Slacking

Obviously, I haven’t been on here as often as I would like to be for the past couple of weeks or so. I’d love to say it’s because I’ve been editing Collecting Humanity or working on some other sort of writing project, but no such luck.

9788867323135_350I did do a tiny bit of editing last night and I have been keeping up with my planner/journal every day. I’ve also been trying to write at least one or two poems every week. I know that isn’t going to get me my poem a day goal, but it’s progress compared to last year.

It’s as if I haven’t been able to get really plugged in lately.

But maybe it’s more that I’ve been too plugged into some things instead of what I should be. Besides my writing and brief bouts of social media, I should probably try to stay off of the internet. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for me to uninstall or at least move my Facebook app that I have on my phone either.

Something else that I would consider an achievement so far is that I’ve been reading more. I used to read all of the time, but I stopped that at some point last year or the year before for some reason. I’m currently working on David Baldacci’s Saving Faith that a patient, where I work, actually let me borrow. And, before that, I read Horns by Joe Hill; I haven’t watched the movie yet, but a friend of mine said that he liked it.

But I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I’d like and I haven’t been editing my novel in a way that will help me to finish it. My husband actually told me last night that he was happy I was working on it, that he would make me sit down and work on it if he could.

I’m planning on setting aside at least one night a week to focus solely on tackling the beastly project that is editing. And I’m going to try to post at least twice a week here and on No Penny Required.

Taking a Break

I know that I’ve said I’m going to start blogging again time and time again, and this promise keeps falling through. The funny thing is that it isn’t because I don’t want to blog–I very much do.

And, despite the fact that I haven’t been present here, I very much have still been writing.

I recently finished a short story that I’d been working on. Well, it’s more “finished” than actually finished because I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to rip the thing apart and rewrite it. But, my shitty first draft is done! I’ve also written some random poems and dabbled a little bit with my novel, and I started a new project yesterday.

Said project is going to be a number of retellings of different stories in the hands of a feminist. I’m still trying to figure out how I want to write these–I’m leaning towards short stories at the moment. I’m hoping this project will be one that sticks.

I’ve also handwritten some posts for No Penny Required, I just need to stop being lazy and get the things posted.

I think the main reason that I haven’t been as present here is because I’m feeling inadequate. What right do I have to try to help others with their writing when I am still learning myself? But…isn’t that the point? Aren’t we all always learning? Maybe if I learn to grasp that, open myself up the idea, I’ll once again feel like I’m able to contribute.

And so, the point of this rambling post is that I’ve decided to take a temporary break from this blog I love. I’ll never stop writing, but I feel that I need to take a step back from IBW and reevaluate what it is I’m doing here.

As always, your thoughts are welcome. Happy writing!

Outlines

I’ve never used outlines for my creative writing before, and this is probably due in large part to the fact that I don’t know how. But practice makes perfect, right? The only time that I’ve even talked about outlines on IBW is when I was talking about the lessons I learned from NaNoWriMo. One of those lessons was that outlines are good, but that’s as far as I’d gotten on the subject at that point.

This changed last week, as I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, when I outlined the rest of the novel I’m working on. This is the first time that I’ve seriously outlined something.

Considering my reservations towards outlining, it was an oddly amazing experience. The words seemed to just flow from my pen. I didn’t write down details or actual scenes; it’s just rambling bullet points. But it’s a skeleton of what the rest of my novel is going to be and I think that this is going to give me just the push I need to finish my novel.

Now, I’m pro-outlining.

I’ve been told before by my poetry professor, Dr. Tom Hunley, to write my entire novel in one poem. I have yet to accomplish this feat and I don’t know if I ever will. But last week I wrote what is probably going to be the biggest part of my novel in just a few pages.

The story is done, but the words have yet to be crafted to support it. I’m ready for this journey to start. My novel is about 88 pages long so far and I can’t wait to see what I’m going to reach with the outline I’ve created.

The above outline isn’t mine, but it looks like an awesome idea and I’d strongly suggest that you read the post it was published with.

January 2014 Personal Creative Projects Update

I had an idea today (scary…) that, at least once a month, I’m going to write a post babbling about the progress that I’ve made in my creative projects. If this update occurs more than once a month, it’s because something that I think is exciting has happened.

This is the first of these posts. In the future, I plan to do these during the last week of the month but something exciting happened last week.

  • I started trying to write a poem every day of the year. If you look on the sidebar on the right of your screen, you can see where I’m keeping track of how many I’ve written. I’m several behind right now, but I’m ok with that. The goal is to try and I’m not going to get mad at myself about it.
  • Another one of my resolutions was to write a short story every month, and I already finished one in January. But, I’m not going to continue aiming for monthly short stories. My idea right now is to write short stories only during lulls in my novel writing because that’s what I really want to focus on right now.
  • Speaking of my novel, I also wanted to finish my NaNoWriMo novel this year and I recently took a big step towards doing so. The fact that I’ve been working on it again has be super excited, but I felt like I was simply floating while working on it because I had no idea where it was going. So, recently, I made an outline of the rest of my novel and I’m stocked. (This is the excitement that I mentioned, by the way.)
  • I also started a poetry project this month that I’m excited about as well. I’ve been wanting to do something as an outlet for my feminism because I don’t really get deep discussions about it that often like I did in my classes. I miss that. I really, honestly miss college sometimes. Anyways, the goal of this project is to attempt to convince my readers that calling someone a girl isn’t an insult, no matter what gendered person it’s directed at. Part of how I want to do this is by telling the stories of famous and not so famous women of the past to show how important girls are. I want to have it where, when the book is opened, the left page is a blurb in prose describing the woman or topic that the poem on the right page has been inspired by.
  • I discovered that besides deadlines, projects that show me where I’m going are also great motivators to get me focused on my writing.