I won’t be posting tomorrow

My sister-in-law is graduating tomorrow, so I won’t be posting. I’m sitting in the airport now waiting for our flight.
I’m going to try and get a post done Monday.
Happy weekend to you all!

Why having support is paramount for writing.

Sure, the image of the lonely and deep writer who hides away in her small apartment to write carefully constructed masterpieces is a fantastic image. One, I’m not shamed to admit, I have tried to emulate to little success.

I’m coming to realize that that image is hard to deal with considering how much I depend on my family and friends to read the rough drafts of my writing. Yes, the actual act of writing is a lonely process. It’s introspective, and challenging, but if you don’t have anyone to tell you that your rough draft reads like a spastic ball of ideas to nowhere then you’re out of luck.

I’m probably not the only one who tries to edit my work without letting my emotions get in the way. By tearing apart that paragraph and making it read better I am not insulting myself. It sounds weird, but I sometimes feel bad about editing my own work because I feel like I should have done better in the first place. Silly, I know, but it happens. 

That’s why I’m grateful to the people who read my stuff the day I’ve finished working on it and tell me where things don’t quite line up. I put a lot of myself into my writing, so trusting my readers enough to just give them free reign through my mental playground can be quite nerve wracking.

I know I haven’t posted any writing on here for quite some time, but being able to discuss revelations I’ve made on this blog is so helpful in tracking the progress I’ve made. So, thank you dear readers for listening to my ramblings about life and writing. You keep me honest, and keep me scribbling away.

Fitting a flash back into a story

Hello Readers,flashback-friday

It’s a rather dreary Friday here in Seattle. We’ve been having some great weather, so it’s been a bit difficult to work on writing when I really just want to go hang outside. Luckily, today has been windy and cooler, so I found it much easier to work on writing today.

I’ve been working on a story that I’m planning on taking to my residency when I fly to Goddard. They ask that we bring work with us, and I haven’t come up with a great deal of new content for a while, so it was just the push I needed to get the ball rolling again. The story is coming along nicely, I’m only 15 pages in, but there are a lot of things I can work with to make the story continue.

One problem I’m facing is there is a place in the story where I could use a flashback to show instead of just tell about a conversation that two of my characters had, but trying to put a flashback in around page 5 seems a little too soon. Generally, you shouldn’t have a flashback until later in the story when the present tense action is fully developed. One of my weak points as a writer is that I tend to tell instead of show, so a flashback would help me increase the length of the story, but also allow me to show the dialogue to the reader instead of just telling them that these two characters had a conversation.

I think I might try it out and see if it works, if not, I can cut it, but if it works then I’ve developed my characters just a bit more. As always, just piecing everything together bit by bit until it looks good and sounds good.

Studying creative writing by reading other author’s books is much more different than trying to apply that same knowledge to your own work. Of course we all hope our work to be brilliant the first time we write it down, but sometimes struggling through a ton of edits to make it better can be just as rewarding.

Happy Friday!!!

Following your passions

Hello dear readers,

Today isn’t really a post about anything directly pertaining to writing. I just wanted to say that we all should follow our passions. I say “passions” because we all have more than one. Sure, some are more hobbies, and some we focus our careers around, but always make sure that they play an integral role in your life.

Our passions make us who we are, and doing them makes us happy. Our happiness should never be a self sacrifice. Even if you haven’t worked on your car, or gone to a museum recently always taking that step towards your passions once again can be an uplifting experience. If you like doing something, then do it. If it’s something that makes you smile, makes you want to talk to people on the street, or be a better person, there is nothing stopping you from pursuing that passion with zeal.

Find friends that share in your passions. That is one area that I haven’t been very good at, but I’m hoping that with my program starting in a month I will be able to find new friends that I can talk to about writing. Writing has always been such a lonely passion for me because it is sometimes difficult to explain what you’re trying to achieve in your writing. I’ve had overwhelming support from family and friends, but not many people I can talk to about the structure of writing, or character development without feeling like I’d be boring my listener to death.

Find your passion. Find people that share that passion. And never let anyone tell you that your passion is not worth your time and energy.

Have a great Friday, dear friends.

 

Self motivation can be hard

I’m sure we’ve all come to this conclusion some time in our lives, and I’m certainly struggling with it today. I don’t have a hard time motivating myself to write, but I have been trying to make a schedule that I can use to keep myself on track while I’m writing.

I’m having a hard time making an entire semester schedule when I haven’t even started my program yet. I made a schedule for next week that I’m going to try and stick to, and hopefully that will let me know if it’s going to work.

I would just hate to make a schedule for an entire semester and then have an adviser tell me to rework it. I don’t mind fixing it if it makes it better. I just mind taking the time to fix it when I’d rather be working on something else.

I bought my plane ticket for the residency, which is very exciting. I’m slightly terrified of flying, so this will also be a test of my ability to handle nerve wracking situations. Luckily I was able to find flights that only had one connecting flight each way.

In other news, I bought a fish. That might not be exciting to some, but I love fish tanks, and I really missed having one since we moved to Seattle. It’s just a small tank, and we bought a little Beta fish who seems to be enjoying his new surroundings, but he still doesn’t have a name. He currently is being addressed as “Fishy Fishy”, which is rather unimaginative, but I just haven’t figured out a proper name. And he isn’t be enough yet to know if he’s actually a boy. For all I know it may be a girl, and I don’t know if she’d appreciate being called “Charles” or something else of the masculine variety.

I’d hate to give my fish identity issues.

Anyhow, I hope you all are having a wonderful Friday!

Happy Reading