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General So...I remembered today was writing day when I woke up...and then dear husband said just one episode of Mandalorian...which led to chain watching the second half of the second season. By the time I finally escaped, I'd forgotten all about writing...and somehow thought tomorrow was Jan 1, and I had a day before I needed to start upping the word count.
Did the new year cleaning purge, and started trying to get general life plans on lock. And now the kittens demand play time. More writing tomorrow! 5k weekend, here I come.
Tomorrow, I need to work on the story seeds for Breaking Cursed Habits. It's just not strong enough to start writing yet. Plus, I want to do the RaTs prompt I pulled yesterday, Thirst + Respect. Gonna be fun, that one.
Not a ton today, but got some friends to run ideas by tomorrow, have gathered all of my notes, and uh...yeah. If anybody's familiar with the Monkey King/Journey to the West/Korean Odyssey/Nezha/Red Boy/The Salt Witch/The Bell Witch and wants to help me talk through my idea and turn it into a story with conflict that I can actually write, it'd be much appreciated. Found 2 RaTs I wrote last year for this story, will have to find out tomorrow if they ever got posted or not.
For now, I'm compiling all my notes, and spending my well earned day off tomorrow getting my head back into this story, so I can start weaving these scenes into a narrative, and maybe build a skeletal plot, and at least remember the names of my main and secondary cast!
Post by khelessindarae on Jan 4, 2021 13:43:12 GMT -5
So...5k weekend was a bust, but I still wrote! I had a 12 hour migraine+aura+nausea fest, and still managed 298 words that day. Why I wrote less the next day?
But, I did start getting Breaking Cursed Habits figured out. So while words weren't written, novel prep was done, so I feel okay about that. Today, I'm going through my notes, and trying to figure out how to turn this story idea into a full fledged novel with conflict, worthy of 100k that I will end up writing in the first draft. Also, going to turn consolidating my notes into a couple pages of Luddite notes! Got these shiny new fountain pens for my B-day gift to myself, so why not, right?
I went to bed last night, being sooo disappointed I didn't write more than 138 pages...and then I remembered. I wrote 6 pages for the Luddite challenge.
Last day on break, still no word on the job, but excited to getting closer to a working form for Breaking Cursed Habits, so I can start drafting, instead of just writing one-off scenes. Don't get me wrong, I love RaTs--but I'd also like to feel like I have a manuscript, not a dozen disconnected scenes.
So...I lost the consistency streak on the 5th. I had several moments, where I thought to myself, it's just 250 words. You can do this on your phone. You've done that before. And then I just...didn't.
Yesterday, the US government decided to be super on fire, so I had trouble focusing at work while ish was going down, so to make sure I kept from spiraling down into despair at the country I live in, I turned on some 90's R&B, started organizing and going through my notes.
My male MC is pretty solid, as is the primary antagonist, but the female lead...I get the feeling I'm going to have to basically start over for her. I have two theme songs that are still accurate, but the notes...the notes are not helpful. Either I don't want to write the character that way anymore--or, more likely--my notes didn't accurately leave me a sense of who she is. So, a little more work, there. But I can still use the GMC for Yunru and Rebecca, the two other main characters. I finally have names written down for the other plot-important characters, so now I just need to face cast them, and flesh out personalities a tiiiiiny bit.
Post by khelessindarae on Jan 15, 2021 21:02:08 GMT -5
I...am going to have to calculate where I am with the consistency challenge. I know I got nothing done from 1/12 on, so...yeah. Thankfully all my writing is online now, so it'll be easy enough to figure out.
So, I got the contract job! ....and didn't realize how much editing 700+ pages a week would affect my ability to write. I think a lot of it is just adjusting my sleep schedule. My productivity goes in the gutter between 1 and 3, so I might make that my official writing/lunch break, and then finish out the day in the evening.
In my little leisure breaks, I finally finished Go Go Squid. The romance did the traditional Chinese/Taiwanese trope that is The Elder Has Said So meets Noble Idiot and We Don't Communicate, and I put it down a while ago. Finally went through it again, and realized while the romance frustrates me for so. many. reasons. The story itself reminds me of a writing prompt I've always seen and scoffed at. Start your story 20 years after the conflict. I've never seen the value in that idea before, but hey. Events happened 10 years ago, people are still bitter and heartbroken about them--and now it's time to rip the bandaids off and poke the scars, I mean still open, festering wounds.
But! I got another face cast, the lovely Li Xian.
And I have a story seed to throw at Hexed Hunters. Hexed Hunters was the story that had the fight club and fighter elements cut out to make a working story...but I still want to write my band of fighting brothers! So I'll add a note to look at Go Go Squid when I come back to that idea in the future. For now, continuing to work on Breaking Cursed Habits...Sunday and Monday, probably. For now, I have another 200 pages to edit...so.
I'm alive! And once I can balance my job and sleep schedule, writing is coming RIGHT back.
Post by khelessindarae on Jan 18, 2021 23:42:18 GMT -5
So....OC Challenge isn't going well. But! I have Act 1 of Breaking Cursed Habits figured out, and I wrote the opening scene yesterday, and I just finished the rest of chapter 1. My longest stretch has been a four day writing streak, but I'm on day 3 right now, and I feel good about hitting 7 days this week.
Post by khelessindarae on Jan 22, 2021 11:51:17 GMT -5
Written: Tuesday? Wednesday? Sometime. I....am doing really, really well. I usually spend anywhere from 30-100k in the ordinary world, because I suck at conflict, but through sprints, finishing scenes, and making sure every scene is a cookie scene...Breaking Cursed Habits hasn't hit 10k yet, and I've moved from the Ordinary World into the Quest. Granted, there are two scenes I need to go back and write/add to, but...feeling pretty good.
Sprints are helping me tremendously. I think I'm doing 2-3 a night, and the motivation is really helping. I finished half of my workday by 8:30 this morning. Just woke up at 6, determined to make writing a priority with a friend who's doing sprints at noon.
Update: Today So, writing is still going well, and my anxiety levels are down, which is awesome. I have, uh...well, I'm on the fence about things. There are things I want to change about the first three chapters (first drafts are usually 1-3 scenes divided into "chapters" until I have a linear flow), and I'm trying to decide if this is normal procrastination, or if this is reasonable, since I didn't have an outline until...last night. I'm going to mull it over and see. There were two scenes that needed added/edited, and I'm evaluating whether the rest is "I'm scared to move on," or "If I don't fix this, I'm going to give up on editing this when the time comes." We'll see. I might make a list of the changes I want to make, and prioritize them. There were two things that needed fixed, and that's mostly done now. Now, I need to look at my other fixes and determine if those need to come now, or later.
But for now, I have a short work day to power through, which is good, because the cats were nonstop from 3-5 am this morning. Did not wake up before 8 like I like to, but getting up at 5 am after maybe 4 hours of sleep didn't appeal, either.