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?

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And I’m Back

January 18, 2010

I’m back to regular posting again for the year. How’s your Christmas been? My Christmas has been pretty good, nice and  quiet.

Jumping straight into what I want to say, we may only be 18 days into 2010, but I’ve already got some ideas for the blog this year. I’d like to have an in-house critique session, preferably in the next month or so. You can send in an excerpt, and I’ll post it for others to critique.

Also, one thing I’ve seen around that I liked the idea of was an interview where YOU ask the questions. I’m thinking about doing this with a couple of internationally famous authors. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but I can only ask. I just have to build up the courage to write an email to them. I’ve got two in mind, two authors who I consider to be down-to-earth enough to possibly accept. Of course, it would be up to you – would you have lots of questions to ask?

Those are my two big plans so far. Throughout the year, I’ll be posting more articles, starting with the next post later this week, an on finding time to  write. I’ll be following that post up with an article I wrote in response to another bloggers question, What is Writing?

That’s all from me for today. I think I’m still in holiday mode. School goes back next week. Groan. I don’t even want to think about that. Before I go, I leave you with a question: What would you like to see on this blog?

Also, what are you writing? What is it? YA, mystery, adventure? Or something different? And what stage are you up to? Rough draft? Editing?

Have a great day!