Monthly Archives: July 2013

Letting It Sit

Just finished my first write through of my second manuscript. It feels great, but it’s time for my least favorite part– letting it sit.

One of the things I’ve come across through the many hours of studying devoted to this writing thing is that you always put the piece of work away for a bit and come back to it. I find this hard on a personal level. I absolutely obsess over writing sometimes and forcing myself to lay off a piece and do absolutely nothing with it seems inefficient or a waste of time. I want to keep moving forward not take a break you know? 

I do, however, agree that the benefits from letting it sit are great.It allows you to take a fresh look at the work when you return to it. Editing becomes easier, you can look at something with a level head and think, “well that just doesn’t make sense” or “that’s just stupid”. 

When you work on it day in and day out, you’re too wrapped in it to see what’s missing. You know what does what and why, and whose who because of this, that, and the other thing. You constantly tell yourself that you can get to that part later, and that the train is actually a goat is obvious. I find the break to be a necessity, one I hate to take.

At any rate, hope those of you who write out there, that your writing is going well. I hope that you can handle these breaks better than I; and that you don’t itch to take that manuscript out of the draw and attack it blindly every waking second.  

 

-Your Addicted Scribe

P.S. Dragon Age 2 is possibly the best story telling I ever seen in a video game, however it did have the most bland story ever.

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Aca-cuse me!?

As we all know because it’s endlessly drilled into our heads the moment you decide you want to write, the best way to learn the craft is to read read read read read read read read. Solid advice, but I dare say that there is much you can learn from other types of media as well.  Although  reading is a good way to learn the craft, I proposition that there is much to be learned from other sorts of media.  Movies and TV can also provide an insight to story telling as well as spark ideas.  That’s why recently I’ve been on a huge media consuming spree; well that and the whole sick thing, though feeling better!  

See, to me, being a writer isn’t just about writing. It’s really about sharing the story, sharing the adventure as best as possible. What’s to say that the original way I’m writing it is the best way? Who knows, perhaps it would make a better movie, or tv series, or even web comic. I don’t strive to be a good writer, and I don’t think anyone should. I think a writer should strive to be a good story teller. A good world builder, and a good entertainer. My scope for my writing doesn’t stop at books. I have loads of ideas ready to be explored. I don’t want only readers to experience Quincy’s misadventures, I want the world to.  

Now, all this is really leading up to me saying one thing. Pitch Perfect is a good movie. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. It’s like Step Up, but about acapella groups. What’s this have to do with the rest of what I said? Nothing. However, the movie does inspire me. It’s got a feel good vibe and focuses heavy on music. And music is a huge muse of mine. Sometimes you get that wrong song at the right moment and it takes you away to the top of the world.

Anyways, that’s my rambling.

-Your Blogger with a total Toner

The Bella’s

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Gears of Life

The new tentative title for my WAD( Write ABout Dragons) project!  I managed to start last week! Just the beginnings, but I’m already starting to enjoy the core group of characters.  Had to share my excitement. Especially seeing as I’m still couch bound; boo!

I also finally found a proofreader for Stopping the Fat Guy as well.  Pretty excited about that too. One step closer to publishing my first work 🙂 It’s been a long, long road to boot.  I can’t believe I’ve actually written a full novel; even if it is on the shorter side at 60,000 words. Which, by the way, for those of you who don’t know ( I assume that’s all of you, cause let’s face it I’m a nobody) can read the Prologue and 1st Chapter over on my Goodreads pages. If you like listening to old men ramble about the good old days in a nonsensical fashion, I highly suggest you check it out. If you really like it, you can even shoot me an email and I’ll shoot you a copy of the full thing. Quincy Quiver is so close to introducing himself to the world.

I’m just super excited about all this. Hard work is starting to have physical results and, as a creator, it feels great to see a project come together.  Hope all is well for all of you struggling, rising artists out there. Keep up the hard work. And if you start to feel down  about it all, just listen to some Big Sean and remember that hard work and time pays off. 

On a side note, Big Sean needs to drop another album like right now.

-Your Overly Excited Rookie Wordsmith

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