So, after two months of inactivity, I've finally begun my daily writing goal again. This is due to the fact that Camp NaNo is coming up and I really don't want to miss out on all the fun activities. My writing may not be very good yet, but after a long break I'm a bit rusty. Wish me luck as I buckle down and continue on my journey of writing discovery!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
So, I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't posted at all in the last two months. This is due to the fact that in February my husband and I with busy with several holidays and celebrations (including his 26th Birthday and our 3rd Anniversary). I did continue to write daily though in February. Of course, March was a different story. My husband came home early one day in March and told me that he had lost his job. Since Texas is a "Right to Work" State, we never found out why he was let go. Fortunately for us, our apartment lease was just about up and a few family members were able to come and help us move in with them for a little while. Understandably, I wasn't feeling very creative in March.
I'm going to try my best to catch up and get back on schedule though. My hubby and I are currently doing Script Frenzy and I'm hoping that will get my creative juices pumping again. After all, I have less than two months to figure out what I'm doing for Camp NaNoWriMo now!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Well, since I was able to achieve my goals so well last week, I have no reason to change them this week. I ended up writing three new short stories for "Eyes on Fire" and even though my daily prompts have been uninspiring I have been able to write every single day. If you've seen my word count bar at the side of the blog, I have reached over 20k so far which is just above what I should be at. Anyway, things are good but I'm still looking for other creative pursuits. Does anyone have any ideas?
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Hello out there! It's finally time for me to start doing goals again! I'll do weekly and monthly goals from now on, so I guess I'll start with my weekly goals. My priorities may have changed a bit, mostly because of the trip I just had to visit my family. I learned quite a bit about myself and my writing by talking to my younger sister and brother and I think before I start a big new project (Child of Three) I should finish a certain other project first. I will still be writing a script of "Child of Three" for Script frenzy though, so the project hasn't fallen completely by the wayside. I just might have something else worth finishing first.
Goals for week of 2-1/2-5
1.) Continue to write at least 500 words a day (try harder not to miss days)
2.) Go through my short stories written so far and decide what will do well on deviant art
3.) On days where my daily prompt is uninspiring, work on short scenes for "Child of Three" or "Eyes on Fire"
4.) Find other creative things to do to fill up the rest of my days
Goals for February
1.) Write a 500+ word story everyday
2.) Start working on an outline for "Child of Three" for ScriptFrenzy
3.) Re-Read "Wolf" and start making edits
4.) Find friends willing to read "Wolf" who will critique both story and grammar
5.) Try to promote this blog more
I think that is it for now, but if I come up with anything else I will add it. Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It really is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world to be back home, working productively and spending time with my husband. I've been attempting to settle back in after three weeks away and so far I've been successful. I just wish my brain would kick it into gear and let me write as much as I want to.
Tomorrow I will be back to work, updating my goals and deciding what I want/need to do with my week, month and year. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with what I need to do. Possibly I'll even post bits of my daily stories here, it just depends on how good I feel they turned out and whether or not they are appropriate to share. My mind is a much darker place than I originally imagined.
Anyway, until tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Just a quick little update on how I've been doing with my goals since last time.
While I am still on par for my 500 words a day goal, it has been a little tricky while I've been visiting family. Some days I don't get any writing done at all, but I have been attempting to keep up by writing extra on the days that I do have time. I have to admit that with the prompts I have been using, I feel like I have really grown as a writer. Never before would I have thought to write a scene with a hung jury, or a girl becoming a hooker to survive. It has opened my eyes to a lot of things and made me realize that I have many more stories to tell than I originally thought.
With that said, I can't wait to get back home to Austin where I have nothing but time on my hands (and a husband to cheer me on). I still really feel that this is going to be a great year.
Oh! And my new nephew is absolutely the most beautiful child I have ever seen! I don't think I've been able to cuddle him enough.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Since I found myself with a few minutes, I figured I would update everyone on what I've been up to this past week.
Even though I've been on "vacation" I haven't stopped writing my 500 words a day. I actually was given a really neat creative writing kit that has a collection of prompts for every day in the year. It is very cool because now I don't have to scramble around looking for a prompt, I have one ready made! The short stories I have come up with for the past two days have been completely different than anything I've ever written before, so this experience has been good for me so far.
Also, on Sunday morning I realized that the #wip500 group is not at all what it seemed like at first. There were too many rules to follow (most of which were unclear) and if I wasn't updating my word count or whatever correctly, I was going to be kicked from the group. Needless to say, I don't need to be accountable to anyone but myself, so I left that group and decided to join the "500 Words a Day" group that Debbie Ohi runs. It has much more freedom and a more relaxed environment. So, same goal, different priorities.
As it gets closer to the day that I head out to visit my family in Kansas and help with the new baby, I get more and more excited. Who knows what kind of exciting news ideas this will give me! I may not get as much writing done as I would like, but I'm going to give it my all.
Until next time :)
Friday, January 6, 2012
Yes, you read the title right. Unfortunately I'm going to have to wait until February to start on all of those wonderful goals I listed earlier this week. I may have a few minutes to myself between now and then, but with a family like mine, that is highly doubtful.
Yesterday I got some surprising news. My sister-in-law, who wasn't supposed to deliver until the beginning of February, is going to be having her baby by next weekend. With some quick thinking (and even quicker budgeting) my husband and I figured out a way to get me to Kansas so I could help out with the new bundle of joy. So, while I am beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to play with my new nephew, I won't have much time to do any writing.
Don't think I'm giving up though, I'm just going to be taking a three week break so I can help out with the new baby. Is it obvious that I love children? If not, let me say it again... "I get to help with a new baby!!!!!!"
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Well, yesterday I not only reached the 500 word daily goal for #WIP500, but I caught up on the first few days that I missed earlier this month. I'm honestly getting more and more excited about this idea. Anything that gets me writing more often is a good thing. All right, now onto my goals for the week:
1.) Figure out what the goals/tasks should be for my heroes in "Child of Three"
2.) Figure out the rules of the "game" in "Child of Three"
3.) Start getting some characters sheets put together for the cast of characters in "Child of Three"
4.) Continue to write at least 500 words a day
5.) Post completed short stories on my deviant art page (maybe on here depending on the quality)
6.) Come up with more short stories to write to fill in the gaps when I'm unable/unwilling to work on "Child of Three"
I think those are good for now and some of them will most likely even work as monthly goals as well. As for right now I have a silly sort of fluff fic that I finished yesterday that needs a bit of polishing before I post it. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I'm not what you would call a typical writer.
Oh sure, I sit at a computer for hours at a time, struggling over plots that I love and I let my heart bleed onto the paper. I create characters that I hope are as likable to others as they are to me. I spend weeks, months, even years sometimes, working on outlines for my stories so that I really know how everything comes together. The only thing I can't do is commit to one thing at a time.
I guess you could say that I'm flighty, that I have commitment issues, even that I don't care enough about what I'm writing to give it my full attention. None of these things are true, but that doesn't change the way other people see me.
The way I see it is that I have so many ideas in my head at one time that it isn't fair to only work on one at a time. I have so many characters screaming to be let out, begging me to tell their story. I just can't put my heart and soul into one thing and ignore all of the other ideas that I love just as much. But this is hopefully about to change.
You see, I had a dream last week that changed my life. Oh, I know that a lot of writers say the same thing. It's an interesting way to explain that idea that seems so perfect and wonderful that no one could possibly believe it just came to you. Readers like to imagine that this sort of thing could happen to them as well, that maybe they just haven't had the right dream yet. Honestly, all ideas could be said to come from dreams. After all, what is an idea if it isn't an intrusion into your daydreams?
This is all beside the point of course, because I really did have a dream. In my entire life I have only once had another dream that seemed begging to be written. This one though was louder, more clear, more perfect. Names, titles, characters walked into my head and captured my heart before I was even aware that they had done so. One character in particular was so real that I feel I already know her. Thank goodness I have a husband who is not only my biggest supporter, but a writer himself. Within hours of waking from this dream he helped me fill out so many pieces that were missing. For now, it will tentatively be known as "The Child of Three." As someone who hasn't read very many fantasy/adventure/questing type stories this should be an interesting journey for me.
With this revelation came the understanding that this wasn't just an idea, it was THE idea. I've had story ideas in the past that I knew were marketable, I knew would be big hits if I could just get them out on paper, but never before have I had this insatiable desire to give these characters a life and home on the page. I've also never before been this terrified to share an idea. I guess the two go hand in hand.
So, the time has come for me to commit myself to one project. This morning I discovered #WIP500 http://www.caramichaels.com/defiantlyliterate/wip500/#.TwKL0jmJQws.twitter and I have decided to give this a fair shot. I'm sure that I will falter, that I'll get frustrated with "The Child of Three" and need to take a break and work on other things, but I'm determined to make this my main project. As of here and now I'm declaring my goals for this year and the more people know about it, the harder it will be to fail. I'm counting on this.
My Goals for the Year
1.) Finish a rough draft of Child of Three
2.) Write 500 words a day (minimum)
3.) Post on this blog once a week (more if possible)
For right now these three goals are enough. I'll also be posting my weekly goals and my monthly goals as well. I'm hoping that by making smaller goals at regular intervals I can keep myself on pace and ultimately reach my big yearly goals.
So, is anyone interested in joining me in the #WIP500 project? I know from experience that it is much more enjoyable (not to mention easier) to achieve a goal if other people are working toward the same goals. I'll welcome any and all support on this and I promise to offer mine as well. If no one is interested, well, I'll just ask that you help cheer me on. This will probably be the most difficult thing I've ever tried to do... so wish me luck.