Wednesday, May 4, 2022

#IWSG Writer Rollercoaster and #MayThe4thBeWithYou

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Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today:  Kim Elliott, Melissa Maygrove, Chemist Ken, Lee Lowery, and Nancy Gideon!




May 4 question - It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?


Highs and lows... 🎢 like a rollercoaster. 

My highs are getting positive reviews or someone saying they could relate (to a character or scene, whatever). And days when the words just fly onto the page. 

My lows are, without a doubt, when I trap myself in the editing loop. Did I leave a plot hole? Did a character set an object down and I forgot to have them pick it up? Do all the dates line up? Did I put the right amount of spaces between paragraphs? Is it clear who is speaking? Was the intended character development clear? Did I make each character matter enough? Have I used all the sensory details I could in a scene? 

I'm looking at the story I just put on my blog last month. And I see so much that could be changed, improved, altered. (And I don't just mean the baker who turned into a humpback whale to travel by a hurricane wormhole.) I feel like I didn't use enough sensory details to really bring out the scenes. I don't know if I should alter it and publish it. Or leave it as is and publish it. OR... make an original and an altered erotic version that really explores that pan relationship May and Jade had going on behind closed doors. 

Or I could go back to work on the Anna story. Which had a bunch of scenes and a second storyline that were not in the original A to Z. 

Or I should get back to Proof of Existence. I fixed the major problem I had with the one scene. I figured out how to plug a plot hole. Wouldn't it be cool if I released it in Sept on the Anniversary of Fractions of Existence?
I found out there was a copy on Amazon without the final edits. So I should also go work on that. 

First, I'm going on vacation. A to Z took it out of me. And almost getting run over really took it out of me. (See Reflections post from earlier this week.)

To all my fellow "geeks" out there: #MayThe4thBeWithYou





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Operation Awesome Happening at OperationAwesome6.blogspot.com : Reflections post.
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11 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing A to Z. You certainly deserve a vacation.

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  2. I think we can all see how what we've written can be better. It's hard figuring out when we've edited enough. I hope you figure out what to work on first and enjoy your vacation after A-Z challenge.

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  3. Having written 40,000 words of a continuous story during A-Z a few years back, all the decisions about what to do (and not do) to move it to a complete novel were much the harder, so I empathise with your choice. As to you being nearly run down - OMG - and glad you made it out the other side largely unscathed. Enjoy your vacation!

    @DebsDespatches visiting from
    Fiction Can Be Fun

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  4. Take your vacation and when you return, you'll know what to do with the story.

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  5. Enjoy your vacation :-) And I definitely recommend a rewrite for clarity on your A-Z story -- there's so much left off the page that one wonders about (like how the baker survived the Destruction and how he is able to be a shifter!).

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day Culling the To-Do List and the TBR

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  6. Vacation is definitely first on the list. Too many voices are shouting in your head right now. Give them some chocolate and wine so you can relax and have some pretext of being in charge of what happens next! 🍷

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  7. Enjoy your break! Time away can help give you clarity.

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  8. Enjoy your vacation! And I'd say write all the stories :)

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  9. My vote is to go with the Anna story. I'd love to read that again. Hope you are doing well and enjoying your vacation.

    Janet’s Smiles

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  10. Visiting - finally - from the reflection list. Your A-Z month calls for vacation and relaxation to get back uop standing. I hope you get to enjoy your time off and I'm going to try and make my old, tired eyes eat their way through your story, as it sounds intriguing. Best Wishes!

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  11. I hope you had a great vacation, sometimes we need a time out after a month full of work and emotions. And you have many projects planned, that´s awesome. Good luck editing and finishing them. :D

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