Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Moving again

It’s that time of the week again. It’s Wednesday and I’m smack bang in the middle of the week. I seem to have dived back onto that creativity train once more though and for that I’m actually overjoyed. It’s too easy for me to not do anything with my day just once and then I slip back into the pattern of not doing anything all day everyday while I’m looking for a job. So I have to push myself to do these things, even when I don’t want to. Thinking about it though, not only does it make sure I keep creating but it’s professional. If I manage to make writing my job I’ll need to make myself write whether I want to or not. There’s nothing wrong with that in my book.
It’s also a Round of Words 80 Days check in day and I’ve been thinking about the goals that I set myself at the beginning o the year and I realised that with the fact I’ve completed my first draft of my novel sort of negates one of my goals. So with that and mind and seeing as it’s a check in day I’ve decided to re-do my goals.

  • Edit at least 200 words of Darkling Watch a day
  • Draw at least one sketch for Of Swords And Magic a day.
  • Roughly script and thumbnail one chapter of L.C. a fortnight.

Those are the only goals I can think of right now but if I can come up with some more then I will include them and aim for them.
And with that decision I wrap up this post and bid you all adieu.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Where do we go from here?

I’m still a little lost. I’ll freely admit this. I’ll explain why.
Before I go to bed at night I make a list of things I want to do the next day. I nearly always manage to cross every item off from that day so I usually have to write a completely new one. Before Tuesday, if I was struggling to think of something to put on my daily to-do list I’d put on to write a certain amount of Darkling Watch (my NaNo novel if you haven’t been following). Now that I’ve finished though I have no novel writing to put on.

There’s several things that I’ve replaced it with though. I’ve been working on several web-comics while I let DW stew. I’ve been drawing, I’ve been plotting and I’ve been researching for character designs. It’s taken a while but I’ve finally settled on an art style for the first comic, the one that I’ve going to start scripting come April. The same goes for my L.C. rewrite. Although I’ve not redesigned my characters I’m rewriting it at the moment. The rewrite is going quickly, the ground work is there so it’s a matter of working from there.

If I want to carry on with novel writing though there is a choice. I’ve got a few works in progress that I could turn to, both in the Darkling universe and with my fantasy world. It’s just a question of where to start.
Any ideas anyone?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A little bit lost

So I’m at a bit of a loss. I’ve been imagining this day for ages but never actually thought about what I’d do when it got here. You’re probably wondering what on earth I’m blabbering about. Well I’ll tell you.
I finished the first draft of Darkling Watch.

It’s a big deal to me, a massive accomplishment and I’ll tell you why. My biggest downfall in my writing is that I’ve never finished anything. I’ve got dozens and dozens of works in progress on my computer and in my room. Everything I start I seem to leave by the wayside. Today though is one of the first times I’ve ever actually finished something. I’m so proud of myself and at the same time I’m shell-shocked. I’ve dreamed about being able to turn around to my parents and say ‘it’s done’ but now that it’s here I don’t know what to do. I feel like I should be jumping up and down on the bed and running around squealing. But I’m not. Instead I’m sat here, trying to figure out what to do next. It’s pretty awe-inspiring. I’ve just completed the first step on the path to possibly getting published. Editting will come soon enough and then submissions. I’m finally reaching towards my dream and I can’t believe it is happening.
It doesn’t feel real. I’ve felt this feeling before; when I got into uni, when I graduated, when my first article was published in the student paper. It’s not a new sensation. I just never thought I’d get it for my writing though.

I’m sitting here wondering what else I can spend my day doing, not that I spent hours and hours just sitting there writing. A lot of the time I was procrastinating.
I suppose I could work on the Young Adult novel I’ve been planning, actually start writing it. Or I could rewrite Witchan or Loves Complications, sort out their plots and actually get onto drawing the pages again. Maybe.
Or maybe I could just revel for the day in the joy of the fact that at last I’ve finished something. I could use it as a starting point to prove to myself and everyone else that at last I’m no longer just a doer. I’m a finisher. I start things, I do them and I get them finished. 

I’m not going to lie. It’s a nice feeling.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Creative Explosion

So what can I say?  My creativity seems to have gone boom. It seems like all of a sudden I’ve got a ton of ideas that I’m working on and I’m actually seeing progress that I’m pleased with. 
My creativite mind... or at least what I imagine it looked like.

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                My NaNo novel.... is titled and almost finished!! I couldn’t be prouder, my baby is almost fully born. I’m even looking forward to doing the editing and multiple drafts. There is one... flaw, I suppose you would call it. As of right now the total word count is 100,000 words. Now I’m no expert on the lengths of novels, even though I read a lot, but I think that may be too long for just one novel. It may be a case that in publishing it’s split into two. If I manage to get that far anyway. But apart from that things are rolling along nicely. I’m managing to get from my exposition right near the end to the actual climax at last. For weeks I’ve been staring at that part of the story, trying to make myself fill it in. Then in the last few days, as I’ve apparently hit a creative streak it’s started to work, I’m writing 800 to 1000 words of it a day, when I’m pushing myself, more than that when I’m not really trying and the ideas start pinging around my head. I’m glad of this really. It means that I’m on the home stretch and I’m one step closer to reaching my dream or at least trying for it.
                I’m working on my basic groundwork for Script Frenzy. Script Frenzy is ran by the same people who do NaNoWriMo and the basic idea is that you try to write 30 pages of script for a movie, tv series, anything in a month, starting on April 1st. I decided to give it a go seeing how much success I’ve had with NaNo. I started searching for an idea last week, only wanting to make sure I had one because I didn’t want to leave it until the last minute like with NaNo. The idea got away with me though and now I’ve got the plot... at least most of it... and I’ve got my characters. I have a vague idea of what they look like too and what sort of style I’m going to use. I’m even building up a reference library of things that I can use to do my drawings. I’ve got twists, I’ve got back-story, I’ve got a page limit. All these things give me the feeling that for once, I may actually manage to do it. I don’t start writing the script until April so I’ve got time to develop my characters, draw settings, profiles, expression pages and a chance to test the drawing style. But I’m happy.

              In other news, I’ve canned Witchan. I’m not happy with the story, I haven’t been for a while. The general premise I like but I feel that it just needs more work and I have, as an authorial choice, taken the pages offline and I’m planning to work on the script some more at a later date. I want to rework the characters, rework the script, tweak the plot around. There are parts of the story and the idea that I love, most of the characters I love. But I just have this nagging feeling in the back of my head that I rushed into it all way too quickly. I’ve not even finished writing the thing, I’m not happy with the art and I have no idea what my main characters really look like. I think that I’m just going to have to pause the story, trash the pages and start over. So that’s what I’ve done. Once I’ve got the novel finished and the Script Frenzy idea rolling properly I may well go back to it. Who knows I might even dip in and out of it as I’m working on other things.
                Right now however, as well as Darkling Watch(the NaNo Novel), Of Swords and Magic(the Script Frenzy idea) and Chains in the Basement(a young adult novel I’m currently plotting), I’m working on a new old idea. Love Complications was one of the first stories that I actually finished. I decided that I wanted to turn it into a web-comic. So I did. I managed to get to the second chapter, almost the end of the second chapter in fact before I began to get the feeling that there was something off about the whole thing. The art I actually quite liked, even after it had changed a couple of times. It was the plot I was having issues with. The story was basically the wish fulfilment fantasy of a teenage girl, as I wrote it at 16 when I was having a few... issues with my school life. Now I’ve taken off the pages and I’m reworking the script. The basic idea is the same but the points along the way are changed, the characters are going to be more well-rounded. And most importantly, I’m going to take my time! With everything. Because I’m an impatient bugger.
Me with my ideas... I am a woman

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If I don’t wait I’ll end up unhappy with it all again and just have to repeat this cycle over and over and over and over and over and... well you get the point. Planning needs to be balanced with actually creating and my ideas need to keep flowing. Working on a load of projects at once and giving myself deadlines seems to help spur me on so for now, I'm gonna stick with it.