Category: Kat’s Writing
Yo. I’m back for another rant. Ha, not really. I’m actually in a pretty decent mood writing wise. You want to know why?
I think I found THE ONE!
Ahah, you like the new gifs? I figured I’d try and brighten up these posts, since they’re going to be pretty regular. It’s so therapeutic!
Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah, so I’m *touches all the wood* almost sure I’ve found the one story I will finish and am completely in love with. Okay so I feel that way about most of my stories, but seriously. Guys. Hear me out!
I wrote over 8 THOUSAND words in one night last Wednesday. 8K! Can you believe that? I can’t. I still can’t. Altogether I’ve written 16k in then. It’s not even been a whole week yet, people! 16K is more than I usually manage in two weeks, let alone in 5 days. Yikes!
I’m not sure if it helps that this is not a YA story, nor is it my usual fantasy based plot. It’s contemporary, and it’s…dare I say it, ‘inspired’ by my life? I guess at the start it was more “me exaggerated” and less “autobiographical”. I am, however, a bit awkward about showing any of it to my mum when the time comes because I know she’ll recognise myself in this main character.
So basically I’m praying to anything and everything that I don’t run out of motivation or…you know…plot. I don’t actually have any plot. So okay, maybe I should create one? Uhuh…yeah.
You already know – or at least you should by now – that I don’t outline, though I’m thinking I should start. However, the trick to me getting so many words done in so short a time? Well, I’ve not been stressing. It was a fling, something I wasn’t even contemplating as serious, with no pressure to have it be seen, I was able to just…write. Also, it helps that it’s SLIGHTLY closer to home? Maybe not THAT close, but like…1 foot step?
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that so far everything is going smoothly. I mean, I’ve not GIVEN UP on my other story…but in comparison, I don’t know why I didn’t think of THIS story to begin with? I guess because I don’t consider myself an adult (i know I am, but I don’t behave it. Logic, huh) and I don’t really read many adult contemps…so god knows. This might not even read as an adult contemp, which is why I’m wondering if it’d work as a YA. There’s quite a bit of swearing in it, but then, don’t a lot of YA have swearing in these days? Especially the higher end of it all. My MC behaves kinda childishly sometimes, but that’s why it’s so relatable. haha
So I guess that concludes my update. I hope it wasn’t too overwhelming. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to tell you I’ve finished it?
One can dream.
Until next week, my friends.
So here we are again. Didn’t I tell you I’d probably need to do these weekly? Since my last update, I’ll be honest. My words have not been flowing freely. Whenever I try to add more to the word count, I find I need to delete a few lines. So really, I’m not getting anywhere. It’s sooooo frustrating. I think this story is becoming…ugh, I can’t believe I’m saying this…stilted. It feels dry. Something isn’t working (still!) and I don’t know how to fix it. I want to cry.
The problem is simple: I have a very short attention span. Perhaps not as short as my (almost) 4 year old niece, but quite clearly getting there. I swear I wasn’t always like this. I get so bored easily with what I’m writing. Like last night, I had this AMAZING!!! Idea, and so I wrote it down carefully, and had character names and also, haha, this is funny; I put down the ‘cliches’ so my future self when I read it back can KNOW NOT TO WRITE THE STORY INVOLVING THESE THINGS!!! But hey, maybe my future self will be even worse and think “ah to hell with it”. Perhaps cliche’s will be cool? Weirder things have happened.
So I wrote down the names, the ‘do not do these cliches’ and then sort of wrote the plot…and that’s a loose ‘sort of’ because y’know…terrible. Since I’ve read SO many books, and there are certain things (I believe you hipsters call them ‘tropes’) that I like about these books, it’s bloody bloody hard (see, I’m laying off the swears this time. Aren’t you proud?) to AVOID these favourite things when writing your own story. I mean, I’m sure it’s easier once you’ve written a few books. But the problem IS that I also want to write what I enjoy. You feel me? Anyway, it’s mind blogging. I mean, boggling. Damn it, brain. CONCENTRATE!
The issue with my WIP is, to put it mildly, fucked. Oh, there I go.
Also, side note: I’m sick of changing the font to Heading 6 every time I start a new paragraph. >_> WordPress you fail sometimes!
*tightens fists* Okay, I’m calm. I’ve changed bits in my WIP where Jane now is the only POV, she’s met Dominic but she DOESN’T know who/what he is, and I’ve tried to add bits here and there to pad it out. It’s slow going, and I might be about 50 years old by the time it gets finished, but hey…
Maybe I’ll start something new on the side? Hell, I have about 20 different stories “on the side” and none of them are going far. You’ll have to excuse me.
Occasionally I question my reason for being a writer. I wonder if maybe I should try something else, and then I freak out because oh god, I don’t know what else I like! Before I decided to do writing ‘professionally’ I didn’t know what i wanted to do. I tried acting (spent a fortune on lessons) and that went south. I tried singing (a fortune on lessons) and well, I knew that wasn’t going to go far because I don’t exactly have the skills to make it. I still enjoy singing, though. But then I realised I enjoyed writing, and I thought fuck it, I’ll do this for a career. Shame I haven’t finished anything. Send help.
I wish blogging could be a paid career. Wait…that’s journalism, isn’t it? Yeah, I can’t do that. I need a degree. I’m way past the time for that. Anyway, I’m rambling now. Maybe if I write a new story, or try to, I can switch between that and the other one, and perhaps within the next decade I can finish. Oh fingers crossed. Like, toes and legs crossed too. You just go ahead and cross every limb you can, yeah? That’s a good..person.
I’m gonna go now, and finish watching Star Trek (the 09 movie, because mmm Chris Pine). I’ll talk to you next week! (I know I’m writing this the day before it’s published. I’m weird that way. 😀 )
(OR 432 IF I’M BEING 100% ACCURATE because this story has been going on for a while.)
It’s decided. In order to perhaps get a better idea on what the actual hell I’m writing, I wanna do monthly (or weekly…It’s not decided yet. haha okay I’m not ALL there) blog posts where I’ll talk about the struggles, the characters, maybe how far I’ve come along? I don’t know. But I need to vent and figure things out. Better late than never, eh?
Lately I’ve been coming up with epiphanies (hence the title of this post) about my story. I won’t go into too much detail lest I spoil it all for you, and for me, because y’know, I don’t have a clue where I’m going on this crazy train ride, after all.
Only last week I’d decided to change something big about my WIP because I was seriously struggling to find the ending. I knew something wasn’t right, as I was also very bored. So I decided to change 2 POVs to 1 POV. That in itself was a big enough overhaul that my word count took a major beating. I had originally made it to 40k, but now I might never get back there. Despite that, I feel much happier it being only one sided. I found that both POVs, even when one was a girl, the other a boy, were becoming very similar in sound. If they were real people, you could close your eyes and think they were twins. Which they’re not. I couldn’t have that. It was confusing me.
Then last night (very late) when I was getting ready for bed, my brain suddenly went POP BANG SPLATTER (kidding on that last one). Funnily enough it was while I was in the bathroom. You know, the birth place of all ideas. 😛 It occurred to me that I should take out the prologue, take out the fact that Jane, my MC, knows Dominic, the other guy before they actually speak face to face.
Why do so many boy/girl YA books work so well? There’s usually some mystery to them, right? So if the readers already know who the boy is, and what he is, that takes all the mystery and I suppose, joy, of finding out more, doesn’t it? I don’t even know why I had the damned prologue in the first place. I think it was more for my benefit, to be honest. It didn’t knock a huge amount off the word count, thankfully, and hopefully dragging out the ‘getting to know you’ process will *fingers crossed* create more plot bricks…if that makes sense? I mean, I already know who Dominic IS by this stage, as I’ve been writing him a while. It’s not like I’ve got to figure him out as I go along on my, what is it now? 3rd draft? I HAVEN’T EVEN FINISHED THE 1ST DRAFT YET! So I guess I’ll call it 1st draft, volume 3. LOL
My head is spinninnnggggg.
Anyway, now I have that sorted, I feel I should be able to continue undisturbed now. Ha, now I’ve said that I’m sure to have another idea later. Sigh.
When I was at my nieces yesterday afternoon, I mentioned sending some books off to friends, and my brother was all “what books are they? ones you’ve written?” -.- Yes, he’s always making comments about my writing, and how slow I am, and ‘when am I gonna make them money?”
I know he’s only teasing, but it makes me so…anxious. It’s the worst kind of pressure, because it’s not like he’s my editor or my agent and if I don’t finish a draft I won’t get paid. Or something. He’s just my idiot brother who doesn’t understand the creative process of NOT HAVING A FUCKING CLUE WHAT I AM DOING but hey I’m doing it anyway? You get me? He doesn’t read. He has ZERO creative bones in his body. It seems I got those. Even my other brother doesn’t read (and tbh, it’s obvious. he’s ignorant as fuck about a LOT of things). So of course they all think it’s piss easy to string along sentences to create paragraphs to create pages. It’s not. I wish it was. I mean, sure, if you want absolute shit presented to you, then hey, here you go. Don’t choke on it.
I don’t know how to get through to them (and my mum, because she’s also quite “you need to finish before i die, etc etc etc” which I’m quite offended by bc she’s never dying.) that writing a book is not as simple as press control-alt-CREATE, and even if I finished one, there is NO guarantee I’d even get published, and even THEN who’s to say I’d get enough to pay for a loaf of bread?
I wouldn’t even bet I’d get enough money to pay off a credit card bill if I won the lottery. So YEAH, I can do without the added stress thank you family.
So…before I continue to rant and rant the day away, I’ll leave you here.
I actually think I should do weekly blogs, because then maybe I’ll do more writing. lol
Have a good day and you know…try not to freak out too often. 🙂
Is it…do my eyes deceive me? Is it the end of week 2 ALREADY? Woah. I mean, where has the time gone? Hopefully well spent, right? RIGHT?
See for yourself.
Unfortunately, I’ve been a bad bunny this week and though, yes, I have been writing, I have also forgotten to keep track. So…
If you didn’t already see my last update (which was a video), see it here:
So last week, I made it, in total to 45,943. I’d started at just over 42k…so maybe 42,250 odd? Having written only a few thousand in a week, I was pretty disappointed but also happy, because a few thousand is better than no thousand, amirite??
Now for week 2, I am now up to 48,209. So again, not a great amount, not much further than before, but I’m nearly at 50k and that’s something! I’m currently still stuck in the middle section of the story, where I need to somehow push the plot so I can somehow wind everything up. Whatever that might be. I’m still pretty sure this story makes no sense, but hey. I want to write as much as I can, so that come edit time, I’ll be able to take stuff out and not feel like I’ve just lost everything. LOL. I still admire, and am part scared, of writers that can write 100k+ in a matter of weeks/couple of months. It makes me think I’m doing something wrong. Which, logically, I know I’m not, but still…it’s daunting. A part of me wants to copy them, and I really shouldn’t, because that’s not me, nor my speed.
I’m hoping week 3 will be better, as this week I missed 2 days of writing, and now on the last day of week 2, I’ve yet to write anything still. Sigh. But in any case, I’ll update you all again next week. It’ll probably be a video. I’m trying to swap every other week so I have something to put on both platforms, ya know?
If anyone is taking part in the #HotAndSticky writing challenge, please do let me know in the comments below and tell me how far along/how well you’re doing!
Until next time, folks,
The Next Big Thing Blog Hop (Tag – You’re it!) #PitchWars
Hey, it’s Kat. This is a random post, but I felt this was the place to put it.
So, you may not know this about me, but I write. Yeah, I know. Shocking, huh? Haha. Well, I was tagged by my good friend Karen Y Bynum to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop and I’m so proud to be a part of this. It has been fun. You should check out Karen’s blog, too, because her writing is phenomenal! Her WIP looks like it’s going to be epic!
For now, I’m talking about my new WIP that I am LOVING…
Here’s a picture that gives a good impression of my story:
Creepy, huh? I know, it’s a bit dark, but yeah. (took me ages to edit too)
SO…. let’s start.
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
It was out of the blue, really. There wasn’t any specific reason for why I wanted to start it. I suddenly had the idea of a teenage girl with major temper issues. Maybe it’s similar to my own moods occasionally, but it definitely helped fuel Bridget, to make her more real.
What genre does your book fall under?
I like to think of it as dystopian with a slight paranormal aspect. 🙂
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’ve never really thought of that. I think, honestly, it’s too soon to tell.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After being locked in a cell for three years and tortured for all she’s worth, Bridget finds herself being moved to an institute for teens, but things aren’t all they first appear.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will hopefully try for the traditional route with an agency.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m actually still writing the first draft. About half way. So I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Well I hope mine is more original than most, but if I had to choose I’d say it’s a little between Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I didn’t plan this story, but once I started, Bridget soon inspired the rest. She’s been given a bad hand, and I guess she wants other people to know how she’s going get through it. Also, books like what I mentioned above, definitely inspire my ideas in one way or another, but I like to put my own little spin on things. 🙂
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has a bit of deadly romance, lots of angst and powerful discoveries.