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Nocturnal Writer: the downsides

Well, I’m still writing.

I might have to babysit some time soon, though. It explains why my aunt was especially interested in whether or not I had a job. She was looking to see if I would be free to watch her kids. I’m not sure how I feel about that. While I don’t mind babysitting, I sometimes get the feeling that I’m asked to babysit because I’m seen as there, available, “not doing anything”.

The problem is that I’m a bit of a nocturnal writer — evidence being this and many other posts. It’s midnight here. — I’ll stay up extremely late and eventually turn my days and nights upside down. So, when I’m asked to babysit it sometimes means forcing my sleep cycle back around or risking being a below par babysitter. The second issue with that is, I’ll most likely just force myself to wake up earlier and still stay up late. Then, eventually, I’ll stop writing for a large clump of time. It’s a vicious cycle, really.

Perhaps I just need to find some middle ground, or find some way to be motivated to finish my writing earlier in the day…

While I’m on the subject of sleep, how many writers take a dream they have had and turn it into a story? Do you? I had an interesting dream last night and it’s stuck with me throughout the day. It doesn’t fit with what I’m writing now, and maybe that’s a good thing since while I’m writing my current story I’ll be able to think over what I’m going to do with the characters that have suddenly popped up from my dream.

I’m very excited about the new character that I’ve gotten out of it, though. I definitely want to get to know them more. Well, good night, good morning.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Life, Writing

 

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Writing Update

Things are developing pretty well so far. I’m still not completely sure about any of the characters’ names, but that is always something that can be changed in the future. For now, my main character is named after one of my nieces. The only name I don’t feel like changing at this time is that of a rather new male character. His name is rather dashing, just like him, haha.

He sits there in his perfectly tailored suit, laughing at me with his eyes as I try to write him. I have had characters with rebellious minds of their own before, but this one… he exudes a quiet yet sexy confidence that almost annoys the heck out of me. He’s just waiting to see if I can actually pull it off, challenging me not to get too distracted by him while I attempt to write this story.

Now, I know it’s been almost a week but I’d just like to talk about something that happened on Monday. 4th of July, we had family over to eat heaps of food. As I’ve mentioned in a past post, family gatherings can be a dangerous place for me. I have one particular aunt, however, that makes family get-togethers particularly difficult for me. I’m sure she doesn’t want to make me feel so uncomfortable but whenever I spend any time around her, one of the things she’s bound to ask is whether or not I’ve gotten a job.

This last time, I was feeling so nervous but I collected enough courage to say what I wanted to say.

I’m writing.

Of course, it was followed by a lot of senseless rambling, but I did say it. I’m not sure what sort of impression I left with the way I started going on about how I had a lot of work ahead of me and that it would take a lot more before I ever got paid for what I was doing. I felt like I was making excuses again, for doing what I wanted.

I’m bringing this up now because I have another family party to go to in less than 12 hours. That particular aunt won’t be there, but I’m still preparing myself mentally for any questioning. I most definitely will be asked what I’m writing, since I was asked a few times on Monday. My lips are sealed on this one though, and I really hope that I don’t have to repeat myself too many times. I’ve most definitely grown to dislike talking about what I’m writing while I’m still writing it.

How much are you willing to divulge while you’re still in the writing process? Names, characters, plotline? I shared names before with my family, but I’ve decided not to even share that. Ambiguity is my friend right now. I’ve shared what I have about one character in this post because I felt like I should talk about character development a little, and how it can sometimes turn out. Sometimes the characters aren’t cooperative, occasionally they’re just frustrating. We may like to refer to them as our characters, but they still have minds of their own.

And, every so often, they’re too darn sexy for their own good. *grumbles*

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Life, Writing

 

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You are what you read

I’ve heard somewhere that a seasoned author’s writing is not influenced by what he reads, meaning the style rather than plot or ideas. I am far from reaching that level of skill, however. My style still wavers when I read. If I’m writing in third person, I have to be careful not to read too many first person stories because they’re different enough that they clash. That little issue became very apparent during this Camp NaNo challenge. I’ve been reading a book a friend gave me, which is in first person, and what I’ve managed to get down on the page in the last few days has been about as good as a sappy teen drama. I was beginning to dread the continuation of my story.

Fortunately, I have the habit of reading more than one book at once. Yesterday I picked up another book that was more my style and better written. Next thing I knew, that thrill of writing was back. I was about to go to bed, already up late as it was 2 a.m., when I got the sudden urge to write. I managed to write 800+ words within less than an hour and would have gone on if my body hadn’t been begging for sleep.

So, I ran into a bit of a slump since my last post and I’ve fallen behind as a result. I’m back in the game though. 4,000 words so far. Let’s see if I can’t step up my game.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Books, Writing

 

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Keep writing, but take time for marshmallows

Camp NaNoWriMo is in motion, and I’m cranking out one word after another. This whole camp theme is making me crave roasted marshmallows though. I don’t mind missing out on the excess of mosquito bites, lack of hot water and bears potentially raiding my campsite with this “camp” but I do wish I could have a campfire. Instead, maybe I’ll roast some marshmallows over my electric stovetop…

The story idea seems to be going well so far. I certainly have a lot more formed in my mind than I did on my last challenge. I hope that I won’t catch up to the end of my imagination — or my motivation — before July 31st. Just gotta keep thinking and daydreaming. A little research wouldn’t hurt either. But, the most important thing is not to get stuck on the details and just keep writing. So far, I have 1,773 words. I’m going to try to write 2,000 more before I go to sleep.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Writing

 

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50,000 words – No going back!

50,000 words – No going back!

“Never give up, never surrender!”

Somehow this quote from the film Galaxy Quest is fitting for this month. It’s July 1st, and that means Camp NaNo is officially here. 50,000 words to be written in 1 month. It’s usually only in November, but NaNoWriMo is trying something new. I just have one question. Why haven’t they done this before? It’s such a good idea! The better question, though, may be why haven’t I attempted this more often on my own.

I crashed, skidded a few painful yards, and then promptly burned on my first attempt at a personal NaNo. I also learned from it. Number one lesson I got out of it was take more time to think about what you’re going to write before you actually start writing. This is a good tip for me, perhaps not everyone, but most certainly me. My most still moments are my most creative moments, to paraphrase something a friend said recently. I don’t mean that I’m going to go live up on a mountain, away from all human contact while I slip into a zen lifestyle. I’m actually quite the hermit without going that far…

I just need to get my head back up in the clouds for a while. Believe it or not, but that family road trip that I was on last week really helped despite simultaneously ruining my personal writing challenge. I had an idea for a story on a similar road trip last year, and this year helped solidify it a little more in my mind. I simply stared out the window and started thinking.

Funny how that works out so well, eh?

So, I’m going to go get ready for my major writing session today. Camp NaNo may have officially started, but it’s 2 in the morning here, which means I need to sleep. At least a little. I may do most of my writing when I should be sleeping, but I’ve found that I have to do far less editing afterward if I don’t deprive myself of too much sleep. Also, if I’m going to be writing any of my story by hand instead of typing, I’m going to need the sleep. I can barely read my hand writing when I’m fully rested.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Writing

 

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