Starting From Scratch

Today;s Word Count: 828 words

So I decided to scrap the chapter and start over from scratch. I was bored writing it and I just know my readers will be bored reading it.  I felt like no one wanted to watch Stiles cook Polish pastries.

So I started over and I like this draft better than the last one, but it still needs some work and some polishing up.  I’m a panster, and so I had to do some last minute world building for my witches and oh boy I wish I did that earlier. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking to let it go for so long.

I really hope that everything syncs up well when I write it.  *crosses fingers*  I’m hoping to get this update for FSOBE done by the end of the week and get started on Chain Reaction Chapter 3.

Speaking of Chain Reaction, I’m so surprised at all the favorites and comments I’m getting. I’ve just blown away that someone took the time to read my fic, which is more than a bit unconventional.

Anyway, I’m off to rest today and then tomorrow I will get back to writing.

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Getting Used To Disappointment

Total Word Count: 1010 words.

Today the words came at a slow crawl to 1010 words. I was distracted and more than a little bit discouraged at the lack of interest in my trans harry potter fic. It seemed like I got hits but I didn’t get enough interest to even get a kudos. It really makes me sad. Especially, since all that work I went through to get this thing off the ground came to nothing.

Although the problem might be because it was a story I rebooted three times, but still, I have zero kudos on Ao3 and that fact is eating at me. I had to push past my disappointment, give myself a prep talk and carry on.  The part of being a writer comes with the disappointment when people don’t love yor work as you do.

And yeah, I admit right here it might be legimate probelms with my story, I will never be that type of writer to think everything I create is perfect and without flaws. I’m quite the opposite in fact. I’m hypercritical of every word I write, and that is why the mess of a first draft always bothers me. I want everything perfect now, but the logical part of my brain keeps telling me that works are polished over time. *le sigh*.

I’m also coming agains the wall of being afraid to take what I learned in my description book and applying to my current projects. I don’t know, maybe it is my fear of something new.

Anyway, that’s enough for now. I’m off to eat a late dinner. I will be back tommorw.  Ta Ta For Now!

Off The Chain

Today’s Word Count: 1116 words

So Offline Google Docs decided to flip me the finger and I had to write on Focus Writer and copy and paste that shit into Docs for my beta readers convenience. I’m done with Chapter 1.  This chapter I was really concentrating on setting the universe and Aster’s (aka Harry Potter) current circumstances in Gotham City.

I think I did okay, but every word was a fight to write. However, I did hit my 1K daily goal and I’m somewhat happy with it.  I’m diffidently going to do some final editing before posting but it’s just some tweaks here and there.  The final word count was like something close to 2k.  Which I’m really happy about! Something quality to get the fic started.

I had an issue not describing every action like always. I know this is not a play, but I have a hard time balancing what actions I should be describing and what actions I shouldn’t be describing. I’m going to do some googling so I can get some advice.

I also fear that this chapter was mostly filler, but I think coming off that harrowing Prologue that my readers are going to really need to catch their breath. I added a lot of characterization and when I edit I will add things to really make her character voice pop on stage. Fortunately, I did end it on an awesome note which I’m totally excited about. I really can’t wait until my beta gives me feedback on Monday.

Anyway, that is all for today! Before I go, I want to say hello to my new followers! I’m shockingly surprised that anyone wants to hear my rambles, but thank you for following me just the same. *hugs*

Off With A Start + Chain Reaction Teaser

Today’s Word Count: 1025 words

So this was my first day working on my Trans Harry Potter/Bruce Wayne fic that I have rebooted like six million times called ‘Chain Reaction’, which is the first story in the Criss Cross Series. It took me a while to get the hang of things. It was a bit of slog, I was trying to find the right words to say, trying to get that first page to be a good hook for my readers.

Although, it was a struggle it was worth it in the end because I’m really satisfied with my first 1k of this fic.  I was also surprised how much better my writing with this fic is then when I started on FSOBE which was my first fic in like two or three years ago. It is really loads better, and for someone who touted to everyone and their mama that I was unable to write it diffidently something to be proud of.

Truth be told, I was going to skip this writing session because I wanted to work on the cover art for Chain Reaction. Art continues to be my first love. So it’s hard to pry myself away from art, especially when already started on a piece. But it was nap time, and this is my usual set writing time. I really don’t want to mess up my hard-won writing routine. It has made more productive on the writing front than I know what to do with.

As for balancing art and my writing that is going to really hard. but I’m willing to sacrifice to contribute to my passions of art and writing.

As for ‘Chain Reaction” I have a general outline of all the plot points I want to hit, notes on character’s personalities in such in my one note. I have Scrivener, but I can work much more easily with my Google Docs and My Onenote.  And unlike Scrivener, both are accessible to any device and is backup to a cloud.

Anyway, “Chain Reaction’ much FSOBE is going to be longer in the second draft. I’m thinking it’s going to be 25k in the end, but we shall see. My end word counts predictions almost never pan out.

Well, that’s all I got to say for today. So as promised here is my excerpt (remember this is an unedited draft ya’ll) of ‘Chain Reaction’.

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Distraction Free

Today’s Word Count:  760 words.

I’m done with Chapter 11 of FSOBE! I need some cleaning up but I’m so happy to be done and well within my self-imposed timeline.  It’s 1700 words and I actually dropped off a huge bombshell in it that I will keep mum so I won’t spoil you, dear readers.  I still have to edit Chapter 10, but I probably in the next few weeks.

Tomorrow I start on dissecting my first draft of ‘Chain Reaction’. I’m totally excited, and I’m literally chomping at the bit to get my hands on it! I just have so many ideas and so many ways to get this. I also have to get Bruce Wayne’s voice down pat, because I will be giving him POV scenes. I still haven’t figured out what the overall arch is going to be but that is part of the fun in my opinion.

I have dipped my toe into web serials and I’m totally excited to see what comes out.  I have a love and hate thing with Wattpad, I know it’s a great way to get discovered and to build a fanbase as a writer. However, Wattpadd is like going to a foreign country and not knowing how to speak the language.

Does anyone know a good alternative to Wattpad, or can recommend some good books on Wattpad? Because I’m coming

And I’m so damn picky when it comes to stories, that the lot of stories I find there are not all that good. I know,  I’m being a hypocrite, especially my writing is not exactly J.K. Rowling or Stephen King level of awesome.

But as the good fish Dorie once said, “You just got to keep swimming, swimming, swimming!”

One last thing before I go,  so I have gotten in the habit of turning off my internet and typing into Google Docs on full-screen mode.  I use the offline Chrome extension and it works like a charm. It really keeps me from wandering on Facebook (I’m a Facebook junkie okay?) or Twitter. As I said, having a set time to write (Nap time) and keeping to it by getting offline has saved me as a writer. I totally recommend it.

Well, that’s all I have to say for today. I will talk to you guys later!

 

Filler R US?

Today’s Word Count: 1069 words

So writing FOSBE. I decided that I wouldn’t work on the second draft of  ‘Chain Reaction’ until I finished writing this chapter of FOSBE. It’s just a way for me to stop myself from neglecting any of my other stories. It’s working, but I’m having a hard time trying to not to write the shiny new story.

It’s the curse of having ADD, I guess.   I’m very happy with today’s word count. It wasn’t a complete slog like yesterday and I had to stop myself from writing. As much as I loved writing today I had other chores to do before the kids got up from their nap. I actually really giving myself an allotted time to write instead of a word count goal.

It’s way less stressful trying to meet a goal, and it keeps my writing environment fluid. I also got a few followers! Hello, followers! I’m sorry the theme is not more awesome, but right now I’m just trying out the writing blog type of thing.

It really helps me bring keeps everything perspective.

As for this chapter, I honestly feel like a lot of its filler. But honestly, its character development and explaining what potentially might be plot holes.  I still think that this is not my best work and a good portion of the credit goes to my editor/beta reader Melaine. But the more I write, the more it’s getting less painful to write.

I used to get the horrible anxiety attack when I used to write, but now it’s so much better.   Anyway, that’s all I got for today. So I will see you guys here next time!