In with the new

Posted 13 July, 2009 by DLWhite in WIPs, Writers Write 5 Comments

So, anyone who is paying attention to this blog (which I think is just me) might have noticed that I added something new to my Writers Write page, which is the list of projects that I’m working on. YAY.

This has been a long time coming– really long, almost a year. For about a year I have been writing drabbles and exercises and snips and shorts and fanfiction, in preparation for writing something completely original, out of my brain. On the one hand, I’m excited, really excited because this is a new step for me. On the other hand, I’m scared out of my mind.

For really no reason.  It’s just scary to me for some reason.

I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for months, now. I started doing some research on it a few months ago and I have a long way to go but I’ve at least started the project (I feel better calling it a project than a book because if I call it a book then I hyperventilate and then tell myself I’m ridiculous for thinking I could write a book that anyone wants to read) and I’m just going to keep pushing forward. No matter how stupid or kind of YA or juvenile I think my storyline might be (because it’s kind of leaning toward YA, which wasn’t really my goal, but… it will grow up pretty quickly, in the coming chapters, which I hope will rescue it from the YA genre. But I guess, if it ends there, it ends there. At least I wrote it), I’m going to keep on trucking.

I think I have a very rough chapter 1. Could add more but I’m going to leave it, for now but I’m happy with the foundation I’ve begun to set.

I’m also using yWriter for the first time and I have to say that for a new project, the setup takes a LOT of time and a lot of thinking, but it’s been really good for me, for this project. It helps me think in terms of scene and sequence, action and reaction and not entire chapters or entire storylines or entire themes. It’s like that adage that you can’t eat an entire apple in one bite. You eat it one bite at a time or one slice at a time.  yWriter helps me slice the apple up into manageable pieces. And alleviates stress.  A little.

So, hopefully this blog will be a living testament to what it’s like to write a long form piece.  Have you written a novel? Did you write about writing it? I’d love to be a voyeur and read all about it. You know, just to make sure I’m not crazy. Ha. Not really. Yes, really.

Well, world building is hard work and this writer is tired so, off to bed I go!



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