My Writing Space

​I don’t know about other writers and their writing quirks, but I HAVE to have my own writing space. When I wrote my first book I had my own spot on the couch, a blanket, a pillow, and a TV tray where I placed my notebook, tablet, a pen, and snack food/drinks. I sat in that spot every night after we put the kids to bed and wrote for two months straight. 

For my second book my writing space has changed (due to kids, space, work schedules, etc.). I took over the kitchen table (we never use it) and now I have enough room for all my notebooks, tablet and keyboard, snacks and a tea. It’s also away from the TV which I now find to be a big distraction. 

I LOVE MY WRITING SPACE.

As well as occupying a physical space I have a space in time in which I write from 7-9pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If I do any writing outside of this time I will most likely do it in my original writing spot: on the couch in front of the TV. 

Do you have a spot specifically for writing? If so, where is it? Is there something you have to have in your “spot”? I would love to hear about any of your writing quirks!

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH

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WIP – 33 Days Until NaNoWriMo/November 1st, 2016

Progress for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016:

Word Count: 46,025 (421 words added)
Pages: 131 (1 page added)
Chapters completed: 24.25 (0.25 chapter added)

Just wasn’t feeling the urge to write tonight and it’s a miracle I wrote anything at all. Hopefully with a better nights sleep and a better day with the kids tomorrow I will write more/better tomorrow evening. 

I think another reason why it’s taking me so long to finish this novel is because I know what needs to be done and it’s just a matter of *getting* there. I have this awful tendency to procrastinate if I see the end is near. With the first novel I didn’t really know where it would end and kept writing until I *felt* this was a good place to end it. Why I’m delaying the inevitable is beyond my understanding (maybe I don’t want to reach the editing part just yet because reasons). 

How’s your writing coming along? I’d love to hear…

Until next time.

Happy Writing.

MH

WIP – 34 Days Until NaNoWriMo/November 1st, 2016

Last week’s progress: 

4,121 words added (currently @ 44, 398 words)
7 pages added (currently @ 126 pages)
2 chapters added (currently @ 23.75 chapters)

Progress for Tuesday, September 27, 2016:

Word Count: 45,604 (1,206 words added)
Pages: 130 (4 pages added)
Chapters Completed: 24 (0.25 chapter added)

The end is so close I can almost taste it. I’m definitely taking a break from writing for a week or two before diving back in with a fresher focus. I think this novel will finish in around 50-52,000 words and be complete at 28 chapters and 150-155 pages, but we shall see.

During the editing stages I will no doubt be able to stretch this novel out to 70-75,000 words and possibly add a couple more chapters and pages to the final product. I’m weird and like to add rather than subtract from my writing (it’s easier I find).

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH

Generating Story Ideas

​Let’s say you have an idea for a novel or want to try writing a book, what’s the next step? Like I wrote in my last post on “Story Ideas” a lot of these ideas don’t make it past the first stage and I find it’s mostly due to someone not knowing what to do next.

I Wrote Down My Idea for a Story, Now What?

There are many different ways you can get started and it all depends on your writing style. You can:

  1. Write the story from beginning to end.
  2. Write the ending first (or the middle).
  3. Write chapters out of order.
  4. Do your word building, character sketches, etc. first before writing the actual story.

I’m only listing four ways for now because for me the fewer the better (I don’t like to make things too complicated). Try these four ways first and if they don’t work for you then try something else. I do have guidelines for each of my four suggestions:

1. Start to Finish
To write from beginning to end you must know or have an idea of how you want your story to begin and end. The middle part will always be a bit fuzzy and those details will sort themselves out as you write. 

2. The End
If you want your ending to be “they all lived happily ever” (or not) then you need to figure out how that will happen. If you know your ending the middle part should be easier since all you have to do is think “Z happens because a, b, and c happened.” 

3. B, A, D, C instead of A, B, C, D…
It’s okay not to know all the details for your beginning or end, but knowing the details for different parts of your story. Be cautious when writing chapters out of order because you’ll have to figure out how they all connect together. It’s like putting together a puzzle. Make lots of notes if you try this method though especially when you only want certain characters to know certain things at different points in the story.

4. Backstory
This step requires you to learn or become familiar with a lot of backstory and most of the information you write down won’t end up in the story itself. It’s helpful in that your world and its characters will come second nature to you while writing and you won’t have to info dump on the reader every time a new character or major plot point comes up in your story. 

I’m going to direct you to EA Deverell again because her website is awesome and mostly everything on there is free to use. She’s also on Pinterest under the name Lady Writer | Writing, Literature & Language. My Writing Board on Pinterest is full of her worksheets that have helped me generate ideas for my story and I’ll be using them over and over again for future stories. One good thing about Pinterest is that if you click on an image you like it will give you more images of similar things or things you might be interested in below the original image.

Everyone is different, so try different things before settling on a writing style you like. Keep in mind that one method can work for one story but might not work on another.

Know any other ways to start a story? Write them in the comment section below. I would love to hear how you start a story.

Until next time.

Happy Writing!

MH

WIP – 39 Days Until NaNoWriMo/November 1st, 2016

Progress for Thursday, September 22nd, 2016:

Word Count: 44,398 (962 words added)
Pages: 126 (2 pages added)
Chapters Completed:​ 23.75 (0.25 of a chapter added)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016:

Word Count: 43,436 (1,273 words added)
Pages: 124 (5 pages added)
Chapters Completed: ​23.5 (0.75 chapter added)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016:

Word Count: 42,163 (1,886 words added)
Pages: 119 (5 pages added)
Chapters Completed: 22.75 (1 chapter added)

Total words added this week: 4,121
Total pages added this week: 7 pages
Total chapters written: 2 chapters added

Not too shabby considering my brief fight with writer’s block last week. I made a rough outline for what I want to happen in the last few chapters. I figure I have about 5 chapters left to write and about 10,500 words left to add to finish this first draft.

Hooray for a progressive writing week.

Until next time.

Happy writing!

MH

WIP – 40 Days Until NaNoWriMo/November 1st, 2016

Progress for Wednesday, September 21st, 2016:

Word Count: 43,436 (1,273 words added)
Pages: 124 (5 pages added)
Chapters Completed: ​23.5 (0.75 chapter added)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016:

Word Count: 42,163 (1,886 words added)
Pages: 119 (5 pages added)
Chapters Completed: 22.75 (1 chapter added)

ALMOST ALMOST ALMOST DONE!

Nano is just around the corner (a little over a month away) and I’m realizing I won’t be ready in time for it. I am very disappointed, but I know the time I’ll be spending editing this WIP during that month will help me complete my overall goal of finishing this trilogy and starting my next project. 

My plans for the second novel in the trilogy is to submit it to any and all relevant contests (online or off), work on my query letter (thinking about hiring an editor), and marketing it as a teaser along with the first novel. In conjunction with these plans I will be starting another project and the entire 10 months before next years Nanowrimo will be spent researching and outlining. Busy busy busy.

Until next time.

Happy writing!

MH

WIP – 41 Days Until NaNoWriMo/November 1st, 2016

​Progress for Tuesday, September 20th, 2016:

Word Count: 42,163 (1,886 words added)
Pages: 119 (5 pages added)
Chapters Completed: 22.75 (1 chapter added)

I’m about 3/4 done my story. I’m on the final few chapters and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m hoping to finish this thing (the first draft anyways) by the end of this month. I’m aiming for 55K words for the first draft and with multiple editing rounds to increase that word count to 70K or higher.

For my upcoming posts there will be a bit of a change. I’ll still be posting my results from my WIP every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday but starting Friday you will notice more posts about writing tips and my writing experience as well as several poems, short stories, and flash fiction pieces I wrote a long time ago which I think are still pretty good. I hope you enjoy these new posts as I may not be posting as much come October since I’ll be returning to work.

Until next time!

Happy Writing!

MH