4w, 2dI've been writing.17 comments · 82 views
I've been writing.
Last May, I took a piece of advice: "Just start writing".
I'm now over 222,222 words into a novel, and counting. You can see my first chapter in my account at DeviantArt at http://datapacrat.deviantart.com/art/S-I-Book-One-Chapter-One-Re-Awakening-489185968 , or at the story's eventual permanent future home at http://www.datapacrat.com/SI/ . (Note: The sample chapter there is NSFW due to containing an image of tasteful female nudity.)
"S.I." contains a protagonist who is transformed by Science! into a humanoid rabbit in the first chapter, and I'm told it compares favourably to my previous, now-cancelled attempt at long-form writing; so if you liked "Myou've", you're likely to like "S.I.".
One thing I don't have is an editor. I know I have a number of flaws as a writer that need correcting: for example, when left to my own devices, I tend to go for dialogue instead of description or action, and the story isn't as good as it could be because of that. Does anyone reading this know someone with a good set of editing skills?
55w, 5dA story worth reading4 comments · 154 views
97w, 6dThe Definition of a Writer6 comments · 273 views
I've heard it said that the difference between being a writer, and someone who writes... Is that the former can't /not/ write.
My computer's back in the shop to swap out a dodgy hard drive (for a new one 30 times the size), so that I'm keyboardless - my only input device is my phone's on-screen keyboard, impossible to touch-type with.
Yesterday, I finished visualising a scene, and couldn't /not/ write it - so, thumb-tap by thumb-tap, managed a couple of thousand words over a couple of hours. Maybe 15 wpm instead of a hundred, but it got typed out. ... And one of my pre-readers called it, IIRC, the liveliest in the story yet.
I once owned a clever little butterfly-folding keyboard for a PDA, no bigger than the pocket-sized device itself, but allowing full touch typing. If I ever find something of the sort for my current device, within my budget... I just might turn into that hipster writing his novel at the park, the coffee shop, the bus... :)
98w, 5dMaking Progress in the New Year4 comments · 146 views
Happy 2013, for those of you using Gregorian reckoning and not, say, the Tranquility Calendar. :)
I'm settling back into a decent writing groove - I've been getting at least a thousand words a day down for the last few days, and increasing that number as time goes on. At this rate, in a week or two I'll finish this non-"Myou've" story in good order, post it, and will then be just about ready to jump back into the Myou've groove.
Using Google Docs seems to be working reasonably well, too; I'm getting some near-live feedback from interested pre-readers, which is both helping me avoid avoidable plot and narrative blunders, and is helping keep me motivated enough to /keep/ writing daily.
99w, 4dGot a thousand words down6 comments · 162 views
I've got my outline down, and an initial draft of part of the first chapter. I can see that it could be better - it's entirely possible none of what I've written so far will make it into the final draft, since I'm not committing myself to post anything before I'm done editing. But I'm pleased with myself; it may not be the 2k/day I was powering through as I rocketed through the first few dozen chapters of "Myou've", but there's a /much/ larger difference between zero and one than there is between one and two.
Several other stories in the same fanfic-fanfic vein, and some of the discussion threads in the group, have already started touching on some of the ideas I'm trying to work with... but even if all the ground gets covered before I hit it, I still think I just might end up with something worth reading anyway. And even if I don't - the simple act of writing it will do /me/ good. For as somebody-or-other once said:
On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.