Posts Tagged ‘works in progress’ Archive

It’s All About Pictures, Y’all

I have been thinking recently about how much we put out there concerning our WIPs. I know a variety of writers who feel completely alright sharing any and all writing online and others who never talk about their WIPs.

I’ve always been okay posting my writing, but not with this most recent WIP. The best way I can put it is that I’m possessive over it. I’m keeping this very close to my heart and am hesitant to put anything about it online.

Because of this, I’ve had the idea that one of the weeks during the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest won’t require you to put up a query/pitch/excerpt/summary of your WIP – none of that. Instead, it’ll be all about pictures or music, your choice. I know that a lot of you keep folders of pictures and/or music that remind you of your WIP. So, start collecting and picking out the pieces you love most to showcase them during the fest.

If you still haven’t signed up, go here and leave your e-mail. Of course, you’re free to just jump in each of the weeks, also.

And, what do you think? Do you feel okay sharing your WIP online? I’m really curious to see what you think. 🙂

Judgy Juliana?

Gasp! I realized last night that I’ve been snidely looking down my nose a group of writers.

Pantsers.

I’m a natural plotter. I love plotting and knowing where my story is going.

The ironic thing is, it turns out I really enjoy pantsing. Another gasp! *sigh*

I’m in the midst of editing Guardians and don’t have the focus to plot out a whole new book. So instead, I’m completely winging it with my new WIP. And it’s been great! I’m discovering the characters as I write and am realizing I don’t have to agonize over plot, structure, and pre-fabricated ideas over what the WIP should be.

Simply amazing.

So I apologize all of you wonderful people who are pantsers. It seems I’ve learned a thing or two in the past week and have been completely proven wrong.

Two amazing writers have helped me realize the benefits of pantsing and you all should go check out their blogs: Misty and Kate. You guys are the best 🙂

Are you a pantser or plotter? Or do you find you enjoy doing a bit of both?

(Thanks everyone who’s stopped by for Deana’s blogfest! I’ve had a blast stopping by all your sites and can’t wait to get to know y’all better. 🙂 )

Disagreement with My Teacher

Blog on Fire AwardFirst, award time!  The fabulous Kate Larkindale gave me this award (Kate, I’d give it to you also, but I’m not sure if that’s allowed).  Her blog is great; go check it out.

Aaand here are five of my favorite blogs I am passing it on to:

  1. Sophia
  2. Angela
  3. Christie
  4. Gabi
  5. Deana

At some point in my elementary education I had the following conversation (probably more of an argument, or a Juliana-being-stubborn moment) with a teacher about a paper I had written:

Teacher: Juliana, this is very good, but I want us to look at one particular word you used to describe this man. (points to paper)

Me: (Silence)

Teacher: You use the word nice.  Are there any other words you can think of that would be more specific?

Me: …he was nice…

Teacher: Yes, but nice is a very generic word.  Think hard, is there another word you could use?

Me: But he was nice.

Teacher: I am sure though, that there is a better way to describe him than just plain nice.

Me: (Silence )

I don’t remember how the conversation ended, but I have the very vivid memory of standing beside my teacher, at her desk, arguing over the word nice.  I really did not understand why the word nice wasn’t good enough.

I have that same conversation with myself many times while writing.

Inner me: Oh honestly, you know better than to use the word shrug.  And did I see you write NOD earlier?  She nodded??  How boring.

Me: But she did nod, how else am I supposed to write that?

Inner me: Oh, I don’t know, how about her hair fell over her eyes as she tilted her head to the side, that is much more interesting.

Me: I suppose that’s better…

Inner me: You know it is.  Plus, did she really nod?  Maybe she stared at him blankly or maybe she blinked once to indicate she had heard him.  Maybe she thinks he’s an idiot and stuck her tongue out and blew a raspberry.

Me: I don’t know.  You’re confusing me.

Inner me:  I’m confusing you?! And how do you not know?  You’re writing it!  She can do anything you want her to.

I have this discussion with myself at least fifty times while writing a WIP.  Ugh, it’s terrible and oh so annoying.

Are there any words you insist on using even though you know they aren’t good enough?

May is for Writing!

Young Adult Author Writing TrackerHere it is, my writing tracker for the month of May!  It’s not the best of pictures, but you get the idea.  A few weeks ago, I said my goal was to write 2k words a day.  The important part of this is that I had a tangible goal, something specific I could strive toward.  It wasn’t important that I actually write two thousand words each and every day.  That’s a lot.  It was important I sit down and write.  For the couple of weeks I kept that up I actually wrote between 1,500 and 1,800 words, which I was very proud of.  My WIP is now up to 31k.

Back to May and my writing tracker.  One of my favorite things to play, when I was little, was being a teacher.  My parents gave me white board markers and sent me to a window or mirror where I would happily color.  I brought this back about a month ago and took to writing reminders for myself on my bathroom mirror.  This morning, I decided to use the smaller medicine mirror in the bathroom to keep a log of my writing, per day.  My goal for the month of May is to finish my WIP by writing at least 1,300 words a day.  I really just want to get the ideas out.  I can use June for all sorts of fun (err…) editing.

Happy writing!

New Year’s Resolutions

I have four resolutions this year:

  1. Become a published author, whether it be a short story, an article for a newspaper/magazine, or a book.
  2. Learn how to cook!  I can bake with the best of them but the art of cooking has continuously evaded me.
  3. Play the piano every day (this will commence once the piano is brought back out after Christmas decorations are taken down).
  4. Floss.  (Impressively, I am on my fifth day in a row of flossing).

I have joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (scbwi) and am extremely excited for all they have to offer including finding a critique group to join.  They have a conference coming up in February in Atlanta, GA that I would love to attend.  Unfortunately, the trip would cost upwards of $400 and that just isn’t in my budget right now.  Thankfully, more conferences will come up that I will be able to go to.

Currently, I have a few books in progress.

  1. A trilogy for young adults that  I have been diligently working on for a year now.
  2. After all that hard work, I have decided to take a break and am working on a fun children’s book entitled Rupert and the House that Spews Dragons, although I imagine that title will evolve and change a few dozen times before it is finished.
  3. I have pulled out a short story I wrote in my second year of college: The Suit.

I hope one of these will make its way to publication this year.

Stay tuned and I will hopefully put up an excerpt from one of my works in progress. 🙂