I’ve been fairly occupied over the holidays, and have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. The sentiment of the holiday is wonderful but I kill myself all through December trying to pull off an amazing celebration. Hence I’m happy it’s over with.
Needless to say, I’m behind on my writing also. I missed a Witchfire update last Thursday. I’m going to be working like mad to get one done on time this week also. It’s looking a bit iffy right now.
I did come to a few realizations about my writing however. Partially due to some quality feedback from readers. In my Conan story for example, Tyche had no character development at the beginning or during the story. People didn’t feel connected to her or have a reason to care about her beyond being an enemy of Set. A problem similar to my not explaining costumes and such for the DangerBabeCentral characters I’ve been borrowing. I hope at least I’ve developed some personalities for them all that readers can connect with.
I also keep telling people on Twitter that I want to write professionally, yet I keep getting involved deeper and deeper with my Witchfire story. It’s a wtory I genuinely want to tell through to the conclusion, but I feel I need to be better balanced there. I’ve written 84,081 words for it’s 8 chapters. That’s enough for a short novel, and I’ve barely advanced the plot. I need to be better organized, map things out better and make my chapters shorter and more concise.
I think I’ve learned more about editing the last week than actually writing, depending upon how you want to take those two examples.
On a related note, I picked up a new book called “How to Write a Novel” by Nathan Bransford. First I have to say it’s probably one of the most helpful books on the subject I’ve found. I’ve gone through MANY books too. It has 47 rules on the subject.
Rule #2 is Think of an Idea (subject or genre) you love enough to neglect everything else you enjoy in life.
Essentially you have to be passionate and knowledgeable on what you’re writing. That’s helping me focus on goals and planning better. It means even my professional work will have some superhero stuff, and that not all of it will be smut either. I love sex too much to turn my back on smut though, LOL.
I also downloaded Scrivener; the word processor geared towards book writers. I’ve barely had time to play with it, but it does seem nice thus far. Some things could be done in MS Word also, but not as easily or cleanly. It’s too early to deliver an accurate or detailed review yet, but thus far I’m liking it. More to come as I have a chance to work with it further.
All that said, I hope everybody has a safe and amazing New Year’s Eve and an even better New Year!