Sunday, April 28, 2013

Originality

I was over at Writing Excuses today, and landed on the topic of Originality. *click here to listen to that podcast via writingexcuses.com*

I have been editing and rewriting my WIP, and have had that fear (that writers are prone to) that my story may not be original enough.  I mean, I think my story is unique in it's own way... but really... everything has been done.  Are my characters individuals?  Does my storyline have enough to offer the fictional community? 

Where do you draw the line between Influenced by, and Derived from?  Is one adapted voice, while the other is fanfic? 

It is a very uncomfortable and tricky subject, as they say in  the above podcast.  I don't want to be one of those people that 'tries too hard', nor do I want to follow the market.  I just want to write stories. 

What are your thoughts on the subject?


(If the above link doesn't work: http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/07/02/writing-excuses-7-27-the-problem-of-originality/ )

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Infinite Do-Over…

Uh-huh.

I’m a writing slob, who found herself over-correcting into a control freak.

:D *ta-da!*

But seriously… It’s a thing.  I had a loose, and moderately sloppy manuscript to start with. So I went looking for ways to hone my craft, and while I am convinced that most of the changes that I had made to my writing schedule were very helpful to my process, I inadvertently fell into that sand trap that is … *drum-roll* … the over plotted story.

*facepalm*

Don’t panic! It’s okay… I mean, I did have a pretty crappy couple of weeks where I didn’t understand what was happening.  Something was broken with my story (or me! At times I thought that I have even forgotten how to write), but I couldn’t tell exactly what. 

Soooo… at first, I just floundered about… giving myself permission to write/edit badly… no pressure. After all, I can always revert back to the original drafts, right? (Grr, I hate feeling like I’m wasting time… so this is hard for me to relax and let go… but necessary!)

Interestingly enough, I started writing scenes that didn’t fit with my current story, but a much much earlier version of the book… like from months ago!  And it was better!

So, while I do feel that a lot/most of my new writing/ scheduling habits have been very helpful in my productivity and organization… I have to be very careful here, not to over plot my stories into rigid, emotionally stunted works. 

That’s writing, isn’t it?  Just when you think that you have it down, it chuckles at you and reminds you who’s boss. ;)

My goals for this (and last) week was to polish/edit the first 60pages of my manuscript.  I spent the first three days feeling like I was stuck on one side of a thick glass wall, while my story, and characters were on the other side, just out of reach.  Thankfully that feeling has passed, and as I sit here today, I’m not at that goal, but happier with my story. 

I ultimately lost nearly 40 pages of manuscript. I’m going to go a little slow on the repairs/re-writes. Partly because my basement flooded with all the rain, and I’m going to be shampooing carpet until it smells fresh again *lol*, and partly because, I don’t want to make the same mistake twice.

So, my new goal is to have the manuscript changes made, and the revised draft done by June 1.  If I get done early, yay!  If not, I can enjoy the process at a nice pace.

Tortoise and the hare, baby. ;)

By the way, did you guys happen to notice the sweet playlist over there? *courtesy of Spotify… I just learned how. :) --->

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