So it’s been a little over a month since my last update. Life caught up to me for a while. Days slipped by with no writing. I think I needed to recharge the writing batteries a bit. I did pick up my reading for a bit, which was nice. And now I’m back on the writing full speed ahead. Fortunately, I was far enough ahead of my goals that I didn’t really fall too far behind. I just chipped away at the healthy lead I accumulated.
So I’m pleased things are moving back on track. The next few weeks/months may be a bit chaotic for me. I will have some exciting news for next week as well. In the meantime…
You read Chuck Wendig’s blog, right? More importantly, you read his books? Tight, gritty fiction. Check him out.
So Chuck posted this info-graphic:
And it’s the same thing I’ve been saying for a while. Just in nice info-graphic form. Everyone loves an info-graphic. I love Chuck’s no BS attitude on writing advice. If you’re just starting, spend some time reading through Chuck’s writing advice. Or grab one of his writing books from amazon.
Well, after the high of the week prior, this most recent week was somewhere in the dark valley. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite as grim as all that.
I started plotting the next novel. I only have a general idea of how I want it to go… So just throwing ideas out there to see what I like. I think I’ve narrowed down the point in time when it will take place, and I’m pounding out the details some of the main characters. It still doesn’t sound much like a story yet. It’s missing *something*.
So yeah, there’s that. I’m working, it’s just a bit of a sludge right now.
It’s April Fools Eve and there are no jokes in this post. Just remember, believe nothing on the internet tomorrow. More so than you already disbelieve it. Just assume every web page is the Onion tomorrow.
So, exciting times last week. I finished a short story AND a novel. Very exciting. The novel will need some work later. Details were omitted. But overall, I like the way it turned out. I’m excited to get back to doing some more fantasy based work now. I’m still editing Dwarf Lords, and I’ll also begin edits on the short story.
Other excitement? Nothing too crazy. Summer is drawing near, which we’re ready to enjoy. Winter has felt particularly long this year. My wife and I also started in playing the EverQuest Landmark beta. So far, it’s like MineCraft with updated graphics. It doesn’t really feel much like EverQuest, at least not yet. But the precision of the building tools is nice.
Woohoo! Happy St Patrick’s Day! Grab a Guinness and enjoy a drink with friends.
As for me? Last week was a “failed” week. I *gasp* didn’t meet all my goals. That’s just the way it works. Some weeks it works, out, some weeks it doesn’t.
I’m getting down to the end of this story, and I’m not surely how I want to end it. In the general sense, I know how it ends. I’m just not sure what words I want to use to get there. Hoping to finish it up this week. Take a week or so off to get some space from it, then I’ll start in on edits. Then I’ll finish up the current novel. Then I start the new novel.
So much to write and so little time. All I can do is…
I wish I could remember where I saw this. A writing blog, I think. I’m not sure. But it doesn’t hurt to spread the news. If you’re suffering from writer’s block, this could be a great tool to get you moving again.
Oblique Strategies was originally created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975. In their version, it was a stack of index cards that you would pick from. You’d get a random phrase and use that to break through the block. More info is on the above wikipedia page.
We’re living in 2014 though, and I found several versions of this app for my smartphone. I’d have to say it’s pretty handy to have at my fingertips. It can be anything from the complex to the simple. Just now tapping it a few times, I got “water”, “emphasize differences”, and “discover your formulas and abandon them.”
I’m using this one here but there are several options in the Play store. Have a look if you find yourself stuck. (Sorry apple fans, I couldn’t see a way to easily search their store from the web… If you have a link to an iOS version, feel free to post it in the comments.)
What do you use when you get stuck? Have a favorite method? Let me know in the comments.
Was a busy week last week. We were getting over sickness, and my wife had to go out of town for work. The kids and I had fun, didn’t totally trash the house, and I even managed to write a bit.