C280k Wk 4 Day 4

He just made me write a scene using only one syllable words! One syllable words!! Do you realize how hard that was??

Let me paint this for you: This week is about the elements of style. He’s pushing us to work outside whatever style we’ve naturally adapted and try out different ones by rewriting the same scene over and over again. I haven’t minded, it’s been a fun exercise. Until today. My scene is a memory I have from college and it happens after the semester is over. USING ONE. SYLLABLE. WORDS.

I’m honestly surprised I was able to get some of those sentences out. I have never considered my style elaborate or anything beyond quietly simple, but holy crap was that a simplicity I’ve never attempted in my life. 

Fuck.

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Best advice I’ve received so far

marias-studyblr:

  • the time you take being jealous of other people’s success is the time you could be using to build your own
  • you’re never going to “feel like it”
  • doing and practicing now is better than waiting for the perfect moment
  • eliminate people with toxic habits from your life
  • you are in control. Everything you’ve done up to this moment led you here. Therefore, your future is determined by what you do now.
  • everything is as it should be and only later in life you can connect the dots.
  • self discipline will give you freedom. consistency will give you results
  • everything is temporary. You should find freedom in this concept
  • the rich stay rich acting poor and the poor stay poor acting rich
  • being healthy means finding a balance between the good and the bad
  • the people that outranked you have outworked you.
  • you can’t be grateful and negative at the same time.

Meditate on these statements. They are so very powerful! Xxx

skullwrites:

my writer-dudes, if planning a plot outline on your own is too daunting, find a plot worksheet! if one is too detailed, try another. here are some at different levels of detail:

happy plotting!

lyresnake:

cannibalcoalition:

I think that there’s some kind of mindset in a lot of creative communities (authors, artists, musicians) that your work needs to be groundbreaking and thought-provoking for it to matter. That in order for it to be considered worthy of its medium, it must have a greater purpose. 

And if you ask me, its bullshit. 

God, it puts so much stress on a creator to have to be important to someone else. I have seen so many people give up because their work isn’t making a statement, that it’s ‘fluff but no substance.’ As though there’s only room for so many people in a community of creators that only people with a point can get in. 

If it made someone laugh, it’s important. 

If it made someone smile, it’s important. 

If someone looks back on it fondly, even for a moment, it’s important. 

If you enjoyed making it, even if you never shared it, it’s important. 

Sing songs about your cat, draw pictures of lizards eating popsicles, and write a series of novels about time-traveling alpaca. 

The world is already full of super-important stuff. Write fluff. 

This is actually the primary theme of the film Sullivan’s Travels (1941).

C280k Question:

nikkibradley:

Do you want to read what I write for the exercises? 

Is the current format working for you or have you lost interest in my journey through this? There’s no wrong answer to this and it won’t hurt my feelings if you have. I want to post things that will be of interest to you and I’m currently wondering if you would be more interested in what I write during the exercises rather than what I’m feeling afterward.

I don’t mind sharing everything. Having been on the internet this long, posting rough work and inner thoughts is something I’ve grown to be okay with. It’s a journey in my writing journey and it’s been fun to have people who’ve traveled with me.

I’ve been having this continuous feeling that the daily ‘feels’ update hasn’t been interesting and I could be posting something more people would want to read, so please let me know your thoughts! I’m perfectly okay posting my entire process during this boot camp on the blog, especially if that’s going to engage more interest.

The Five Things I’ve Learned About Writing Romance from TV

novelwritingtrash:

Lesson 1: Your lovers spark because they’re opposites on the surface, but they love because they’re twin souls at heart. Peel back the surface and find where they connect, and your reader will believe your romance really is forever.

Lesson 2: Cut those romantic declarations you’ve been slaving over, the ones that sound long-winded and dorky no matter how hard you try. Go for the action; the telling gesture is infinitely more effective than telling dialogue.

Lesson 3: Use your metaphors; chances are they’re already in your book. What do your heroine and hero do for a living? What gifts do they give? What things do they prize? What objects or actions characterize their relationship with each other? Find those concrete things, figure out their deeper meaning, and enhance them in your final draft to add power and depth to your lovers’ relationship.

Lesson 4: Before you send that manuscript out, take out all the on-the-nose dialogue (and internal monologue) you can. Then look for places where your characters can briefly say what they don’t mean and mean what they don’t say.

Lesson 5: If your conflict is “they can’t have sex”, your story is too weak to play. Recast it so that when your lovers do connect, things get more complicated for them. You know, like in real life.

Jennifer Crusie

C280k Question:

Do you want to read what I write for the exercises? 

Is the current format working for you or have you lost interest in my journey through this? There’s no wrong answer to this and it won’t hurt my feelings if you have. I want to post things that will be of interest to you and I’m currently wondering if you would be more interested in what I write during the exercises rather than what I’m feeling afterward.

I don’t mind sharing everything. Having been on the internet this long, posting rough work and inner thoughts is something I’ve grown to be okay with. It’s a journey in my writing journey and it’s been fun to have people who’ve traveled with me.

I’ve been having this continuous feeling that the daily ‘feels’ update hasn’t been interesting and I could be posting something more people would want to read, so please let me know your thoughts! I’m perfectly okay posting my entire process during this boot camp on the blog, especially if that’s going to engage more interest.

C280k Wk 4 Day 1

This week is all about ‘Elements of style’ and all I want to do is write a fanfic. Which would be okay, only no – I don’t want to write more of mine or more related to what I’ve written: I want to rewrite a short story I just read. Completely. Take the characters and the events and mess up the timeline and make it into something I almost wish it was.

That’s not!! helping me stay motivated to with this boot camp. Though I’m excited I have three weeks done and only five more to go and I’m happy that it’s starting to settle in my routine. Even though I haven’t had the same day off each week, the act of sitting down and writing is there. Today felt odd until I realized I didn’t write yesterday. 

So I guess it’s working? Which is weird, but okay, let’s see how this goes.

Photo by Pascal Brändle on Unsplash.

youriiswriting:

kaylewiswrites:

kitwillan:

It’s okay to read through your first draft and realize that 75% is terrible. That’s why we refine. That’s why we have second, third and fourth drafts. The trick is to not give up and just lay on the floor when you come to that realization.

It was a big shock when I found out that writing one (1) book actually requires writing several (so many) books.

I’m so glad that this message is spread around, because it’s such a reassurance for all the plotholes that occur when unplanned parts are being written

C280k Wk 3 Day 6

Memorable quote:

“You’re training yourself to accept that failure is part of the process.”

I’m grateful for today’s episode. It reminded me that I haven’t been happy the last few days because my writing has “failed” the last few days. I realized that I haven’t liked what I’ve written in a couple days and rather than acknowledging the hard truth, I distracted myself with other things like motivation.

It’s not a good feeling when you have to call yourself out, but man does it make moving on afterward so much easier. I need to remember this.

I’m starting to miss writing. I think it’s because I have all these ideas and no way to push them out, but I feel like that’s part of the purpose to this boot camp. I burned out writing so much during July and August. If I continue trying to push out more writing while doing this, I’ll end up the same. It’s really hard to break the sprinting habit I’ve had and tailor it toward a marathon, but I’m determined to do it.

Even when all my doubts surface and I’m practically convinced this blog is a waste. 

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.