Writing Prompt No. 3

Some dialogue starters:

  1. “There are consequences to your actions, you know this – it puts us all….”
  2. “This can’t be any different than when we….”
  3. “You watched me lie there, I would think that….”
  4. “But I am young, so what…”

 

Check out the last writing prompts here!

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Managing a looming manuscript

Maybe it’s good to start small. But for some of us, we decided that we would start with  a large manuscript.

Once you finally realize what you’ve done, you’ve already told so many people that you’re working on a novel. You probably feel kind stuck right now.

And to be honest, I’m right there with you. The words used to flow from my fingertips, but my wondering mind makes it difficult; I keep thinking of ways to make it better/ edit before I even finish the book.

I never want to give up on it; Torque is my first novel I wrote when I was younger and finished it. I wrote it out of being inspired by (albeit, I am a bit embarrassed to admit this) Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight.”

And I feel as though if I take a step back that I won’t come back to it. But I am going to push these feelings aside to keep writing it. I’ll do my best to balance it with another manuscript but I’m going to finish Torque.

I think I’ve rambled on for a bit, but I wanted to explore ways for writers to keep going or take a step back without feeling they are abandoning their manuscript.

For fun

I guess the obvious would be to reread what you have, but don’t make any edits.  Realize what you fell in love with when you first started writing. If you start to make edits, it’s possible to become critical of what’s there. There is such as thing as over editing.

 

Fill in the blanks

Write specific scenes — whether you plan to fit it in your manuscript or not. This will keep the brain moving and could add more depth to character. If you are adding the scene to your book, hopefully it will excite you to get to fill in the blanks.  A writing prompt is also a good way.

Plan or pants? 

If you’ve planned things out with an outline — forget it. It may restrict the writing by sticking with the plan.  If there is no plan, create one. Your novel may need some direction — it doesn’t have to be detailed, just mention three important actions you want to happen. ( Three is a good number because there is less of a chance to make the outline too complex or overwhelming.)

Like Nike’s tagline: Just Do It

Put that butt in that chair, or favorite writing spot and just write. Push through the feelings you may have, no matter how rough those sentences, hell, even chapters, are. Don’t give up.

Step back and reflect 

As mentioned in a previous post, Making the most of your time, hop into another project. It may be time to step back completely.  It doesn’t make you a failure. Even if you don’t hop into another project, use that time to reflect on another.

And if any one of those people you’ve told about your novel asks you how it’s going, say it’s fine. Sometimes keeping it to yourself can lessen the pressure of a large manuscript.

Keep writing!

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Discussing writing books | Write Reads

We all know there can always be too much of something. Well, what about writing books? Maybe. I guess it really depends on what you’re looking for in the book and what you hope to get out of it.

As writers, we can spend a couple of hours in the bookstore browsing. And when we’re finally at the decent-sized section of the writing reference, there’s a little bit of everything. From familiar names and publishing companies, you run the risk of picking up something similar you might already have on your shelf.

Or you finish it and feel like it was something you knew, or didn’t get much out of.

So, throughout the year I plan to make it easier for you. I’ll be picking up writing books and reviewing them. I’ll also cover books that are writing related, but not necessarily focusing on a how-to.

I guess to begin this series, let’s call it “Write Reads,” with Deborah Halverson’s “Writing New Adult Fiction” and Betsy Lerner’s “Forest for the Trees.”

Be sure to leave comments below on books you recommend.

Third to First | Progress Update

As some of you may know I am writing a novel, struggling, but I’m moving along. Back in December, toward the end of my end of my winter break, my portfolio director told me to switch my third person to first person.

It would make the readers feel more connected with my main character, Cori. He also noted that it might make it easier to do world building, so the reader doesn’t feel so lost.

But before he suggested first person, he asked me if Torque was in ever written in first person. Funny enough, he was right when he asked. When I first wrote Torque, Cori was eighteen years old and at that time I was way younger. She had a juvenile perspective.

The differences between the beginning in both versions on Torque.

I didn’t want that last draft because I wanted her to seem older, so I wrote the story in third person.  But I guess I when I did that I lost the close connection that Cori could have with the reader.

Currently, I am having a hard time getting back into Cori’s headspace.  I think it’s because it’s been years since I was there and I’ve made so many changes to Cori as a character that it’s hard for me to figure out her voice.

I’m still going to push through this and do my best to finish at least three chapters by the end of March, so my portfolio reader can take a look at it.

I’ll do another post sometime in the next two weeks, depending on how busy I am. Let’s hope I’m not too busy.

Booktube and Blog name change?

I’ve been passing time by going on YouTube watching beauty videos and peoples’ life vlogs, when I discovered the wonderful thing called BookTube. For those that do not know what BookTube is, it’s a community of video bloggers who talk about books. I forgot who I started watching first, but the more and more I kept watching the more I want to do something like that. Basically join the BookTube community and also talk about my writing, with progress updates and possibly share short stories (under 15 minutes because that’s the limit for non-YouTube partners).

When I was in Italy, I vlogged what I was doing on certain days. I was going to upload them, but my friend said he would help me edit and when we got back, two weeks later he went back to Peru. So, my Italia adventures will be waiting to be posted. I might just upload it all together. I loved doing it. One of my favorite videos is when I was in Munich and I was recording my bike ride through one of the parks. So I feel like I will be doing that in the future, when I had a solid idea of how I am going to conduct my channel.

I have been thinking about changing my blog name to Arisafwrites. I feel like the current blog name can represent any writing blog, so I might as well personalize it for me. I am not set on the name change to Arisafwrites, but I will be changing it in late Aug. or Sept.

I am going to keep this post nice and short. I will update later this week with a book haul of the books I bought or borrowing. I will also do a TBR list as well.

Until Sunday! Ciao.

XO Arisa

I don’t know what I’m doing but…

I seriously don’t know what I am doing, but I hope to begin the film script soon. I have set up a time with my friends this past Monday to help brainstorm some ideas and hopefully begin something.

Since I have no clue what I am doing, I have asked two of my theatre friends and my college writing professor, who studied film to help. Of course my theatre friends will be guide in regards to content and plot in this form of writing. My professor said he was going to send references to help with structure and ways to set up the script. I’ll eventually search the for references myself.

When my friends and I talked on Monday, I told them the truth about not knowing what I’m doing. So one of them told me to write a 10-page script and told me not to think about what I was writing. All I could think was: “How am I not supposed to think?”

I am used to thinking about what I’m writing and whether it will make sense and if the plot will match down the line. The 10-page script will be challenge for me to do, but I am up to it. I must finish by the next time we talk to each other.

The reason why I want to create a film script is because I want to try something new with writing, for fun and because of my college writing 2 course. The course was based on the analysis of film and writing papers on them. Watching the films made me want to know what was the process like for the writers of the movie. The dialogue is the backbone of the movie then the visuals.

I think that when stories are created and turned into a great visual masterpiece, it’s pretty freaking awesome. Lately, I have been looking a graduate schools that offer film or television programs. I am finding it hard to chose what I want to do for a Master’s degree.

I think this will conclude my rant about not knowing what I am doing.

And for you Trekkie fans, go see Star Trek: Into Darkness. I found it quite delightful, I want to see it again. (The lens flares don’t disappoint.)

XO Arisa (If you guys have good references for script writing, format, etc.  comment below.)