I’m going to leave this right here.
I’m going to leave this right here.
Day three and 5k words down, 45k to go. For some reason, it’s getting harder and harder to write those 1,600 or so words each day. It probably has to do with the fact that I don’t usually write the same amount of words each day. I guess it doesn’t help that I’m still working on rewriting Crimson Queen through the month of November or that I’m updating my Wattpad story on a weekly basis. I seem to have put too much on my plate. What can I say? I’m an overachiever at times.
I almost want to count my word count of those stories but I won’t. Personally, I think that would be cheating on my part. It’s just this mentality that I have where all 50k words must be part of one story as oppose to other projects. It’s just my way of thinking. For better or worse, I’m going to keep doing this until I can’t anymore.
Today, however, I will say that I was surprised by my story. Let me explain. As I struggled to continue the story from where I stop yesterday, a different and unrelated scene came to my head. It had nothing to do with the main story. I still don’t know if I’ll include it in the final draft but I’m not worried about that. I just knew that my mind wasn’t as exhausted after a long work week as I thought it would be and proved to me that there were still some creative juices up there. I put these creative juices to good use.
Writing a story doesn’t have to be linear. It is okay to skip around or take a break from the main story. When a story becomes painful to write and pulling out air is the next stage, something has to change. I’ve had this happened to me many times. I’ve gotten so stressed out about continuing the story that I don’t give myself a chance to take a deep breath and step back. Today, however, it was different.
For the second half of my daily writing goal, I typed up an emotionally charged scene between my two main characters. My fingers flew across the keyboard and my wrists started to hurt but I didn’t stop. This scene was important to me and my characters. I had to put it on ‘paper’ before I forgot. While the story didn’t progress much, I got to try an extra seven hundred words just for writing an unplanned scene. The words just poured out of me and I didn’t care if it related to the main story or not. I was skipping scenes and that was fine.
If writing unplanned scenes is something that gets me to write and discover my characters and more of my plot then so be it because eventually, those scenes can link together to become a cohesive story. Some scenes may not be used but at least I wrote something. I gave the writer and creator inside me an opportunity to create and step away from the story that had started to ‘bog’ me down.
It works with writer’s block too. You’re not sure how the story will progress so why not put your characters in another situation, in another scene, and see what happens? It doesn’t even have to be part of the story. Not really. What if they would have done something completely different at the beginning of the story? Where would they be now? How would the rest of the story work out? Not only do you get distance from the current story and give your mind a break, but it might just help get those creative juices flowing again.
You’re still writing. You’re using those characters and world. Nothing has changed. Not really. It almost feels like writing fanfiction. Almost.
In the end, different methods work for different people. One way may work better for one person than another. It’s all a matter of how you write. Will I be using these extra words towards my daily word count? Yes I will.
I’m happy to announce that I did manage to catch up on my word count. Thanks to careful planning and calculations on my part, I have been able to reach my word count for the day without sacrificing any other activities.
There’s been a lot going on lately. My sister and I agreed not to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for our collaboration story. Unfortunately, there were too many things that we needed to work on and it just wasn’t the right time to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo together. Luckily for me, I had been writing my own story so I’ll continue to write that one on my own.
With the collaboration story, my sister and I still intend to write the story. That hasn’t changed. We just won’t be on a deadline per say to write it. It’s a bit disappointing but it couldn’t be helped. For next time, I’ll be fully prepared for a collaboration story if it presents itself.
A few other things going on is that I have also been working on other stories as well. Now, these aren’t other side projects for Camp NaNoWriMo. No, I’m not capable of doing something like that. Writing 50,000 words for one novel is tough enough. I’m not doing that for two. What I meant is that I’m writing weekly chapters for one of my stories on wattpad. It’s called The Vampire Prince goes to High School.
Yes, I know how it sounds. To be truthful, I don’t even like this story. It would be no issue for me if I stopped writing it. However, there are too many fans that like this story and so that is why I continue to write. I do it for the fans. They deserve closure and I’m going to give it them.
The other side project I mention is the rewrite of Crimson Queen. It’s another story that I wrote on wattpad and it’s been completed. I have been rewriting the entire story and adding more depth and side stories. The first draft was just plot and it needs to be beefed up a bit more.
These side projects keep my creative juices from drying out. Writing one story, motivates me to write another. It might explain why I am exhausted by now but I won’t stop. I will reach my goal.
Lastly, another one of my game reviews has been posted. It’s called Shapeless. You can read it here. It’s a game where you match shapes to create a different shape. The tricky part is that you have to shift the entire board to match the shapes. It took me a while to get used to this. I like it because it passes the time.
I’m happy to announce that both my collaboration and side story are progressing as planned. So far, I’m keeping up with the word count. Luckily, I know how my side story is going to end so that has helped me quite a bit.
My sister and I are working hard on the collaboration project. Since there are two of us, we’ve been making some progress. Plus, with the extra pair of eyes, we can help each other reach the word count for the way. Some of the story has been planned out so we haven’t hit any writer’s block or anything. Even if we do, I’m confident we’ll be able to push past it.
One of the biggest issues I had to deal with today was with my side story. I’ve called it Blue Moon. This morning, I started typing up notes to myself on how the story should progress. As I typed, I realized that I started the story with a scene that could be used later in the story.
Because of this, I wrote the beginning again. I think it was a good idea because the scene before will be of use later. With this beginning, I could show more of my main character’s characteristics and basically, why she belonged in this story. Plus, it also helps put into light her motivation for doing what she does and living how she has been living. Despite being the first draft, I like to make everything as perfect as I can the first time.
I know it won’t always be perfect and sometimes I just have to push through the awkward scenes and get to the other parts. It’s fine to skip around in my opinion. If I’m having trouble with a scene, I leave a note and move on. I don’t like feeling stumped because I can’t get a scene perfect. There’s a reason revision and editing exist.
For now, everything is going well. I hope my good luck streak continues.
I’ve mentioned this before, I think, that I have multiple projects going on at one time. It’s really hard for me to focus on just one story. Plus, it doesn’t help that my brain vomits new ideas almost every week. I would be lost without my idea notebook.
Today just happened to be the day that I got struck by inspiration to write the next chapter of The Vampire Prince goes to High School on wattpad. Yes, I know how it spounds. Don’t judge me. However, I will say that I’m working with themes such as discrimination, issues over species, being a bystander, among other subjects. I’m not sure how effectively I’ve executed those themes but the intent is there.
It’s taken me a long time to write this story but it’s a story that I want to write and I want to finish no matter how long it takes. Although, I didn’t get to write much on Spirit Guardians or work on all the stories I have to beta read, I don’t feel bad. I’m trying to avoid putting too much on my plate right now. While I can multi- task, I don’t want to drown myself. There is no pressure to finish beta reading those super fast. So I got time.
For now, I’m just going to go with the flow. I’m still going to work on Spirit Guardians but if inspiration hits for another, I won’t turn my back.