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Well, here I am again. I’m still dealing with some internet issues but at least I have it. Can’t complain too much….

I would love to be able to say that I’m completely finished with my book, but I can’t. Unfortunately, I’m still working on it. I am pretty darn close to the end though.  I just don’t want to rush through it just to finish it.  Some writers see that finish line ahead of them and start sprinting towards it. Personally, I like to keep up my steady pace instead of rushing through it.  If I keep up that pace, I should finish by next week. We’ll see. 🙂

Speaking of next week, a couple other events will be happening. On Monday, my Halloween short story blog fest will start. If you haven’t signed up, you still can. All you have to do is find a spooky photo and write a spooky short story based on the photo. Post it on your blog with a link coming back to this blog and you’re all set! The story can be as long or as short as you want it. No length requirements for this one.

Also, NaNoWriMo starts the day after my blog fest. I still have some researching and planning to do but I think I’m ready this year. I’m going to go in and try my hardest to make it to that 50,000 word count. I guess you can say that I’m feeling more confident about being able to write at least 2,000 words a day in order to “win”.

I hope everyone has had a productive week. 🙂 Now, I’m off to continue to plug away at this novel so I can hopefully have it most of the way finished before NaNo starts haha.

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While on Twitter the other night (Shameless plug time: you can add me on twitter here) and I updated saying that I had written over 4,000 words that day. A fellow writer complimented me by saying that’s amazing progress and mentioned I could do nanowrimo in my sleep.  If you don’t know what nanowrimo is, it’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s held over the span of November. People sign up and attempt to write a whole book in a month. I remember signing up last year, but it didn’t happen haha.  Like I’ve said before, I’m not really someone who can write under pressure.

Although hearing that another writer thinks I could do it is nice to know. Of course this year, I won’t have the time to even think about doing Nanowrimo. Even if I have finished writing my book, I’ll have to work on edits and researching different types of publishing.  I’ll have to find someone to design the cover of the book. All that fun stuff, right? Right? No? Damn.

If I keep up the progress I’ve been making, I think I can get this book done by the end of October. Maybe…just maybe… I can have this book out to the public by Spring 2012. I hope. That’s the plan anyways.

So for all of those planning on facing Nanowrimo this year, I wish you luck! I hope you’re successful. Unfortunately, I wish I had the time, but my book awaits. 🙂

Oh, just to mention this, I made a goal of hitting 20,000 words by Sunday and I’ve already hit that goal! So I’m getting there. Slowly but surely, you guys will be reading this zombie book. At least I hope you will haha

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It happens all too often. Writers get great ideas for new stories, start on their projects and then find themselves faced with a killer. Something that stands in their way and tries to destroy any sort of creativity we have.

Writing killers. I’m sure you’ve met at least one writer who has experienced such a tragedy. Maybe you have encountered it yourself. I know I have. Several times. Where’s the writing police when you need them??

Here are some of the writing killers you may find yourself defending your story from:

  • Procrastination (The whole “I’ll do it later” excuse)
  • Laziness (“I don’t feel like doing it right now. “)
  • Hectic Schedule (“I don’t have time to do it right now.”)
  • Lack of confidence (“I’m not talented enough for people to read this anyways.”)
  • Lack of organization (“I have no idea where I’m even at in this story”)

Of course, there are lots more, but those are the most common that I hear from. Remember, my friend from the other day who had an idea for a story but could only think of the beginning and the end? Once I gave him some advice to help him get the middle, it seemed like he pretty much threw up his hands and threw in the towel before he even got started. The lack of confidence killed his writing spirit.

Personally, I encounter most of what I listed. I am a horrible procrastinator. Sometimes I put things off for later especially when it comes to my writing. Granted, at times, my lack of confidence in my writing abilities causes this procrastination. There are times when I get those nagging thoughts of  “who would read this anyways?” “What if I’m not good enough?” How do I deal with this?  I take a step back and take a few deep breaths. You have to realize that you can’t compare yourself to other writers. That will get you nowhere. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by your own project, embrace it. Surround yourself with encouraging writers who also want you to succeed.

That’s all you can do. That is until we can actually find that writing police to arrest those writing killers.  Let’s work on that, shall we? 🙂

What sort of writing killers have you experienced? How did you get over it? Discuss it in the comments.

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You may have noticed that this blog has went through a bit of a makeover. I felt it was time to update and make it a bit more professional.  Hopefully, you guys like it. Let me know what you think of the new layout!

These past few days have been pretty nice here. The weather has shown that spring is really here and not in hiding like we all thought. With  nice weather comes more productivity for me. I’m not sure what it is about nice, warm, sunny weather, but it always makes me want to write. I love to sit in my room with my window and curtains open, letting in a nice breeze and the sunshine in.  It’s like spring brings the writer in me back after a very depressing winter.

I hope that whatever the weather is like where you are, you’re making great progress with your own writing projects. I’m thinking about hosting another blogfest here, but I want to make sure it’s done correctly after the last one didn’t work out as well as I had hoped….

Also, I’m still looking for people to do their own guest posts on this blog. Let me know if you’re interested. You can talk about whatever you want. Maybe you want to share how you get inspiration or how your creative process works. Maybe you want to talk about your biggest fan when it comes to writing or why you wanted to become one in the first place. It’s really up to you.  You can let me know either here in the comment section below or by e-mailing me at thestoryinme@gmail.com

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

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Have you ever started writing something, but then got stuck on a certain part? Whether that be a scene or maybe a chapter? Well, I have. For awhile now, chapter 14 has proven to be the ultimate bane of my existence. I don’t even know why it was so difficult. The scenes contained within it weren’t  horribly draining emotionally. There weren’t huge plot twists going on.

After awhile,  I started thinking: maybe that was the problem. Maybe it was a stale scene. It wasn’t really going anywhere, so of course, it couldn’t get me to chapter 15. So, I went back and reworked it to where I could get through it. If I wasn’t enjoying writing it, why would anyone enjoy reading it?

Sometimes we have to really consider the flow of our work. Is it working out or maybe there are some kinks to work out? If writer’s block has helped put you off your course, maybe you should go back and reconsider what you’re writing. It could just be a stagnant scene that needs to be freshened up.

Tomorrow, I will start working on chapter 15. I’m officially at the halfway point of my novel.  It’s a nice feeling to know that the finish line is approaching and then I can really get to work on getting this book out there for everyone to read. 🙂

Now, let’s get to this week’s Writing Prompt Wednesday!

  • One afternoon, a stranger salesman comes to your door. You invite him/her inside and they start to sell you the most interesting items. Write a story about what the salesman does and what he is selling. Do you buy anything? How does the salesman react if you don’t?

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Imagine sitting at your desk writing away on the story that you’ve been working on for months. You seem to be making great progress and are excited for the next day when you continue on.  That day comes and you find yourself sitting in the same spot with what you left off in front of you, waiting to be continued. Everything is the same, except for one thing. Suddenly, the words aren’t coming out. Your brain is going a million miles a minute and you can’t seem to get the creative juices flowing. What has happened? Why now?

What has happened is this: Writing block has hit and you’ve lost your focus.

It’s happened to everyone at one point (or several in most cases). You can feel like you are getting so much done and then without warning, something happens and you become stuck. Sometimes it only lasts for a day or two, and then it can drag on for months (if you let it).  You could let frustration take over and never get over the slump, or you could take a few deep breaths and learn how you get that focus back.

For me, life can definitely get in the way of my writing process and once I get back to it, it takes awhile to get it back to normal.  These are the things that I do when I lose my focus:

  1. Turn on some music (it helps calm me)
  2. Read a book for some creative inspiration
  3. Try a new environment to write in. Go outside (weather permitting) or go into another room. Try something new.
  4. Look over your notes and re-introduce yourself to the story. Sometimes it just takes a little familiarizing to get back on point.
  5. Take a walk (yet another weather permitting moment).

No matter what, don’t give up. Sometimes all it takes is for you to step back and put it away for an hour… a day.. a week. Whatever it takes to clear your head and find the focus again. Be patient and know that it happens to everyone. We all have to deal with it. I know writers who have given up completely, saying that the reason was they just couldn’t find the words anymore. They lost focus and just surrendered. Don’t do that. Hang in there and it will find its way back into your writing.

If you have any tips for getting your focus back into your writing progress, please let us know in the comments section below. I would love to hear how other writers work out their writer’s block!

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Some more updates before my regular posting later (tomorrow is Writing Prompt Wednesday after all..), but I just wanted to get this out there before then.

Part one of my new serial story, Hello From Mexico, is now posted on Serial  Central. It’s a little different from The Painter,  but it still has that Young Adult genre feel to it.  A basic synopsis of the story is: A girl fresh out of college goes to Mexico to search for  her long-lost father who abandoned her and her mom when she was a young girl. The only clue she has to his whereabouts is a postcard sent to her mother long ago. Susanna leaves behind her family, boyfriend and life in Arizona to find out about another part of her heritage that she never knew.

This story is posted in parts every Tuesday on Serial Central. Please feel free to leave me a comment there and let me know what you think! Click here to get to part one and start reading!

Other than writing my serial story and my novel, I’m working on another blog fest that should be coming up in a month or two.  I will let everyone know what the details will be in tomorrow’s post!  Spread the word so we can have a great number of participants joining in!

I’ve also been thinking about doing some guest blogging, so if you are interested in doing a guest post here on this blog and/or if you would like me to do a post on yours, please contact me and we’ll set something up!  I always enjoy guest blogging and having another opinion here on this blog. 🙂

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