe when I get the new one up and running? Writer’s cramp, here I come! I think I remember someone else who had this issue a while back – saw a post on Twitter. In any case, I will be writing again tomorrow morning. For now, it’s Giants time! LOL!!
You may see double entries of posts on my blog. I have transferred my other domain name (http://andreahunter313.com) to this site and when I imported all the posts, the duplicates I’ve been doing for the past year were included. No worries. Both domains now work to get to my posts! And I only have to put them up once! I will miss the cool theme I had with my self-hosted site but this will be much easier for me to handle. I appreciate your continued support!!
Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)!
In the midst of the day-to-day, I am back on track writing in the early morning hours. We are experiencing our usual September humid-heat wave, so it’s been really warm in the mornings. This morning, I took my laptop out to the lanai and wrote as the sun came up. Very inspiring!
While I am trying to flesh out one of the subplots of my novel, I finally feel like I am heading in the right direction. The main plot is starting to take shape and I understand what needs to happen.
I had a realization this morning that changed everything for my MC. She will be able to make more sense of her main goal despite the chaos happening around her. I’m feeling so much better about the middle of my WIP now. Phew!
Back on track — writing and plot. Yes!!
Also posted on my other blog site at https://andreahunter313.wordpress.com
It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for me to abandon my writing to do something else — surf the social media sites, work on a bathroom remodel, write a presentation for an upcoming class, watch the news. I have a wonderful new regimen for writing and it was working great, until I interrupted it with finishing my presentation for the class I am teaching in the fall. Granted, the presentation needed to be finished, but during MY WRITING TIME set aside specifically for ME???????
I think I get so caught up in necessities and expectations that I sacrifice the one thing that means the most to me — my writing time. So how is it that I can so easily give up my writing time to use for other purposes. Well, if I knew that, I could stop it (couldn’t I?). It makes me wonder whether writing is all that important to me after all. How can I so easily sacrifice it to the banality of the day-to-day.
The reality of my writing life is that maybe, just maybe, I still don’t look at it as a career. So often we are raised to believe that any artistic expression is a hobby, not a career. As a hobby, it becomes secondary to the responsibilities of the day-to-day routine. So I think I still have that in my mind, at the heart of the matter. My writing, while I love it, is still a hobby to me and not a career. So, how do I change that notion? How do I reprogram my belief system to accommodate writing as a my career? After all, I was a professional technical writer for most of my adult life. Why is writing a novel any different? Hmmm. I will have to ponder on that some.
Also posted on my other site at http://www.andreahunter313.wordpress.com.
Sharing my alter-ego’s latest post… From Novel Notes / Esmae Mairin. Hope you enjoy.