When Writing Becomes Work

January 17, 2011

I’ve always enjoyed creating. I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I was younger, I would write for fun. That’s why I’ve never really revised anything before.

But this revision is not fun. It’s starting to become work. Sometimes, I have to sit down and force myself to work on the revision.

Lately though, I’ve been working on a short story. It’s a little different from my usual work; my WIP, and what I usually read, are thrillers, while this short story is a murder mystery – a genre I haven’t written in (or read) for a while.

I’m having lots of fun writing this. I’ve had the idea for a while, but never really did anything about it until now. The details came as I wrote it. Originally I was going to have a team of detectives, but when I started writing, I decided on just one detective, plus her sidekick.

Tell me, in the comments: what do you do when writing becomes work?


A Quick Update

September 13, 2010

I’ve been busy these last few weeks, and I’ve had to prioritise everything. And I mean, EVERYTHING. School has to take top priority (a cruel world, I know).

I’m entering a short story comp at school, so I’ve been writing a 500 word short for it. Because there’s a time constraint, ie the due date, its taken a priority over my WIP.

While I discussing my WIP, its taken a backseat recently. I’m still reading over it, but I’m nearly there. (Alright, that’s a lie. I’m nowhere near finishing the read over) I also have a few other short stories I’d like to write, but who knows when I’ll get to them. I still have some half-written shorts to complete.

Blogging comes in down here as a priority. Even as I write this, there’s a test I could be studying for (but I’m taking a “break”. You know, those ones that are longer than the actual studying? Yeah. That break).

In last position is my social life. I forgot to feed it. It died.

How are you going with your writing?


Ode to the Termite

August 18, 2010

I wrote this a while back, on a sunny afternoon while watching some termites scurry around their nest (nowhere near my house). It’s a fun piece which I’ve been meaning to post for a while.

An ode to the termite,
A small humble beast.
White in flesh and naught in brain,
This creature is ‘simple’ at best.

Your daily schedule is work, work, work,
But at night you feast, feast, feast!
And feast you do, on wood and bits,
Surely, you must consume heaps!

And as the sun rises,
To work, you must go back.
And regurgitate last nights meal,
hack it up, yes, hack! Hack!

It’s for your house, your home,
A beacon in the barren.
A mighty fort it must be,
to prevent yourself from becoming ant carrion.

These beasts from hell, these evil ants,
From every mile they do come.
They come with a single intent,
Slay, slaughter and overrun

Defend yourself!
Your goal when they attack.
Defend yourself with jaws enlarged,
Big enough to bite back.

You may fight for minutes,
You may fight for hours.
But rest assured,
You’ll fight those six-legged beasts until the fort remains ours.

An ode to the termite,
A small humble beast.
White in flesh and naught in brain,
This creature is ‘simple’ at best.

You mean no harm,
Although because of your city dwelling cousins it may be.
You work and eat and work and sleep,
And that doesn’t bother me.

To read more of my work, check out The Bookshelf.


July Noticeboard

August 2, 2010

So. August is here… already. 2010 has gone super fast. Because, I mean AUGUST already. AUGUST!

Anyway…

I began editing in July, but I’m making slow progress. I’m currently in Stage One: Initial Read Over. I’m reading through each chapter and taking notes. So far, I’m up to chapter four. Like I said, slow progress.

My July goal were to write some short stories, which I did not get done. I tried starting some one, but it fell flat. It didn’t capture my attention. I think it has potential, but right now, I just don’t feel like writing it. I also had more ideas, but nothing exciting enough to find time to put my ideas to paper.

I don’t have any goals for August. I don’t want to feel like I’m pressuring myself by telling myself I have to progress to a certain point in edits. I don’t think it should work like that – editing will take as long as it needs to be complete.

How was your month?


Now That I’m Finished

June 20, 2010

So, in case you missed my good news yesterday:

I FINISHED MY NOVEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It felt good great to have finished it (finally!) and I was in such a happy mood. What surprised me though, was that I wasn’t nearly as excited to have finished as I thought I would be. But nevertheless, I’m excited!

Poseidon’s Trident is finally complete, clocking in at a tad over 73K. Not as long as I had hoped; I was hoping to at least reach 80K. Nevertheless, stringing 73,000 words along to form a story is an accomplishment.

From here, I’m going to take a break from my novel, and work on some shorter stories. I have one which needs working on (it has been on hold for months), plus there are a few ideas I’d like to try out, including a set of three stories all revolving around I painting I saw recently, and a story about a pair of bounty hunters. I’d also like to try my hand at police procedurals again (my first ever ‘novel’ was a police procedural) and I also feel like writing a supernatural story about superhuman beings (kinda based on Stephanie Meyer’s vampires).

I’m eager to start work on the short stories because I feel I have so much free time not  being used to write. Perhaps it’s because all my exams and assignments for the semester are complete.

I’ve got to start formulating a plan for how I’m going to revise. Therefore, any links to websites/blog posts about making revision plans would be good. You can send me the links through Twitter or through the blog.

So, tell me. What did you do when you finished your first novel? And how long did you wait before editing?


This and That

May 11, 2010

1. Sorry I’ve been quite around the web. I’ve been quite busy with homework and the like, and haven’t had a chance to think of, or write, blog posts. With luck, I should have more coming soon.

2. I’m getting published.  Not a major piece of work like my WIP, but a short story I entered. I thought it was a competition within my school, but it turns out it was Australia wide! Out of all the thousands of entry which must have been received, the judges chose my entry to publish along with more (I’m not sure how many other stories. Fifty, maybe?) to publish in a book, Something With Bite. I’m really excited. This means I’m one step closer to winning the actual comp. Public thanks to Merrilee Faber who critiqued my story, and stopped me from sending in something very different.

3. Don’t forget to check out The Bookshelf, a page for all my writing. I’ll be posting a few more stories within the next couple of days, and Tweet about it.


Introducing: The Bookshelf

April 21, 2010

If you visited my blog within the last day or so, you may have noticed a new page at the top of my blog.

The Bookshelf is a new page which houses all of my writing. At the moment, I only have a few stories on the shelf, but will be adding more over the next few weeks. Most are short stories I wrote for school assignments, but a couple I wrote without prompting from teachers. When complete, I also hope to have a few sample chapters from my WIP, and my first novella An Inside Job posted up there.

Go on. Take a look!