I’ve been doing much better at trying to write something every day, even if it is difficult to get into the swing of things. I know that any change to your daily routine (no matter how big or small that change might be) can take a long time; longer than we’d like to admit. Knowing this, I’m going through this change open-minded and not berating myself whenever I neglect to write a new sentence, paragraph or even page (pages if I’m lucky).
In these moments where I realize that I haven’t written a single word at all that day, I instead, think about the writing and what direction I want it to go, or how the characters are going to develop and what makes them develop into the characters at the end?
I’ve been making some decent progress with my Sandman story. I’ve completed chapter one, have chapter two started, and have written the first two of many articles that will be inserted between random chapters. As the book is fantasy based, but does tie into the mortal world, I wanted a way to show that connection without taking away from the fantasy aspect; these articles are my brilliant link between fantasy and reality. I use the term brilliant loosely. I do not think I’m brilliant, or that it’s a brilliant idea, I’m just rather proud I thought of it, and that so far it seems to work.
My articles also inspired me and offered me a way to pay homage to authors and books I enjoy without being open about it. Consider it… an easter egg if you will. I didn’t mean to do it the first time… not really. I needed a name for the author of the article, and decided that Bill something or other would work. Something plain that doesn’t really stick out, and you can gloss over, because his name isn’t important. However, I needed to fit him with a last name (because no article is written by Bill …. okay that made me think of Kill Bill where he has no last name… but I digress), and am currently reading The Princess Bride and decided to just make his last name Wesley. It wasn’t until much later (finishing the article and writing the remainder of the first chapter) that I realized that the author is William Goldman… William can be shortened to Bill (don’t know why, but I just go with it). So here I had an author and character from a book I love (well I’m not done the book but I love the movie and the book so far has not been disappointing so I doubt I will emerge hating it).
So, this got me to carefully consider my next author for the next article, and then I just began to brainstorm books that I loved and characters within that I could use as writers for these articles. I don’t know if anyone would ever pick up on this on their own (assuming I ever finish writing it… and then if it ever gets published), but it fills me with a certain amount of giddiness that I can’t overcome.
As for the story, I’m at a juncture where I’m not sure how to progress forward in the story, but am using the time to write down dreams (mostly nightmares) that I’ve had, that I can utilize in the story. I’ve gotten two from a friend and published author, and am always trying to write down more as I’m not certain how many I will need in the end. … So if you’ve read all this and you’re willing to share, I’d love to hear them! I know that describing them after never sounds as scary, but I have a wild imagination (so wild that I can’t watch horror movies …. not unless I want to scare myself scary while both awake or asleep for at least a week) and I guarantee that I will understand why it would be so terrifying.
I’m also stuck on how to explain one of the characters/entities. The Déjà. I got the name from the term déjà vue, and just turned them into immortals who created the first Sandman and have dreams about the future that they sometimes decide to share with the mortals. Explaining this in a world where my characters knew what they were from a young age has proved a challenge, but I’m looking forward to conquering it.
As for the story that I have characters but no plot for… well it’s unchanged. At this point though I’m not overly thinking/worrying about it, and choosing to focus on the Sandman tale that has actually become much more than I thought it would. I really think that I have a narrow enough focus on this to make it into a compelling story that I might actually finish writing.
I’ve debated sharing it with others to get a response, but I’m hesitant and far from reaching that point. I’ve given what I have so far to the above mentioned friend, and she’s encouraged me to continue because she really wants to know what happened, what the big secret is, and where the characters will find themselves at the end. It inspired me, and has pushed me to keep going. Kind of a pleasant nagging that tells me I should be working on it (not now though because I felt bad for not updating in over a week).
I’ve heard of Wattpad, and a friend and fellow NaNoWriMo writer has posted his newest story (written this past November) on Wattpad. As far as I can tell, the content remains yours but it allows for other authors and writers to read it and comment. I can post as much or as little of the story as I want, obtain feedback, edit and resubmit. I’m weary that someone will steal it, although I’m sure there are stringent rules in place to prevent that, but still…. it just… doesn’t feel right. Perhaps I can post bits and pieces here and you guys can let me know what you think?
We shall see. I am a fickle and uncertain creature.
Until the next time, happy reading and writing!
<3 CiSu (Jess)