Monday, October 25, 2010

New Space. New Inspiration.

With NaNoWriMo quickly approaching and many writing projects in the works, my wonderful husband pushed me to find a writing desk that inspired me and to designate a portion of our apartment to be my workspace. I found this awesome desk that was just dark enough to inspire horror fiction, simplistic enough to remind me to cut out the unnecessary, and possessed enough character to remind me of the many writers I admire. I placed it by the window in our living room. Having a defined place to work has definitely helped my motivation. Last night, I ripped apart my short story at this desk and became passionate about the tale again. Although, it's hard to tell I like it at all with all my red pen marks on the pages.

I'm lucky to have such a love of words and hope I can perfect my style sooner than later.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Writing: The Tough Stuff

Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.

I’ve been working on a short story in preparation for NaNoWriMo, and I’ve hit a dark spot that I’ve never encountered before. I’ve read that in the beginning stages of writing a story, you’re excited and love your characters, plot, setting, etc. But, unfortunately, that excitement dies down and so does your will to write. This isn’t something that has only happened to me. It’s something I think most writers encounter.

I’m at a point in my story writing where I hate my characters. I despise the landscape that I see every time I open the document to further the story. I’m finding holes in my plot that I don’t know how to fix, and my urge to delete the whole story grows every time I look at it.

I think this is what separates wannabe writers from real writers: the will to get over this hurdle.

This story was obviously exciting to me at one point and it can be again. I just have to reacquaint myself with the characters, fix those pesky plot holes, and tweak the setting so I can be happy envisioning it. And, that takes willpower. Sometimes, it feels more like homework than a craft I love, and it probably will feel that way until I get the story back on track. But, when I emerge with a completed piece, something tells me that I’ll be much happier than I would be if I highlighted the entire story and hit the delete button.

Wish me luck!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Move Motivation

I haven't written since our move to the north side of Indy. I can honestly say we love it. The apartment is beautiful, the dogs are adjusting well, and the lack of a commute to work is something that we cherish every morning. I'm even starting to learn my way around. It's so great to be close to many of our good friends, but we do miss having my family nearby. I suppose that will make our visits with them even more special.

One thing that has returned in full force since our move is my motivation. I spend a lot of time with people who inspire me in every way. In turn, I WANT to work on my writing projects as opposed to putting them off. I've joined NaNoWriMo and can't wait for it to start. 50,000 words in one month sounds ridiculous, but it will help me with the "vomit draft" that I struggle with so much. Between now and November 1 (when NaNoWriMo begins), I'm working on a short story. It's a horror fiction piece. I'll admit that I'm finding so many weaknesses in my writing, but I'm working very hard to correct them (with the help of my amazing husband). I struggle quite a bit with description. Much of my writing is very concise (the result of being a marketing copywriter for so long, I'm sure). Sometimes, more in-depth writing is needed. That's truly what I need to work on.

I've also discovered a new dream. I'd love to open a used bookstore. Me and my friend have looked into it and even started some lite networking/planning. We realize it's no way to make a fortune, and we won't be financially ready for the commitment for quite a while, but dreams are dreams... and they keep you going. I feel like the dream of the used bookstore will be a goal I'll hold near my heart for a long time. That is, until I can see it come to life.

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”