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Wordbound Week 25

This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   What’s something you’ve always considered writing but haven’t yet?

I’ve always wanted to write historical fiction, but I’ve never written any.  I feel like there would be a lot of pressure to make it historically accurate and it would involve so much research to get it right.  Any writing is going to involve at least a little research, but writing something based on history would involve a lot more research than I’ve done for other things I’ve written.  I usually prefer to create my own world where I can make up the rules.  But I think I would like to write something historical, especially about people who haven’t gotten as much attention as they should have.  It’s still technically fiction, but I would want it to be as accurate to the time period as possible.

I think I’ll start with reading more historical fiction and biographies, and maybe someday I’ll actually pick something to write about and put in the effort to do the research and write the story.

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t do much writing this week, but I started to work on some short stories that I’ve been neglecting and I’m planning on working on my big second draft after I finish this.  My goal is to finish it by NaNoWriMo so I can start off November with a new story.

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Revised 2017 Writing Goals

At the beginning of the year I made five writing goals.  They were:

  1. Stay focused on my three main projects instead of constantly bouncing between ideas and never finishing anything.
  2. Finish a detailed outline of the fantasy series that I’ve been working on and write at least one chapter a week.  It’s going to take a long time to finish this one, so the sooner I get focused, the better.
  3. Draw more so I can improve my skills and draw characters, etc. to go along with my stories.
  4. Write at least two chapters of something a week.
  5. Actually share my writing with others in some way.

Goal Number One

I took this one even further and I’m now focusing on one project (and occasionally some short stories).  I tried working on all three, but it just wasn’t working.  I think I want so badly to finish everything I want to write that I’ve tried to work on as many things as possible at one time so they would be done faster.  But I’ve realized that doesn’t work.  I’ll start writing something one way, then move on to something else for a bit, then by the time I go back to the first thing I’ve had so many ideas for things to change that I decide to just start over and then I never finish anything.

I abandoned one project because it just wasn’t working and I didn’t want to work on it anymore.  The other two are still really important to me, but I needed to choose one, so I chose the one that I most wanted to work on at the time.  I finished an extremely rough first draft and now I’m about 10,000 words into a second draft.

Goal Number Two

I partially met this goal.  I did finish an outline, but this isn’t the story I chose to focus on, so I haven’t written anything for it in months.  I’m definitely going to come back to it.  It’ll probably be the next thing I work on when I’m done with what I’m working on now.  I still think about it from time to time and I’ve written down some ideas.  I don’t know if I’ll start over or keep going with what I have done now because there are definitely some big changes I want to make and it’s been awhile, but I’ve also restarted this story from the beginning so many times already because of changing ideas.  If I did restart it would be the last time.  I want to write it the whole way through and actually finish it before going back to the beginning.

Goal Number Three

I completely failed on this goal.  I haven’t drawn anything.  It’s still something I want to do, I just need to commit and make the time to do it.  I want to be able to draw my characters and settings and anything else I can think of as I work on writing something.

Goal Number Four

I definitely haven’t written two chapters every week because there have been weeks where I haven’t written anything at all, but I think if you took all the chapters I have written it would average out to at least two chapters a week.

Goal Number Five

I did this, but I feel like I should have done more.  I shared bits of my writing every week here as part of wordbound, but that’s all I’ve done.  I haven’t shared any of my writing with anyone I know, so unless they follow me on Twitter and happened to see the links to this blog and read the posts, they haven’t read anything I’ve written.

But I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself to share everything I’ve written.  Considering how anxious I was about sharing my writing at all, I would say I’ve definitely made progress just sharing the little bit I’ve posted here.  I’m feeling more and more comfortable putting my writing out there.  There may not be a lot of people reading, but it’s out there, and that’s a big step forward for me.

Revised 2017 Writing Goals

  1. Finish the second draft of the story I’m working on.
  2. Revise the outline of the fantasy series so I can start working on it as soon as I’m ready.
  3. Finish one drawing every week.
  4. Write at least two chapters a week.
  5. Keep sharing my writing here.
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Wordbound Week 24

This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   What if you knew everything except the answer you’re looking for in a single moment?  I started another short story.

An Excerpt

“Anna, what do we do?” Chloe asked.

She could barely hear her.  She didn’t know what to say.  All Anna could do was stare at the body sprawled on the ground three stories below the balcony.  She watched as the blood pooled around him.  Anna knew that Chloe didn’t mean to kill him.  She was only defending herself and everyone else at the party.  But she also knew that there was no way the police would believe their story because, Jeff, the man who just tumbled off her friend’s balcony, was one of their own.

Anna knew a lot.  It was a gift she’d had since she was a child, although some would call it a curse.  She retained every bit of information she heard, from the names of her cousin’s friend’s girlfriend she met once at a wedding to the average temperature on Pluto.  She often tried to hide it because a lot of people found it irritating that she knew so much.  Surely, with all that knowledge, Anna would know what to do in this situation.  But standing on that balcony, she had no idea.

Anna and Jeff had a disastrous history as a couple.  She’d broken up with him two years ago, but he wouldn’t leave her alone.  And, of course, every time she tried to file a complaint with the police, he was right there with his version of what had happened that made her seem like a crazy, obsessive nightmare.  She was almost free.  She and her soon-to-be husband were looking for jobs out of state and planning to move as soon as possible after the wedding.  Apparently it wasn’t soon enough.

This wasn’t Chloe’s fault.  Jeff had crashed the party.  Jeff had refused to leave.  And Jeff had grabbed Chloe, causing the struggle that lead to him falling off the balcony.  If they called the police, they would never believe that it was an accident.  They would probably think that Anna killed him and Chloe was just covering for her.  Even with the dozen women who witnessed it on their side, Anna wasn’t sure they should risk it.

“Anna?  What do we do?” Chloe repeated, “Should we call the police?”

“No,” Anna said, taking Chloe’s hand, “Follow me.”

Using all the knowledge she possessed, it shouldn’t be that hard to cover up one accidental death.

Writing Goal Updates

June is officially over and we’re halfway through the year.  I’ve written over 50,000 words, which is probably the most I’ve ever written in that amount of time, outside of NaNoWriMo.  It all needs a lot of work, but I finally sat down and actually wrote it out, which feels amazing.

It wasn’t the most productive month of the year, but I finally started working on the next draft of my story. I’ve finished a couple short chapters, although they’re mostly backstory that will probably end up as flashbacks, but I wanted to write them first before I moved deeper into the actual plot of the story.

I also think I know what I want to work on during NaNoWriMo.  It’s months away, so it’s entirely possible I’ll change my mind by then, but I’m pretty sure about it.  It’s a very personal project, and I think the time crunch will help me not to overthink while writing it.

 

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Wordbound Week 23

This week’s Wordbound prompt is:   Include a mirror as an integral part of your scene.  I started a short story inspired by an episode of Charmed and the thoughts I have every day wondering what would be going on right now if Hillary Clinton was president.

An Excerpt

Melinda arrived home and sat her bags on the kitchen counter.  She hung up her keys, slipped off her shoes, and unpacked her groceries.  And that’s when she heard the voice coming from the other room.

“Hello?” the voice said.  Melinda froze.  Then she heard it again.  She picked up a knife and held it out in front of her before walking into her bedroom.  She didn’t see anyone.  Then she heard the voice again, from behind her.  She spun around and saw what, at first, she thought was her reflection in the mirror hanging on the wall.  Until she realized that the woman staring back at her was wearing different clothes and didn’t move at the same time she did.

“You don’t need the knife,” the woman in the mirror said, “I can’t come over there.  I tried.”

“That’s not creepy at all,” Melinda said.  But she lowered the knife.

They stared at each other.

“What is this?” Melinda asked, “What’s happening?”

“I don’t know,” the woman in the mirror said, “I walked into my bedroom earlier and I realized that I couldn’t see my reflection.  I looked closer and I noticed that what I was seeing wasn’t an exact reflection of my bedroom.  It was my room, but there were things that were a little bit off.  I kept watching, but nothing happened.  Then I heard you.”

Melinda walked over to the mirror and held up her hand.  She touched the mirror, half-expecting her hand to slip through it, but it was just normal glass.  The woman in the mirror stood back, watching her.

“Why is this happening?” Melinda whispered to herself, “Am I going crazy?”

“I’ve felt like I’ve been going crazy since November,” the woman in the mirror said, “Maybe I’ve finally snapped.”

“November?” Melinda said.

“Since the election,” she answered.

“The election?” Melinda said, shaking her head in confusion, “Why would…”

She stopped what she was saying and stared at the other woman.

“He won?” Melinda said, horrified.

The woman in the mirror stared back at her.

“He did,” she said, “and it’s been exhausting.”

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t do much writing yet this week, but I planned on making today a writing day.  There are a couple chapters at the beginning of my story that should be pretty short, so I should be able to get at least one chapter done today.  I haven’t written much this month in general, but I’m planning on working a lot this week.

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Wordbound Week 22

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: Make three writing related confessions.

  1.  I don’t think I’ve shared any of my writing with anyone outside of this project,      school, and that brief period I dabbled in writing fanfiction.
  2. I desperately need a job, but I don’t know where to start outside of writing.  It’s the only thing I know I want to do and I’d much rather be at home writing than working somewhere else.  It isn’t why I don’t have a job (I’d take almost anything at this point), but it would be nice to have something else that I knew I wanted to do that I could work toward.
  3. I made a goal awhile ago to start trying to get something published when I was 25, which means I have a little over a year to get something to the point that I’m ready to share it.  I doubt I’ll have something done well enough by that time and sometimes I think I should wait longer and give myself more time to allow my writing to improve, but I’m afraid that if I do, I’ll just keep putting it off and never publish anything.

 

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t do much actual writing this week, but I finished my outline to the point that I should be ready to start writing the next draft of my story.  I don’t like doing too much outlining because I tend to get distracted trying to figure out every little detail and it takes way too long and I never start writing, but I needed to do some outlining for this.

Basically, I had several separate stories that I planned to intertwine and I thought it would be easier to write a rough draft of each story first, and then bring them all together.  I finished the drafts of these stories, so then I had to smash them together.  I had to figure out the timeline and where each story would intersect with the others and make sure I didn’t have an overlapping character in two places at once.  It’s still a very basic outline, but it shows the entire story in chronological order, so I’m ready to start from the beginning and write the whole thing.  This is the most excited I’ve been about a writing project in a long time and I’m so happy to finally feel like I’m making progress.

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Wordbound Week 21

This week’s Wordbound prompt was:  “It’s time to leave.  And there’s no coming back.”  I continued the short story I’ve been working on.

An Excerpt

“What are you doing?” her mother asked when she saw the sword.

“Ending this,” Meredith said, brushing past them toward the stairs.

Clarissa stopped her at the front door.

“Meredith, you can’t do this,” she said, “You’re not ready.  He’s too strong.  There’s a reason none of the others have defeated him.”

“Which is why I’ve trained harder than any of the others.  If I’m not ready now, I’m not going to be.  So I can sit here and wait for him to find me and let him keeping hurting other people, or I can take the fight to him.  I’m tired of waiting,” Meredith said.

She opened the door and left her mother and sister behind.  The streets were empty.  Everyone knew better than to be out this late while he was still out there.  She walked down the deserted street until, suddenly, a man appeared a few yards away.

“So, you’re the one?” he said, “The people of this town really need to choose their champions more carefully.  You really think you can defeat me?”

“I can,” she said, feigning confidence, “I know I can.”

“You won’t,” he said, “I’m not going anywhere.”

“It’s time for you to leave.  And there’s no coming back,” she said, “Not this time.”

“We’ll see,” he said.  He drew his sword and walked toward her.

Writing Goal Updates

I didn’t get much writing done this week, but I got a bit of outlining done.  The project I’m working on involves several intertwining stories.  In the first draft, I wrote them separately , so, before starting a new draft, I need to figure out exactly how they all fit together.  I’m hoping to finish the outlining next week and get started on the next draft.  I didn’t have as much time to work on it this week as I was a bit busier than usual, but now I finally have an actual desk to work at, so that might help me stay organized and get more writing done.

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Wordbound Week 20

This week’s Wordbound prompt was: Subtly mention something strange on a mantel.  I continued the short story I started last week.

An Excerpt

Meredith’s mother, Clarissa, followed her up the stairs and knocked on her door.

“Meredith, please come out here,” she said.

She didn’t answer and just sat down on the floor and picked up a slice of pizza.  Her mother continued knocking on the door until Amy walked up to her and handed her the pencil.

“Amy,” she said with a groan.

“What?” Amy said, “It was just a joke.  She’s so uptight.  Don’t you think she’s overreacting a little?”

“You know she’s been under a lot of stress lately,” Clarissa said.  Amy rolled her eyes.

“She’s fine,” Amy said.

“Amy, you know she’s not fine,” Clarissa said, “She’s had a lot of responsibility placed on her shoulders.”

“Nothing’s actually changed though,” Amy said, “She hasn’t done anything differently since she found out.  Everything’s the same.”

“But it won’t be much longer,” Clarissa said, “You know what’s coming.”

Meredith could hear everything they were saying.  She knew she had taken this a bit too far.  It was just a missing pencil, after all.  But she already felt like things were slipping out of her control and it had been the last straw.  It had been a week since her life had completely changed and she’d been trying to keep everything as normal as possible for as long as she could.

She sat on the floor eating her pizza and pretending everything was okay.  But she felt like someone was staring at her and it was unsettling.  She stood up and slowly walked toward the fireplace.  She traced her fingers along the shining silver of the blade resting on the mantelpiece.  The sword belonged to her now.  Her gaze drifted to the skull sitting by the hilt of the sword.  Over the past week, she’d felt it staring at her, willing her to pick up the sword.

She didn’t want to deal with it.  She didn’t want to face what she had to do.  But she couldn’t avoid it anymore.  She picked up the sword.  It was time to fight.

Writing Goal Updates

This week I finished a very rough draft of my project.  It needs a lot of work, but it feels good to finish something.  I did a lot of writing this week in a push to finish it, but I’m not sure how much writing I’ll be doing this week.  I want to work on some outlining before working on a second draft.  I’m debating between jumping straight into another draft of this project or working on something else first, but I think I want to keep going with this story.