January is almost over, less than two weeks left and I realized I hadn’t posted yet this month. A once-a-month posting schedule, I think, should be good, yeah? I may post more, but once a month is guaranteed. I said this last month, but I think it’s good to reiterate. For as well as for me.
Anyway! Onto the meat.
Your mind is wonderful! It’s what produces your ideas. It’s working on your ideas even when you sleep. And you know what I’ve found out this month? The more you write, the more you want to write. The more ideas you get. The more ideas you get, the more you want to write, therefore the more you write.
It’s a wonderful, wonderful cycle. Take advantage of it.
How do I know this? It’s happening to me. I’ve been writing this month. A lot. Not as much as I would like. But more than I was doing before my chat with S.M. Boyce last month.
Though I didn’t write over the weekend (weekends are difficult because I work ten hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday), I wanted to. And once I post this, I will be back at it again.
One more thing that I’ve noticed. Since I’ve begun writing again, I don’t get stressed out at either of my (2) jobs as much. I’m not sure how much sense this will make, but it seems as though Writing is my job, while what pays the bills is a non-important side thing. This could just be me, but if you can get yourself in the mindset that Writing is your REAL job, maybe that’ll help?
It certainly will keep you going through the rough patches.
Writing isn’t all sunshine and daisy’s, but that doesn’t mean you should stop,
It’s been a couple months since I’ve posted and figured you deserved a quick peek into what’s been going on for me. Unfortunately, not much writing has been done due to real life getting in the way.
I lost my job mid-August, and so there was a mad-hunt/search to find a new one. Found a new one (within walking distance, yay! and something I’d done before). That took some adjustment from working overnights to closing at 11pm. Wrote a little bit during that time. Now I’ve switched to just working weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at that job and got a second job (minimum wage doesn’t pay my bills) over nights again on Monday thru Thursday.
So I work seven days a week. Totaling to around 55 hours of work, on my feet, per week. However, I’m getting into a nice routine, working on my writing after work each morning/night with the exception of Friday, since I get off at 7am and have to be at my second job at 4:30pm.
Anyway, I’m going to try to stick to a monthly schedule-ish for updates on my progress. I may post more often then that, but don’t expect weekly posts like I had been doing, or trying to do, for awhile.
I’m still alive, and still writing, and you should be too!
Okay, y’all might hate me for this.
But I’m starting work on another new novel. I know, I know. I can hear what you’re thinking- Another one? Yes. Another one.
This one I’m going to stick with and work on until it’s done. If you hear/see/know of me working on something else, send me a raging email or comment to get me back on track. I’ll probably need it. I’m trying to get back into the swing of writing again, obviously. So I’m setting aside an hour after work each day to work on it.
What is this book, you ask?
The working title is “Clockwork Justice.” It’s Steampunk genre. I’m in love with steampunk, love the technology. It’s almost like a blend of medieval (or Victorian-era) and science fiction, or at least in my mind.
The basis of the plot is, a city (for now just called “Clockwork City” or just “Clock City”) is completely walled in. They are self-sustaining (which some research is going to go into here soon) and have no contact with the outside world. But as they are controlled by four families, called the Nonpareil, no one questions it. They control even movement through the city. (Five rings, the outer ring being only accessible to the Four families and few others. The closer you get to the giant Clock in the center, the poorer the people that inhabit the ring.)
Basically, the plot is revolution. The characters, for their own reasons, dislike the way things are going. And they set about to changing that, but in a city so tightly controlled, it is hard. And there we have the start. Don’t ask me how it will end yet, as even if I knew I wouldn’t say. Still working on just what is outside the city as well. Because it’s not normal.
Unbunch your panties and put down the picket signs, I don’t mean it like that.
What I Do Mean
I hate the “Young Adult” classification of books. Both as a reader and as a writer, I feel that trying to put an “age limit” on books is, quite frankly, retarded. I didn’t read YA books for a long time, because of the classification. Honestly, when I picked up a YA book, it was by accident. The same goes with the “Teen” section in book stores. They’re all YA books, but I feel that setting them apart like that keeps adults from picking up the books because “they’re for kids/teens.” Despite the fact that they’re good books. My fiance and I just bought The Maze Runner, by James Dashner after seeing the movie. (Aside: Great movie, go see it. If you’ve read the book, they get a lot wrong, but I’m still in the process of reading the book.)
The Maze Runner is in the Teen/YA section in the bookstore along with many others. If it weren’t for the movie, I never would have picked it up. I think that’s because the perception of YA books is that their second-class as opposed to “real” fiction. This is wrong.
Definition of YA
Alright, a couple quotes from the Young Adult Fiction wikipedia page.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) defines a young adult as someone between the ages of twelve and eighteen. Authors and readers of young adult (YA) novels often define the genre as literature as traditionally written for ages ranging from sixteen years up to the age of twenty-five
The subject matter and story lines of YA literature are typically consistent with the age and experience of the main character, but YA literature spans the spectrum of fiction genres.
Okay, young characters do not a YA book make, problem number one.
Problem number two, Young Adult is not a genre, yet we’re using it as one. YA books can be any number of genres, from science fiction to fantasy to realistic fiction.
- YA books are only for teens/children/young adults.
- YA books cannot/should not be read by adults.
- Only teens will like YA books.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Maybe you should discredit everything I’m saying because I’m within that 16 – 25 age gap. But at the same time, I’ve only recently discovered YA books because I subscribed, perhaps unconsciously, to the “YA is not as good as REAL fiction” mindset.
The truth is, everyone can read and enjoy YA books.
Look at The Hunger Games trilogy. Those are “YA” books. My mother enjoyed them. As well as the Divergent series, another YA trilogy.
Why We Need to Get Rid of the YA Genre
It’s insulting. You’re telling teens that they should ONLY read these books. That they can’t handle/understand/read REAL fiction. That they’re not mature enough and they should stick with these books that were tailored just for them. Ugh. This is so wrong. I didn’t start reading YA books until after I graduated from high school. I read the Lord of the Rings in middle school.
The flip side of this argument is even more insulting. You’re telling adults that they shouldn’t read these books. That these books are only for kids or immature young adults. Really? You’re gonna try and tell any one what they can and can’t or should and shouldn’t read?
Alright. So maybe the YA genre is well-meaning. MAYBE it’s not meant to come off as limiting or whatnot. But it does. And it needs to go away.
Apparently I’ve been with WordPress for two years now.
Does it seem like it’s been that long? It doesn’t to me. But then again, I haven’t been very productive as far as my writing goes these past couple of years. I think I did more writing a few years ago because it was a distraction from school, and now it’s my (lack of) determination and (non-existent) dedication that are the only things that keep me writing.
I’m working on it, though. I promise. Hopefully I’ll soon get to a regular posting schedule again. Anyways, WordPress popped up a notification saying I’ve been on here for two years, and it kinda makes me cringe in shame that I only have just over 60 posts in that two years. But that averages more than 2 posts a month, so that’s not TOO bad, is it?
Sorry for my silence.
Life has taken a turn. Lost my job, found a new one, still getting in the swing of things.
I am still working on my writing, though it’s moving slowly. Trying a new plotting/writing technique wherein I plot a few chapters, write them, and then plot the next. I will let you all know how that works out.
The project I’m working on right now is Once Upon a Post-Apocalypse. Title subject to change because… well, that seems too frilly for the tone of the book. I’m aiming for darker, and that title seems more like a joke, does it not?
I’m still alive! I promise.
From that first spark to the final full-blown idea. How do you get there?
Sure, you could sit by yourself in a corner and think. Or maybe you write out character arcs and plot arcs and pound out those ideas that way. But again, that’s a solitary thing. As writers, we are mostly solitary creatures, but sometimes, it helps to talk to someone. But what if you don’t know any other writers off-hand, and your tweets aren’t getting any notice?
Maybe you go to a blog and get advice. (Hi guys!) But what if the blog doesn’t have the answers/help you’re looking for?
If you’re fleshing out a character, try the IAmAFiction subreddit. Basically, you type up what you know about your character/basics of what they are like, and the other people post questions to ask the character. These are first person from the view of the character.
Fleshing out a world? Or Scene? Or setting? Try the ExploreFiction subreddit. “A user posts a description of his world, and some of the things in it, living or otherwise.” Through the replies, others create characters and explore the world, making you think quickly on your feet and describe what exists in the setting.
There are a few others, but the umbrella subreddit is the Ficiverse subreddit. “Ficiverse is based around co-dependant writing development, which means, essentially working with a partner to create th best possible characters, stories, and universes!”
These are all run by the same moderators, and they are a group of amazing people and an amazing community.