In Training Mode

This latest rewrite, which is, by far, the best stuff I’ve ever written, has pushed me into a whole new level of motivation and creativity for my writing.

To the point where I am training my body to wake earlier and earlier each week so I can get to a coffee shop or cafe in the wee hours to write until I have to see my first patient.

And you know what? It’s awesome!!!

Don’t get me wrong… I’ve been super tired the last couple weeks in the morning, but the payoff has been huge in the way of productivity and word count and immense fortification of the creative juices

I should have known. I’ve always been more of a morning person, anyway, but I just didn’t want to get up at the armpit of dawn to write.

Currently, my alarm is set for just before 6, but I’m hoping to back that up to 5 a.m. over the next few weeks.

I won’t overtax myself if I need a morning off, because we all do, but the best writing I’ve ever done is bubbling forth from this fountain of morning inspiration and motivation.

So… I shall continue!

What have you changed or had to adjust to for the sake of your writing? Have you given anything else up in order to make time/room for your writing?

Happy writing!

 

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”
― Glen CookSweet Silver Blues

“Write in the morning, revise in the afternoon, read at night, and spend the rest of your time exercising your diplomacy, stealth, and charm.”

― Roberto BolañoThe Savage Detectives

The Great North

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Ahhhhh… Up North.

For those outside of Michigan, it may be a strange circumstance, but going “up north” is something that happens all summer long, and often into the fall.

People from downstate buy or rent cabins on lakes, in the woods, and travel there for a weekend getaway.

I’m not sure how common this is in other states, but in Michigan, nearly everyone goes “up north” for the weekend. Or know somebody who does.

Well, I am currently up north. The first location of my traveling PT job is in the northern part of the lower peninsula in Michigan. Tons of snow, lots of deadly icicles, pictured above at the cabin I’m staying at, and a veritable wonderland of outdoor activities.

Since starting this new job a couple weeks ago, I’ve written more in my gargantuan re-write than I have in the past five months. I knew that would happen. Surrounded by nature and natural beauty never ceases to inspire me.

It also helps that I don’t have internet in the cabin I’m staying in. (My choice).

Although the internet has many uses, it is mighty distracting for someone who procrastinates with her writing because she’s often overwhelmed by the enormity of it.

I apologize if I don’t answer people as quickly as I used to, or am noticeable absent from the blogosphere for days at a time. I can’t get on with my work laptop, so the only time I can use the inter webs is when I haul myself to a coffee shop or the library.

And, God bless ’em, but the libraries in small towns close at 5 or 6 o’clock most days. Well, for us working stiffs, that doesn’t do much.

How has everyone else been? Have you made any headway on your writing lately?

Something I’ve learned in the past few weeks… turn off Mr. Negative!

Writing is such a personal process, like all the other arts, and it is all too easy to have your own personal storm of negativity constantly brewing storm clouds over your head.

I know it’s hard, I struggle with this on a daily basis. But push that storm away from your atmosphere and close your eyes. Write whatever comes to mind.

Ignore the “that stinks” or “are you sure?” or “nobody will like this” comments that filter through your mind.

Open yourselves up to the immense creativity we’re all capable of. Don’t go with the common route that’s been established by so many other authors.

Search for new avenues and let your mind wander into places you wouldn’t expect.

And have fun!

Happy writing, friends!

“The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.”
― Gina LakeWhat about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

New Year, New Job!

Happy Belated New Year to you all!

Although, really, I’m not the biggest New Year fan. It’s just the passage of time to me, and since I never make resolutions on January 1st, the new year sneaks quietly through my apartment after I’ve gone to bed early.

It’s been a crazy few weeks. First, I was horrendously sick, then the holidays, and now I’ll be starting a new job on Thursday!

It’s exciting, but it also makes my life a bit insane around these parts.

The paper work! Gah! The paper work is killing me! Because I work in the medical field, the amount of crap they make you go through to work is ridiculous.

But I am excited! About seven months ago, I posted this entry about becoming a travel PT. Meaning, I would travel the country every three months to a different state and work covering maternity leaves, short-term disabilities, etc. Grad school cost FAR too much, and although I love to travel, I can’t actually afford to do it that often.

This way, I get PAID to travel! The travel company pays for me to stay in a furnished house or apartment, I get money for food, they pay for my travel expenses, for me to get licensed in another state, for my healthcare, my liability insurance, and SO MANY OTHER THINGS!

Since I’m still single and without kids, this is the best time of my life to do it! I hope to see as much of the country as I can in the next few years. I’m beyond ready for this adventure.

I’m also hoping this will inspire my creative writing. As many of you know, I began a MASSIVE re-write of my first book a couple months ago and it is taking much, much longer than I anticipated. I’m not doing any copying/pasting, but am starting over from page one.

The plot and such is essentially the same, but the tone may be a little different, a few characters added/deleted, some settings changed, etc. But my original manuscript was 120,000 words, which I whittled down to 105,000 before I sent it to agents this past spring.

I’m currently at about 7,000 words. Which equals two chapters. Gah! The first chapter was a beast, and the second one took a while because I was sick most of this month.

Nature and travel and new experiences always helps me to focus and write more, so that’s exactly what I’m hoping for.

Anybody have any new job/travel plans this year? Any locations on your travel wish list?

Happy writing!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
― Rumi

First Chapter POV

Hello, all!

Sorry for the long absences. Besides being insanely busy, I realized that I was putting way too much pressure on myself about this blog.

I started the Science of Injury series here last month and, while I enjoy writing them, they take about two hours each to complete, and I just have little time for that right now. Or, I get intimidated by the length of time required.

So, while I do plan to continue that series over the next few months, I’m not going to allow myself to be stressed over my blog. I love it dearly, but this is an outlet for me, and there are too many stressors in life to add one more to the mix.

From here on, at least for a while and not including my Science of Injury posts, my entries will be much shorter.

Today’s quandary: changes in point of view (POV) from first chapter to second.

I’m currently in the process of rewriting my first book (again!) and my first chapter came to me in a different voice than the rest of them.

Now the first chapter is being told from a completely different POV than my MC, but she picks it up from chapter two through the end of the book. It is still third person omniscient, but the voice is someone else’s until the set-up of chapter one is complete.

I’ve seen this successfully managed by other writers.

Examples?

Rachel Gibson’s book Not Another Bad Date begins with the death of a character, and the first chapter is from her viewpoint in Heaven, which is actually a department store. It’s an interesting take, I’ll grant you. We see her POV a couple other times in the book, but otherwise it stays with the MCs. And it’s seamless. Again, it sets up the rest of the story from an interesting angle.

George R.R. Martin switches POV pretty much every chapter in his Game of Thrones series, though mine is middle grade, so I don’t want to confuse my young readers. Although young readers, I find, are often more intuitive than older readers.

Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles switches POV many times, especially between chapters. It doesn’t bother me at all, but I know it can be distracting for others.

J.K. Rowling’s first chapter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, as well as Goblet of Fire and Half Blood Prince. It sets up the background so the reader knows a bit more than the MC does, which is as it should be, I think.

Those are just a few examples. Does anybody else have examples of changes in POV? What do you think of POV changes, especially if it’s only the first chapter? Do you have any preferences?

Happy writing!

Revised… Again!

Child Fatigue

Hello, all!

Whew! Sorry, again, for being gone so long from the blogosphere. This week is the last for a while that includes 60-70+ working hours, so I’m hoping to resume regular posts next week.

Miraculously, amidst all the insanity of work, I was able to get a substantial rewrite done Friday through Sunday. I do not have any time any other days of the week, so I crammed about two weeks worth of rewrites into three days.

I thought I had finished my first book, but every few weeks I get a good idea for a revision or a rewrite.

The latest one came about a week ago, and it nagged me all week until I sat down to write.

Within the span of three days, I completely rewrote, from scratch, the first 40 pages (about 12,000 words) of my first book. It was exhilarating, but exhausting, and I was even more tired when I woke up and had to go to work today.

Since I don’t yet have an agent or publishing deal, I can revise all I want, but I was hoping not to do any more major rewrites/revisions until I got an editor.

However, every time I take a step back from it for a few weeks/month, I come back at it with fresh eyes for all the mistakes, inconsistencies, or lack of word-magic.

Does that happen with the rest of you? I spent almost ten years finishing the first book while planning the seven book series it’s a part of, but I still find things I want to change. No matter how much I love my book, I know I’ll never be 100% happy with it. But every rewrite gets me closer to what I’ve imagined for the series.

I’m so glad I took time away from the book. (This is probably the fourth or fifth revision/rewrite). I can’t afford to hire an editor, so all of my revisions are based on feedback from my beta readers. (Who are not always the most helpful).

I’m happy to say that book two in the series is coming along nicely, with much more word-magic than book one (another reason I’m rewriting portions of it).

While I continue to revise my manuscript, I’m curious what the rest of you are working on since I’ve been hit-or-miss for the last few weeks with my blogging and such.

I can’t wait to hear what you’re up to! So spill!

Happy writing!

 

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.”
― Henry Green

“I’ve found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.”
― Don Roff