Writing Diary – July

For the first time in months, it’s been good in my writing life. I also finished a rough draft for a book that takes place in New Orleans. I started it before my trip there, but purposely held off because I knew I’d have more material when I got home. Researching a place and seeing it are two different things. I was able to add small details in the book I wouldn’t have known unless I visited. Especially when it comes to the food. ūüôā

It’s a romance novel, which is something new to me. I don’t want to be stuck with one genre because I enjoy them all. There’s several new books I’m reading and may do another Books I’m Reading post soon.

I’m staying positive and know the process doesn’t happen overnight. I can only focus on my journey and improve my craft.

Hope everyone else is having a good month! Let me know what projects you’re working on.¬†writer

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Diving Back In

I did it! This weekend I got back in the groove and wrote more than I initially thought. It took me a long time, but I finished it. I’m trying to find a happy medium of being a writer and having an average life.

I think time off did me well. I’ve been catching errors that I didn’t before. My novel had a  lot of unnecessary fluff. It’s a work in progress that I’ll keep chipping away at.

How is everyone else doing with their current projects?

Life Changes

It’s crazy how many things happen within a few months. I haven’t posted in quite a while and that’s because there’s been changes in my life.

In April, I left to New Orleans on vacation and came back engaged! It was a surprise and the past few months have been very busy with wedding planning and work. I now have a few of the important planning details taken care of, so I feel like there is a resting period. I’ve always been told planning a wedding takes a lot of time but never realized it until now.

Aside from that, there has been some writer’s block, which I have been trying to get over and finding motivation to write. I have a lot of material but am not sure what to do with it at this point.

All other excused aside, tonight I will sit down, butt in chair and write for the first time in months. Wish me luck!

 

Writing Update

This has been a¬†good week as far as writing goes. I’ve been getting back in the grove and enjoying the process. Here is what I’ve been working on.

  1. My horror, short story collection. I’ve been self editing, rewriting and adding more content. It will be a short read with a few of my favorite pieces. This will likely be my first self published work.
  2. Reaching out to freelance editors to help¬†with my short story ¬†project. So far, it’s been difficult to find editors who will work on shorter works¬†but I’m hopeful someone will assist.
  3. It Watches.¬†This is a novella I’ve been working on some time. A previous post I discussed this, When a Short Story Becomes a Novel, it’s based off a flash fiction piece I wrote. This week I just figured out the ending, which helps me write the story faster.
  4. Having fun!

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Let me know how your writing is going. I love hearing about everyone else’s journeys.

 

Where Do I Go From Here?

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything about my writing journey. To be honest, it’s come to a slow, painful crawl. It’s not that I don’t have material to write about. Finding time, energy and motivation can be difficult. I also have enough rejection slips to build a paper house out of. The voices tell me¬†I’m not cut out to be a writer and I should quit right now. Then again, maybe the traditional route isn’t where my journey needs to go.

I’ve come to a point where I feel like taking a chance, since I have nothing to lose. Something in the works is I’m going to self publish a short story collection. This would motivate me to finish a project and say I’m an author. There’s a few other reasons I’m doing this, one being it is inexpensive for me to achieve. There is a title and a cover all picked out.¬†Hell, the cover is already made. I’ve just been keeping it tucked away while I mull over what to do next.

There’s still a lot to learn about self publishing like formatting, uploading it to Amazon and so forth. I’m looking at this as something fun to do and prove I can do it.

So where do I go from here? I’m going to build¬†my own path.¬†Let me know your thoughts or if you’re in the same boat.

 

Beware the Slenderman: Documentary Discussion

Do you believe in the Slenderman? Well, two teenage girls in Wisconsin do, so much that they attempted to murder their best friend. I watched the documentary, Beware the Slenderman, on HBO. I like watching true crime films, but find it rare to find one integrating the supernatural.

It’s not so crazy to hear about¬†youngsters¬†believing in something that isn’t real. As a kid, I believed in monsters in my closet and Freddy Krueger. Maybe I still do sometimes since I have a knack for the horror genre.

One thing I will say watching the interviews with the two girls, they really do believe in Slenderman. They believe they had to do the crime because their lives and families were in danger. If you watch the documentary, it’s chilling to see their responses and answers to the detectives questions. They discuss it openly and in a nonchalant way.

Overall, I give the documentary 3.5 stars out of 5.

Let me know if you’ve watched the film and your thoughts.

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Movie Poster by HBO

Trends

One problem with getting published is trends. What is popular? What are readers craving? There’s a lot of discussion if¬†writers should follow trends or not. I can’t write something based off a trend. So if unicorns riding Segways becomes a must¬†in stories, you won’t see me writing it.

It does makes sense¬†why good stories get rejected. Maybe the topic was all the rage¬†two years ago, but now the market is saturated, and everyone else is sick of it. It’s time to move on to something else.

I’ve found a good way to identify trends is reading Literary Agents requests when submitting books. This may not always be the case, but I wonder if it’s because they’re going off what readers want or what will become popular. There’s no way to predict what will be a best seller, but one can try to be proactive in that aspect.

Anyone else have input on this? What are your thoughts?

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