God Morning, Saturday 5th of August 2017

1217 words this morning and this draft of the fan fiction piece is done! But I’m not happy with it. It feels like I’ve half-arsed to much of it and I’m still going to have to do a lot more work till I’m happy enough with it to send it off to Beta readers. I am going to take somewhat of a break from it. I’ve heard it’s a good idea to put something aside for a while and then look at it with fresh eyes later on.

I’ve felt like I’ve been in a slump this week, and probably for the last couple of weeks. My productivity level has dropped and I’m moving to stop it dropping any further. I’ve started writing a story I’ve been outlining for a while but it’s something I’m going to be working on during lunch breaks until I’ve got my zombie story 2nd draft done. I’m also writing this new story by hand. I want to slow my writing pace up a little because it feels like I’m rushing what I’m writing when I’m doing it on a computer. If I get more then four hundred words a day done on it I’ll be very surprised. In the evenings I’m going to try and get the zombie story sorted and working on the new piece is the secondary priority till the zombie piece is done.

A slight change to what I normally talk about in these posts, but I’m still struggling with the loss of Chester Bennington. I didn’t know him, but his music is such an important part of my life that I just hadn’t realised. I’ve been up since about 5am this morning, and writing since 5:30 and I was listening to Linkin Park. I tired listening to another band but I couldn’t help but switch to Linkin Park. Aside from a couple of times since Chester’s death I’ve not been able to listen to anything music wise except Linkin Park. My eyes welled up more than once, this morning. I don’t think this is changing for a while. 

I’ve got to get ready for work now, have a great day and weekend everyone. I’m planning on  another post tomorrow but no promises.

If you’ve got a dream you’ve always wanted to pursue, start today.

Good Morning, Sunday (9/4/17)

Well, another week has passed and I’ve not done a lot of writing, but I have been writing. Monday was the first time I’ve written anything since the 8th of February. Since then I’ve only missed two days writing and have written 2716 words for the month so far (does a little dance).

The main project is the fanfic edit/rewrite. I spent almost all of last Sunday creating a Scrivener file and then getting the scenes I’ve got written in order and adding the notes to them that I’ve made and then figuring out what I need to add to make it work. The first chapter is rewritten and I’ll be moving on with it today.

I have started on the short story I mentioned last Sunday. I’m not sure where it’s going, but I’m enjoying writing from the hip. I have learnt the lesson that I need an outline, but with shorter pieces I think I can indulge and pretend I don’t have to outline.

That’s the lot for now. I’m off to make some progress on this fanfic piece. I am still surprised with how much I am learning from working on this. I know I’ll never be able to publish it, and I knew that from the first word and I am very cool with it. I just wish I’d taken the plunge with fanfic sooner.

Learning From FanFiction

So this year I made my first expedition into FanFiction, and I’ve loved it. I probably learnt more about writing while working on this FanFiction piece than I have done in the last two years.

If I look at what I learned most then I am looking at history, background, the depth that makes both characters and stories great. Those are things that I feel I lack in my own work. In the FanFiction world I’ve been playing in I’ve found it really easy to write a story because I’ve got an entire world already mapped out. I’ve got characters who I love and know what their motivations are. I know the history that has led the characters to the key points of their lives. I know what their motivations are, what their goals are. I also had in my head where I wanted to take the story and this is me doing that. So that has helped.

This has all shown me that I do need to do a lot more work on my background details. The simple things like character histories is something that I had barely thought about. I’d thought about things like where they’d grown up, and what their family had been like but I hadn’t really appreciated how that affects the characters and their take on the world until this FanFiction piece.

I’m trying to get some of these lessons that I’ve learnt into the planning details of what I’ll be working on in the future. It’s not been as easy as I thought it would be but I’m working on it.

I’ve got to get some work done on this piece of FanFiction and I’ll be looking to get it wrapped and onto the next story in that universe that I’m thinking of starting in the next twelve months.