My Muse Monday – 27 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

Name of WIP: Why I exist or The Reason Why

Where I am at with it: Yay, an improvement on last week – where I wrote ZILCH but recharged the muse with a bit of reading, and watching some epic shows (also put the apartment online to rent, yay, everything is getting sorted for our impending move to the UK – and we had some very interested people come and view it, so hoping to have people all signed up by the end of this week!). Now onto this week, I finally tackled that scene that was bugging me – by deleting it and starting again. I needed to remove the thing that wasn’t matching the motivations of my character (where Ollie did something for the sake of it,  without there being a reason) and made his actions make sense, and made his emotions make sense, and the story is all the better for it. Tricky scene conquered.

Stats for the Week: After cutting the scene that did not work, I wrote 1200 words of the new scene. Not huge but I’m just glad to be writing again, and feeling the love for the story.  Stats: 1200 words roughly, around the 20500 word mark.

Goals for next week: I want to keep my goals modest, I think they were overwhelming me. So lets just say 2000 words. Achievable (come on Stace).

Biggest challenge:  Making the decision to remove the scene that wasn’t working, acknowledging the reason why it didn’t work, and overcoming almost two weeks away from writing. My biggest success is rewriting a scene that made sense, that was filled with tension and conflict between Spero and her best friend Ollie, and that showed a side of Ollie that the story hadn’t seen (giving him some added depth). Yay and just writing again, creating, it feels wonderful after a dry spell.

Helpful tips: I really love this blog post from Ruth Harris, Speed Kills – Or does it? How to write fast(er), it helps me to let go of the nit-picky, inner-editor, and those little voices, and just write. I especially loved this tip, because its so SO true:

Writing fast increases your chances of gaining access to your sub-conscious or what Stephen King calls “the boys downstairs.” Those “boys”—or girls if you’re of the female persuasion—are the source of creativity. They are the ones who come up with the unexpected (even to the writer!) plot twist and dazzling solution to a problem you thought unsolvable.

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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My Muse Monday – 20 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

 

Sorry guys, I ended up taking a break from my WIP this week. My Muse was crying out for a break, and I had ignored the signs for a while, and eventually, with a huge amount of work piled on in the day job, and prepping things for our move to the UK, including getting our apartment ready for tenanting, I realized I needed to break from writing. I kind of crashed and binge watched a few new series (Empire and Wayward Pines – both are really good!) So I ended up writing zip. I trust you did better than me!

Goals for this week: get back to writing, even if it’s just one scene. I’m pretty sure I need to rework the last scene that I did which is probably one of the reasons why I needed space from writing, at least I’ve got a bit more perspective on that now.

Helpful tips: Another SUPER helpful article on the Fiction University webiste on how silence between dialogue can be powerful: Don’t speak: the power of what’s left unsaid – by Bonnie Randall

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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My Muse Monday – 13 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

Name of WIP: Why I exist or The Reason Why

Where I am at with it: It was a very social week at our household, with lots of lovely people staying over throughout the week and weekend, which was a lot of fun but meant that writing took a back seat. But, for the rest of July there are no social occasions in the calendar so fingers crossed I will be able to write like the wind and complete  Camp Nano. I am roughly 25 % through my novel and have just hit the point of no return. Yay! Actually, I am in the middle of writing it, and it is a lot of fun, but I’m also weary of getting things right. (Though I can fix things in revisions I keep trying to tell myself!)

Stats for the Week: Again, not as productive as I would’ve liked (Curses, I’m starting to sound like a broken record), I only really wrote one day, yesterday, and wrote almost 2000 words. Not the best, but it is progress. Stats: 1700 words roughly, around the 20500 word mark.

Goals for next week: Okay, without people staying with us this week I have high HOPES for a big writing week. Come on, Stace. Goal: 7000 words, not too high, not to scary, I can do this.

Biggest challenge: Again, this week was finding time, it felt damn near impossible all week. Also, I faced a challenge of when to drop in certain info into my story, I think I’ve brought it in too early and as a result the motivations of one of my characters doesn’t quite make sense. I’m going to check this with my lovely alpha reader Diyana. I’ve got a big inkling that it will need to come in later, or I need to have (create) a damn good reason for why it happens now.  My biggest success was getting to the point of no return for my character, which means a change of scenery for Spero – Yay – no more psych ward. Plus, Spero gets to meet Aquila for real SOOOON. Yay. These scenes are my favourite. Also, Spero and Ollie had a scene together again, there friendship is possibly my favourite part of this story.

Helpful tips: Another SUPER helpful article from K M Weiland on one of the biggest mistakes authors make with character arcs, take a read here: The Hardest Part of Writing Character Arcs.

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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My Muse Monday – 6 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

Name of WIP: Why I exist or The Reason Why

Where I am at with it: So Camp Nano started!! Yay. This past week was an interesting one for me, I got over a bad scene and wrote one that I really felt the magic for, it introduced my MC’s love interest, raised a whole lot of questions for the reader and added conflict. Gosh I love writing those scenes. Then I found my ‘magHighlandersical cookie’ for my next scene, and that one flowed from the fingertips too. BUT we had my partner’s friends staying with on Friday and Saturday for the Super Rugby final because our team, the Highlanders, were in it for the first time. EVER. And then we won!! And, that meant no writing for the weekend, but loads of celebrating and not a lot of sleeping. BUT THEY WON. So totally worth it.

Stats for the Week: Again, not as productive as I would’ve liked, but given that I only wrote on two nights, I’m happy with it. Stats: 2000 words roughly, around the 19000 word mark.

Goals for next week: Okay, I really need to amp my writing up for Camp Nano!! Or else I will fall massively behind eek. We have my partners parents up Thursday/Friday, but hoping to cram heaps in on the weekend and the days leading up till then. Goal 7000 words, hopefully doable, got to aim high.

Biggest challenge: This week was finding time, it was impossible on the weekend. However, my biggest success was getting to write about my MC’s (Spero’s) love interest (Aquila) – I am just going to say their names from here on out. And it was electric. Conflict. Stakes. And so many questions. I can’t wait for them to have more scenes together, unfortunately that will be a few scenes away, but there are a lot of juicy scenes to write before I get to reunite them, which will be fun.

Helpful tips: This article sets out clearly what the stakes of your character are and what the common pitfalls with stakes can be, it’s quite an interesting read: Most Common Writing Mistakes 42: When your story stakes aren’t high enough by K M Weiland.

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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My Muse Monday – 29 June 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

Name of WIP: Why I exist

Where I am at with it: My laptop wiped everything on my computer, EVERYTHING, luckily (or so I thought) I had saved everything onto my “one drive” which is Microsoft’s version of The Cloud. I work with Scrivener, and for some HORRIFIC reason, my project saved all of my chapters and folders–but there were NO words in them. Not one. So my heart flattened. However, as I write I send my scenes to my amazing alpha reader, critique partner and soul-twin, Diyana, so most of the words I had written were saved (apart from around 700 – could have been worse).  I am nearing my ‘point of no return’ which is around 25% per cent of the novel. I should be there within the next three scenes.

Stats for the Week: Again, not the most productive week for me–my laptop crapping out did not help matters any.  Stats: 1500 words roughly, nearing the 17000 word mark.

Goals for next week: So Camp-Nano Starts this week!! Yay, I am hoping this week I will get roughly 4000 words written. We have friends staying with us all weekend, so I will have to front load my week. Fingers crossed I can reach this goal!

Biggest challenge: This week seemed to be filled with writing challenges, boo. See my Facing Writing Fears – Part 1 for how I’ve been pulling my hair out with my writing a bit lately and some of the reasons that are behind this feeling. However, my biggest success was making my way through a really tough scene and getting to a scene that I LOVED, where the words were flowing freely again.

Helpful tips: I read a really awesome article by Janice Hardy called Five Ways Point of View Can Make You a Better Writer, where Janice gives some really handy tips about how POV is really that essential tool to take your writing to the next level, it is integral for voice, adding an extra dimension to description and helping you to not infodump.

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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My Muse Monday – a weekly writing meme

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

Hey everyone, so I recently discovered all of these wonderful weekly reading blog meme’s, and then I scoured the internet to try to find something similar for writers, and I failed miserably.

It may be that my google skills aren’t as sharp as I thought they were, (and if that’s the case someone please point me in the direction of any writer’s meme’s – apart from prompts) but in the mean time, I thought I’d start one of my own. YAY!

Introducing … My Muse Monday (once Scribble Summary Sunday)

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them. (Edit, changed to Monday, because I realized I do a LOT of my writing on Sunday and I just got to have this counted in my stats for the week!)

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Once you’ve written your post, leave a comment with the link to your post url (not your blog) and check out what other writers have to say this week. This should be a super fun way to meet other writers, and support each other through those tough weeks and celebrate with each other through the highs.

I’ll go first…

Name of WIP: Why I exist

Where I am at with it: I began writing this WIP a few weeks ago and I am nearing the 16,000 word mark.

Stats for the Week: It was a pretty rough week for me, my muse abandoned ship and left me to slog it out while she took a break on Paradise Island sipping margaritas. Never to worry, I lassoed her back in and we got SOME writing done, not a hell of a lot though. Stats: 1500 words roughly.

Goals for next week: Mid-range goal: I want to crack the 20,000 word mark by the end of next week.  Shooting for the stars goal: I want to crack 23,000 by Sunday. Fingers crossed!

Biggest challenge: I was writing a particularly dark scene this week and I found it really hard to ‘find’ my MC’s voice during this – she’s an optimist and it was hard to break her down and know what she’d think when she’s going through something dark.

Helpful tips: I read a really awesome article on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University Blog, but by Beth Revis called how to know when you’re ready to publish (it wasn’t relevant to where I am at with my writing, being in first draft mode, but I like to read widely as I write, and I thought it had some interesting tips).

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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