Needing Set Up Time to Get Into My World

For the past few years, I’ve used the time alone in the car on my return commute to leave reality and inhabit the world I’ve created. I think about plot, character development, civilizations, culture, dialogue and whatever else might snag my thoughts. By the time I reach my home, reality has receded into the background, for me to go through motions until I’m at my computer, ready to type whatever thoughts had been swirling down. This year, however, my thoughts have been disjointed and when I sit down to type, I’m desperately aware of the fact that I am on…

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Mental & Physical Breaks

I took a break. Did you notice? It’s been a long time since I wrote anything, for here or on my novel. Even my facebook posts have been in drips and drabs. I wish there was some epiphany behind the breaks, or some desire to “get away from it all.” Maybe there were reasons of sorts, but they never formed into a spoken desire. It was more of a “not today” type of rejection. Am I rested? Probably. Are my creative juices rejuvenated? More than likely. I guess there’s been a part of me wanting to wait until the writing…

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Cracks in the Block

Around November 15th, a block of dense material dropped on top of my imagination’s path, obscuring any sight. As time went on, the holidays, birthdays and video games happened. As did the discovery of the Amazing Race on Amazon Prime. As a result, the block stayed and its weight settled it onto my imagination’s ground. Every time I looked over, the block looked more massive, more settled, more… permanent. Which led to me feeling a little despondent at the thought. First it was, okay, after Thanksgiving, I’ll sit and write. Then it was, okay, after W’s birthday I’ll write. Then it…

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Yay! Revised Prologue is done and it’s so much better!

Finished the revised prologue last night and boy, did I up the stakes. I finally realized keeping the reader in the dark about the menace-soon-to-come removed anticipation which was needed in the novel. By changing out the prologue and giving it the villian’s POV, I upped the stakes and the tension, AND I managed to do all that without having to rewrite the entire Part 1 which had been what I was contemplating to help the pacing. I’m a happy person today. Next up, at least three chapters done before next Wednesday. Why Wednesday? I’m using reddit’s fantasywriters’ check in as…

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Out of Words Right Now

I’m exhausted. Just came home from a week’s at Mom’s where some big emotional stuff happened, plus lots of driving and not enough sleep. I went on to reddit to participate in /r/fantasy and found I didn’t have any words to offer. I offered so many to my mom, to my nephew that I am quite out at the moment. I hope I get over this feeling soon. I’ve got most of the battle mapped out and it’s a little skirmish more than a battle but it needs to be written soon so that I can move the party over to…

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Open the Floodgates! Chapter 9 Here I come!

For almost two weeks, I’ve been stuck. All because there’s parts of an outline that is covered by a general statement instead of specific events. So when you get to that part of the outline, it’s like hitting a brick wall. The climax of Part 1 is the 1st Critlings encounter. I’ve known that since the last book. But saying Critlings encounter and sitting down to write it are two different matters. When writing, you must know the characters, more or less what’s going to happen, and what the outcome of the event is and where you’re going with the next…

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Having an Outline Really Helps

Guess how many words I’ve put down since I started Book 2 around the last week of June. Go on, guess! All right fine, I’ll tell you. Close to 20k words! Yes! Can you believe it? I know! Me too! I’ve gone through 7 chapters already and will be making the decision to either keep Chapter 8 as is or combine it with the outline of Chapter 9. Actually, I slowed down tremendously around the 2nd week of July. I wasn’t burnt out or anything, just was dillying and dallying around, getting 300 to 500 words down a day. Then…

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Writing from an Emotional Depth

In A Slice of Quietude (Woven Myths Book 1), there were some scenes that came from reality, albeit radically changed. I used some charged emotions I had from my wife’s cancer bout, to help flesh out my characters as they reacted to different situations. In the new book, there’s a death that my main character has to deal with, an unexpected death. Unfortunately, I had an event in my life that I could draw on for this depiction. Even though Jo’s death happened about 18 years ago, at least a few times a year still, I relive that day in…

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Woven Myths #2 – Prologue + 2 Chapters done

After almost two months of little but PR, I’m now concentrating on writing. Yes, I’ll do more PR every once in a while but the main focus will be on writing. This is a change from my original idea of tapering off the PR but the muse must be obeyed. Writing makes me feel like something’s getting done. PR work often feels like throwing mud at a window to get it cleaned. The first attempt at a Prologue got thrown out. It sucked as badly as a vacuum. The 2nd version is way better but I couldn’t write it until…

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