I usually keep a note book or a pad of paper by my bed, along with a pen or two. As many other authors probably do, I find I get the most interesting ideas just as I’m settling in to bed and the writing materials allow me to jot the ideas down before I lose them. (If I don’t write them down, I most certainly will lose them by the time I get up!) Of course, whether or not I retain them depends on the quality of my handwriting; sometimes it can be atrocious that close to bedtime!
So, today I went through one of the notebooks and a small note pad, pulling out the plot bunnies for both my original fiction and my fan fiction. I already have a fan bunny hutch; scrolling through that allowed me to mark works I already have in progress as well as corral the new ideas for later use. For original ideas, I created a new hutch and stuck it in my pertinent dropbox folder. It was surprising to read all the fanfic ideas I’ve set aside; there are some good ones in there!
The note book also had ideas for the original fic I’m still hammering into shape. Those ideas will have to be corralled in the appropriate Scrivener projects for easy retrieval. Once I’m done with the notes from my bedside, I’ll go through the many pads and notebooks I have on my desk. It’s easiest when I’m here to just grab whatever’s handy and scribble on it. Unfortunately, that means I have ideas scattered all over the place.
Maybe once that’s done, and I unearth ideas I hadn’t remembered putting down, I can really focus on my story. There’s at least one person who’s eager to read it and right now, I could use the feedback.
Almost a year and a half since my last post here. That’s… not good.
Well, as one of my resolutions for 2013, I want to write a post for one or the other of my blogs every day. I wrote one after midnight on the first at my livejournal and this blog gets today’s post, I guess. The livejournal is usually more, uh, lively as I post about everything and anything there and this one is supposed to be more about my writing, which has been less than stellar recently.
I did do NaNoWriMo in 2011 and 2012, trying hard to actually finish something. My August stint in 2012’s Camp NaNoWriMo was a bomb — who knew my household was just that busy in August?! This year, however, the Camp sessions are in April (since the Office of Letters and Light have dropped Script Frenzy) and in July, IIRC. I think I should be able to make one of those sessions work, though I will try for both.
My 2012 NaNoNovel was pretty much dreck. I had taken the advice of my writing friends on lj and started something new. Within the same universe as Wight Knights but a prequel, if you will. It did have the saving grace of setting some things about my universe in stone but the characters were flat. I didn’t know them at all. I might revisit it later; I’m just not sure.
I did make a change in my writer’s tools, though. I’ve toyed with yWriter off and on and this year I used it pretty much exclusively. It fits the way I write, using scenes that you can actually move around within the chapters. It also gives room for notes and character descriptions. It might actually make a planner rather than a “pantser” out of me yet!
More to come later. There’s a little Thunderbirds fanfic I’ve started; it will probably end up as a new chapter in my “Missing Scenes Anthology” once I’ve watched an episode for clarification. My friend Lillihafrue is back to writing, too. She’s been bouncing ideas off of me to finish up one of her stories. Having a writing community, like what you get with NaNoWriMo, is such a help with motivation. Here’s hoping that 2013 will be better than 2012 for my writing goals!