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Once Upon An Actual Writing Update

So…it’s true. I’ve been writing. pause for cheers and applause and bouquets of flowers being thrown onto the stage.

If you’ve noticed the side bar, or the footer bar if you’re on mobile, then you might have seen that I’m working on two projects. Well, three projects counting the poetry book. I’m actually juggling projects right now, so let’s talk about that! 😀

So far, I’m not really having any problems. I started out with a bit of a time problem, but the solution to that was to get up earlier and get some stuff off my plate in the a.m. I tend to work on one for a bit and then turn and work on the other one. It’s not causing any issues in the old writer’s brain, but I do end up writing for longer than I would if I was just working on one project, but I’m not complaining. ^_^ It’s been fun to hop back and forth between projects like this. OGs know I’ve been trying to juggle projects for years. I think the reason why things haven’t imploded yet is because I don’t have a deadline. I don’t care when either one of these projects get done, as long as they get done, you know.

There might be other factors. Like the protagonists are coexisting well in my head. They’re not fighting for space or attention. The plots are both dark, of course, but the main characters are very different. The settings are distinct. The fonts are different. 😛 But I think the most important thing is the lack of a deadline. There’s no pressure to finish anything in a certain time frame, so why not write both? They were both ready and at the very beginning.

I’m actually a little further along on the “Rewrite” because the chapters are longer, and the story’s been developed in my head longer, so it was a bit easier at the beginning. I’m not quite ready to say what it is, but it’s a rewrite, as you can tell from what I’m calling it. Lol! This might potentially be my first successful rewrite, if it goes well. But it’s definitely a project I’ve mentioned before, and it got me writing again after taking a long break and then dragging my feet.

I was sitting at my desk one afternoon, and I was thinking about how I wanted to write, but I was afraid Pinewood Falls wouldn’t be dark enough for my current mood (haha), so I was like, “Why don’t I work on something else, just for fun?” And when I started on the rewrite, I decided, that same day, to see if I could get myself out of the corner in Pinewood that I felt stuck in, and thus, there I was, working on two projects. Just like that. And also, Pinewood is plenty dark enough. It’s just different. But everything is always different. Even the rewrite isn’t the same as it was.

Back when the disaster happened, I knew things went wrong after chapter two, and that I’d had to start over from the beginning regardless, though I could potentially keep most of chapter two, with changes, of course. So, that helped me get into the flow of things again. The only note-taking involved consisted of redoing my character profiles so they’re more readable, I have a new system now, 🙂 and then redoing the outline, of course. It’s only three pages, so it wasn’t a big job. I just needed to make sure all the new ducks were in a row.

Yeah, I’m pretty happy to be writing again. I wanted to wait until I was at least 10k on both before I said anything, but I crossed that last week! I doubt I’ll keep going back and forth every writing session, but who knows. I like to experiment. ^_^

I’ll talk about what the stories are actually about in a future update. 😉

New Project & Novel Trackers!

I found this awesome, awesome novel tracker thingie here. It’s a completely customizable 30 day spreadsheet so you can use it outside of NaNoWriMo. She has one for tracking your progress over the course of a year from month to month, as well. I encourage everyone to check it out. I played around with it… Continue Reading