A Quick Update

Hello everyone,

Thank you to all of you who have kept reading my dormant blog. I apologize for the lack of life in my updates, as well as my abandoned NaNo. Last month my grandmother passed away, surprising all of us. Although she’d been sick for quite some time, she was still lively and aware, and none of us expected the end to come so suddenly.

My grandmother was an important part of my life. Anyone who knows me will know that I have a difficult time writing when I’m very upset, and it takes a few days (weeks) to wake up again, and there was a  lot of planning to help with (and family visiting), hence the lack of updates. I will start posting again this week and reading all of the great comments and blog posts that I’ve missed.

I’ll see you all later.

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Outline: Draft 2 (What’s Wrong With Me?)

Succinctly: a lot.

However, as I’ve mentioned before, I write stories in complicated worlds. If I don’t do a lot of pre-writing, then I need to do a lot (a lot) of writing and even more editing. All my insanity now cuts down on the insanity I will need later in the writing process.

So… we’ve covered coming up with ideas, choosing the idea, roughing an outline, and carding your story. Next up is the exciting experience of updating the draft of your outline.

It’s suddenly occurred to me that not everyone had eight years of writing outlines to drill the process in your skulls. It wasn’t fun, but I do think it’s helped me out later (it definitely helped me in AP US History where I was required to write one for every chapter). For this post we’re going to talk about outlining.

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Lay It All Out: Carding Your Story in 5 Easy Steps

Last time I talked about the rough outline I make of my story when I first start to plan it out. The next step in my frighteningly detailed method of pre-writing is carding my story.

It’s possible that you don’t know what carding is (I didn’t until just a couple of years ago), but it’s an easy answer. Here’s a step-by-step guide to carding your story.

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Camp NaNo ’13: Week 4

Yay! It’s three days until the end of Camp NaNo 2013. I hope you can forgive my pre-written post since it’s the home stretch. I have just under four days to finish however many words I have left until my goal (you can check my Twitter feed and my Camp NaNo profile page for that number if you’re interested).

If I’ve been on my game, this is the first pre-written post you’ve seen (I had one for each week if this is the first one you’ve seen). I hope I’ve said some interesting things about my Camp NaNo experiences. I haven’t done very well in the past when I’ve done the regular NaNoWriMo in November.

Wish me luck on my last four (ish) days of Camp NaNo. I hope to finish with a win on my first year.

Camp NaNo ’13: Week 3

Another week and here’s another post I’ve failed to write. Hopefully, this the first time you’re seeing my pre-written apology post, but my track record doesn’t project good things for me. In fact, this is probably the third apology post you’ve seen this month.

Perhaps I should actually apologize. I’m sorry.

It’s likely that you follow my blog (or have stumbled across it) to read about my writing and what I think about writing in general. Right now it’s not going very well. At least I assume it isn’t going very well since it’s still June when I’m writing the post.

If you’re following my Twitter account or watching my NaNo profile page (I don’t know why you would do that one) then you’re aware of my word count. Feel free to yell at me there or in a comment here to tell me that I should be keeping up with my blogging duties. I deserve the scoldings (unless I’m less than halfway done with my wordcount; then I’m probably stressed).

There’s just over a week until the end of Camp NaNo. Let’s see how I do.

Prejudice in Writing: Where I’m Coming From

Why is talking about prejudice important? Why do I think need to talk about prejudice? If you read my last post in this series (also known as my first post, which you can find here), you can see a few reasons why I think prejudice is something we need to talk about. Now I’ll talk briefly about why I think I should talk about it.

It’s easy: because I want to write. Because I do write.

This is a topic that is a part of my writing experience. Just because it’s a topic that may cause people to fling digital mud at me doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t talk about it. That is cowardly, and I try very hard not to be cowardly. Or I just have a big mouth. I’m never quite sure.

In my family we have arguments, a lot of them. At my (Catholic) school we were encouraged to discuss difficult topics: we talked about abortion, marriage, sex, drugs, alcohol, religion and everything else you could imagine (but wouldn’t think happened at a Catholic high school). My friends and I regularly call each other ridiculous during late-night “conversations.”

It helps me to be open-minded, which is a good quality in a creative person. I want to take everything in. I want more information. I want more points of view, more opinions. I think it makes me a better writer. I think it makes me a better person.

I won’t lie: this will be difficult and I may say some things that frustrate or upset you, but I’m willing to listen. This isn’t supposed to be me shouting into the abyss. If I wanted that, I’d keep a journal. So, let me know what you think.

Do you talk about difficult things with people you trust? How about online? Do you think prejudice (in writing and reading, specifically) is something we should talk about?

 

Camp NaNo ’13: Week 2

Yet another week has passed and… I haven’t updated this post.

I am really hoping that this is the first time that you’re seeing a pre-written apology post. It’s not as if I’m expecting to do a lot: just a few words about how hard NaNo is and why did I choose to do 50,000 words when I could have chosen to do… a hundred or whatever. (The answer is that I always seem to shoot too high and have to work twice as hard to meet goals). Instead, you get this.

My beloved and patient blog readers (and friends) get to read a post full of pointless drivel. I beseech you to scold me soundly, whether it be in the comments, on Twitter, in e-mail, on Skype, in text or in person (I don’t like phones; leave me be). I deserve it. But don’t complain if I start crying on you because I’ve only managed 500 words in two weeks. I do this all the time.

Next week I should have a proper update on my blog. In the meantime, enjoy my posts on prejudice in writing and let me know how disappointed you are in me as a blogger, a writer, and a human being.