|I'll keep this short...
||[Jan. 3rd, 2010|05:24 pm]
The Queendom Of Awesomeness
I've really missed you guys and the Queendom of Awesomeness and I know I'm not the only one. I'd love to have somewhere again to discuss writing, get advice and encouragement and spread the love in return.
2010 for me, in writing terms at least, is the year of the thesis. I'm currently pondering on a plan which involves using the next few moths to lay the groundwork for a NaNo-style writing month in May when I'm done with teaching commitments. If I can pump out 50,000 words in a month I can schedule my upgrade before the end of the academic year in June, and also provide myself with plenty to talk about in presentations (because I haven't done any since my MRes year which is LAME).
I don't want to drop all other writing completely in the meantime. My next big writing goal is to come up with a complete synopsis for an original fiction idea I've been working on (mostly in my head) for the last year or two. I thought I could schedule in an hour or maybe two to write fiction during the week as WORK (a tip I read is to put it in your diary under the name of your main character, which I think could work, except I don't have a name for my main character yet), and then do a bit more at weekends if I feel inclined.
Anyone else? Bueller? Anyone?
I've really missed you guys and the Queendom of Awesomeness and I know I'm not the only one. I'm currently pondering on a plan which involves using the next few moths to lay the groundwork for a NaNo-style writing month in May when I'm done with teaching commitments.
Would that be an original fiction writing project? I was thinking of subjecting myself to something similar at some point (once my exams are over....and once I find somewhere to live and some way of earning money. :/) I'd quite like to just force myself to write something, and actually complete it even if it is terrible. I think I tend to lose confidence, and consequently interest in what I write quite fast so I think an exercise like Nanowrimo might be quite a good way of forcing me to get past my inherent wobbliness. Let me know how you find it if you do do it!
a tip I read is to put it in your diary under the name of your main character, which I think could work, except I don't have a name for my main character yet), and then do a bit more at weekends if I feel inclined.
I like that idea! Though, I sympathise with the difficulties of name finding.... I think some writers much just pick them out of a hat. I always feel vauguely guilty if I write about a character under a name that doesn't quite fit them. Once you find one I think it can be quite inspiring though, or maybe that's just me being superstitious.
In conclusion: yay QoA! Thanks, Jo :)
I always feel vauguely guilty if I write about a character under a name that doesn't quite fit them.
I haven't even got that far - I've been completely stalled on the name for my character for months and keep thinking, "if I could just find the perfect one, THEN it might get me started". Which sounds utterly stupid now I've written it down. I think I need to find a hat...
LOL.... you could try getting a baby name book and going through it (I always find that fun, even if it fails to inspire).
Jo, this is a fabulous idea, to revive QoA! I have two major writing projects I want to get done this year: Finish NDoR, and publish something original, someplace. But we're also half-way through building our house, and I'm taking a tough theory course this semester, and Bridgets flame is running a contest this month for the year's past winners, wheich I'm participating in.
I think it would be tremendously helpful to us all to have each other's support in keeping writing (there's a sentence for you).Writing is the first thing I back-burner, I bet it is for all of you, too, and it shouldn't be. I don't count academic writing in this, either; I enjoy that sometimes, but mostly it's a chore :D
Do we want to do a weekly Skype writing group for an hour, or an online chat, or just post and concrit?
Bridgets flame is running a contest this month for the year's past winners, wheich I'm participating in.
Which means you're writing which is more than I am! I think it's important we don't put ourselves under undue pressure. I need to improve my ability to keep to a schedule, stop beating myself up if I don't have a good writing day and just keep turning up at the page.
When is your best writing time for producing your BF stories? Can you find and schedule in an extra hour a week JUST for NDoR and working on your original submission? Enquiring minds want to know.
Ooops forgot to say - see new update :D
Early Sunday mornings is the best time for me to write: it's quiet, and I'm usually the only one up. Tuesday and Thursday nights are good, too; Shawn is out teaching, and Erin and I have a light dinner and do homework together.
I will put at least 3 hours a week for writing of some sort into my schedule, even if I have to give up sleep! Or other things; for instance, last night I wasted a couple hours trying to reassemble one of those 3-dimensional, geometric wooden puzzles. I don't need to do stuff like that:D
I think I've gotten over my stupid guilt about writing, which is the real reason I haven't submitted any of my writing. Now if I could just get over my shame at not having a BA . . . Again, stupid, but I am what I am.
How is NDoR going btw? I haven't read it in ages, are you still updating on PhoenixSong?
I'd love to have somewhere that I could discuss my HP writing and get some feedback and encouragement now that the Quill is retired.