Welcome to the blog formerly known as The Life Of Writing

Friday, 28 September 2012

Weekly Writing - I Changed My Mind

A few weeks ago I announced that I would be going with my Steampunk idea for NaNoWriMo this year.

I knew the beginning and the end but I was unsure about the middle. So I did something that I had read in a blog recently. You basically briefly write down the bits you know... and then fill in the rest at a later date.

For example:

The beginning - something happens

Something else happens




The End!

You know that sort of thing - unfortunately I can't remember where I read it.

So if you recently blogged about this... or read it and acutally remember where you read it... do let me know in the comments. Leave me a link or a hint... and I will go and check to see if it is the same blog post.

Anyway back to me and my changeable mind. So I did the above exercise for the Steampunk idea and still ended up with the beginning, the end and nothing in the middle.

So then I tried it with the paranormal urban fantasy idea that I had which is vaguely similar to last year's NaNoWriMo but not - I'm using some of the same character names and there is a minor similarity in one aspect but I would be rewriting the entire thing from scratch.

Believe me my NaNo 2011 is appalling - the ending is almost vomit inducing - they more or less walk off in to the sunset together... well it was actually the sunrise.

But anyway when I did the above exercise with the paranormal UF idea I only had one question mark left. Although I don't know all the details I thought it would be the better choice. The Steampunk can wait until I have more of a plot.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Weekly Writing - My Mind Works In Mysterious Ways

If I did not profess to being a writer then I may have alarmed people by my behaviour this week.

I've spent most of it trying to come up with the best vehicle to hit someone with so that they would fly up and over it. I was going to go with a lorry at first but then I realised that due to their size you'd be more likely to go under it than over it.

This is for a story I might add... before I start to worry you as well. Although the person who inspired this story could do with being hit by something (not that I would actually go and do that... only in my imagination).

I can't tell you much more about this story at the moment due to something I read in Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande.

Dorothea says that you shouldn't really discuss your story ideas with people before you write them because:

"...words are your medium, and effective use of them your profession; but your unconscious self (which is your wishful part) will not care whether the words you use are written down or talked to the world at large. If you are for the moment fortunate enough to have a responsive audience you often suffer for it later. You will have created your story and reaped your reward in approval or shocked disapproval... Afterward you will find yourself disinclined to go on with the laborious process of writing the story at full length; unconsciously you will consider it as already done..."

I think sometimes that it is my problem. I tell someone about a story idea and then that's it; the story is out there... so what's the point. So I must stop nattering about it and just get on with it.

Another thing I have to retrain myself is to write whether I know the beginning, the middle and the end or not. I have a habit of only wanting to sit down and write a story when I know all the pieces of it. Which means I have a lot of half concocted stories in my head!

I shall away now... NaNoWriMo may be over a month away but there is planning to be done!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Weekly Writing - This N That

I'm going to keep this brief this week.

I finished reading Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande and I thought I'd share the two sentences from it that were my teasers for Teaser Tuesday this week on my other blog.

So here they are:

Obviously what such a writer needs is to be made to realize that his case is not isolated; that we all continue to grow, and that in order to write at all we must write on the basis of our present beliefs. If you are unwilling to write from the honest, though perhaps far from final, point of view that represents your present state, you may come to your deathbed with your contribution to the world still unmade, and just as far from final conviction about the universe as you were at the age of twenty.

And then I also have a couple of links for you:

Chuck Wendig gives us 25 Of My Personal Rules For Writing And Telling Stories (that's his personal rules not mine).

And over at The Blood Red Pencil we have Elspeth's Writing Sheep, which is very entertaining in my opinion.

Til next week...

Friday, 7 September 2012

Weekly Writing - The Season Is Approaching

So we have arrived in September... and I don't know what it is about Autumn but I am more inspired to write at this time of year... maybe it's the nights drawing in... or the fact that it gets colder so you are less likely to go out and frolic in the sun.

Or maybe it is the impending doom that is NaNoWriMo...

But I have an idea swirling about in my brain... inspired by the film Flightplan... although apart from there being an aeroplane involved there aren't that many similarities... but it inspired me none the less.

I've also been reading some more of Dorothea Brande's Becoming A Writer.

So before I leave you I'll give you a link - over at Ramblings Of A Frustrated Crime Writer, Jennifer has Things I Wish They'd Told Me About Being A Writer.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

NaNoWriMo Countdown

This month's countdown is a little late - but only a day... I forgot. But it does mean we are even closer to the kick off of NaNoWriMo 2012.

So now there are only:

until 1st November 2012.

Have you started your preparations yet?