Back into it?

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After a semester off from writing at all, today, I started again. I reread everything I had edited since my last draft, and honestly, I’m quite happy with myself.

But now I’m kind of stuck again. Maybe I just don’t have the story where I want it. Maybe I need to rethink more of the plot than I thought.

More when I’ve figured out where the heck this book is going…

Back into the swing of things

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I’m back to it. Writing, that is. My year was extremely busy, and I found it difficult to write anything. Now, however, it’s summer, and I’m ready.

My goal has been to write a bit everyday. I upped the goal to 5000 words/week as of Monday. So far, that’s been a bit too much, but I’m trying.

I’m rewriting the beginning of my novel, and that’s always difficult because the beginning is where you introduce the characters, the world, the language… It’s coming along, but it’s slow. I’m hoping it’ll go faster when I get past the introductions.

But gosh I love this story.

So that’s a good start.

777 – The Book Thief

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The 7th sentence of the 77th page in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

“All the kids were mashed, right before her eyes, and in a moment of brilliance, she imagined herself reading the entire page in faultless, fluency-filled triumph.”

On the troubles of writing a short story

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It’s been a while.

Medical school is busy. Very busy. I haven’t written much.

But I’m back! For quite a long time, I’ve been trying to write a short story version of my novel in an attempt to iron out the kinks in the plot and boil it down to the main threads.

But I can’t do it. I don’t write short stories well because there isn’t enough time for character development. And trying to fit my novel into a short story has proven too difficult for me. Unfortunately, my novel still needs a lot of figuring out, and a summary of some sort would be helpful. What to do…

I remembered that I wrote an epic poem version of a novel I wrote with a friend once, and I actually really enjoyed doing that. So that’s what I’m doing now. I’m writing an epic poem version of my novel.

What’s the difference between the short story and the epic poem? The poem doesn’t require any dialogue or description, and I can just tell the story in short stanzas. Seriously, this is a great way to write a synopsis-type-thing for a novel.

Below is a snippet of what I’ve written so far:

Two kingdoms at war

One above and one below

An Underlander ambassador assassinated

Left no choice

 

Bloodshed for years

No end in sight

A spy allowing assassins through

To kill the Underland general

 

At a stalemate even so

More years of struggle

Leading to a conditional peace

To end the death

 

A decade later

Two men, barely more than youths

Happen upon in the mines

Something magical

 

Crystals of old

Forged by magicians

A legend for both kingdoms

Never found until now

On Not Writing Anything

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Well, it’s been a while.

And I haven’t written anything.

Not writing makes me sad, and, not to make excuses, but I just started medical school and things are hectic. What’s more, I’m in a place on my novel that has me a little overwhelmed. The feedback is in, and I have a lot to change. 

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and I believe I almost know what I need to write. However, it requires changing a lot of core moments and ideas in my story.

It’s daunting.

Seriously. I know I just need to sit down and start writing. Maybe I should get off Tumblr… 

Just know that I’m still here. And I will begin to write again. But right now, I need a break.

And that’s okay. 

777 – Out of the Silent Planet

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“He was surprised that they selected a planet instead of a mere star and stuck to their choice; could it be possible that they understood astronomy?”

7th sentence of page 77 in Out of the Silent Planet, the first book of “The Cosmic Trilogy” by C. S. Lewis.