I finally got some words on paper in regards to my outline for Achelon City. I don’t know what specifically has been holding me back but it’s annoying! Nice to break that! I am participating in Camp NanoWrimo as much as I have set a bit of a goal for myself to work towards. I wish I had time to join a cabin and be all social but alas, too many plates to juggle!
As you can see things are handwritten–that is just how it works for me. Once I get going on the actual writing I’ll switch to Typity Typing but for now Scribbling is how it gets done! I also like to start with what I call “broad strokes” and with each go through add more details–like a painting almost.
Do you have any “quirks” as part of your creative process? I’d love to hear! Learning about how others create is one of my favorite things!
I know I’ve posted before about how I don’t like to do NanoWrimo anymore but I do like April’s Camp NanoWrimo. You set the goal and the pace.
With that being said here are my writing goals for April:
Finish fleshing out all major characters (and write stuff down!)
Start outlining the major arcs of the story (murder case, Spencer and Luna’s relationship, Xir’s prophecy). I see a lot of color coding in my outlining future!
Small list I know but it will more than keep me busy! I also hold no illusions that I will actually finish either of these things but I am just looking for a good start really. This story has been in my head for too long! Time to let it out!
Here is a bit of character inspiration for Detective Wells!
So it’s mid March and I haven’t really worked on Achelon City beyond playing some hashtag games on Twitter and rolling some ideas around in my head while driving to work. That’s creative work, I know but it’s not writing writing.
In an attempt to move forward with this project I’m going to set out a rough–very rough–timeline on what and how I would like to work on this writing project. Obviously, life and work will dictate exactly how close to this schedule I can keep but I plan on really focusing.
April: I’m going to participate in Camp Nano in my own way and get at least a basic outline written out. Since my two protagonists are following a murder case that unfolds into something bigger I have to know what the bigger story is to have the right clues to discover that bigger story.
June- August: I want to write as much as possible on a rough draft. My hope would be about halfway depending on how hard I push myself. Usually I write on my lunch break which means I get around 400-600 words a day, average, which isn’t too bad.
September-November: Keep pushing forward. Progress will really depend on what crafting projects I have for our show in December. The end of the year is always busy at work, busy at home wth holidays and such but I do still like to move forward with writing projects.
In an attempt to keep my wandering attention span focused on every day content here at The Tavern I am trying a different sort of lay out–more fun and whimsical for when I’m stuck on what to blog about.
Last year I tried a spreadsheet style schedule and that is just too rigid. Some days I just don’t want to write about Batman, or spinach or whatever so I am hoping this will allow me more freedom which in turn will help keep me interested in working on this every day!
What sort of tracking/planning tools do you use to keep up with content for your blog? I am always up for trying new things and would love to hear what works for you!
I would even take this a step further and say don’t just create a vision in your mind but write it down. Even if this vision changes as you work on it writing things down makes them more concrete–plus you can have the satisfaction of marking things off a list which is ALWAYS my favorite thing to do!
Every strike through is a small step of progress towards my goal!
So I have some exciting news to share, but first I want to share how excited I am about some new art supplies I’ve gotten!
I saw these on Amazon, and my first thought was “Wow, I love the font on these packages!” Second thought was “OOh, I bet these are more saturated than watercolors so I can use them without totally wrinkling the paper!”
That being said I added them to my Christmas wishlist, and voila–in-laws were amazing and got them for me! Alas, life was busy, and remained busy until last week when I finally took a moment to say, “By golly, I’m going to get my inks out, organize them and see what they look like on paper!” And that is just what I did, and they are beautiful and gorgeously saturated colors. I haven’t worked yet with layering but I hope to soon!
NOW, for the exciting new art project: I’m am going to start designing and producing small quantities of stationery! As much as I love using and hoarding stationery it just makes sense–I also think my quirky colorful style will lend itself to this, so we will see!
I am taking it slow and really researching how I want to go about this and create an actual business plan before I just jump into making art. Right now I have a name: Lunarkat Paper Co. and a vague idea on what I want the logo to look like! Haha! I’ll obviously update more once I have some really concrete things in place!
Ok, guys! I’m going to try and update my blog every other day with creative goodies–will I keep it up? HAHA, we will see!
It’s been hard so far this year to feel really focused on any one creative project; I’ve sort of pinged around like a ping pong ball between visual arts projects and writing projects never stopping long enough to actually commit. It’s that standing on the edge of a precipice feeling, I think. I was SO heavily invested in The Grand Adventure of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates that I think I am hesitant to jump into something new that deeply. Boy, do I need to get over that! Haha!
One of my goals for this year is being more positive in my life: personal, creative, relationships and wherever else I can stick a little glimmer of happiness in the sea of gray reality. So in that vein, one of the positive things from the past two months is that I have really increased the writer friends I have on Twitter! It’s been lots of fun chatting and playing hashtag games and to see the wide variety of writer types and genres and stories being told! I love it!
March is going to be about really buckling down and outlining Achelon City and putting some concrete ideas on paper. My goal is to start actual writing by June!