Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
- Short stories for popular magazines (i.e. women’s magazines) are not really my thing. I don’t like to read them, and I don’t particularly like to write them.
- I prefer flash fiction over short stories.
- Short stories that I enjoy reading are mostly literary. My favourite place to read them is the New Yorker.
- Short stories I enjoy writing are quite hard to find markets for, because they are all non-mainstream.
- A flash fiction can be a powerful piece if done properly.
- I don’t lack ideas. I don’t believe in writer’s block.
- If I am not writing, it’s because (a) I am lazy (b) I am not in the right state of mind (c) I am too tired. Usually, it’s (a).
- I started off writing in only third person POV, but now I have realised that I am far better at first person POV, so I really need to work on my third person skills.
- I am not quite sure yet what genre is THE ONE for me – if there is one. But I want to finish books in the three genres I have got going and see how I feel (Fantasy – various different types, Science Fiction, Multi-cultural)
- I have finally figured out the outline method that works for me. I credit my NaNoWriMo 2009 success (full draft at 81K) to that outline. No more unplanned drafts for me
- The most daunting thing about my current projects I face is sorting through the early finished drafts, which were written without any planning that it makes them much harder than starting something from scratch
- I love NaNo. For first drafts, it’s a brilliant method, and I intend to do it at least twice a year. Once officially, and once in November.
- Reading is just as important as writing, because if it wasn’t for the love of books, I wouldn’t be writing. I am happy that my reading for last three months (since I started recording) has gone well. You can what I have read here. I am going to set myself a goal to read a certain amount of books in 2010, and keep it on this blog.
- Having a realistic dream to follow changes everything. Having a purpose fills the heart and soul with passion, and makes the life worth living. Achieving that dream might be very hard, but it’s still better than having no dream at all
And in the words of Warner Bros, “That’s All Folks!” I am the first in the chain, and the next person is Claire Crossdale. The rest of the participants are: Lost Wanderer - http://www.lostwanderer5.blogspot.comClaire Crossdale - http://theromanticqueryletter.blogspot.com/ coryleslie - http://corrinejackson.wordpress.com/ bsolah - http://benjaminsolah.com/blog DavidZahir - http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/ RavenCorinnCarluk - http://ravencorinncarluk.blogspot.com Ralph Pines - http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ shethinkstoomuch - http://shethinkstoomuch.wordpress.com Lady Cat - http://www.randomwriterlythoughts.blogspot.com truelyana - http://expressiveworld.com misaditas - http://misaditas-novels.blogspot.com/ collectonian laharrison - http://lesleyharrison.wordpress.com/ beawhiz - http://beawrites.wordpress.com razibahmed - http://www.blogging37.com FreshHell - http://freshhell.wordpress.com AlissaC - http://alissacarleton.blogspot.com
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
- Review half-finished WIP, RAN (none of my WIPs have titles, so I use acronyms from either character initials or place initials), and organise written scenes in separate files. Then work on an outline
- Work on outline for yet another half-finished WIP, SIM. Just look at it, not necessarily complete it.
- Brainstorm the shiny new idea
- Brainstorm something for next WB assignment
- Resubmit a couple of rejected short stories (I just tend to ignore them when they are rejected once, so I really should make the effort to find new markets)
- Finish Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
- Finish Gilgamesh
- Read tips about editing a book
- Work on the scrapbook for my sister’s present
- Buy few remaining Christmas presents
- Post International Christmas Cards
- Blog regularly as per usual on Writing Blog, and make sure to read and comment on other blogs (this slipped a little during NaNo)
- At least one entry on Journal Blog
- Finish organising books that have currently turned my living room floor into an obstacle course
- Email neglected friends/family during NaNo
- Play Sims 3
And even as I wrote the whole list, it occurs to me that I am going to have a hell of a time finishing all of that in ten days. So let’s see how far I get with this stuff.