Thursday, June 19, 2014
When writing I often find my mind wandering down different paths of ideas. Usually this is something that would not fit into my current story, but it is interesting so I follow it. I have not been very good at following my own advice and writing down my ideas to ponder over in the future. When the creative part of your brain kicks in it is hard to stop it. What I have learned over the past couple months is that there is always an excuse for why you did not write. Life is too busy, other things need to be done, your family needs more attention. Whatever the excuse, regardless of how good that excuse is, it is not good enough. There truly is no reason why you cannot write a little bit each day. Even if you just write down notes on a piece of paper or write a couple sentences, there is no excuse. I have used every excuse possible and I have fallen victim to the lie of telling myself that I have too much going on to worry about writing. It is time to stop this and get back to it. I have made the committment to write a book. I have a story to tell and I am going to get it on paper. I will set aside some time each day to write a little and concentrate on the book. In addition to this, I will update my blog every week at least. I have neglected this as well and it is time to get back on top of things. I have read a lot of inspirational things from many places in regards to writing and the motivation of writing. The first thing you need to know is why you are writing. It is not for my ego or that I need something to do. I am writing what I imagine, feel, and the story that I have in my head. If I do not tell this story, then who will? Just remember, those who speak of greatness live in the shadow of those who do it.
Monday, June 2, 2014
I have started to read the chapters that I had written and I am pleased. So far, I have about 50 good pages of writing that I think is finished for the first draft with only a few minor changes. That is much better than I thought it would be. I have run into a problem though. I am running more than one story in parallel, in order to keep the story from being too linear. However, in order to make it the way I want, I have to introduce more than one string of stories. I have not figured out the best way to do this without confusing the reader yet. I am going to be working on that next before I continue to write. Once I have that complete, the rest of the story should unfold pretty quickly. 50 pages done, another 50 pages drafted, about 450 more to go!