Process, Writing

Write Chain Challenge: 6 Month Anniversary!

July marks the sixth month anniversary of my Write Chain Challenge that I set for myself in December. My challenge for myself was to write 200 words every day. Each day that you write, you add a “link” (proverbial or real, it’s up to you) to your chain. If you don’t write, your chain breaks and you have to start again. I can’t count how many times I heard from someone “just skip it and write extra the next day!” or “write double today so you can skip tomorrow!” but I refused to bend my principles on this. And I can proudly say that I’ve written at least 200 (sometimes more!) a day since December 1st. And in that time, I’ve added over 70,000 words to my WIP. By no means does this mean my manuscript is done. No, this was just the push I needed to complete my first draft. Believe me, there are still a lot of rough spots. Literally, the whole last fourth of the book needs so much work! But there are also a lot of really compelling and thought-provoking passages. At least, I hope they will be to the reader because they are to me! But in these past six months, I’ve learned some very valuable lessons in writing. Continue reading “Write Chain Challenge: 6 Month Anniversary!”

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Process

How I Began The Gritty Ones

It’s (hopefully) my last week of rewriting my WIP! (Pause for happy dance!!) So I wanted to take a few moments and share with you the inspiration behind my novel. Although it’s based on the life of my 3x great-grandmother, and many of my other relatives, it is a work a fiction. I’ve kept to the facts and timeline as best as I could and filled in the blanks with my imagination. I placed myself in each characters shoes and made their decisions as I tried to think as they would have, using what happened before and after as a guideline. Continue reading “How I Began The Gritty Ones”

Process

Writer’s Block: Does it really exist, or is it self-imposed?

 Just reading the title of this post it’s easy to see what I’ve been dealing with the past week. The desire, the urge to write is there, but when I sit down with fingers poised over the keys, nothing happens.

It’s not that I don’t know what I want to write, because I do. I came back from my vacation more eager than ever to finish this novel. Had I not been ready to pass out at 10pm every night after our daily adventures, I would’ve gladly stared blindly into the abyss of my laptop, tap-tap-tapping away.

So what’s holding me back? Continue reading “Writer’s Block: Does it really exist, or is it self-imposed?”