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Blogger Tag: Writing Habits

  • Posted on August 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

My lovely friend Briana Herr has tagged me in her Writing Habits Blogger Tag. This means that I’m forced to reveal to the world the things that make me tick! Things like what faces I make while writing and what coffee I drink! How scandalous!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Where do you go write and what does it look like?

Most often I write in my room. I have a basement room with walls painted lavender, and my bed is right next to my desk. I have a large TV with a Roku that plays wonderful music, either from Pandora or from Youtube. I sit at my desk, in my rickety rolly-chair that needs to have blankets piled on it for it to be comfortable, and I write. This is the only way I am productive.

Sometimes I write in my bed, which is very comfortable, but I rarely get many words out because I tend to fall asleep.

Snacks or drinks?

Both. I prefer soda to be honest with you. Pepsi if I can afford it, if not Sam’s Cola. I love munching on salted roasted peanuts while writing, or chips. Sometimes I get chips and salsa for while I’m writing. Other times I’ll make a bowl of ramen or some leftovers. Basically, it depends on how hungry I am.

Do you like to write with noise or in total silence?

This depends on my ADD brain. Because of my ADD, I have sensitivity to stimulae. This means that too much of anything becomes distracting. This means that if I have music going, I get distracted. However, on the flipside, if I sit in silence, I become anxious. So I have to find that sweet spot between the two.

I’d love to say that there are rules like “no lyrics” or “drums only” that works for me, but nothing ever works the same two days in a row. So I don’t really have any kind of preference, I just want to find balance.

Paper or computer?

Computer, all the way. I can’t sit still long enough to write on paper anymore.

what do you do before you start to write?

I put the kids to sleep, and then gather up soda, my computer, and anything else I’ve left upstairs. Then I take it all downstairs and sit in my uncomfy chair. After that, I whine a bit to my friend Briana, and after that, I get to writing. Often I manage somewhere between 200-2000 words.

What time of day do you like to write?

I like to write in the late evening. I can’t do early mornings because I have to care for the children as soon as they get up, and I can’t write during the day because there’s too much to do.

what distracts you from writing?

  1. Anxiety
  2. Depression
  3. Video games
  4. Reading
  5. Work
  6. Serial works like this one.
  7. This Discord Channel

anything to help set the mood?

Recently, one of my WIPs has had a theme-song chosen for it. I call the WIP Devil’s Desire, and the theme song is “Hide and Seek”. It sets everything off in a wonderful tone, and I love it.

are you a plotter or pantser?

A little of both. I tend to start with a small outline, and then free-write until I get lost. Then I re-outline, and then I free-write again. I’m a mess when it comes to writing habits.

Any other weird habits?

I jiggle my leg almost constantly. Not only that but I click pens. Oh! And I also tend to write while on voice chat with the Discord Group I mentioned earlier. It helps to know that they’re there.

 

And that’s all! I’ve done what was asked of me, and now it is time to tag others. Muahahahaha!

I tag Tiara Kikyo Giles, Nico H., Caroline Quill Alex Hurwitz. Check out all of their lovely stuff, because each and every one of them is AMAZING. Thank you for your time, and consider yourself tagged as well!

Panic Attacks and Manuscripts

  • Posted on June 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

So I have finished the manuscript for Knight of Kuryle. The first draft is entirely done. I’ll be running through several more drafts, of which I’ll explain in a moment, but for now, I am done with it until the 15th of July. Four weeks is a long time to wait, for someone used to working non-stop on their novel. Four weeks is a long time to wait for anything.

I’ve been experiencing an emotional upheaval during this time. It’s only been three days and I’m having more panic attacks than ever before. Just a few minutes ago, I had the largest one yet, where I couldn’t breathe. Luckily, my friend and roommate knows a calm-down method for panic attacks, and was able to help me get it under control. I still feel vulnerable and weak aftewards, however.

Some friends I’ve talked to about it say that it’s possible that there are a lot of feelings tied into the manuscript, and my finishing it has created a void where the manuscript used to be, which is causing the emotional upheaval. I think it’s something simpler. I’m scared.

You see, I’ve done the easy part. I’ve done the part I know how to do. I’ve written the first draft, and completed an entire story. I’ve done that before, and now, I’m in new territory. Now I have to edit. Now I have to polish. Now, I have to tear my beauty apart.

My writing mentor, Chris Votey, has listed a set of steps for my next drafts of the manuscript. They are as follows:

  1. First draft of manuscript
  2. Content edit
  3. Grammarly edit
  4. Ginger edit
  5. Word doc spell checker
  6. Content edit again
  7. Language edit – Looking for overused words and adverbs
  8. ReRead
  9. Chris goes through it
  10. Repeat.

I’m glad he gave me this process so that I could record it. No book I know goes into such detail as to give you exact instructions, so I thought I’d write it down. It’s useful to know what other authors are doing when it comes to editing and writing.

On top of all of this, I am reading and researching for my next project. A regency era romance I’ve named “A Deeper Love”.  Look forward to snippets and deleted scenes in the future! I’m currently reading On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels in order to figure out how to write this romance properly! As someone who has had little luck in romance herself, this is especially important. ALWAYS RESEARCH NEW GENRES.

Poetry and Reading

  • Posted on June 12, 2017 at 5:20 am

So I’ve been reading a lot more lately, trying to keep myself educated and in tune with how writing works. It’s not as nice as I thought, reading is a lot of work. It’s not the escape it used to be. I think this is because I used to use it to escape my feelings about the way my life was going as a child, and I don’t think I can do that anymore. Being an adult sucks.

Anyway, the book I just started, Write Therapy by Christina Christou, mentioned that writing poetry can be kind of cathartic. Now, my history with poetry is short and awful. I wrote one poem when I was a teenager, about fourteen, and my mother, trying to help me, critiqued it so much that I never wanted to write another one again. So I didn’t.  Now that isn’t to say I haven’t written another poem since because there are always assignments that tell you to write a poem. And I’ve tried my hand at songwriting, which is like putting a poem to music. But I never LABELED it poetry, never connected it to what I’m feeling.

Today, I did. And I’d like to share the results with you. It doesn’t have a name, just the date, so please enjoy my awful poetry.

06/12/17

I’m trying something new

Something swollen,

Something I have stolen

From a book written for you

Telling me to write a poem

Telling me to write my feelingsStone to heart

stone to part

my spirit from the dark blue

depression is lonely

depression is only

in my mind and I will woo

my heart into knowing,

my soul into growing.

I will write myself into

someone sane,

someone famed.

Someone free of the mildew

of the heart and

of the mind and

I am free and safe.

T – Tiger & Bunny

  • Posted on April 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

If you like superheroes, you’ll LOVE Tiger & Bunny. The entire premise is that an aging superhero gets a second chance at his glory days, with the help of a reluctant partner. The two of them grow as people by interacting, and kick badguy BUTT!

Why I recommend it to Writers: I don’t want to spoil it for you, but if you plan on killing off some characters, or maybe you just like Game of Thrones, you should definitely watch this anime.

Warnings: All the regular superhero warnings. Don’t go on the internet fanbase, though. There are so many spoilers. SO. MANY.

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Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

Q – Q-chan (Petshop of Horrors)

  • Posted on April 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Since I’ve only seen one anime that starts with Q (Qwasar of the Stigmata), and it was awful, I decided to bend the rules a little bit. Q-chan is a character from a wonderful anime/manga series called Petshop of Horrors. The stories are all centered around Count D and his petshop. The series follows him and the pets he sells to his customers.

Why I recommend it to writers: Because it’s a very good representation of how to have a villain as the main character and still make them very sympathetic. One might want to read the manga a little to understand the series better, depending on your preference.

Warnings: Death. Murder. Gore.

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Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

Q-chan in all his glory

P – Paranoia Agent (Mousou Dairinin)

  • Posted on April 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Written by the god of Mindscrews, Satoshi Kon, the famous Paranoia Agent is one of those anime that you either love or hate. Mostly I adore it. I’ve seen it six times now, and the story just keeps on giving. A huge cast of characters, all interconnected through the introduction of Li’l Slugger (Shounen Bat), a paranormal young boy who rides on golden inline skates and provides deliverance at the end of a twisted golden bat.

Why I recommend it for Writers:  The series is a masterful art of connecting interwoven storylines and character archs. Watch if you want to learn from one of the best.

Warnings: This anime is kind of fucked up. Suicide, incestuous fantasies, murder, and assault.

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Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

O – Okami to Koshinryo (Spice and Wolf)

  • Posted on April 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Okami to Koshinryo, Spice and Wolf, or as my friends call it, “Moe Economics” is proof that you can make any hobby into something interesting. So don’t hesitate to give your weird, questionable ideas the room they need to grow! A series about a spice merchant and his companion, the wolf Goddess Holo, the story basically follows their travels through a world fraught with trade and stories.

Why I recommend it to Writers: The story revolves entirely around the world around Holo and Vincent. The two of them are players on a massive stage, and that teaches a great love for the way money and trade works.

Warnings: Nudity.

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Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

N – No. 6

  • Posted on April 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Written by the lovely Atsuko Asano, this series also started as light novels. This series has a lot of really great things about it, but what drew me in the most was the setting. No. 6 itself is a lovely paradise that slowly reveals itself to be dystopian at best. Outside the walls is a burgeoning, poor society teeming with lively characters. The main characters also have a very convincing romance, but that’s for the romance authors among us!

Why I recommend it for Writers: A terrifying dystopian society done right, character growth that makes sense, a romance that is tittilating, and a very, very high stakes plot make for a lovely read/watch/experience.

Warnings: Homoromantic relationships, death.

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Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

M – Mujin Wakusei Survive (Uninhabited Planet Survive)

  • Posted on April 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm

An oldie, but a goodie. Uninhabited Planet Survive is what would happen if you took Lord of the Flies, added girls, science fiction, and a whole new planet. I won’t spoil it for you, but the twist towards the end is absolutely amazing.

Why I recommend it to Writers: Because of the excellent way it portrays adolescent children, as well as the great twist towards the ending. It’ll teach you how to write a survival series very well.

Warnings: violence against children.

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

J – Jigoku Shojo (Hell Girl)

  • Posted on April 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Jigoku Shoujo, or Hell Girl, as it is translated is another great horror anime. This particular series is about a young girl who people say you can call on to drag your enemy to hell. But the price is your soul. I loved the dark themes of this particular anime, and the piecemeal storytelling makes for a wonderful watch.

Why I reccomend it for writers: Specifically because of how the story is told. We rarely hear more than stock phrases from the main character, but through her interactions with the world around her, we slowly learn more about her. It’s a lesson in showing, not telling.

Warnings: creepy things, death, murder

For the rest of the articles in this series, please visit this page.

Have you seen this anime? What about it made you want to be a better writer? Do you intend to go shotgun this anime now that I’ve shown it to you? Comment below and tell me what you think!

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