Things I should be doing: Writing

Things I am doing: Imagining random shit from the story I want to write without actually thinking them through and then forgeting about them.

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
— Henry David Thoreau  (via saraharricharan)
In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.
— Anne Lamott (via saraharricharan)

Letters to Lia: Update VI

Okay, so if anyone’s actually been paying attention to this blog, you’ll have noticed that I haven’t been updating recently, and that’s because I haven’t had anything to update on.

Camp NaNoWriMo writing for Letters to Lia has practically come to a standstill. I’ve had to cut my original target word count (31,000 words) in half (15,500) to make it more manageable and hopefully accomplishable for me. I’ve realized that 1,000 of the words I have written (2,685 at the time of writing this) are now irrelevant due to the change of plans/plotting that I did about a week ago. I’m going to keep them for the sake of NaNo, but as soon as the month is over, they’re gone.

If I write 15,500 words by the end of July, I’ll have tied Almost May for most words written in a noveling project and also during the span of one month. I hope to eventually surpass AM’s word count, but for now, I’m just shooting to get to 15.5k again.

I’ve come to the realization that I’ve forgotten how to write a story. I’ve written so much poetry in the past two years that I’ve forgotten how to narrate a story that isn’t my feelings. That is my main blockage right now. I can’t write a story. I don’t remember how. I’m fine with writing prose itself—most of my poetry reads like prose and I’ve also written prosetry a lot—but the storytelling bit, well, I’m a little rusty at that. So I guess this month I’m just trying to figure out how to tell a story again.

Thanks for sticking with me, nonexistent followers!

Rachel Sandene

When people stop writing, it’s one of two things - they are either really fucking happy or broken beyond repair.
— Ming D. Liu (via mingdliu)

Letters to Lia: Update V

It is 2:13am but the time of night/morning/whatever doesn’t matter because I am currently copying down into my novel planning journal all the wonderful ideas Sean (he made a new Tumblr so I can link to him again!) and I brainstormed tonight. I really had NO idea where I was going with LTL thus far, which is why I’ve been lagging on my word count, but hopefully I’ll be able to catch up quickly enough with all this newfound inspiration!

I just felt like I’d pop in and post an update while I’m still thinking about LTL and excited about writing it. I might not even sleep tonight, that’s how inspired I’m feeling.

Rachel Sandene

Bad writing precedes good writing. This is an infallible rule, so don’t waste time trying to avoid bad writing. (That just slows down the process.) Anything committed to paper can be changed. The idea is to start, and then go from there.
— Janet Hulstrand (via saltspray)
Poetry is exhilarating in a broken glass sorta way. It’s beautiful to look at and experience but it stems from something shattered and cuts those who touch it too recklessly.
— A. O.
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Camp NaNoWriMo Questionnaire: Day 8

What is your one biggest stressor related to forcing yourself to write your target number of words in a span of 31 days?

My biggest stressor to write 31,000 words in a month is actually just the fact that I’m forcing myself to write 31,000 words in a month. I don’t have many obligations other than Camp NaNoWriMo this month (I mean, I have therapy every Tuesday and Wednesday, plus my writing group on Wednesdays, plus I’m launching my journal-making company on July 16th, but that’s pretty much it).

Stress for me is also caused when I fall behind on my word count, like I currently am. It’s not too bad until I fall behind more significantly than I can feasibly catch up. Right now I’m about 6,500 words behind, but if I write enough every day for the next week or so, I can catch up. If I fall more than 10k words behind, that’s when I start freaking out.

But really, nothing causes NaNoWriMo stress more than NaNoWriMo itself.

Rachel Sandene