Progress Update – TORQUE

In my head,  I’ve kept up with my word count and I’m breezing along to finishing my novel by Dec. 15, 2017. In reality, I’ve skipped at least 14  days of writing due to being tired and not knowing what’s next (trying to make each scene mean something for the end product).  When I restarted, I was stuck on chapter five and six for the longest time, telling myself I will get to it later. But certain events in my life pushed me to stop messing around and set a goal. 130,000 words here I come!

I am now in chapter eight (of 18…maybe) in Torque. The last month has been the fastest I’ve ever gotten chapters done, and had less slumps. It’s clear I need to keep the momentum going so I don’t have as many.

I’ve been using Scrivener’s word count tracker to help push me to write between 750 and 900-plus words, for the days that I’ve selected as writing days. Since there have been days that I didn’t plop a single word onto the page, it adds words for the next day so that I can make up for it. Which is nice in a way, but if I wasn’t committed to being done by my self-made deadline, I’m sure that my word count would be way higher. And looking at my goal for the day can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, but as long as I split the writing to before and after work, I reach my goal.

I’ve also been using my book map to keep me on track plot wise. I noticed the other day when I went to Starbucks that I never really finished my detailed outline; breaking each chapter down by characters introduced and mentioned, and a detailed look at three important/ focal points for the book.

While I am all for planning, it’s not realistic of me to try and finish the outline. In the book map, I break it down with a one sentence summary (for both of my main characters, chapter conflict, storyline notes, characters introduced and mentioned, and if there are any important plot points for it.

I know this sounds like more work than the detailed outline, but it works for me. I did my best in the book map to keep everything brief so it wouldn’t take so long to do. As mine is in Google Sheets, it’s easy to adjust and change and I always have access to it.

Since I am trying to write 130,000 words by the end of the year, I need to keep my focus on that, but I will do my best to do one full post and a writing prompt for the rest of the year.

I will eventually have a second Write Reads post on here soon, but until then, check out the first one and let me know what you think.

-Keep Writing

 

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Writing Goals via Planner

A couple of weeks ago I started making writings goals. And they’ve already failed, which sucks because I want to finish my novel by the end of the year or at least half of it.
In my planner I put word goals – of how many I would achieve a day starting Monday and ending Saturday. I decided that Sunday was my rest day.

I was doing well for a couple of days after I started – I was ahead of my writing goal for a day or two and close to getting to Sunday’s total word count.

I hate making excuses on why they fell off the wagon. So, I won’t. I will start again this Monday. 50 words per day for at least a week and a half.

It’ll be less overwhelming when I think about the finished product. Would you rather look at 50 words per day or 600 words by a certain day. It will be easier to focus on a small amount.

And yes, 50 words per day is really small and seems like you’ll be getting no where, but I stand by what I said about it being less intimidating.

If you have writing goals/ plans comment below what you do.

XO Arisa

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What is the appeal behind a young female protagonist falling for an older male protagonists – the ones where the men are over 100 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 20 something.

I can’t give a definite answer to that because I am not getting a degree in psychology or anything related to development. But I just started to find this relationship dynamic interesting.

The book I am currently reading, Tiger’s Curse is about a girl named Kelsey (16 18y/o, she acts like a kid, though) who decides to go India under the impression she’ll help the tiger, Ren, adjust to life in India. But that quickly changes to her trying to break a curse on Ren she met after feeding and reading poetry to him for two weeks. Of course the tiger is not what it seems and he’s a prince.

He’s over 300 years old, and looks young ( no description how old he looks age-wise. Or there is and I forgot, whoops.) Like any book similar to this the female starts to fall in love and/or vice versa.

The plots are different but the endgame is usually the same: they fall in love. Maybe there’s an article out the that focuses on this relationship dynamic and gives the reason on why it’s so appealing to people my age or younger.

Maybe it’s possible that the book reflects our inner desire to have a older partner or someone old fashion – which some of us wouldn’t mind because some people are a-holes.

What I haven’t seen, which would be interesting is a younger guy falling in love with an older woman, someone over 100 years old looking 20 something. Or even people of the same gender with the dynamic. I bet that would be good. (Hint, hint.)

There’s nothing wrong the large age gaps, otherwise I wouldn’t have it on my bookshelves, but it is a little creepy. Especially if they aren’t legal. But that’s a huge plot hole for later.

Intimidation of page numbers and word count

I’ve come to realize why it’s hard to write, and why it may be hard for others to write. The expectancy of x amount of pages for chapter or book.

When someone expects a certain amount or as a writer, you pressure yourself to get the amount you want or need, it can take the fun out of writing. It can make your writing area into a stressful environment. Which is not very productive.

It’s all some writers, like myself, can think about when writing. It started to make me feel unmotivated when I tried and write Torque.
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Progress Update (PU) | Torque

I’ll be making short updates about my novel and possible short stories. I will be keeping track for my own reasons and in case you are interested. This post will be a lot shorter than usual, but I wanted to update something for Sunday/ Monday before I post on Wednesday again. (If posts are not up Sunday, Monday is the day.)

In my previous posts, linked below, I may have talked about my novel that I am currently struggling with. I am not sure if  I mentioned the name, but I did post about the starting words of chapter 1. But I have named it Torque. The reason why I chose this title is because of the physics definition: a twisting force that causes rotation. I wanted to make a connection with physics to my main character and I also like the idea that torque could be an idea for catalytic events. In my novel, my main character (of course) is that catalytic force – that twisting force.

And her name is Cori.

When I had explained what my novel was about to others, I had a hard time trying to tell them. Mainly because, like other writers,I am protective of my work. Recently, I finally made a little summary for my portfolio director – it’s not exactly what I want to say, but it gets the point across.

 Cori is half human and half of an experimental vampiric-like race. She is aware of the strange things happening around her and her own abilities but only to an extent and becomes a catalytic force in an impending war.  

I know, the word vampiric stands out, but that’s how I originally started it. After so many changes to the plot, character, names – I wanted to keep it. I also have not thought of a name for the vampiric-like race. Well, a new name. I had several before, but that can be a separate post.

I intend for Torque to be a fantasy/ action series (four books) for adults. I currently have 3,089 words for chapter 1. Keep checking the bottom bar for current word count.(Or my struggle of the same word count.)

But until Wednesday, comment below.

XO Arisa

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Hello Readers. If there still are any. (I keep disappearing because of life.)

I am currently was in Italia, studying abroad and taking trips to amazing places. I just recently went to Paris and it was amazing. While I was there it seemed so unreal, that I am studying abroad. There are many people that do not get to do this. But I’m not going to talk about my trips in this post. That’s what my other blog is for. It’s called “In Firenze” and I (will) update those adventures there (eventually). I’m still stuck on the first week because I had been out and about, napping or in class.

A while back (way back), I was writing fanfiction for this anime called “Attack on Titan,” or its actual Japanese name “Shingeki no Kyojin“. I had two ideas that I couldn’t decide on, but I ultimately stuck with the one that would of been a alternate version of what was to come in my version of the storyline.

I didn’t want to scrap the other idea and I felt like I could make a three-part series out of it. I still have some plot holes to fill out, but I have my characters’ name. I wanted the first part to be like a diary entries, the second part will switch to third-person, and the last part will be third-person omniscient (at least for now).

I’ve started writing part one and it’s called The Book of Phaedrus. This part of the series I am planning to set it in the past, either in Greece or Egypt.  The next two parts in the series I am not completely sure, but I do have the main character’s names. Part two will be about a girl named Asha, which will take place in the present and part three will be about a friend/angel named Ariel, which will take place in the future.

If you would like I can put a little piece of the beginning in one of my next posts.

See you next post, which will be in another week. Seriously this time.

XO Arisa

 

Trying to find that love again

Since I am going to college for journalism, specifically magazine journalism, writing has been a love-hate relationship. I know that it’s a different style but it has been difficult for me to master. I made it a goal of mine to work for a publishing company, become an editor of a magazine and one day own my own magazine.

If you’ve ever had a journalism course or went to j-school, they probably told you the ABCs of journalism. The ABCs stand for accuracy, brevity and clarity. I think that as I was learning the ABCs and other rules, I began to slowly lose my touch and (I dare say it) my love for writing.

When I came to school I knew I wanted to journalism ( and to also please my parents because an English degree wouldn’t suffice.) And I’ve always loved magazines;  features,  ads, horoscopes, photographs – basically the entire package of a magazine. As I am wrapped up my reporting class I realized that I don’t like the newspaper aspect of print journalism. Maybe it was just the class. (It was the class.) 

I refuse to give up on something, just because of this factor. The other factor is that I am not sure what I was doing well in the class. For all I know, every story and brief I wrote could be classified as: meh or okay.

As someone who generally writes creative fiction better than non-fiction, fact filled work, it’s hard. Lately, I’ve been trying to “label” myself as a storyteller, as I am telling someone else’s story with facts. We will see how this holds up when I take my feature writing course in the fall. I will keep pushing forward to do better in my journalistic writing, eventually I’ll get it.

xo Arisa

-PS. I will be updating the site soon and it will showcase my published works, designs and projects.