I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus these past months, so to relaunch, I have a writing update for you all! I’ll mostly be talking about my longstanding project, fantasy novel The Secrets The Dead Keep but if you scroll down, you’ll also find sections on my plans for other fiction and this blog.Continue reading “Writing Update: Autumn 2019”
In January, I set myself monthly writing goals to keep me on-track with my novel-in-progress The Secrets The Dead Keep. I finished Draft Three back in April, and my goal for May was to start discussions and feedback with critique partners (assuming I have found suitable critique partners). Continue reading “May Writing Update”
For some reason, I completely forgot about New Year’s Resolutions for this year until someone asked me what mine were on New Year’s Day. I hadn’t thought about it at all – their existence just completely slipped my mind. Still, it wasn’t at all difficult to come up with an answer. I’ve made so much writing progress recently, and I really want that to continue. So, I decided that I want 2017 to be the year that I get truly serious about writing.
Since planning rather than ‘pantsing’ my novel seems to have gone pretty well, I thought I’d try the same for my writing life! So without further ado, here are my monthly writing goals for 2017:
Another potential solution is outlined in this tumblr post. I don’t think the problem described by the anonymous user who sent in the question is quite the same as mine, but it’s similar enough that it’s worth a try. The advice suggests asking yourself a few questions about your writing whose answers are meant to encourage you and rekindle a bit of self-belief. I think my answers to these questions are certainly something I need to remember whenever I feel discouraged about my writing: yes, I enjoy writing, therefore no, I do not think it’s a waste of time. That reminder that I’m writing this more for my own pleasure than for a future career might be just what I need to get me out of my writer’s block.
Several months and a sneaky blog-title change later, I’m finally posting an update! It’s currently one week until my last exam, and therefore one week until my summer begins (I don’t understand how quickly first year went!). I haven’t managed to write much recently (whether it’s true or not, I blame studying), but I’m looking forward to writing more over summer. I also hope to start posting on here again, so here are a few updates!
- I set myself a few writing goals and put them up on my wardrobe:
- Therefore I will be spending June writing my second draft, July taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo to get the first draft of Book 2 started, and August finishing Book 2.
- Over the past few weeks and months, I’ve mostly been fleshing out the world in which my story is set, planning my second draft (from big plot changes to tiny details) and attempting to write a new beginning. Since I decided to write a new prologue and move the old one into the first chapter, “writing” for me has pretty much become synonymous with “writing and rewriting the new prologue”.
- I have received detailed feedback from one of the two people who have read the first draft of Book 1, and hope to receive more feedback from the second. Already I’ve found that even getting just one outside opinion is incredibly helpful: it helps me to see things from my reader’s point of view, to see what works and what doesn’t, which details need to be toned down and which need to be made more obvious, and see problems and characterisation flaws that I wouldn’t have noticed (for example, I tried to make my main character grumpy-but-lovable, and instead it just resulted in her being slightly unlikable and difficult to relate to).