Writing my Novel, despise being annoyed with it. HELP ME!

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I started off writing a very “I know what I’m doing” column style post about working through fatigue, writers block and social agreements to finish your damn book…. But I ended up being talked out of it by a friend of mine and was advised to just write how I feel and how I’m managing it all, in my own words.

So here I am, I’m writing this blog as a form of procrastination because my story is driving me nuts and I’m struggling to get the chapters to flow together the way I want them to… The characters have stopped talking to me…

And of course, Not all the characters have stopped talking to me, just the ones that pertain to this specific book! *Slams head on desk*

Can someone please tell the elf and fairy to stop for a few minutes? I don’t have the energy to deal with them at the moment… Thanks…

Originally, (and planned since last weekends cold/flu epidemic) I was taking this entire weekend to print, read, re-write and then, re-print my current “Top Priority” novel. And sip a few thousand cups of tea while I was at it 😉  But like 90% of all things I try to plan… things change.

Travel plans have been added to my schedule, which means packing and rethinking my plans for the week. And of course, totally throwing out my weekend chill plans due to my brain doing nothing but thinking about driving, traffic, packing light, and Bruiser.

And I may be binge watching Sex and the City again… lol

 

Ok, so really. My goal plan , despise all my distractions (the real ones and the ones I’m making up) is to still get at least half of my re-writing done this weekend.  

The plan of attack:

  • Read your current chapters
  • Compile notes on possible changes and/or things that need to be added
  • Put all notes into a folder (either on your laptop or physical file )
  • Re-write your character index cards
  • Start. Your. Re-Write

And then I have to remind myself not to forget these notes when I leave town so I can keep working on my re-write while I’m hotel-ing it.

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So, what are your Go-To motions for “Getting your writing done” over a busy weekend?  Or even, throughout a busy week when you still need sleep, food and of course… work a day job?

 

 

 

 

Bruiser, a newspaper man?

I think Bruiser has shown me just another reason why he was meant to be in my life. 😊

Not only does he have a weird habit of sitting on my shoulders like a parrot (or cat if you know my kiddos at home lol), but he also spent all day Sunday watching me write and edit a few articles, and sat on my lap watching a slew of newspaper based movies.

Most likely he just found the noises curious, but I can pretend he’s a writer at heart and thinking about the thrill of chasing down a good story and beating deadlines. Lol 😅

I feel Bruiser and I are starting over at the beginning. Potty training is a pain in the arse…. females are so much easier to train. Hands down.

And he’s proving to me that he has full intent of finding every loop hole possible to get around following the basic rules of potty training and behavior. My puppy the toddler ladies and gentleman 😅

We’ll get the hang of it.

Hopefully sooner than later 🙏🏼

Feel free to drop your puppy training tips below. Or any funny stories you have about living with your pets 😊

I’m going to start separating my posts a little bit, to make them easier to find since my post topics are so wide.

Be on the look out for a new format and a lot more helpful tips and information on this site 😉

Jen

A writer with no pen

How is that even possible??

Well, in today’s world it’s very possible and almost preferred to over the good old fashion pen and paper writing.

But yesterday while I rummaged through a magazine rack at the grocery store, I loved that I overheard a woman make the statement “I’m writer with no pen…” as she took a pen and slip of paper from a guy who had just gracefully asked her for her number and a possible date next weekend.

Yes, I eve’s drop a lot when I’m out and about. I don’t always do it intentionally, sometimes I just catch myself listening in on the many conversations going on around me.

It’s turned into a habit I have a hard time controlling.

So back on the “Writers without pens” subject.

Almost everyone I see writing out in public, all have a laptop or iPad and hardly ever a notebook or binder…  Am I just missing the time frame retro writers come out in public? Lol

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the lack of hassle and mess that a computer (or iPad) provides over a notebook. It’s easier to organize everything and you do have the ability to look anything up at the drop of a hat.

But… having so much at your finger tips makes for easy procrastination.

You spend time finding the perfect music, finding pictures that inspire your current chapter or scene, and worst of all… you spend time “Talking” about writing on all your social media accounts VS actually writing

 

When I’m not taking my writing time serious, or I’m to cluttered in the head to write clearly, I love my laptop. I can run a few different browsers at one time, I can research, listen to music and write. It helps me quiet out the noise in my head.

A little controlled chaos if you will.

But when I just want to write, or already know exactly what is going on in a scene, I stick to my notebook. I can babble, I can write without eyeing the word count and judging my progress.

It’s liberating.

And I get three times as much done.

Plus, when it comes time for me to type it up in my word document, it all goes through its first editing process without me really having to think about editing it.

 

So, I want opinions.

What is your preferred method of writing?

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope every is having a great holiday and getting some well needed rest before the new year starts.

I’m excited to start this new year off running.

I’ve been working on some new projects ( like usual) an taking on a few courses over the next year as well. Needless to say, I’m setting myself up for a very busy 2019 🙂

One thing I plan on rolling out this coming year is a better series of blogs. I’d like to start putting my writing out there more frequently and provide more informative posts for you guys. Something worth reading and taking up your time, whether it be educational posts or simply entertaining.

So what are your goals for this coming year?

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions myself, but I know for some people, that’s just the thing they need to help motivate them into taking action with their life goals and making their dreams a reality.

I hope you work hard this year and turn those dreams into something more.

~

Jen

We’re only here for a short time…

So why not make the most of it?

It’s definitely time to stop living in someone else’s shadow, or in fear of being judged harshly and treated poorly.

Seriously, life is about rejections and growth.

Life is about learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.

It’s time to take a stand in your own life and do the things you’re afraid of.

Really! We only have a short time on this earth and honestly, even that isn’t promised to us. Heck, I could fall asleep in the next five minutes and never wake back up.

We’re not promised a damn thing in this world. Or owed anything either.

If you want something badly enough, go out and make it happen.

You want to be a writer?

Then write!

You want to be published??

Then get out there and set yourself up for a couple dozen rejections and don’t stop there!

Or better yet, research the self publishing world and try that on for size 🤷🏻‍♀️

A lot is changing for me over the next two months and I’m both excited and nervous as hell for it. And I’ll be sharing every moment with all of you 💕

Jen

Traveling, life and writing

I’ve actually been writing a blog post everyday this past month and saving them in my drafts file until I’ve had the time to properly edit them.  I’m aiming to post something each day during November, some will be life related and or course, writing through NaNoWriMo . 

We’re so close to Nanowrimo that I’m getting all the feels as October comes closer to an end.  

Have you decided if you’re tackling the challenge yet?

If so, have you declared your novel already?

The first year that I joined the 50,000 word mark, I did it all “offline” vs really getting involved with the site. I wasn’t sure If I’d enjoy it, or if I’d fit in… or if I’d even be able to manage it. I honestly didn’t want to commit to it and look like an idiot if I failed.

But failing is a part of the process. 

And you never know if you’ll fail or succeed if you don’t put yourself out there and try.

Taking time to write bad crap and making plans

“One must first write badly in order to write good”

I’ve been taking that to heart this month as I prep for  NaNoWriMo in the upcoming weeks.

I’ve also been sitting aside a reasonable amount of funds to help network myself as a writer and novelist. Granted, the most important thing needed to be a successful writer is plenty of “material” for people to want to read and to purchase.  So me sitting here with only one published novel so far isn’t really helping my cause any… But things are in the works (shh).

But along with building my personal shelf of written works, I’m also taking the initiative to find a few writing classes and plan on getting a little more serious about all that is involved in the writing business. Besides making up interesting stories of course 😉

And I’m working on getting a few short stories completed and ready to start submitting to magazines 🙂

Yes, your girl has taken to promising herself one short story submission a month to a magazine or newspaper. Something little and simple, for when my novel is getting to cluttered and confusing, and I’m in need of a mental break from that world.

The tale end of this year is starting to shape up rather nicely for me, I’m both eager and excited for what the next few months has to bring.

Jen

Making muggle life decisions?…

How’s that for a thought-provoking title? 

But in all seriousness here… Is your Job enjoyable?  It is necessary to your life?

While I was browsing through my social media accounts and catching up on some blog reading, I came across a couple posts (from fellow writers) basically bashing their jobs and talking about how creatively draining it was to go to work each day.

WOW…

I understand this, to a point.  Some day’s it is physically (and emotionally) hard to pull myself away from a good book, a research project or my current WIP, to dress accordingly and drag my butt out into the muggle world.  I’m an introvert… We don’t like people! lol  But it’s not always a chore to go to work, and the few jobs I had that did feel like that, I left after a short while.

But to hate your job that much?… Why keep it?   I mean, what is the best (or better) option for someone who feeds off of freedom and yet, still needs a decent amount of funds to live off of?

Some people give up everything and focus their lives solely on their art and creative side. But most in that situation end up relying on someone else or someone”‘s” to help support them. 

Others, give up on their creativity and push it off until “the right time” comes around. Which doesn’t always happen.

And a few (myself included) try their best to balance both the creative side of their lives and the deemed “required to live” side Aka The muggle job.

            And just like that, I forgot where I was going with this….. LOL Just kidding

The question all this reading made me keep asking myself is “What do you deem worth it?” When do you stop and say NO, this job or life isn’t what I want and isn’t helping get to where I want to be?

And if you decide it’s not right for you, what do you do? What is your next step?

I’ve spent so much time struggling with what I want out of life and how to make things work for the best or at least, for the better for me and those close to me. For the most part, I tend to look at those closest to me and try to make a choice that keeps them in mind and benefits the both of us.

Or, taking the advice of a good friend – If I’m unsure of what to do or what needs to change, I change nothing until I’m sure of it. 

But how do you decide what is the best way? How do you decide what is worth it and what is not? When do you make the call to finally move on?

How do you make it all work?

 

 

 

 

October 15th.- Ranting

It’s this time, before Nanowrimo starts, that I start to stress and wonder if fighting with myself for an entire month is really worth the outcome….

I’ve already seen some people really bashing the whole “50,000 words in one 30 days” thing and talking about how un-creative it is to push yourself to complete a story that long, in such a short time.  Some of which are the same ones that bickered about it last year too (and probably the year before) and I’ve seen them really step on those of us that want to do it and find the challenge enjoyable.

What is the point?

If it’s not your thing, Cool! If it is, even Cooler! 🙂

But let’s try not to shove our opinions down someone else’s throat and belittle them.  It breaks my soul when I’ve been talking to someone (especially someone younger than me) and find out they had tried Nanowrimo once before and never finished it because they were being  picked on and made to feel like it really wasn’t that important, and that they were wasting their time. 😦

Your writing matters!

Weither you finishing the word goal or not, Nanowrimo can be such a helpful tool in the creative process of completing a novel.

And the community is well worth it too!

Even if you just join to make friends and follow your own word count goals, its worth it.

And BOO to anyone who say’s otherwise! lol