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.