Taking A Step Back

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I feel it’s time to take a little break from the online world, a step or two back if you will. I won’t be completely disappearing off the face of the planet…or at least I hope not…but I won’t be as active on social networking and such as I have been. I will still be checking in from time to time, keeping up with Triberr commitments, blogging, and book reviews and proofreading remain open. Editing is closed for the moment (it’s no longer on the hire me page) but will re-open later. I am still looking for clients as well, so if you have a project, shoot me an email!

The reason for this time out is everything in my life is very, very cluttered. My environment is trashed, my mind is full of all kinds of stuff, and my finances are a mess. I need to take a step back and regain some measure of control over this insanity! I need to tie up a lot of loose ends, especially in regards to my project list. Of course all this would occur at the busiest time of the year! Especially with Christmas right around the corner, I really need to get my head on straight and push to give Midget a good Christmas. As a single Mom, I’m the sole everything to that kid, and she’s my top priority.

I have “let go” of a few clients that just weren’t aligned with my value system, which leaves a financial gap I can barely afford. So expect to see me picking up the pace on YCN and Constant Content for a while. There will be some changes to the blog upcoming, mostly adding in the “life” in “writer’s life.” I will be putting up my currently available YCN articles up for reprint rights here on the blog for $5, and of course there will be more short stories and other works being added in the fiction department. Endless Love is looking a bit lost all alone over there. Right now I need to clear my plate, and focus on what is most important to me…with a little shameless self-promotion thrown in!

I’ll be available through email as always, and will continue to check into Facebook or Twitter when I have something to say, promote, or just want to let those that care know that I am still alive.

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Thoughts On My Writing Process

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my writing process lately. If asked I normally would say that I’m a dedicated pantser, but that’s not accurate. I’ve actually been fighting against my natural rhythms, which is how I end up with a trillion unfinished projects. Okay, maybe not quite that many, but it feels like it!

I’m a natural plotter. Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll be able to tell you how much I plot and plan. Hint: it’s a whole lot! But when it comes to my writing, fiction in particular, I tend to just jump in without any sort of real idea how I’m going to get from word one to word fifty-eighty thousand. This ends usually in massive amounts of frustration. At first I thought that I was doing myself a disservice by shooting for such a high word count in the first place, locking myself into a form without thought to the actual story I’m telling. There is some truth there, especially with a rough draft.

The thoughts ended up going deeper than that; however, it’s not just the form holding me back. Thinking back towards how I handled papers in school, I realized a very key thing for me. While I can pants a rough draft, they tend to be very short. I joked that my science major was getting in the way of my English major…in high school. I would write the paper, and usually end up falling way short of the needed word count or pages. Concise writing isn’t highly regarded in high school apparently. I would have a fully developed paper on my hands that hit everything the teacher wanted, and then I would have to fluff it up to the desired page or word count, usually with random information that I sought out from other sources that even slightly linked to the current topic. While concise writing is great for articles and technical writing, it’s not so great for fiction work, especially if you want to write a novel.

So I’m not going to fight against that anymore. My rough drafts will be just that, rough. They may only be five hundred to ten thousand words or more, but it’s enough to get all the ideas out of my head and into some sort of structure. There is some plotting going on before my rough drafts are even started now, but my first draft is going to be where all the real plotting happens. That’s when the real fun part will start, especially with the much clearer idea I have from actually writing a rough draft. All in all I think this will make me a much more productive writer, as well as bring back a lot of the fun!

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