Category: YA

Losing The Plot (quite literally)

Posted 13 September, 2017 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Kat's Writing, Updates, YA / 3 Comments

It’s been a while since I did a post like this, huh? I’m sorry. I mean it. I’m more sorry for myself, to be honest, but oh well.
I just wanted to write about what I’ve been struggling with lately. And that is:
It’s one of those things where, if you’d asked me months ago whether I plotted anything, I’d have said ARE YOU MAD?
But these days I’m coming to the conclusion that I really need to do this. I need to plot out what I’m writing before I write it, and that’s where my banshee scream really wants to come free. Haha. I’ve begun to write basic outline bits to my ideas, but nothing too concrete, nothing too in-depth. But even then I get to bits that I realise I need to think through.
I think I get intimidated by other writers who dissect what they’re going to write down to a single word. I wish I was like that. I need to stop thinking about it so hard. *smacks self* 
Anyway, the last time I talked about my writing, I’d said I’d finished a first draft. *laughs* I’d said that? Well, alright then. I technically had, but also hadn’t. I’d gotten everything but the final “fight” scene written properly. Eh, oh well. I’ve given it to a writer friend who I’m waiting to hear from after she reads it. *AM SCARED*
I also started about half a dozen other stories and am consistently coming to the same problem: the premise sounds okay, but the plot is practically non-existent. I’ve been watching ‘how to’ videos from editors/writers recently, and they’ve really opened my eyes. *pries eyes open with sello-tape* Mostly about how even if the premise sounds good, if the plot isn’t working, you’ll get nowhere. Which is how I end up writing about 10-20k and then get stuck. Sigh.
I’ve been reading (hahah reading! good one) over the ideas I’ve started, thanks to google drive. I have, like, 30+ of them. God it’s cringe worthy! It’s also a sign of my lack of discipline. 
So I got a new note book, I’ve jotted down all (well, most) the ideas, and am going to see what I can do. Maybe I’ll rewrite one of them, but only AFTER I’ve plotted it out, using what I’ve already written. I’m not going to waste the work  I put into them, obviously.
Another problem I have is, even if I wanted to continue a story, I legit can’t read through them. Not because of how bad they are (because I’m sure they’re terrible) but because my eyes just can’t take it. I end up glazing over words and getting a headache. ugh. Frustrating. I can hardly print every page out, though, can I?
I have probably said all this before in other posts, I don’t know. But it’s worth repeating even if it’s just me ranting. Hahaha.
I’m trying out new ways to plot. It’s too early to say whether it’ll work, but only time will tell. 
How do you go about plotting or do you just wing it like I usually do?


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I did it…I think | Camp Nanowrimo update

Posted 31 July, 2017 by katheryn13 in Kat's Writing, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

You might have heard a little thing called Camp Nanowrimo and that I was taking part this past month and in April. 
Well, today is the 31st July and I kinda…did it. Technically I continued a story I’d started in April, and I struggled. Man, did I struggle. 
In any case, I’ve called it the end. At just over 53k.
I have plot holes the size of the TARDIS and I have gaps that I need to connect, but yeah. Not to mention the ending is a big ole case of ‘WHAT THE HELL?” that I’ll either hate or love when I read through. 
Also…read through? Is that a thing I have to do? What? WHY? I know it sounds weird but while I like my stories, I don’t actually like reading them through. For no other reason than because I can’t read properly off a screen. Like I barely read back my own posts on here. Nothing sinks in. My eyes glaze over and I just get a headache. I know, it’s weird. But I don’t want to print out the first draft: a) waste of paper and b) there is a lot of gaps to fill first.
So how do I get around this? *shrugs*
I need to distance myself from it for a bit, but I also don’t want to. I feel more eager to write NOW than before, but I also don’t know WHERE TO START! lol It’s like a massive landscape with craters scattered here and there and no amount of tape will cover it. Sigh. 
Anyway, I thought I’d just update about that. Update on my time at YALC will be in video form (I hope) some time this week. 🙂
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