Sixteen

Yesterday was a day without heavy distractions, which is a little odd for a Friday. I decided that I should take out pen and paper and write. My first thought was to simply list the projects I was working on and define a premise for them.  This was simple enough.

As stated before, the premise is a fleshed out idea that is one or two clear, concise sentences.  There’s another step in this that I wanted to see which was a few simple questions I’ll post below.  The questions would also help me stay on point, see where my thoughts were at that moment on the concept.

One thing pointed out to me is that if your premise sounds confusing, or if your audience doesn’t understand it, then  t needs more work.  As per my own word, writing is rewriting.

The questions for me were:

  1. Who is the MC (main character)?
  2. The MC does what and when?
  3. Where does this event/journey take place?
  4. Why is the MC on this journey?
  5. How does the MC go about this journey?

Writing this down felt complicated, but some of the things were easy to jot down. For example, I knew some of the characters have names, or I used an X as their name.  I knew their situation.

Wrote it all down. I pushed for the five premises on paper, then looked at my story list, and pushed to sixteen premises put down on paper. I’m very happy I did that, but the work can’t stop here.

Now part two of this will be to type all of this out because this is where rewriting will get done as needed.  Once I get a stronger feeling that the material is clear and concise, I will be doing more research. This will lead to even more revisions, but I’m down for that kind of challenge.  I feel good when I push myself further because I want to get it all written.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

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Outlined

My blog updates have been slow to arrive, however I am writing as usual. After a lot of notes, some research, and redefining aspects of the world for the novel, I began a new outline.

The start has been a bit of a challenge as I wanted to jot everything down, and ended up with a ridiculously long act one. It felt good to type out hat I anted to happen (after putting a lot of it down in pen). So I started to condense the outline.

This is a process, so I hope to work more towards making it to a solid draft I can say is correct with the only corrections being typos.

The weekend is coming. It should be a creative time.

Happy creative endeavors.

Goals

I need to set some projects into stronger rotation in my days, and that also includes this blog. I took a seminar on Friday about projects, and effective communication, despite the fact that these posts can be spur of the moment, there is something to be said for a focused, thought-out post.

That said, it’s Sunday, I’m a bit moody, and tired. It leaves me little room for putting things together, and I’d rather be gaming.  Since I’m not gaming, all I can do is put some effort into posting

Little writing got done this weekend, and I am reminded that I am not happy that. If I am to change this aspect of my weekends, I need to change my attitude. Writing is a passion, but it is also an investment. I need to invest in myself on a daily basis, even if it’s twenty minutes a day, at the very least I know effort was placed towards something I love.

Keep in mind each writing task is a separate project. For example, the blog gets its twenty mins, then the novel gets twenty mins, and so forth. I gotta get myself together.

Happy creative endeavors.

A Tuesday, or Get on Top of Things

Sinus drainage is a real thing, and my nose has been leaking for the better part of yesterday, and partly today.  Needless to say, I stayed around tissue paper, and kept blowing my nose.  It felt like a hot mess.  This reminds me now to take my allergy & sinus meds.  So, pause, take meds, sip water, and be merry. I will have to wait out the annoyances, and happy that the meds have an effect.

Writing also went dry. I am very distracted, and procrastination doesn’t help.  Never mind that this is the start of the 24 hr period for the library, and it’s getting busy. I do feel being pulled in multiple directions. Gotta take some time out to do what I love, or watch it fall by the wayside.  Can’t have that.

Maybe I need a latte, to get my spirts up. Hadn’t had one in a good while.  They perk me up.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

It’s Late…

Saturday has become a staturdaze with me pretty much loafing about. As I mentioned previous posts, the schedule changes at work has left me a bit discombobulated in regards to getting things done. Getting rest and relaxation was on my priority list. I’m getting to a chill zone, which can only make me feel better.

My print journal got some love today. I am happy that I took a moment to write a paragraph or two to make things better. Speaking of writing, I was working on some blog posts for my job, and those I need to let my supervisor see so we can discuss/revise as needed. So I did do some creative writing.

I didn’t realize how late it was, but now I know.  I should go binge watch something.

Happy creative endeavors. Get some rest too. 😉

Keep Working

Did more revisions on the printed page, and updated some of it. It still needs to be compiled, but the thing was to get things down. Later that night, I wrote what I thought were good and simple descriptions of areas. I know it will reduce my word count, but that’s fine. I can always add more. For the moment, the writing is having a “cool down” period so I hope to start up later, or when inspiration hits me.

On a side note, I joked with a friend on how much I love to torture my main character(s). It’s true, there’s some suffering going on, but they typically have to overcome their struggles.  I haven’t done a noir/crime type character, but I’m guessing if I keep torturing characters, one day, one of my stories will have a bleak ending. For the moment I’m not looking for bleak, it’s a tale of triumph over adversity, which is a repeating theme I like. Being swallowed by adversity would be a whole different theme, and kind of scary.

I have some other things to get done, so I gotta go. Just wanted to put the blog post down, and dip off into some library adventures.

As always, happy creative endeavors.

 

Print Reaction

I decided to print out the pages for the novel, which was eighteen. Pulled out the red pen, gave them a look over, and put some edits on the page. I found myself improvising some dialog that I wrote on the back of pages. Those need to be typed this weekend, and I’m sure those will expand.

Decided that I need a clipboard, which would help me at home. I wonder if I can find an inexpensive one soon. I have plenty enough pens and paper, so I’m not worried about that. In the meantime, a lot of the other projects have fallen to the wayside. I hope to pick them back up soon, even if its only two pages. I need to work more on them.

Happy creative endeavors.