Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Novel-In-Progress is like Theseus’ Paradox

For those of you not near google, if, bit by bit, you replace the old wood of a boat with new wood until the whole ship is new wood, and then build another ship with the wood from the original ship, which one is the real ship?

Not so subtle segue because I’m exhauated.

Do you notice how much your story changes? You take out characters, add characters, take out scenes, add scenes, take out plot points, add plot points.

I do this little by little. My brain thinks, “Wouldn’t it be cool if this was like this?”, and usually, on a whim, I change a little piece of the story. I keep on changing little by little til it resembles in the barest structure. Usually only keeping one or two characters or plot points I like.

Of course Theseus’s Paradox involves another boat, but the real question is whether the ship that had all the pieces replaced is still the original ship. Do you think a manuscript you’ve written is replaced by the edited version?

Food for thought. But now, sleep is pretty important, and thanks to Netflix, I don’t get enough of it…

Improvement.

So far, I’m doing pretty well editing my story. I am going to focus on grammar while thinking of ways to improve my story. Once I feel the grammar is good, I’ll work on redoing my story, then redoing characters. Then I’ll go through it with a fine tooth comb and fix things.

Something I found that helps is taking things a section at a time, like one chapter, finish that, take a break, and then redo it. Go over the corrections you’ve made and figure things out.

Granted, that’s easier said than done, but I can do it!

How about you guys? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any other tips?

Troubles.

Hey guys, I’m losing steam.

Every time I take a look at my novel, I think how much it sucks, how all the other published ones look so beautiful and full of great characters and dialogue, and mine is clunky and awkward with no real characterization

I just can’t shake the thought that I actually suck at writing… And I know this is all in my head, and every writer has gone through this, but it’s still rough…

However, I feel the best way is to divide things. Not trying to do too much at once.

Anyone else have advice they’d like to share? I could really use it.

Inspiration.

I believe its a bit overrated.

Mainly because there’s a bit of a misconception that if you just wait for it, inspiration will come to you, and I don’t believe that’s the case.

Inspiration must be actively sought. Personally, I watch t.v, movies, and read books to find it. I also try to fit every new thing I learn into a story. It doesn’t always work, but at least you try.

A real-life example: about two years ago I was at a book panel where I got inspired to change the setting of one of my books from an England setting to a Hispanic/Asian mix one. And honestly, I just got inspired to change the setting and came up with a Hispanic culture but threw in Chinese and Japanese references.

What are some inspiration stories you have? Let me know! I love reading comments!

Hallelujah!

Good news, guys. After giving my room a nice scrubbing-over (basically just shuffling things from one place to another until I found what I was looking for and stuffed the rest under my bed…), I did manage to find my manuscript. So that’s a relief. I have started typing the edits into the computer.

From there I plan to print it out and re-edit it. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Until I feel proud to call it mine. Then I will find a discerning outside reader and get their two cents.

It’s a long and arduous process, but I gotta say, I’m pushing to get my novel finished by the end of my first year of college, which is about a year away.

Wish me luck!

How about you guys? Do you have any novels in the works? Any published ones? Ones you’re working on getting published? Let me know, I’d love to check it out!

Is it just me…

Or does anyone else act out your story behind closed doors? Like, I swing around a sword and pretend to be my characters. That’s the main reason I keep the doors to my bedroom shut. Also, I act it out when my characters are wounded. I have no idea why, but it feels so cool to just pretend to be a warrior (maiden) or sorcerer and be surrounded by enemy warriors and be all epic-fighting.

You can tell I haven’t grown up…

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Long Time, No See

It has been nearly a year since my last post, and any even longer since any real activity on the part of my story. But I am going to work on that now.

I have my whole story corrected, but, of course, it is again lost. I don’t know what it is, but my manuscripts really like disappearing if I don’t pay attention to them for a while. I am positive that I will find it eventually, but I don’t know when that “eventually” will be.

Luckily, school is winding to a close (senior year is honestly a joke), so I’m going to take a small break from art (because I can never actually get away from it) and focus more on my writing.

The thing is art can be done while watching T.V, which is one of my favorite hobbies. Seriously. T.V. is my inspiration machine. But I love T.V. so much that all that inspiration piles up inside my head and never goes anywhere. I have to be strong and watch less T.V. as well.

I believe the reason that so many people, especially myself, put off writing is because it is “a hobby”. Just something we do on the side for fun. But with a little extra work, it can be a paying hobby. With more focus and dedication, that novel you have stuffed in some nook or cranny of your room or apartment or house can inspire people and maybe, just maybe change them.

So, if you’re lacking inspiration, follow me, and I will try to update bi-weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays with some inspiring quotes and/or updates, or just random thoughts related to writing, depending on when I find my manuscript… Thanks to all the technology at my fingertips, there should be no problem!

And if I make up some lame excuse as to why I didn’t update, know I’m lying.