Friday, May 29, 2009

Finished!

So the title should make it pretty obvious what the point of this blog entry is. I've finished writing the first draft of Shattered Ice! About 72,000 words, which is perfect because it means there's plenty of room if anything's missing, and there's also plenty of leeway for me to cut things out that are unnecessary. I'm pretty satisfied. I hope it's a cool story, and I hope it's different. I had a lot of fun writing it, but I'm VERY happy that I'm done.

Now I'm going to not look at for a couple days (at least not for the weekend), then I'm going to give it a runthrough to try to get rid of any of my stupid mistakes and things I should be revising before letting anyone else see it, then it (and its two thousand questions) will be ready for betas! I will of course spend the entire time it's out with betas biting my fingernails anxiously and being filled with self-doubt since this is my first serious attempt with both first person and sci-fi (even if it's gentle sci-fi!) But I'm excited nonetheless. It will be nice to be able to talk about it without being so cryptic for fear of spoiling things!

And ew I just realized this means I'll have to work on the nightmare of an attempt at a query I wrote down in my notebook about a month ago. Yuckyyyyy. I may procrastinate that for a couple weeks, since I don't need it this second anyhow.

But yay!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Progress makes me happy.

I'm not sure what it has been this week, but it's been a really good one for me, as far as writing goes. I think it's a mixture of things--my boyfriend's new job is weirdly seeming to give me both more time with him and more time to myself because of his different hours. Plus between beta reading, and reading The Hunger Games, and Jenny & Andrea both finishing their WIPs within a couple days of each other, I've felt very inspired.

I really feel like I'm happy with the way Shattered Ice is going, and even if everyone else in the world hates it but me, I'll still consider it a success. Because I love it. As much as but differently than Ignited. Which I expected, since neither story is my first love. My first love story will never see the light of day though because it's kind of an embarrassment. Plus I stole two characters from my first love story for Ignited, and one for Shattered Ice. They were too good to waste!

I'm just having so much fun right now, writing, talking to people about writing. Not just about mine, I actually adore talking to other people about their stuff too. I love being excited about someone else's characters, and falling in love with someone else's story. And seeing how much someone loves writing. It makes me happy. Because that's what it should always be about, is the love. I know I say that a lot, but I think it gets lost sometimes. Obviously I want to be published, but more than anything, I just want to be able to enjoy writing till I'm old and wrinkly. And I want to love reading for that long too.

Shattered Ice is doing that for me right now--it's a happy manuscript. It has had its little setbacks, its changes, the characters making decisions I didn't originally intend for them to make, but I think (hope!) those things have all been smoothed over and will ultimately make my plot better.

That being said, I've officially mutilated my outline. It was a chapter by chapter outline, but it sort of died. I decided I liked the idea of having more, shorter chapters. So right now, I'm about 3/4 of the way through chapter 21, which was part of chapter 10 in my outline. All the plot points are still relevant, but I've just had to ignore my original chapter breaks. There could be worse problems, though. There could be much worse problems.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Hunger Games. And writing. And contests!

So as it might be really easy to guess, I've been reading The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. I'm only about a quarter of the way through (I only got it on Friday afternoon, and was busy yesterday - my sister graduated college!) but it's good so far. It also has confirmed a lot of things for me about writing stuff set in the future, which makes me have reaffirmed confidence in Shattered Ice. Not that it's anything alike in any detail except being set in the future (at least, not so far. And not that I can foresee.) But a few specific things I'd been wondering about writing futuristic worlds were cleared up for me. I know that's cryptic, but it'll get boring if I keep on that topic.

I am doing well on my writing, too. Though I took a little pause starting on Friday to go back through the earlier chapters. I had stopped breaking up chapters temporarily because I had to add scenes I didn't anticipate, but I got to the end of that part, so now I am going back through and re-breaking chapters. I wanted the ones I already had to be shorter, too, so I've been taking a look at where I split those. And of course revising, because it's like a disease. I can't help but revise.

Also, fun pitch contest at the fictional faction forum. Enter it...you know you want to!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day

Yes, it was yesterday. In the US. And some other places too, apparently. Why it's not the same everywhere is beyond me.

Anyway. I had a really good mother's day. This was my second one, but the last one didn't really feel like anything because I had just had the baby. But yesterday, my boyfriend got me Burger King for lunch, which was really nice of him. And I'm also getting three new books from the money I got for mother's day. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, and Evernight by Claudia Gray. The first, everyone keeps saying is really good, plus it's set in the future, so it might be nice to see how someone else does the future. FoHT I've been wanting to get since it came out. And Evernight was kind of a whim decision. I hope it will be good. It has vampires, which I am completely tired of, but there's a part of me that wishes I wasn't tired of them. I'm hoping for them to be redeemed with this.

Plus besides getting the books and the delicious/unhealthy fast food, and dinner that included corn on the cob (which is so good!) my boyfriend was really tired and decided he wanted to go to bed at about 8:30. I went upstairs then too, and ended up getting a lot written, since there was nothing to distract me in our bedroom, away from the computer! I'm pleased because I'm almost to the point where there will be things happening in rapid succession, which always makes the writing go faster.

So it was a good day. And I decided I felt like blogging about it!

And happy belated mother's day to all the other moms.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chapter titles

I decided since I've been writing chapter titles for Shattered Ice that I now want to also do chapter titles for Ignited. They're kind of fun. Way more fun than actual titles, which practically give me a brain anuerism to come up with. Yes, it is the small things that make me unnecessarily excited.

Also, I've finally gotten to the point where my first person story is coming easily, as far as having Emma's voice and not mine. I'm not having to think after every paragraph, 'does this sound like Emma, or does it need to be fixed?'

Which was a lot of work. I'm glad I've finally gotten through that. First person is still not my best friend, though. I don't know why, but I just like writing in third better. But what fun is writing if you never branch out and challenge yourself?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Time...where does it go?

Seriously. I don't have a job, and I'm not in school. Yet over the past couple weeks, I've felt like there are just not enough hours in the day! Though to be fair, the one year old who's starting to get very adventurous does require a lot of watching. When I first started noticing this lack of time, I decided to change my original goal for myself of writing one chapter every 1-2 days to writing at least one chapter per week. It's going much better now, and I think that's a reasonable goal for myself. I know it'll go faster when I do certain scenes that have been buzzing around in my head since the beginning, but for now I'm just happy to be getting something down on paper. In a way I'm really envious of people who have the time to just sit and write, but then I think I'm not actually sure how productive I'd be if I had that freedom.

I'm approaching halfway through, having just about finished writing chapter eight of what I think will be seventeen chapters. I'm not 100%, because there's one part that I'm not sure how long it'll be, but definitely eighteen chapters at the most.

But then the other day, I had what feels like a shiny new idea, except it's not, really. It's a shiny revision idea. For Ignited, of course. I'm not really going to go into detail, because I am forcing myself to ignore it till I'm done writing Shattered Ice (something to do in the meanwhile when I've got people looking over SI when it's finished, I figure.) But the things I want to adjust make the story as a whole a little more mature, and pulls it right out of YA (not that teens can't read mature things, but teen characters will no longer work.) So oh well. This means that I probably will take it out of consideration for being my first novel, which I'm fine with. It's still my pet, and I adore it, but that doesn't mean it has to be first.

Also, can I just say that the most amazing thing in the world is to read something written by someone else that makes you feel completely inspired to make your own writing amazing and beautiful, and that makes you feel like you want to start writing the very instant you can? It doesn't happen often, that something I read makes me feel like that, but it's fantastic when it does.