Misdirected Anger

Monday

Misdirected anger is the theme of the day, and at least it got me to a hair under 1,300 words written. Writing with anger as the them is definitely legitimate, and you can get a lot of good content out if you write angry.

Just don’t post angry.

I didn’t get a lot written for You Will Find Your Way, but I did get some words down, which is a lot better than where I was last week. I also got a lot written for one of my post-New Year writing projects, coming soon to TheFakeRedhead.com.

Did you miss this morning’s post of Part Six of You Will Find Your Way? Catch up or start from the beginning here.

Miss last week’s adventure where I spent a half hour and four different generator websites to find a name for one of my new protagonists? Catch that here.

What I Wrote On Christmas & Hanukkah Eve.

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Hanukkah and Christmas Eve Edition!

Saturday

Today was actually a pretty productive writing day, for all that it’s cold, dreary, and feels like it’s the middle of the night when it’s not even four in the afternoon.

But I wrote nearly two thousand words today and decided to scrap Part Twenty-Six of You Will Find Your Way, because it sucked and that’s why I was having so many problems moving forward.

There are still some solid pieces of dialogue that I can use elsewhere, so I’m not going to delete the text (don’t ever do that, trust me), but it’s nice to have finally figured out where I’ve gotten stuck and now I can move forward.

I’m going to work on getting Parts Six and Seven of You Will Find Your Way edited and the posts scheduled tonight since tomorrow is going to be a busy day, and then hopefully work some more on one of my other projects that has been stagnating for a few weeks.

Happy first night of Hanukkah and Merry Christmas Eve to those of you who celebrate, and happy Saturday, December 24, to those who don’t.

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Naming Characters Is Hard, Yo

Today I’ve decided to take a break from the usual What I Wrote Today post for this little foray into why writing is so hard, in a post I call:

A Selection Of Real If Somewhat Ridiculous Reasons Why I Passed On Names In FOUR Different Character Name Generators For A Male Character In My New Side Project

Or

Why Naming Characters Is Definitely Harder Than Naming Hypothetical Future Children

Here we go:
Doesn’t fit the character.
Person I know.
Person I hate.
Sounds like a toddler.
Person I really hate.
Sounds like a f*ckboy.
Well-known Harry Potter character.
Person I know.
Doesn’t fit the character.
Sounds like a f*ckboy.
Even bigger f*ckboy.
Family member.
Just, no.
Character from a show I hate.
Same name as one of my student-athletes.
Character I hate on a show I like.
Parent of a former student-athlete.
Colleague.
Colleague.
No.
Definitely sounds like a f*ckboy.
No.
That’s a planet.
Fester? What is this, the Addams family?

More below the cut! Yes, I am aware that I’m SUPER picky. Continue reading “Naming Characters Is Hard, Yo”

Keep Writing

Thursday

Instead of trying to write something new like I tried to yesterday and failed spectacularly, and because I’m still pretty deep in that hole, I did something I told myself I wasn’t going to do as part of the December Writing Challenge: go back and start over. Not the whole thing, but I went back to Part Twenty Two and started re-writing, which is the cornerstone of my editing process.

At the same time, it’s something I’d rather do AFTER I have a complete project.

But right now something in You Will Find Your Way isn’t working and that’s the way that works for me to get things back on track. And it needs to get back on track or I’m not going to be able to more forward, and that would suck.

I think Part Twenty Four is where the plot kind of veered off the rails, so hopefully once I get through that I’ll be able to right the ship and move forward.

Just remember, don’t stop trying, and find whatever process works for you.

Did you miss this morning’s post with Part Five? Catch up here.

Background noise: the sound of rain outside my office.

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Sometimes, Writing Just Sucks

Wednesday

So I spent a solid twenty minutes staring at Parts 25 and 26 of You Will Find Your Way and I have decided that I’d rather just ignore the problem with those two parts until it goes away.

It won’t work, but I’d rather just not deal with it right now.

P.S. The #1LineWed post for tomorrow’s Part Five came out this morning. Did you read it? Are you all caught up on Part Four?

Anyway, back to the impromptu writing advice:

Don’t let accidentally writing yourself into a hole stop you from keeping at it and finishing your story. In my first completed manuscript, the latter half of the very first draft (which was actually a 2015 NaNo piece) was like, 40% INSERT SCENE ABOUT THIS STUFF EVENTUALLY, but eventually happened and I managed to fill in the holes.

So the moral of the story is don’t let yourself stay stuck. You’ll never finish what you’re writing if you do.

I may be a little short on the number of words I wanted to get out of You Will Find Your Way (start from the beginning!) today, but I’ll make it back up this weekend when I have a little more time and the mental capacity to figure out where I went wrong with some of the scenes and rectify it.

Just don’t give up.

Background Noise: Numb3rs season one on Hulu, and the snorts of my four-legged roommate as she explores my desk. See? Isn’t she cute?

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Some Good Things Often Start As Bad Things

Tuesday

I can’t even convey how much today’s writing session sucked. It helps to know that, at least I got something in a document, but after so many days of the You Will Find Your Way words flowing pretty much at will, I just hit a wall, and there’s way too much talking and not enough plot happening right now.

Fortunately, and I know I say this a lot, but thank goodness that’s where the editing comes in. That’s why Part Four, which came out yesterday, sucks so much less. Editing. From blog posts to Tweets, everyone should edit everything that they write.

Especially Tweets. If there’s one thing Twitter needs to get on, like, immediately, it’s an edit function. That would make my life and the lives of everyone I work with so much easier than having to delete and re-write whole tweets.

Well, that’s enough of this ramble. I’m off to find a good list of prompts to go along with one of the new writing projects I want to start to break up the pretty-much-constant-ness of writing You Will Find Your Way.

Background Noise: Lindsey Stirling’s, The Arena. On repeat.

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Just Keep Writing

Monday

Got it done! The You Will Find Your Way adventures continue with Part Twenty-Five, where more answers happen. And sass. Dallas is pretty dang sassy.

Time to get to work on some other things, but if you missed this morning’s post of Part Four, catch back up. A Part Five preview will be up in Wednesday’s #1LineWed post, and the Part Five will go up Thursday morning.

Background Noise: the chatter of the three and a half co-workers that actually come into work during the holidays.

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Words, Words, Words

Sunday

Knocked out about 550 words for Part Twenty Four of You Will Find Your Way. Ended it on a cliffhanger, because that’s how I roll. Tonight’s adventures continue with editing Parts Four and Five to get them ready to post this week, and scheduling a few more posts to go up so I can be a little more consistent with timing. Maybe some other writing for a different project if I feel up for it. It’s been a long few days. Weeks. Months.

Time. It’s been a very long time.

Background Noise: Body Of Proof, because I just need something on the background to halfway pay attention to.

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Write Through The Pain

Saturday

Wanted to get some more done today than I did, but I needed a three-hour nap more than I needed to write—so says my body. Thanks body.

I still got about 800 words of You Will Find Your Way written, so it’s not like today was a total wash, but one of these days I’d really like to be able to spend a full Saturday doing what I need to get done.

Dinner break, and then it’s back to business. For reals. I’ve got to edit Part Four of You Will Find Your Way before it goes up on Monday (catch up on Part Three here), and I might as well try knocking out Part Five too since that’s going to go up on Thursday.

Background Noise: The Kentucky/North Carolina men’s basketball game. Don’t really have a horse in the race, but good basketball is good basketball.

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Inspired Writing Is The Best Writing

Friday

I wrote about 800 words today of the next part of You Will Find Your Way, and it’s basically the moment before things go crazy and a handful of major plot points get answered. I’m really excited for these next few parts to come together. These characters are so fun, and they get even more fun when I edit.

Did I mention I have a lot of strong feelings about editing?

Editing it where the magic happens.

Background Noise: Worked to the tune of some podcasts from Smart Passive Income (specifically episodes 188 & 206), because I’m definitely going to need to get on that. I’m thinking eBooks.

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Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

Thursday

The writing adventures continue! I got through Part Twenty One of You Will Find Your Way today, and seeing as I’ve only posted through Part Three, I’ll probably start posting TWO parts a week starting next Monday with Four and Thursday with Five.

Awesome?

Awesome.

I’m just having so much fun and want to share that with you, my readers.

Background Noise: The NCAA Championships Semifinals match between Stanford and Minnesota. Go Card #BackThePac

In unrelated news, are you a fan of sometimes-creepy, esoteric podcasts where a Faceless Old Woman runs for mayor against a five-headed dragon, and intern gets lost in a desert otherworld, an evil corporation purchases an entire town, and a lot of other weird things happen on the daily?

Welcome To Night Vale just released its 100th episode today. You should listen. If you’ve never tuned in, you probably won’t know what’s going on, so basically just start from Episode One and listen.to.all.of.it.

Just do it. Trust me.

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Inspiration!

Wednesday

Got about 700 words of awesome written (here’s to ramping up the mystery or whatever it was I just did), so I’m going to say that makes up for the 470-ish words of mediocrity that I wrote yesterday.

Trust me, it’s mediocre, but like I keep saying, that’s what editing is for.

And as another bonus, while I was walking to my car after work, I got smacked in the face with a bunch of inspiration on what scenes are coming up and in what order.

Trust me, it’s mediocre, but like I keep saying, that’s what editing is for.

That’s new, because in writing You Will Find Your Way, I usually just make each part about what comes to me when I sit down to write every day, which is why some of the pieces and plot points may feel a little disjointed.

I’m going through and doing a full edit of each part on Sunday prior to posting, which fleshes some things out and makes the story make sense when I release it to the interwebs. Once I finish this whole project (whenever I feel the story is at an end, but that’s not going to be for a while since I just barely started Part Twenty One and we’re not even at the midpoint) I’ll do a full edit of the project, maybe add a couple bonus scenes to the compilation and put it all together.

Maybe I’ll even make an audio book to go with it.

Just a thought. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.

And now I get to tell one member of my family that another is in serious need of therapy. I definitely should have saved last night’s Jell-O shots for tonight.

Oh well.

Background Noise: Halsey’s Badlands, specifically Castle, Hold Me Down, New Americana, and Strange Love and, yeah, basically the entire album.

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