Weekly Writing Update

So this has been an up-and-down productive week.

On the productive side, I wrote 15 pages of a script in essentially a day for my writing course.  It’s not great, it needs some major overhauls before I submit it, but I still managed it.  On the not-so productive side, I’m still only in the middle of the big climax scene for the Star Wars fic, which is turning out to be even longer than I anticipated and may possibly need some rewrites.  Just haven’t been feeling it in the stuff I’ve managed to write down this week.

So this week, I’m going to set some goals.  The first couple of days will not be super productive on the fic front because there are other academic responsibilities I need to deal with, but my aim is to have this massive action scene done by the weekend.  Then I’m going to reserve some time during the weekend to actually finish the thing up with the last scene, the scene I actually wrote the whole damn thing for, and next week will be spent editing so that I can get a draft off to a beta, maybe?  There’s no way I’m going to hit my original publish date plan of Dec. 1, but as long as I can get it out before Dec. 15, I’m happy.

That’s going to be the plan for this week and hopefully the next.  I know it’s a short post again this time, but it’s end-of-term season and I’m already pretty lucky that I don’t have any essays to write this time.  But I’ll see you all next week, and hopefully that massive climax scene will actually be done by then!  I hope…


Weekly Writing Update

Hey all!

Sticking to a writing schedule despite everything else going on is proving very beneficial.  I actually accomplished my goals from last week’s post!  Finished the monster action scene, completed the transition scene, and started on the climax scene!  The end is in sight…

This week’s goal is to work on and finish the climax, and maybe start work on the resolution.  Fortunately, I have a clearer picture for these two scenes (especially the resolution) than I’ve had for most of the other scenes in this story, so here’s hoping that they’ll come out a bit more easily than the other ones.  The main struggle that I’m anticipating is, again, the fight scenes.  I’m sure any half-trained choreographer would weep at my clumsy descriptions of a battle.  

I may not get as much done this week as I hope to, because I have an actual academic creative writing thing to work on, and I’ll probably reserve some of my personal writing time for that.  On non-fic related news, I’m experimenting with different forms and genres in creative writing, trying to break out of the traditional story/poem sandbox I’ve been playing around in for years.  I’m thinking of trying out screenwriting, though of course, it’s early stages yet.  But I hope it pans out, screenwriting is something I’d like to try more of, maybe get some experience for the future.

Anyway, that’s all from me for this week, as always, leave a comment below if you’re interested in creative writing, whether you make it or consume it!  I always love it when I can talk with people who are also passionate about the written word.

See you next week!

Weekly Writing Update

Just an (honestly) quick update post this time, because I’ve got so much to do today, but I still want to keep this series on a regular schedule!

And absolutely no one is surprised that I did not, in fact, finish The Project (TM) this week.  But I’m almost done the huge action scene I was working on last week, which turned out to be a hefty 1000+ words over the plan.  Good news is, I really am almost done it (that particular scene, I mean), I’m on the ‘wrapping it up’ portion and it should (fingers crossed) be done by tomorrow.  And then there’s just three more scenes left!  A short transition scene to build up to the plot climax scene, and then a finale scene in which all the loose ends are wrapped up.

Yeah.  This is gonna take a while.  My aim for this week is to finish the massive action scene, the short transition scene, and start the plot climax scene.  Ambitious?  Probably.  But it’s good to have goals.

I’m gonna say goodbye now (see, I did manage to make it a short and quick post!), get back to some other responsibilities, and hopefully by next time, I’ll truly, genuinely, be almost done The Project (TM)!

Weekly Writing Update

Hello again!

Not much new to talk about this week, but still quite a lot.  Outside of academic writing, I’ve been focusing all my efforts on my Star Wars piece so that I can get it published before The Last Jedi comes out, but I think I’m pretty close to getting my draft done!  I can’t believe how absolutely massive this thing has become, I started it all because of a fan theory I had that I wanted to express through a (relatively) short one-shot…26,000 words later, I’m still a few scenes from the end.  My current final word count estimate is around 32,000, which is about 20,000 more than I ever anticipated.

I’m really hoping to get the draft done by the end of this week, since midterm hell week is coming up and I really should devote more effort to those than personal writing.  It’ll be tight, but averaging about a 1,000 words per day, and if I work a little on the weekends too, I’ll hopefully have the remaining few scenes done soon: if not by this coming weekend, then the next.  I’m so excited to share this story, it’s been a project that’s taken me over half a year, and I don’t think I’ve ever put so much effort into a single piece of personal writing.

All that’s left (Ha!  “All…”) are a few scenes, although they’re probably the most crucial scenes in the whole story, and indeed, the scenes that I initially started writing this story for.  I’m currently on the scene I like to call “Really Heavy Foreshadowing From Ridiculously Obvious Symbolism,” then there’s the “Quick Filler So Resolution Isn’t So Abrupt,” followed by “Climactic Plot Moment And Resolution,” and finally “The Scene/Point I Wrote This Whole Thing For.”

…so maybe 32,000 is a little optimistic.  34,000?  Sounds more like it.

I’ve never done NaNoWriMo, I have very little understanding how it works, but from listening to other writers talk about it, this story is my NaNoWriMo.  I’ve put so much into it, it’s the longest thing I’ve ever written, and in my author’s bias, I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written.  Well, best fanfic, certainly.  And it’s so close to completion now, or the draft is, at any rate, and I can’t wait to finally share it with the world.

I’ll leave you with that for now, since I should probably go be a responsible academic, and as always, feel free to comment below about anything related to creative writing!  See you all next week!

Weekly Writing Update

Sssh, this post is totally on time…what’s a few hours between friends anyways?

Writing has been a pretty great experience this week!  It didn’t start out that way, my first draft of my first attempt into creative nonfiction was pretty rubbish, but then again, that is what you get for writing most of it the night before draft day.  But I’ve just spent a good hour editing it, and I’m not completely done yet, but having received feedback from other writers and having gotten a better idea of what creative journalism is like, I have to say, I’m liking the new stuff I’ve got now.

On the fanfic side (because I cannot shut up about this Star Wars fic, I’m so excited to share it eventually with people!), I’ve finally reached the start of the climax section!  I powered through a heavy self-introspection/philosophy scene, rewarded myself with a light-hearted fluff scene that surprised me by turning plotty at the end (sometimes you don’t  plan things, but they naturally fall in place and they match your plans for the story, and I live for those times as a writer), and that provided an unexpected jumping off point for the drama!  Now the really fun times begin :)))

That being said, the next part of the story will probably be one of the most difficult for me.  Mostly, it’s the combat scenes.  Writing fights is absolutely not my forte.  There are going to be wildly inaccurate and illogical moves everywhere.  For plot reasons, I’ve got certain plans for how parts of the fight need to go.  Getting there, and setting it up so that those parts make sense, is going to be a challenge.

I’m going to leave you all with a question this week.  If you’re a writer, what do you find challenging to write?  A particular kind of character or scene or dialogue or genre?  What challenges you?  If you’re a reader, what kind of things do you find difficult to read?  Not as a I-dislike-X-character-or-Y-style, but more just general things you have to struggle to read through.  Maybe a certain kind of scene, or conversation subject, or character type that just gets on your nerves.  What is your story Everest?  Leave your answers/comments below!

See you all next time!

Weekly Writing Update

Miracle of miracles, I actually stuck to schedule this time?  Absolutely has nothing to do with the fact that I’m sick of English homework and am trying to distract myself from it, absolutely nothing at all…

This week on the writing front has been fairly productive.  I’ve gotten further on my Star Wars fic and pushed through a difficult character introspection scene, and I went back on some older scenes and started editing them.  The thing I find about writing is that the deeper you get into your work, the better picture you form of your characters, so it’s a good idea to go back to the beginning some times and review how your characters are written there.  There’s character growth, but there’s also character constants (coincidentally, that’s a huge part of the introspection scene I just wrote this week), and in my experience, it’s good to make sure your portrayal of the character is consistent.

The Star Wars fic continues to be my big project, though there are several other pieces in the work.  I’ve got another assignment for creative writing that I’m starting to develop and which I’m leaning more towards creative journalism for, and I’ve got the beginnings of another fic floating around, which I won’t get too much into until the Star Wars one is done.  I’m not going to go too much more into that, mostly because I should really be getting back to English instead of blogging about writing.  As always, feel free to comment below or message me about writing and stories, I’m always happy to talk about the subject!  Until the next time 🙂

Weekly Writing Update

He he…weekly…that’s right…completely accurate, what’re you talking about?

My inability to stick to a schedule aside, writing has been a whirlwind since my last update.  Finished the original piece I was working on for my course, not the highest quality thing I’ve ever produced, but it’s decent enough at a pinch and hopefully the TAs think so too.   It certainly confirmed once and for all that length is my Achilles heel – the longer the story, the better I write, which is great for page/word limited projects.

My other story that I mentioned last time, the as-yet-untitled Star Wars fic, has had it’s ups and downs.  I’ve written quite a lot for it actually, several thousand words at least, and then cut most of those because they weren’t right for the tone, themes, and direction of the story.  So that was great.  Was productive, but had to cut a lot or majorly edit a lot of it.  Still, at least I’ve got a clearer picture in my head now of where I want to take the story, and I’ve got a good sense of the climactic scene that I want to drive the story towards.

Any new projects?  I’ve got a few ideas floating around in my head that only time will tell if they develop into anything more solid than a few notes and dialogue bits on my phone.  At any rate, I don’t want to focus on them until I’ve finished my Star Wars fic, which I should really get on with if I’m to aim for a publishing date before The Last Jedi comes out and smashes all my headcanons and predictions.

I’m not going to blather on too much more this time, since I’ve got a few exams coming up that I really should be preparing for instead of doing too much creative writing, but hopefully I’ll have some more time later this week to get back into the swing of things. Maybe I’ll even post the little 4-panel slice-of-life comic I did for my writing course?  As always, if you want to chat about writing or anything else, just leave me a message in the comments section below.  I’m always happy to chat with a fellow writer or reader!

Weekly Writing Update

Trying something new this week that will hopefully be more successful than the not-so-weekly Songs of the Week, which really didn’t take that long to flop.  Hopefully this new (do I dare say it?) weekly series will have a much better run, and actually force me to write more as well.

Basically, (hopefully) every week, I’ll be posting about the writing I’ve done that past week.  I’ll talk about projects I’m working on, concepts I hope to develop, writing strategies I’ve learned or am developing, and maybe even a few excerpts.  Most of my writing is creative, and while fanfiction is currently my predominant genre, I’m also in a creative writing course so I’ll be working on some original pieces as well.  For this first week, I’m just going to give a brief summary of two pieces that I’m currently working on: a Star Wars fanfiction piece and an original short story for class.

The Rundown:

Untitled Star Wars story: I’ve been working on this monstrosity since May, and at 27 pages and 15,000+ words, it’s just about halfway through.  Every time I start a new section to advance the plot, the plot just decides that things don’t need to progress that quickly, and I end up with another 2000 words and only halfway to the point I originally planned.

The story itself is essentially a character study/exploration of Rey, focussing on her character growth and the relationships she has and makes with other characters.  It’s going surprisingly well: in a rare turn of events for me, I can reread sections I wrote months ago and not instantly cringe in loathing, so hopes are high for this one?  I want to get it finished and published before The Last Jedi comes out and completely obliterates my headcanons, and it’s going to get tougher as my schedule starts heating up, but I think it’s doable.  It’s one of those pieces that I’m really passionate about, months after I first started it, which gives me hope that I’ll be able to actually finish this one.  Stories, like rebellions, are built on hope…

Untitled short story: This is an assignment I’m working on for class, crafting a short story in five pages, and I’m enjoying it so far.  I’m about halfway through it, and it’s about a small-town kid and his dad coming to terms with his mother abandoning them.  My biggest challenge in writing this so far has been defining the end result, what I want this story to say and how I’m going to get it there.  Five pages seems at once both impossibly short and impossibly long, and trying to work within this constraint to craft a story arc has been difficult.  If my Star Wars fic didn’t make it clear, I’m an epic-type writer.  I like to ramble.  My early stories were huge paragraph blocks, much like this current one.

This piece is a continuing but good challenge for me, as I struggle to write a short story with the same depth and complexity of a longer story and without bluntly stating everything.  Speaking of which, I should probably get back to it.  I’ll have a definite answer for you next week how it ends up going – I’d better, or I’ll have handed in nothing and gotten a 0.

That’s all for me from this week, I really hope this new series works out better than the last one, if for no other reason than it’ll force me to actually take the time to write every week.  Every day, preferably.  If you want to know more about my writing, maybe check out some stuff I’ve written in the past, or if you just want to talk about writing, leave a comment below or send me a message!  I’m happy to talk with fellow and aspiring writers about the creative word.  See you soon!

Tra-la-la-lally: Songs of the Week

Hello all!  Welcome back to another Songs of the “Week,” though at this point, I think it qualifies rather as a ‘Top __’ thing than a weekly update.  I really underestimated how long I get stuck in music ruts when I started this thing.  Ah well, the show must go on.  This week’s theme, going a bit into the vault and my old Doctor Who days, the best of Murray Gold, composer for the 2005 reboot of Doctor Who!

1 – Song of Freedom and Captivity (2008)

Of all the songs on the Doctor Who soundtrack, this one has been my absolutely favourite from the moment I first heard it.  It was heart-wrenchingly sad in ‘Planet of the Ood,’ magnificently triumphant in ‘Journey’s End,’ but my favourite performance of it comes from the Doctor Who at the Proms concert in 2008.  Very beautiful, always worth a listen.

2 – This is Gallifrey, Our Childhood, Our Home (2007)

What a brilliant piece of music.  Even without knowing the story, it calls to mind ancient alien civilizations, a sad, wistful nostalgia, a lonesome longing.  Excellent use of the instrumentation as well, I love hearing the melody come through in the percussion and bass instruments.

3 – Vale Decem (2010)

Possibly the saddest music for the Doctor to regenerate on.  I mean, ‘The End of Time’ itself is pretty sad, but this song!  It’s like rubbing salt onto the wound.  In a good way though.  Impossibly sad, absolutely perfect.

4 – I Am The Doctor (2011)

It’s quite a nice little introduction song for the Doctor, especially after the show itself ‘regenerates.’  Watching that first Matt Smith episode, this song playing as he stepped through the faces of the previous Doctors really legitimized him as the Doctor.  It’s full of confidence and drama, and paired with the scene, it’s a nice assertion of Doctor-ness.

I think that’s enough nerding out for now, so this is where I’ll leave you all.  Do give these a try, they’re all great pieces, and they come out of great soundtracks too.  Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, they’re pretty good musically, I think, and you could just appreciate them for their orchestration.  That’s my pitch done, see you all next time!

Tra-la-la-lally: Songs of the Week

At this point, I probably shouldn’t even be calling this “Songs of the Week,” more like “Songs of the Month,” but I live in hope that the title will continue to shame me into following a schedule.  What’s the theme this time?  I’m feeling some movie magic, let’s go John Williams’ songs.

1 – Leaving Hogwarts – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

A lot of people would name Hedwig’s Theme as their favourite or most iconic song from the Harry Potter movies, but for me, this song has always been the clincher.  It ends the story in such a complete way, encapsulating all that has happened and the spirit of the story without words.  Every time I watch the movies, I look forwards to hearing this song play at the end.

2 – Star Wars (Main Theme) – Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

I mean, this is probably the most iconic movie theme of all time (John Williams does have a habit of writing these fantastic, iconic pieces, doesn’t he?), and it is so grand.  Not so fun on the piano, but as a trumpet player, playing it is great fun, and that opening trumpet fanfare?  Beautiful.

3 – Force Theme (Ben Kenobi’s Theme) – Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

That mournful melody line, so simple yet so grand?  John Williams has a real talent for capturing so many emotions and entwining them into simple musical themes.  Long before I started being an active fan, I loved the music, and apart from the Main Theme, this song always stuck with me.

4 – Harry’s Wondrous World – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

What a great song, it really make you feel like you’re right in the middle of this wonderful magical world.  Swooping melodies, grand harmonies, a touch of childish whimsy and wonder.  It really is quite spectacular.

5 – The Imperial March – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

What John Williams list is complete without the menacing beat of The Imperial March?  It’s Darth Vader in a song, not just the perfect accompaniment, but as notorious and foreboding as the character himself.  You can practically hear the rasping breath as it plays.

I didn’t intend for this to turn into a Best Of Harry Potter/Star Wars, but they’re what comes to me when I think about John Williams’ music.  Give them a listen on YouTube or iTunes or what have you, they’re easy enough to find.  If you’ve heard them before, they’re always great to visit.  If you haven’t, give them a shot!  The man is a legend and his music is legendary.  I’ll leave you with that, see you all next time!