Hey all! I went from being behind on Camp NaNoWriMo to being ON TRACK. Like massively behind. It’s been an intense writing week. I hope this momentum keeps up! I’m making good progress on the serial outlines, one of them is completely outlined, another is started. I have good ideas for the novel ones as well. If all goes well, I should be announcing the ideas on my Patreon some time in early August.
And I’ve started working on short stories for submitting to literary magazines. I think I’m ready to put myself out there again, even if it’s a bit frightening. It’ll be a good learning experience no matter what.
Anyway, today’s blog is on perfection and how it relates to writing. And how I feel about the idea of perfection in writing. Last night, or rather this morning, I tweeted: A lot of writers wait around for that perfect idea, that perfect plot. But that perfection isn’t real. Just start writing.
And I’m still standing by that.
Hey all! Things are going well here. I’ve made a good amount of progress on Camp NaNoWriMo, though I’ll still behind. But I can catch up. I’ve started outlining possible long fanfics for Patreon and have my three ideas for novels as well. My plan is to have them up for ‘vote’ in early August. We’ll see how that goes. After all, I’m working on Camp NaNo right now! On the note of those serials – early access to them will be posted on Patreon, a few days early. Then the fanfiction will be posted on A03 (and possibly Wattpad) and the novel will be posted on Wattpad (and possibly Ao3). Or at least that’s the plan.
And a note to everyone! Suggestions for writing posts close on July 20th! Writing post suggestions can be made HERE. Remember – paying Patrons will have priority on what posts will actually be written.
Anyway, today’s post is one that started bumping around in my head a few weeks ago. Everyone has little quirks, that’s just how it works. But then people have quirks that relate directly to what they choose to do for their career or fun. I’m a martial artist in addition to writing, I’m often standing in a stance that would let me move around easily. And my weight tends to be on the balls of my feet. They’re just little quirks that have popped up because of my training.
So I started thinking about my writer quirks.
Hey all! This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to work on for quite some time. Originality in writing is something that people strive for, it’s the goal. You want your work to be original and have a great hook and have an excellent story. But how does one have an original story in the year 2016? What qualifies as absolutely 100% original nowadays? It’s hard to say, right? Everything is drawing inspiration from something.
So where am I getting with this?
There’s no reason to get down on yourself for not feeling absolutely, completely, 100% original in your works.
But Laura, you’re a novelist, what do you mean you shouldn’t feel bad about being completely and utterly original?
So let’s sit down and get into the meat of this, alright?
So this is a meme that I wrote up yesterday on tumblr – though I remember stumbling across something similar on deviantART back in 2009. It’s one that I feel rather strongly about as writing isn’t one of those crafts that you can always see how you’ve progressed. Once an artist lines their art up year next to year, they can see the differences. They can see where they’ve improved, what they can work on improving next.
It’s a bit harder for writers to look at the text and see the progression – our work is long and it’s a bit tedious to see the differences when you have to go through 1000+ words, right? So that’s where this meme comes in.
I challenge you to line up bits and pieces of your work from year to year. See how you’ve improved.
Inspired by It’s a Writer Thing’s post “It’s a Writer Start”
Writing is one of those arts where you don’t necessarily see how you’ve been progressing through the years. After all, you’re used to looking at it. You won’t see the changes as easily.
So! The challenge! Post work from each year you’ve been writing. See the changes through the years. If you’ve only been writing three years? That’s fine! Been writing ten? This might get long!
repeat for each year you have writing for~
pretty simple right?
Let’s let ourselves see the improvement in our writing.
Repost this on your blog with the tag “Your Writing through the Years” – and link back to this post please, I want to see how everyone has improved as well.
And now to lead by example! Some of mine will be behind a cut since I started writing in 2001 (earlier, technically. I just don’t have copies of that stuff!)
Year: 2001 (age 12 or 13, I might have started this in 6th grade at age 11)
Sample: Andy walked slowly into Setsuna’s room, looking around with her bleary eyes. As she glanced at a guild mirror that she never knew that Setsuna had owned before. Andy looked at it a little more closely, and gasped. Setsuna’s reflection reflected back at her, except that Setsuna looked different, perhaps it was the look of horror fixed on her face. Andy let out a rattling breath, and moved her hand closer to the mirror; she looked at her hand and watched it disappear.
Comments: I’m beyond embarrassed by this at this age. I can’t believe I turned this in as an assignment at one point. Look at me writing fantasty-ish things~
This is a post that’s been sitting in my drafts since 2013. I’ve wanted to write it for a very long time, but have been almost afraid to do so. Internet backlash is an awful thing – and I’m not really equipped to handle it should it be directed at me. Social media is an interesting beast. I’ve been around long enough to watch Facebook evolve, I used to have a myspace, I’ve had deviantART, livejournal…so many different things.
I never really started getting frustrated with social media until twitter and more specifically tumblr.
Well, I suppose that isn’t quite true – I would always get frustrated that writing didn’t get as much exposure as visual arts. Even high school me was aware of the differences there. I watched friends who did visual art get a lot of recognition, but those of us who were focusing more on writing?
Yeah. That didn’t go as well.
Hey all! It’s been awhile since I’ve done Camp NaNoWriMo (2014, to be exact.) I really enjoyed the experience the first time around, it was a bit more lowkey, the cabins were fun, all sorts of things. What I liked the most? Being able to set my own word count goal. In 2014, I set the goal of 40k. I had the novel I was working on completely outlined, I think. I was able to gauge how many words I had left to write.
Camp NaNo helped me finish that novel. Granted, I’m going to be working that novel over from the ground up. I’m less than pleased with how the novel turned out. There were a lot of issues. But I’m glad that NaNoWriMo honed my focus onto that novel. It gave me tangible goals, I think.