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How To Torture The Hopeful Writer

11 Feb

Okay, guys. I’ve gone and done it. I got myself a website. I’m still working on it, though, and it is a nightmare. I figured I’d use WordPress because, hey, I already have a blog so I know how it works. Well, no. It was a real struggle and I’m still not sure I want it this way a 100%. It’s probably because I want it to feel less like a blog and more like a website, though I do at some point want to transfer this blog over there as well. I tried lots of different templates and none of them give me that AHA feeling. At times like these I wish I had a magic wand. And many, many other times.

It’s important to have your own website, though. I hear this many times, and have never disagreed. It looks professional and I’m sure it will be worth it. But for now, I’m complaining. I’d rather play with my characters than spend an entire day on my laptop doing Other Things. The horror. Especially since I then go back to another template and start all over again. I just want it to be perfect and I have been dreaming of my own (perfect) website for so long. My hope is a fragile waterballoon, about to burst.

If anyone has tips or wants to share their website for inspiration, feel free! My muse apparently only shows up when novels are involved, and occasionally with tweets. Wish me luck and if you don’t hear from me, it means that the Website Demons have gotten to me and even my pet dragons couldn’t save me.

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Some Stories Write Themselves

28 Jan

This the dream, right? When writing a novel you want it to be a joyous walk in the park. An adventure that sweeps you away and delivers you home feeling breathless and somewhat in love, like a really good date. You don’t want it to be like labour, pushing the novel out one painful chapter at a time until your fingers start bleeding.

I’ve started writing a novel based on some daydreaming I did and really just wrote it for fun, but I can’t help feeling very excited about it. I’ve been writing for three or four days and am now at 10K words. Basically it feels like this novel is writing itself. And man, what a feeling! I’m sure it’s because I’ve been carrying these characters in my head for a while. That is really always a good idea before writing.

Personally I find that writing also has a lot to do with the headspace I’m in, but in this case, that doesn’t matter. Because I know where I’m going and I know who these people are. All I have to do is follow them around and write about it.

See, it sounds so easy. I wish all novels were like this.

 

Time for Action

20 Jan

Nobody who has ever written thought that writing is easy. When on top of the desire to write, you also have a desire to get published, it’s even harder. It’s like climbing a mountain while being pulled back on an invisible string every now and then. Every finished novel is a personal victory, but life and rejection can pull you back, further away from your dream.

I read about it so many times, it’s part talent, part luck to break into the industry. Well, I think the luck I ordered got lost in the mail. I’ve been taking an unwanted break with publishing because I started a new job two years ago, but now I’m querying a novel that I hadn’t gotten around to querying yet. It’s a novel that’s inspired by the Adams family and is about a woman who can see how everyone dies everytime she touches them. She lives a secluded life, therefore, but then something prompts her to visit a nearby town and she gets entangled in the mysterious house on the hill. Her life is turned upside down and she makes friends and enemies. The novel also has a romance that makes even me swoon. It’s a story I’m very passionate about. I’m so happy I can finally query it.

It’s important to keep writing and keep trying. It’s also important to have hope, but that part gets a bit harder each time. Self-doubt is an ugly monster that you don’t want under your bed. But it also makes me realise it’s time for action. I’ve gotten a hang of my job, so I can afford to focus on my writing now. What a relief, because I hated not having an outlet for my creativity. I ordered a few books on writing (like I don’t have enough) that are bit more motivational and less about technique, as well as on how to try and actually experience success with your novel. It still doesn’t make me lucky, but it will happen one day. I just wish that day was here sooner than later.

Make a Plan

22 Oct

Nothing can be as motivating as to actually write down what you want and what you’re going to do to achieve it. Writing in itself is an easy goal. You sit down, you write. Getting published is another story. It is a story that contains a lot of conflict and the resolution isn’t in sight for who knows how long.

Make a plan. That way you know you’re doing all you can and you actually get a clearer image of what you CAN do. Whether it’s attending writing courses, joining a writer’s website, collecting beta readers, creating deadlines for novels/revisions, writing down a list of agents you will query and when. All of it can help you stop feeling like you’re a leaf in the wind, no control over the direction in which you’re going. You are the writer, you have some control. In the meantime, enjoy the ride and celebrate every little victory.

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Being a confident writer

20 Oct

It’s funny. We live in a world that demands perfection, but when we seem proud of our achievements we’re arrogant. Arrogance is bad. Perfection is good. Well, what if that so-called arrogance is in fact confidence? Confidence is good, right?

It’s important in life to have faith in yourself, because if you don’t, who will? It’s also important to know your strenghts and weaknesses and work on whatever it is you need to work on in order to improve and have a fighting chance. Before any of that, though, give yourself a fighting chance by believing in yourself and acknowledging what you’re good at! Focussing on your strengths is also a big part of improvement. thUEYPWFZX

So writers, please. Be a confident writer and go for it. Your novel is more afraid of you than you are of it. Face the world with your characters right behind you and know that you are good…

…and getting better.

The Message

2 Apr

Every novel has a message. No matter what it is about, there is always something that the writer wants to say. That is what makes a story even more interesting to read, and as a writer, it makes the story even more interesting to write.

I highly recommend thinking about what you want to say before you grace the page with even a single word. Only because it saves time when editing. With the regular visits of new characters, saved time is a good thing.

The main thing you should ask yourself is: what do I want people to think about once they’ve put down my book? Then it’s just a matter of contemplating what events and characters you want to use to make people think about that. So the coming up with a message is actually the easy part. However, it is a lot easier now that you know what you’re working towards. And it’s also easier for your characters. Considering how we torture them already, it’s only the kind thing to do.

Time – Writing Prompts

24 Feb

Let’s dive right in and play with words. Today’s words will involve something that goes by way too fast and that we can almost always use more of. Choose your scene and who knows, it might be spun into a novel.

#1

Your character has suffered a great loss and has hit rock bottom. It is at that moment that a mysterious phone call during which someone describes an object that can give you powers to control time. It will be dangerous to retrieve it, but your character might be willing to risk it. Write this scene.

#2

Your main characters suffers lapses in memory. He thinks he’s crazy, and so does everybody else. This changes when he gets attacked by an intruder and freezes time. The plot thickens when the intruder seems to have been sent by someone who knows about what he can do…and wants him dead. Write this scene.

#3

Someone your character thought was dead, shows up. That’s not even the weird part. He claims to have travelled through time in order to give you an important message. Write this scene.

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