Summer in the City Blogfest

Posted 6 June, 2011 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Write 6 Comments

Hello Blog.

I’ve been on a bit of a self imposed exile sabbatical from writing. I need to take a step back and get some perspective and do some thinking and such. Not sure if I got much worked out but I did get a much needed break, so that was good.

I’m jumping back into the writing world by participating in a Blogfest today, hosted by It’s The World, Dear. Today’s Blogfest is simply about planning our summer, which I needed to do anyway.  There are two questions that must be answered:

a) What your current WIP looks like

b) What your writing goals are for the summer

Well. My current WIP looks like a patchwork quilt that has only a few completed patches and hasn’t been sewn together yet. I started with some character interviews and wrote a few scenes, got frustrated and sad and then took a break. Right now I’m trying to decide if I want to move ahead with this project.  It’s likely that I will.

My goals for the summer involve previously mentioned WIP– if I am moving forward with it, I need to jump into it and actually plot out my story line. Maybe fill out a dreaded out line. Flesh out my characters, bang out some more scenes and then edit them down to what seems good and then peice them together. I’m making a concerted effort to not focus on if I think it sounds bad, because I will be editing later. I put a lot of pressure on myself to churn out good fiction, and like they always say, we are our own worst critic and living up to our own expectation is the hardest part.

I also want to do more off the cuff writing. Some drabbles and blogfests and short stories. I say this all the time and then I end up with a 45,000 word “short” story. I can’t help it, stories unfold like novels in my mind!

I think I just need to give myself a dang break.  Get back to the fun in writing.  I’m not going to push out a best seller this year, so relax. Just write.

 


6 Responses to “Summer in the City Blogfest”

  1. Wow. This is so great to hear. Just write. Why do we have such a hard time doing that? It always spins out and then I’m stuck with multiple incomplete projects and I’m in love with all of them! It’s so hard to stick to one. I’m glad to hear that you are taking a step back. I did that about a month ago and it was the best thing for me and my WIP. Having the space to stop and just LOOK, to let my imagination go, to be with my characters and play with writing and blogging, it breathed new life into my story. Best of luck for a relaxing, but productive writing summer :)

  2. J E Fritz

    You said it! “Just write” is the best thing I’ve read yet. It’s also a laudable goal. Good luck with your “short” story. Mine always turn out like that, too!

  3. Ellie

    I agree with Fritz – Just write is the best advice any writer can hear. It sounds like you have sensible goals that can be achieved, and, of course, still enjoy the summer!

    Ellie
    Garratt

  4. Trisha

    Hehe, I’m glad I’m not the only one who starts out with some tiny idea & then it explodes into something ridiculously large.