Writing Quote

"Don't write merely to be understood.
Write so that you can't possibly be misunderstood."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thoroghly Unenthused

My apologies for being so absent lately. Spring break came and I just forgot to write. Then the next week came and I forgot to write. Also I was feeling both uninspired to blog, and disenchanted with all forms of electronic communication. I still am, but I'm also willing to try and push through it.

Today, I'd like to talk about a different kind of writing- the academic variety. I've had to write several papers for my English class this year and they've all gone rather well. I just picked a story or a poem we've studied that spoke to me in some way and I ran with it. My teacher has read them all to the class (much to my chagrin). But that's exposure, I guess, and since I choose to be a writer, I had better get used to it. Next up is a high-points research paper on poetry. I should be excited about it. Research is not something I've done a lot of and this will be a great opportunity to practice. After all, I will need to do research for my novels now and again, right? But poetry? Really?

Once, when I was much younger than I am today, I loved poetry. I had rhyme, meter, and imagery in my blood. I ate and breathed allusion, symbolism and irony. Not so much now. Now I enjoy a good poem for about ten minutes, max. And I find myself compelled to choose two poems to study, analyze and compare, using literary critiques to support my thoughts. I wouldn't think anything of it if I weren't already so SICK of poetry. I've had enough to last me the rest of the year, but I'm no where near done with it yet. If I ever get the bright idea to take an entire class devoted to poetry, remind me what a bad idea that actually is.

Okay, my venting session is over. Can you, my dear fellow writers, give me some tips on developing some love and inspiration for a topic you are thoroughly unenthused about?

Seriously. HELP!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This week is NOT a bust... yet.

But it could be soon if I don't get off my hind-end and do something with my manuscript. So far this week, I haven't touched it. I'm facing a couple of barriers:
1. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with family, home, and school work. I tell myself spring break is coming up and that I'll have more freedom to revise then. But the truth is I'll have kids out of school, a husband off of work (for a couple days, anyway), family in town (but not staying with me), and some school projects that need some attention. So if I'm honest with myself, I'm still going to need to force myself into setting aside some time for writing.
2. I'm stuck on the issue I'm working on. I've got all these notes of things I need to change and this one is kind of a biggie, involving writing new characters, minor sub-plots, etc. And to be honest, I'm not sure the idea would add all that much to the story over all, but I won't know for sure until I've tried it. So maybe I need to just step away from this "fix" for a bit and work on some of the lesser problems. Then readdress this issue when I either feel up to it, or have nothing else left to work on.

And although I have a test to study for and will have extras kids around today, I hereby commit to spending time with The Slave Knight today. How much time? Uh... how 'bout... 10 minutes. It's doable, but can easily turn into 15, or 20 or even more!

How is your work-in-progress going? And what barriers are you faced with this week?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

National Novel Editing Month

Welcome to March, everybody! It's National Novel Editing Month. Much like writing with NaNoWriMo, we cram an insane amount of editing into one month- 50 hours of insanity to be exact. If you're interested in signing up, you may do so here. I'm all signed up and am about to head over there and log the 10 minutes I have so far. Hold on a sec...

...and I'm back. Gee that was easy! Now if I can only turn that 10 minutes into 10 hours. Actually, I don't know if I can do this, but I'm going to do my darnedest ("gee?" "darnedest?" why am I suddenly talking like an old man with his pants pulled up to his chest with suspenders?).

Since I got my initial review of The Slave Knight all done in February (huzzah!) I'm going to focus on implementing all the notes I've made on it. There are about 159 of them. Some are small, some are big and some are mammoth-sized. But this will be my focus for March and NaNoEdMo. If I can get through them all, my little story will look astonishingly like a real book. I hope.

Anyway, wish me luck! And if you decide to sign up, let me know so we can encourage each other.

Write on!