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On Where I’ve Been….

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:
www.adventuresoflamari.com
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:

IMG_5285As 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
journey.

Until Next Time,

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On Pacing…

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:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

Enjoy!


On Writers not Being Your Bitch…

I found myself reminded of an article the author Neil Gaiman wrote.  I said in a previous post that I love George R. R. Martin’s work but I will have to wait years before the next book comes out.  I know a lot of people are griping about how GRRM livejournal is filled mostly with posts about the New York Giants and not about the upcoming The Winds of Winter.  I would write more but frankly Gaiman is more eloquent and more than covers it:

George R. R. Martin is Not Your Bitch

Enjoy!