Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Dull and Boring on the Outside

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe. ~Neil Gaiman

Sometimes the Wednesday ROW80 check-in comes a little too fast...

So far this week I've done a bit of journaling.  Lots and lots of reading--I cannot put down these Shadow Unit stories! Most of my writing has been letters for an event I'm working on, but I've also been working on notes for my new story. 

Shan Jeniah Burton asked the other day if I could work on two stories at once.  (Thank you for asking that!) I did a little writing and a lot of contemplating about that and then realized that I don't actually have to make that decision.  The new idea isn't ready for writing yet.  I have a couple of characters and lots of ideas for types of characters I need to add in.  I have some place ideas and ideas for monsters/bad guys.  I also have a growing list of things I need to research.  So this story (stories!) idea isn't ready for writing at all just now.  It's just ready for lots of fun researching and brainstorming and planning.

As for Ordinary Girl,  I was trying to get back into the writing but had to admit that I've let myself get away from it for too long.  I'm completely out of the story right now, so I'm starting a read through of what I have so far (no editing or revising, just reading) so I can get back into the story.  And then I'm just going to write.  I have a feeling the part I'm in right now is going to take a lot of random writing that will have to be cut later to get me to the next scene, but I think that's okay.  I think if that's what's going to get me moving and on to the next part, then so be it.  I'll do what I can now and fix it later.  This freezing up when I don't have an idea for what's supposed to happen isn't helping anything.  At least if I'm writing something I have a chance of figuring out what's really going on in this scene so I can wrap it up. 

I didn't manage to get to anyone's blogs since Sunday. I'm so sorry, everyone!  I feel like a complete slacker.  But really, these stories are keeping me up way too late every night.  I'm stealing bits of time during the day to read a page or two.  It's been ages since I've had this much fun with stories I'm reading, so while I do feel bad for shirking my supporter duties, it's really been pretty awesome.  And they're really feeding my inner storyteller, so that's an added bonus.


yikici said...

The inner world of just anyone is interesting. I love that you are feeding your inner storyteller; that is always good. Your attitude is perfect too; whatever works for you is the way to go –isn’t that what ROW80 is all about?

New stories, new ideas are always the fun part of writing, you are doing great; keep up the good work. :)

Shan Jeniah Burton said...

What a really cool way to find out I helped in some small way. =)

You found your own answer - one I wouldn't have known to suggest.

I am writing my rough draft of my WiP on That way, I just write, without too much questioning.

Not everything will be useful, but that's OK. I can't edit if I don't write it, and sometimes, the most improbable things are those that turn out best.

I know you'll find what works best for you! =)

Ninja Gal said...

I know what you mean about stepping out of something too long and then trying to get back to it.

I wrote my WIP for NaNoWriMo and put it down for all of December.

And I tried to pick it back up in January, but I just felt like I still knew too much about it.

Good luck with your goals! I think you'll do well. :)

Carolyn Mallory said...

It's interesting how we can feel too far away from something we've been working on. My WIP is no longer related to the beginning of the project. So now I don't know where it starts. But I persevere where I am and I will find the way through!
Good luck with your goals. You are doing really well!!

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