Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Choices.

It seems November for me has been entirely about writing, but in a very different way to the past seven years. It used to be that November was all about NaNoWriMo - about getting those 50,000 words done and finishing that novel! But this year things have changed, and some of those changes have really surprised me. 

I mentioned in my last post that I was thinking about stopping my NaNoWriMo attempt. Well, I did. I made it to day seven before I decided that my plot really wasn't working for me, that there was no point waffling through and ending with another first draft I was just going to hate, so I put it aside. I'm definitely not abandoning the idea. I'll go back to it, but after I've had some time to really plan it. Right now there's not enough for me to work with, and so I turned my attention elsewhere.

I think most of my regular readers now come from my days of writing Avenged Sevenfold fan fiction. At the beginning of this year I announced that I was going to be re-writing my much loved fan fiction Crash Into Me, and then some months later I put that on hiatus because (like everything else I tried to write) it just wasn't working for me. Unknown to all, I never stopped writing it. I tried for months to write a first chapter I was happy with, and was never able to succeed. Then a few nights ago I finally finished one, decided that it was at least good enough, and posted it. 

That's right. Crash Into Me is back. 

A whole year without being able to finish a first chapter, and now I have two stories waiting on their second. It feels good, almost like I can feel my nerves coming alive again. Posting these chapters obviously meant getting feedback again, and I was over the moon to see a lot of my old readers return - even the ones who hadn't heard from me in those two years! It made me want to cry happy tears, and it reminded me of just why I love posting my work online. I write for myself primarily, but I write for me readers, too - because I love hearing their opinions and their stories, and they inspire me to no end. So if you're reading this, thank you! I missed you so much. 

After I finished that first chapter of Crash Into Me, I found myself looking at my originals again. And as much as I want to work on my fantasy stories, I keep finding myself drawn back to my contemporary, Dead Ringer. Isn't that funny? My NaNoWriMo 2013 idea, which came to me completely out of the blue days before the event, is haunting me. It wants to be re-written. And I want to re-write it. 

It's going to take some planning, much like all my other originals. But I've decided that I'm up for the challenge. 

And speaking of originals, I have removed Raphael from online - because I want to attempt to get that published. Wish me luck? 

So much to do, and a whole life to do it. <3

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