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Check out this video on writing descriptions.

 

Hello everyone,

It’s been a roller coaster of a week. The Good stuff? Possible internship opening and fun weekend trip with my boyfriend coming up. The not so good stuff? My dad had a bit of a health scare (he’s fine now) and there’s a leaky pipe (which is not fine) and another closed door job wise.
All these happenings, and writers block, have led to an unproductive week of writing. My attempt at NaNoWriMo is slightly derailing, unfortunately, but I’m still gonna try and keep writing, whether I reach my goal or not.

In a previous post, I mentioned my difficulty writing about the appearance of characters and the setting. Just thought I’d share this video about writing descriptions I found. It’s really helpful, at least, I thought so. Made me think about writing descriptions and my choice of adjectives and how I paint the picture.

Just watching it made the phrases “ghost quiet” and “stewed cherry” get stuck in my brain. And really did change my thinking when it comes to writing descriptions.

Hope you find this video helpful too. I want to know what you guys are working on, so let me know in the comments.

Write with heart,
Lady Jabberwocky

 

NaNoWriMo Day 8: Notes to self. Room to improve.

It’s day 8 of National Novel Writing Month. Had a good writing session today, broke 8,000 words. Yes, I know I’m behind word count wise, but this horse is still in the race. Since this is the first NaNo I’ve participated in, I’ve found things about my writing style that have room for improvement, and may make the journey to the end of the month a lot smoother. Because there have been some bumps in the road so far. So…

Here’s me critiquing myself (the title of my biography in 50 years.)

Note to self.

formalfickleherring-max-1mbStop trying to edit and be perfect – Now is not the time! I’m trying to get to 50,000 words here. I’m trying to hold myself back from deleting things that bother me for just being plain terrible. Trying really hard, but sometimes there are just garage sentences that nag at your brain to remove them. Holding out until December. (December will be a freaking slaughter of words, won’t it?)

Focus on one scene at a time – I have this problem that always seems to get me frazzled. I plant the seeds of all these different scenes, and then I end up confused and overwhelmed in a jungle.  Instead of jumping around and writing a bunch of bits for a bunch of different parts, I should tune in to one scene and only focus on that one part at a time.

tumblr_nscgzpygmq1uc78xbo1_250Write more descriptions – For some reason, dialogue always comes first when i’m writing. It’s like the bones of a scene for me. I’m pushing myself to work on describing the setting and characters more vividly. An image should be painted in color, not black and white.

Sometimes you gotta ask yourself, how can I be better at my craft, or whatever I’m trying to excel in? It’s not about listening to the voice in your head that says “Man, this story is a dumpster fire.”, it’s critiquing yourself in a way that you improve. Well, that’s what i’m working on in order to (barely) survive November. What are you guys working on in your writing? And how is NaNoWriMo treating you? Well, I hope. Look forward to hearing from you all.

 

Write with heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo Day 5: Slowly but surely.

Hello everyone,

It’s day 5 of NaNoWriMo. I’ve got about 5,000ish words down so far. It’s not the average word count, but that’s okay. Slowly but surely.

It’s a slow start, I’ll admit.

But I’m committed to writing something every day. Even if it’s 100 words or 1000 words. Even if I haven’t written as much as everyone else.

And I’m determined to at least try to achieve the 50,000 word goal.

Don’t be discouraged, fellow writers, if you feel like you’re falling behind or you’re not dishing out words fast enough or somebody else seems miles ahead of you. Focus on whatever your goal is and freaking  hit it with your best shot.

I’m gonna be here, swinging for the fences as I attempt to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. Knowing how I am, I’ll probably end up writing like 10,000 words on the last day.

How is National Novel Writing month treating you guys? I’d love to hear all about your experience so far.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

NaNoWriMo: Day 1 Jitters

Not gonna lie, starting felt like dipping a toe into a cold, public pool. Or like the first day of school after a long summer.

Takes a minute to get into the rhythm of things, but it’ll happen. I’m determined to make writing a routine this month, that’s one goal.

Fueled by leftover Halloween gummy bears, I wrote about 1000 words. Not bad, not bad. The ball will eventually get rolling, just gotta find a steady pace.

Wanna be buddies? Find me at LadyJabberwocky on the NaNo website. (I’m assuming that’s how it works)

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Celebrating Halloween with Edgar Allen Poe.

To those celebrating Halloween tonight, happy Halloween! Hope you have a fun night with tons of sweets.

To everyone on the eve of National Novel Writing Month, I wish you all the best of luck. Don’t worry writers, we got this!

How am I spending this Halloween and Nano’s Eve? By reading Edgar Allen Poe. The master of mystery and creepiness. Perfect for a night like tonight.

No trick or treating  or costumes for me tonight. The boyfriend and I are having a night in with some twizzlers and gummy bears and maybe a Halloween themed movie. Really exciting stuff.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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When your brain feels like a house party.

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. I’ve been dealing with trials of being an unemployed writer. With disappointments and drama as the whip cream and cherry on top, it’s been a dismal couple days.

But something kinda hit me last night. I laid awake in bed, pondering the universe (Another thing that comes with being an unemployed writer, I suppose). I wasn’t thinking about the story I plan to write during NaNoWriMo, which is detective fiction, I was thinking about how wonderful a fantasy story sounded. It could just be my indecisiveness, I am notorious for not making up my mind. It’s that feeling of uncertainty, what story am I meant to pursue?

Sometimes my brain feels like a house party.

Stay with me, I know it’s a weird metaphor. Like seriously, picture like an ordinary get together, with light music playing and snacks on the table (like chips and homemade salsa… Ooh, that sounds good right now.)

I’m the host and the guests are all these characters from different possible stories, from different genres entirely. In attendance, there is a 1920’s detective, a princess from fantasy land and a young super powered vigilante, to name a few. And I have no idea who I want to have a conversation with at this party first, they all look interesting to me. I’m not insane, I promise.

What I mean is, I don’t know what I want to focus on when it comes to writing. Guess I always felt like I had to pick one genre to write in if I ever became a “successful writer”. Like I had to be married to one for the rest of my writing career.

It was a feeling I got right after I graduated. With no essays or projects to worry about, I was finally able to focus on my own project. Endless possibilities, right? Honestly, I thought going to college to study English would help me discover and hone in on what I truly loved to write about. The opposite happened.  If anything, it expanded my horizon, in a literary sense.

Can I help it? There have always been multiple genres I’ve been interested in. Real classic mysteries intrigue me and fantasies make my heart flutter and myths are like magic and sci-fi can be cool and those real life dramas are just plain honest. (This sentence = My friggin’ entire life)

I want to know what you guys think about this. Am I crazy?  You guys ever feel like that? Like you have so many ideas that are pulling you in completely different directions? Or are you happy with writing one genre forever? Maybe, as writers, we are allowed to dabble in every kind of story (like at an international buffet, and your plate is confused because you got like tacos and dumplings next to each other).

Maybe I’m an indecisive dabbler.

Indecisive dabbler and unemployed writer, what a combo.

Write about what you love, guys, even if it’s everything.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

Act One, Scene One (Poem)

Act One, Scene One.
It always starts with Act One, Scene One.
Take a moment, become your character.
The cello strings moan in anticipation.
The stage is set.
The wood floor is glossy and shining under the lights.
Red velvet curtains are drawn with golden tassels.
Keep your toes pointed.
The audience is taking their seats.
Remember your lines, remember your cues.
Remember to breathe.
Remember,
It always starts with Act One, Scene One.


Felt like posting a poem tonight, which is rare, I’ll admit. I’m more of a fiction writer than a poet. This is from a poetry class I took in college last year.

Here is a poem about beginnings.

It’s something I’m trying to keep in mind at this particular point in my life.

Write With Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky