Writing: The Fate of Unfinished Drafts #writing #amwriting

Every writer has a cupboard or computer full of unfinished drafts.

But what if something were to suddenly happen to us and those embarrassing or poorly thought out scribbles were let out into the world?

I’m not a famous writer, so I don’t need to worry just yet about my estate getting into a wrangling about selling on my work, nor with publishers creating thousands of knock off novels based around the characters I created, but for some writers this is the case.

For all of us, our drafts are precious potentials, but just that and nothing more. I expect we can all compare our draft to our finished work and see the vast gulf between those early scratchings and the polished product at the end.

Even finished drafts can been difficult to let out into the world where we prefer our trusted few to read them with an expectation that they are still rough work.

A part of me is horrified that Terry Pratchett chose to crush his unfinished work, and another part applauds him.

Worth a read if you haven’t seen it already No wonder Terry Pratchett wanted to avoid the Stieg Larsson treatment (Link)

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This is the only guide you need to help get your writing wriggle on! #amwriting

Are you stuck in a writerly rut? Struggling to to find motivation?

Look no further, this is the only guide you need to help get your writing wriggle on.

 1.The epic desk tidy!

We all know that taking the time to create a tidy desk is the road to writerly success!

Isn’t it?

Hmm…Well, maybe not in all cases…

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2.The writer ritual!

Don’t have a writer ritual? No wonder you’re not meeting your target word count!

Because playing paticake with yourself is a sure fire winner!

The writer ritual

3. Enlist the help of your pets!

Ah…Is this even legal?

Pets helping writers

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4. Hire a professional speed writing coach!

Phew! I’m exhausted just watching him…

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5. Prepare nutritious snacks to keep you going

The writers guide to snacks-d38jkap

Ok, maybe not…

writer nap

7. Take a course

If nothing else has worked so far this course will set you up for writing success!

Procrastination for the writer

Happy writing ūüôā

Writer at work! A guide to acceptable writer interruptions #writing #amwriting

Writers know all about the writing zone.

About how easy it is to get distracted.

About how hard it can be to get started.

About how difficult it is to keep going.

And about how annoying it is when our nearest and dearest interrupt us in the middle of our writing flow.

So, for those who are unsure what constitutes an acceptable writer interruption, here is a handy guide.

To bring snacks or beverages!

Please drop snacks off promptly. Do not engage the writer in conversation or otherwise interrupt while leaving the treats. Definitely do not lean over the writer’s shoulder while dropping the snack off and speak the last sentence on the page in the voice of a pirate (as my husband does)!


The house is on fire!

First make all efforts to ‘deal’ with this before interrupting the writer. Only once the fire truck has arrived and you have ‘official’ confirmation from a trained expert that this is in fact an emergency should you interrupt the writer.


A medical emergency

Ask yourself – What would I do if the writer was not at home? – go with that.


The apocalypse has arrived

In the unlikely scenario that zombies or aliens are about to overrun your home, it’s okay to check in on your writer and see if they are at a convenient stopping point…

I am a prisoner in a book #writing #amwriting #writingquotes

Once I dive into these pages

I may not come out for ages.

Books have powers over me.

Inside a book I am not free.

I am a prisoner in a land

of print on paper in my hand.

But do not worry. Do not fear.

I am a happy captive here.

 

Captive by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

You know you’re a writer when you’ve found a million ways to procrastinate #writer #writing

You know you’re a writer when you’ve found a million ways to procrastinate…here are¬†a few tips to help you spot the¬†procrastination¬†pitfalls.

Reading really is the perfect excuse for any writer because you can convince yourself that it is actually helping you to become a better writer. Yes, it certainly is, but sometimes you do need to put the book down and get back to your keyboard and write.

Snacks. If¬†you want to keep your writing brain in tip-top working order you need a snack, right? Yes, until¬†you realise you’ve eaten enough food for a small party, and then it’s time to¬†explore the possibility that you might be¬†letting procrastination creep in.

Daydreaming is the birthplace of all good plot ideas. But maybe if you’re daydreaming about ‘fetching another snack’, it’s time to¬†get on with actually writing the book!

Editing! Is the worst form of writer procrastination. You know you need to start¬†the next chapter, but it’s so enticing to pop back to what you did yesterday . . .¬†just for a quick check. The next thing you know, you’ve¬†taken a bulldozer to it . . . and you’re not making any new progress on the book!

Desk tidy. Yes, we have all been there and done that, but after your 23rd pencil readjustment, you know you really need to get back to your book!

What’s your favourite procrastination habit? ūüôā

The process of writing #amwriting #writing

This wonderful quote really captures the essence and process of writing for me.

I love that I don’t know exactly where the story will take me when I start.

I love that ideas just pop up as I am writing, and also when I am not.

I love that some ideas are so good you just want to jump up and down, and you wonder, where did that idea come from?

Ideas don’t arrive in a vacuum though. We feed and nurture them in our subconscious mind by reading other books, reading articles, and reading and thinking about what we have already written in our current work in progress.

So, if we want our ideas to flourish, we need to take the time and the care to provide the perfect environment for them to thrive in.

Doing this is really simple, we just need to Read, Read, Read!

6 Reasons why we write #writing #amwriting

When we write, we do so for a myriad of reasons that can shift depending on our mood, our environment, events that have happened, or even our time in life.

Sometimes, it is just a bone deep desire that we can neither quantify nor explain. Sometimes we write for a broad spectrum of needs, and sometimes for only one.

So, why do we write?

  1. To express how we feel.

Writing at its most fundamental level, is a expression of our inner-most feelings. It¬†doesn’t matter whether you are writing an extreme horror, or a children’s book. We pour our feelings out onto the pages, and may put ourselves into the mind of a psychopath, a soldier, an abandoned child, or a miss-understood teenager. We use our imagination, or our experience, or both, to live through the eyes of¬†that person for a time.

2. To move people

A writer who can move people is a word magician. As a writer it is our aspiration to make our reader feel. The greatest writers can take readers on a roller-coaster, from the highs of joy or humour, to the lows of the darkest, most desperate, despair.

3. To create

When we write we create, be it another world, or another life, with a rich tapestry of interactions. We can create beauty, and we can create terror. Here we become the master of a universe, an all powerful being with the responsibility of life and death. It is both heady and humbling.

I often think that my characters possess minds of their own, and yet they are the by-product of everything I have seen, done, and experienced, whether through my own reality, or the reverie of others books.

4. To provoke thought

Perhaps the greatest legacy of a book is its ability to provoke thought. Through writing, we may come to question our own lives, behaviour, or even our society. We may also allow our mind to ramble in a non-judgemental way that seeks simply to understand.

5. To forget or escape

Writing, just like reading, is a mechanism of escape. Perhaps you have had a stressful day, and you need to let those issues rest. Perhaps you simply enjoy the vibrant imaginative world that lets you experience a dark, wondrous, or incredible other life.

6. To remember

Finally, we also write to remember, or perhaps more, so that we do not forget. Maybe it is our childhood, a feeling, a time, or a by-gone era.

When we write, we capture moments that are little snapshots of our inner self, and by doing so they are immortalised forever, or at least until the legacy of their electronic presence or paper fades.

9 Reasons why you should never check a writer’s search history #amwriting #writing

We writers love to google stuff. If we’re not writing, or staring into space, or messing about on Facebook, or‚ÄĒOkay you¬†get the idea‚ÄĒthen there’s a good chance we’re googling something to do with our latest Work in Progress. Let this article serve to comfort both our loved ones (who should really know better than to check our¬†search history anyway), or police investigating a missing person (because hey, we may be a writer, but we do draw the research line way before it gets close to reality. And that missing person case is totally different to the one we wrote about in our last book).

So, why you should never check a writer’s search history.

1. The shock:¬†Looking up baby names doesn’t mean the family is about to expand. No, there are no new puppies or babies on the way‚ÄĒunless there are, which is technically possible because even writers procreate and / or can get suckered in by cute puppies with big eyes.

OMG I need a puppy!

writer search history...baby names

2.The criminal:¬†It’s really important to know the consequence of committing¬†<insert crime here> in <insert country here> in <insert year here>. That doesn’t mean we’re a time-traveller about to rob a bank in 1932 Peru.

Writer search history

3. The weapon: Finding a futuristic weapon design on our computer doesn’t make us the next mad scientist. We just wish we were, because we’re pretty sure even a mad scientist will earn more money than a writer.

writer search history...futuristic weapons

4. The killer: ¬†No we have never made a bomb or killed someone in the vacuum of space, but it’s¬†important to know how.

5. The Personality disorder: Searching ‘personality disorders’ doesn’t mean we¬†think¬†we’re a paranoid schizophrenic¬†with OCD, nor do we suspect¬†our nearest and dearest to be¬†bipolar!

Oh, but now that we’ve googled it they do tick a number of the boxes…

Writer search history...personality disorders

6. The doctor: No, we’ve never needed to make a temporary splint for a broken leg, nor do we have that obscure and highly infectious disease.

<Pause here while I make a doctors appointment>

7. The survivalist: Just because we’ve researched how to live¬†on grubs, can find water in a desert, and can make a temporary shelter out of old tin cans, doesn’t mean we think a dinosaur-ending sized asteroid is about to hit, but if it did we could probably survive.

8. The sexual deviant: Yes, we really did need to research¬†that obscure sexual practice…for a story.

Err…and that wasn’t the kind of whipped I was looking for…

writer search history...whipped cream

9. The body: Googling ‘how to hide¬†a body’ doesn’t mean we have just done away with our evil boss, and if our boss has¬†suddenly disappeared, it’s nothing to do with us, honest!

Writer search history...how to hide a body

So, now you know better than to check¬†a writer’s search history, and we can all sleep much easier tonight.

Happy googling and writing ūüôā

 

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The neurotic worries of a writer #amwriting

Worrying about our next review…

writer worries...what will our new review say

Wondering if building and extension and introducing a cataloging system means our reading list is a little out of control…

reading list out of control

Fearing we¬†made a mistake by¬†killing a¬†character…Fearing we made a mistake by¬†not killing a character…

writer worry...

Suffering¬†a sense of concern¬†that¬†our edgy¬†thriller has¬†lost its edge…

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Hoping we can survive the counselling after finishing a great book

So, you say her name was Alice?

Her name was alice