Oh my! It has certainly been a while! I apologize for being MIA for so
long but don’t worry, I’ve been writing.
First off – I moved to Germany! Yup! I met a wonderful guy and moved
here to be closer and here I am! It was a very crazy and hectic
process and I documented everything in my travel blog:
Be sure to visit – it’s quite entertaining! I had started it back in
2011 when I attempted a trip to the UK by myself (note: it was a
success) It was a way for my family back home to keep an eye on me.
Now that I have moved, this blog is the perfect communication key by
enabling me to reach as many people at one time. At first I was
blogging everyday up until I moved here but now I only update on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
As a result, I have been able to get back to work on Tas’und’eash.
However, since coming to Germany I have suddenly inundated with ideas.
It’s great but there is a tiny hitch at the moment. For my first two
months here in Deutschland, I am living in this small room:
As you can see, there is no desk. I know what are must be thinking:
you’re in Europe! Go to a cafe! I don’t really do the sit in a cafe
and write bit. I will do it if a fellow writer wants to try some
place new or nice but I prefer to work from home with little
distraction. My boyfriend and I should be getting an apartment soon
so I will then be focused on getting a desk. Yay!
So what other projects am I working on? Well, I will have to save
that for another post. There is so much to do! But in the meantime,
I should also get back to writing this blog. It’s a good way to
document where I am going with this (hopefully) getting published
Until Next Time,
One of the problems I am finding with this current project is the pacing. Whether it’s the flow of the words or the flow of the plot. Right now I am suffering from the latter which in turn is affecting the former. I wrote the ‘skeleton draft’ in one shot. By ‘skeleton’ I meant it is simply all of the main points I want told. Now I’m going back and beefing bits up; however, it all feels so scattered. You have to find the tools to see your story on a bigger scale. I will briefly write a few things that have helped me with both of these issues.
When it comes to the flow of words I use one simple trick: I take what I have written and read it out loud. You read slower when you verbalize versus reading it in your head. This also helps with when writing dialogue: does it feel natural in your mouth when you say the words? This may not work for everyone, it definitely helps me.
When it comes to the flow in plot I found index cards to be essential. But I will take this one step further. I found an awesome computer program that allows for index cards but these cards are digitally connected. The program is called Scrivener. I found it while checking out author Veronica Roth’s blog. Here’s an image of what I’m working on:
As you can see, I have index cards discussing plot points I’m hitting for a particular “chapter.” But if you see on the left hand side the title of the index cards have been blurred. It’s there that the actual written portion is. I can change the order of these “index cards” and it moves the written portions for me 😀 But this way I am able to see my work as a whole. It’s almost God-like, having this bird’s eye view of the entire story.
I highly recommend Scrivener. They at least give you a thirty day free trial and if you like it you only have to whip up about $40. Here is the link to the site: