Walking into a Nightmare with Project Sprite (Week 4 of July’s Camp Nanowrimo)

You realise you’re having a nightmare when you cannot wake up! What am I talking about? I’m talking about the procrastination routine I got going. It was already too late to say ‘please let it be a dream!’ when… 😰

….when I woke up the next morning. I checked the calendar and screamed my heart out (was I exaggerating…no…no I wasn’t). Half of the month is already gone because I kept pushing the revision plans to another day! It sucks to be so behind on my editing goal. I thought I had everything planned out but of course I didn’t.

Just when I thought time was on my side.

I put on my game face and pulled an all-nighter….to get the edits done. 😱 *cue the internal screaming* I had to πŸ‘ finish this draft πŸ‘ by the end of July…and I had only edited 14 chapters…(well, 15 so far, at the time posting this). I had another 40 chapters to go, and 10 DAYS to get them DONE!! 😱 😱

When I said ‘pull an all-nighter’, *cough cough* I meant revising only till midnight because if it was later than that, then that would be a no-no to me. πŸ˜…

Anyway, my goal for #ProjectSprite is to edit 20 chapters this week! Am I crazy? YES!! Do you think I can do it? I hope so!! 😰

I’m now realising that I’m not a fan of editing πŸ˜†

Do you prefer editing or drafting?

This was recorded on July 18-22

Talk to you guys soon! Alex is signing out.

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Into the Spooky Forest with Project Sprite (Week 2-3 of July Camp Nanowrimo)

I’m gonna start with a BANG! I’ve reached the Act 2 of #ProjectSprite (my novel-in-verse story). Also, πŸ™Œ reached my goal which is to edit 5 chapters this week!! I’m hoping to get another 5-10 chapters done this week. We’ll see, we’ll see 😌.

Today I challenged myself to edit as many chapters as I could but managed to edit only 2. I still want to try to reach my goal of 4 today. Fingers crossed!! So check out my Instagram to see the progress I’ve made. There, I always keep you up to date in whatever I’m working on. Join my chaotic writing process, haha 🀣.

In any project, the beginnings are hard to start. But I always need to remind myself that…that’s no such thing as making a draft perfect, only better. That’s what edits are for: to make a draft better, and readable.

😰 Chapter 7 was the hardest to edit! No matter how much I edit that poem, it’s still a hot mess. I haven’t found the right words to go in the poem yet. I always find myself pressing the delete button too many times, and rewriting it over and over again. It’s just not “perfect” yet. All the rewriting and deleting and rewriting…😡made me go insane haha. I’m pretty sure this chapter will need another set of revision again.

This was all recorded on July 4-17.

That is all for now. Alex is signing out.

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All about Project Sprite

“This story is so weird! Seriously, who would want to read a story about a feather?” I remember telling myself that back in 2018. I sent this to my CP to review and she told me that the idea was unique, and she enjoyed it. I was shocked, till this day, I still cannot believe that she or anyone would read it. Of course it had some problems in the story…that would be another post.

But I took her advice to revise this story. She was the first one to give me the green light to go forward with this story. So if Sania you’re reading this, thank you so much for giving this story a chance. Sometimes we need a simple ‘YES’ or ‘I enjoyed it’ to encourage us to write the stories we want to write.

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PITCH

Feather is not wanted in a world where technology has evolved. Like who uses an ancient tool that doesn’t have an ink compartment like a pen does? No one. Feather loses hope and accepts the truth that he is not needed in his human household anymore. Will he ever fulfill his need of being ‘used’ again? Or will Feather move on and search for a new purpose?

MORE ABOUT PROJECT SPRITE

  • Type: Novel in verse
  • Genre: fantasy & poetry
  • Setting: Set in an enchanted forest
  • Tone: Quirky. Bizarre.
  • Style: Written in 1st person, past tense (still deciding)
  • Additional elements: MAGIC!
  • Story: Explores inner strengths, human cruelty towards animals and forests
  • Stage: Editing Draft 1

Project Sprite’s AESTHETIC:

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INSPIRATION

  • Inspired by a poem I wrote that has the same title as this story.
  • I read Enid Blyton’s short stories when I was growing up. Stories about brownies and pixies and goblins and magic sparked my imagination for this story. 

PLAYLIST

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Thank you for reading. If you like more updates of this, and other projects I’m currently working on, follow me on Instagram @alexwritesandsings and free stories-in-verse every Friday.

That is all for now. πŸ™‚

Change happens for a reason, be it good or bad; it is a process of growth.

β€” Feather

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Embarking on a journey with an old project (Week 1 of July’s Camp Nanowrimo)

I decided to work on an unedited draft I wrote back in 2018. I knew, it was time for me to kickstart that project again because I wanted to query that sometime this year. Fingers crossed, I will reach that point.

Date: 7/7/2021

I’ve reached chapter 2 inΒ #ProjectSpriteΒ (my novel-in-verse project). YAY! It took me two days to edit chapter 1 because I was coming up with different first liners. I’m always like this whereby I must find it there and then if not, I cannot sleep at night, haha!! I still want them to hook the reader from the first page even if the storyline is kinda odd.

My goal for the week is to get to chapter 5 at the end of the week ASAP.

The whole week I was busy working on the chapters. I think chapter 4 was the hardest to write. So many continuity problems and some words didn’t add up. I had to rewrite the sentences here and there to make the context clearer. I had to throw out the previous ‘good stanzas’ too… Well at that time writing it, they were good but now, I realised it was repetition.

So did I manage to reach the weekly goal?

One word: YASSSSSSSSS!!! I just finished editing last Saturday! *does a happy dance* Then, gave myself a break on Sunday. Yippee!!

That is all for now. Alex is signing out.

Next post is all about my Camp Nanowrimo project: Project Sprite. So stick around! πŸ˜€

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Happy that my poem is published!!!

Never thought I would see the day, ‘Scarred Fingers’ be published. This poem is a little different from the poems I usually write.

It’s NOT fantasy.

It’s about how war breaks out from a tiny, insignificant incident and spreads like wildfire.

I had honestly lost hope with this piece because of the rejections I kept receiving β€” and that discouraged me. On reflection, I realised I didn’t take no for an answer. So I sent it to wherever it was best suited, and kept praying that it will get accepted.

And it finally did. πŸ˜†πŸ˜

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Eeek, the poem is available online. Click on the link to read it.

If you had enjoyed the poem, would you be so kind as to rate it. Reviews like this are so important to me because that way, I can improve more as a writer and a poet. A million thanks!😊

I realised:

“you gotta stay true to yourself. Your voice is unique. Your storytelling is unique, and your stories are yours to tell!”