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.
I’ve reached chapter 2 in #ProjectSprite (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! 😀
On 24 December 2019, an incredible feeling happened.
Non-writer: Santa came to town?
Me: No. It’s not any feeling, it feels like I can do anything if I set my mind to it.
Non-writer: Did you find a genie hidden in the star of the Christmas tree?
Me: No, although that is a good idea for a story.
Non-writer: Oh I got it! Your cousins are spending a week at your place?
Me: OH YES! But that’s not it…of course, I’m happy *scratches my head* but that’s not the incredible feeling…I was talking about…
Me: I’m happy that I FINISHED MY 1ST DRAFT! 3 years, I have been working on it for three years. That is cause for celebration, right?
A celebration indeed. It lasted the whole of December 2019, spending time with my cousins. It was a wonderful celebration and I got to see more of my hometown.
I have been thinking long and hard about Project Fire’s future (whoa, when did I think like this), I have noticed that I am too in love with the world and I want to succeed in this (long) series so I decided…
I have decided to shelf it.
Non-writer: whoa, whoa, whoa, you’re going to keep it? You just said that you’ve spent 3 years writing it, and now you’re gonna keep it? What’s the point of writing it when you know you’re going to hide it in your closet?
Me: (technically, series don’t necessarily do well especially when one is a newbie in the publishing industry. I haven’t created a name for myself. Mmmm, do readers want to take a chance on this? 0_0 I don’t want to risk it.) I want to build an audience first. I want to get my name out there.
But I have good news.
Me: I’m working on another project. It’s a fantasy romance this time!
I have never written one before. I have written poems but never in a narrative style. So this is a first for me. I don’t even know whether there is a genre for this: fantasy-poetry.
How it all started?
Back in July 2018, there were too many things going on with my life. I was in and out of the hospital. So I wanted to put myself at ease, and had to put my mainstream novel on hold so I can work on something simple! Something like a collection of poems, and since I love writing poetry, so why not!
A few months back, I wrote a poem about a feather and a creature that lives in the woods, and then it hit me! This would be the simplest story idea and it would be easy to make my way through it at the end of Camp Nanowrimo. That’s what I did. I finished the first 50 pages, but, it wasn’t finished…yet. The story had no end! And no essence of a story… it was boring…to me at least.
So I had to do some major tweaking here and there…but did I survive writing this project?
I didn’t. Haha.
Thoughts of wanting to abandon the project were in my mind. I wasn’t thinking straight. A part of me wants to work on something new, and another was feeling like, ‘No, I’m not going to do that, that is cruel.’ Even though this is a quirky story, I still want to make it work.
One day, I decided to sit down and create an outline for it. And from there, I wrote a pitch for it, and a logline in case I needed to refer in the future. I also can keep in mind what this quirky, fun story is about. I tend to forget stuff so yep!
And I got it! I know what this story is going to be.
Project Sprite’s aesthetic:
(not official, will have to do some tweaks):
You must be wondering…Alex, where are the humans? Yea…about that…no, your eyes aren’t playing tricks. See that hand picture there, yea, that’s not the MC.
My main character is a Feather (yes, you heard that right.) He is a quill in the story. It is about his life of how he accepts that everything around him is evolving from simple machines to advanced ones.
Oh man, the way I summarise it is boring. But that’s how I can sum it right now haha.
Thank you for reading about my latest WIP: Project Sprite. I’m scraping a bunch of things and making some tweaks here and there to make this story readable. And at the same time, finding my characters’ voice.
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Have you had an idea that you have simmered for some time now? But when the time comes to write it down, you get frustrated when writing the first page?
As you write, you feel like an imposter writing the story you want to tell. You feel like you’re not good enough to be writing this story. Your fingers hover the keyboard. You don’t know what to think; whether you should press delete, or keep going.
Not looking at what you have written is easier said than done. KICKSTARTING on your draft is terrifying. Though it is an exciting adventure, it is also a challenge. There is no such thing as a perfect draft, only a rough one. Sometimes, with other authors’ drafts, we are afraid that they are better, more polished. But HEY, who said that their very first drafts were excellent?!
So how to write without looking back at what you have written? This is not an easy task, not even for me. Even writing this post makes me feel like I’m an imposter. Should I be even writing this?
Here are some ultimate weapons that I find useful when writing the first draft. The first draft can be of anything, may it be a blog post, an essay, assignment, a story/flash fiction.
ULTIMATE WEAPON #1: Writing Sprints
This has taken me to a whole new level. you set your timer for any amount of time and you WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, and then when your timer rings, you take five or ten. Then, you start again. The point is to shut out everything and focus on what you’re doing. Put your fingers on the keyboard and type away while the clock is ticking down.
I recommend using a timer either on your mobile, watch, or computer. The one I always use is https://www.tickcounter.com/timer, and I 100% recommend it! It is easy to use and user friendly.
ULTIMATE WEAPON #2: Join Camp Nanowrimo
This coming April, Camp Nanowrimo is rekindling. Before I go further, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Hang on,
Camp Nanowrimo is not an actual camp set out in the wilderness. Neither there are no people around the campfire singing nor telling ghost stories. Well, the ‘stories’ part is true on what the website is about. Camp Nanowrimo is a virtual writing retreat, where you can work on or edit your past drafts or start anew.
Before you tune out, did I mention it is completely free?
It works a bit like the official one, National Novel Writing Month. It is where you set up a goal for your project and keep track of it project every November.
You may be wondering, “why should I join Camp Nanowrimo when I can join the official one?” “Wait, isn’t this website for writers? I’m not a writer.”
THE THING WITH CAMP NANOWRIMO, IT’S…
Hear me out, anyone can join Camp – and when I say anyone – I meant anyone who likes writing in general. If you feel like you work better and faster with a deadline reaper lurking, this retreat is for you! Camp Nano happens twice a year in April and July when Nanowrimo happens annually. Though, that is not the only difference.
One of the things I like about Camp is that it has adjustable word counts (like you can change it anytime you want). You can set hours or minutes you want to spend on your project. This is beneficial especially if you have a full-time job or cannot write as much as you want to. Also, you can set your goal to pages, like you can write or edit how many pages you want.
So this is a bit similar to writing sprints. Before the start of April, key in your project and set a goal for yourself. Once you have done that, wait for the event (don’t forget to come back to it) and then when it begins, you write like there is no tomorrow. There is no time to be wasted especially you have 30 days to finish it. You cannot afford to waste time reading back your work and editing/rewriting it.
Sit down, and type it all out. You can also use comic sans font to oppose you from seeing your previous words. I like the font but I have heard from other people that they can write better if they use that font. Different people have different opinions, I guess.
Project Sprite is just a working title. It’s not the real title if anyone is wondering.
My goal in 2018 was to complete my narrative poetry. And since 2018 was a good year for writing to me, I managed to meet writer-ly and bookish friends that year. I was a loner before that and that year made me realise I don’t have to be. You can accomplish anything with friends by your side.
That does mean I have finished the book, just the first half of it. But I have not finished the entire book. In the middle, I found out that the story didn’t have an ending nor did it have a story. I was bumped out for months, knowing that I shouldn’t have pantsed the novel since I usually outline my writing projects.
The definition of *panst or pantsing in writing is writing without a fixed outline.
Part of me was angry as I realised I should have planned it from A till Z. But at that time, a question came to me; how do I outline something when I have nothing in front of me to work on? So the other part of me was happy because if I didn’t panst the story, then I would have never found the actual story I want to tell.