Archive for December, 2014

So, what happens when you don’t like your main character? I mean I like her eventually, but she has to change first. Yes, I am writing one of those sorrows-and-trials-change-a-person’s-personality stories. What can I say? Those are my favorite stories! But, I had/have this idea of how I want Elizabeth’s character to be in the beginning of the book so that there can be a stark contrast by the end of the book, and thus I have been conforming her to my idea of who she needs to be. Unfortunately, I don’t think she agrees with me, because so many pieces of writing feel forced. I have been struggling with this for awhile, to the extent that it is stinting my writing. So, I have decided. I am going to just keep writing and let Elizabeth be whoever she wants to be from now on and see what she thinks her character should be like. I mean, worst case scenario, I have to change the plot to suit her stubbornness, right?


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Sorry I haven’t posted in so long – I have been busy with life: Settling in to my new job, setting up Christmas stuff, recovering from a week and a half with my in-laws . . . all that. 🙂

So, here are my upcoming writing goals. I think it will be significantly harder to keep without a whole community of writers doing it, but I am going to do my darndest anyway.

By the end of this month, I would like to have finished the (extremely) rough draft of my book, since 50,000 words by no means finished the book. Then, by March 2015, I would like to have finished the editing process enough to send it to friends for critique. By June 2015, I would like to have it finalized. At that point, I will decide if I want to actually try to get it published, or just enjoy the fact that I completely completed a novel. Maybe I will even do Nanowrimo’s offer to get two free self-published copies.

In the meantime, I have decided to start entering some of the Writer’s Digest writing competitions. I finally subscribed to Writer’s Digest a few months ago, and am amazed at how inspiring the articles are to me as a writer. I think having goals to work toward (as in, writing contests) will help improve my writing speed and style and whether I win the actual contest or not, I think it will help me move forward, and I am tired of putting off something that I have always wanted because I am afraid of failing.

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10 symptoms of the dreaded ‘I am not really writing’ curse.

Absolutely loved this post!



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50,869 Words

That is all.


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