Posted in Camp WriMo, NaNoWriMo, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Finally it’s raining

And finally, I’m here again. Both good – but in different ways. The rain because we all need it. Nature needs it. And I’m good because I need to be. To be back in writing mood.

It’s been almost three months since my last post. Well! I’ve been busy, you know! I just didn’t think this involuntary pause would last for such a long time. But now – I decided, and I made this decision very clear, first of all to myself, but also to some other people in my environment. Now was the time for writing here again! Finally!

Not only because of CampNaNoWriMo – but I guess that task helps to put another “do it” upon me. So, I’ve started. Today, I have! Embrace me and say “Halleluja”!

I’ve experienced a couple of times now, that too many words per day stresses me too much. I don’t feel well while writing, and later I have to throw away so much garbage that I have written. So 50 000 words in July is totally out of the question! Also 24 000 feels a bit too much, but 18 000 too little. So in the end I settled for 21 000 words. That’s 700 per day. Better to reach that amount – and keep on writing more, than forcing myself to write 1000, 1200 or 1600 words per day –  and then have to throw most of them away in the garbage dump. If I even will continue writing! I failed in April, you know! Forced me too hard!

But today! I reached for 700 – and got 923. See! I told you so!

I decided to keep on working with “The Solar Eclipse”. Part three now. And it seems to be heading towards the end. One fraction after the other is gathering in the city, and the big battle is getting closer… and closer…

So! That’s it! I managed to write a blog post here as well. Should really be writing something for my Swedish blog  too, and to the one about Food and Health. Also in Swedish.

And I should really do some homework! Like cleaning and such boring matter. Or I’ll stick that until really dark, vet and cold days? Nahhh… those days, such days, I’d rather prefer to read. Or something else that is cosy.

Posted in NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

A new beginning

Since I finished NaNoWriMo, I’ve been a wretched lazy-butt. When it comes to writing. Obviously, I should never participate in such matters, even though it gave me some good as well.

Nevertheless, now I’m on it again. Working on my story about Mz Eliza Elderberry. Went to the library yesterday, sat down, opened my iPad and began. I had copied the entire story from Scrivener to Pages, and therefore it’s easy to keep on working.

I know it’s possible to have Scrivener both on the Mac and the iPad, but I don’t know whether it would cost me extra or not. Maybe I should address L&L and ask. It would be quite stupid to buy the same program twice, I think. Just to be able to switch between devices. I got the expression I would have to do that, but I didn’t go further at that time, to actually ask about it.

Anyhow! Pages works, and now I’m sitting here writing a blog post about writing, instead of actually doing it. And, yes! Right now I am at the library.

About the manuscript, I’ve begun translating it into Swedish and simultaneously I’m doing some editing. The translation work in itself isn’t difficult. But some things aren’t particularly easy to change. For example, Eliza’s name. Mz Eliza Elderberry. That doesn’t function well in Swedish.

Eliza, is okay even though the spelling is – normally – wrong. The most common spelling is Elisa. But it can be done with a z. If I want to keep that. Mz, is totally out of the question. The Swedish version of it doesn’t ring the same bell at all. And Elderberry? Would it be possible for me to give her a family history that would explain that name? Because it’s certainly not a Swedish name.

It is a bit troublesome how I shall solve this. I like the full name, and it also says something about her. Also, the direct translation into Swedish just sounds very, very stupid.

What the name says about her, is that she is a healer, and knows everything about medicinal herbs and other remedies from  nature. Therefore, in the village where she lives, she is believed to be a witch, and that leads to horrible consequences. And that is essential to the story that follows. It can absolutely not be deleted.

So! I have a problem to solve there. And I have other “expressions” I’ve written in English, that are too difficult to just translate straight off. They need quite a lot of thinking before writing.

Anyhow, it feels good to be back on track again, and the problems will be solved. Won’t worry about that.

Posted in Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

No needs for words now.

I didn’t think I would write this much while visiting my daughter. But I got the opportunity, and I grabbed it. Both Friday, yesterday and today.

I promise, I haven’t been rude to anyone doing this, diving into the iPad. I just didn’t want to go out in the icy cold weather. But they did.

And here is the result. 😁🤓😆 I am a Winner!

It’s okay, of course, that I these days have written only in Swedish – much quicker this way – and mostly diary notes, ponderings and such. The important issue was to write, not what to write.

Now I can take it easy, without any pressure at all, and keep on working on “The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry”. I have, after all, also written a lot during these 24 days that is, or is about to be, included in that story.

From now on, I will probably take a day off from writing, once in a while. Meeting people, having lots of laughs – and be Living my Lives and Whereabouts.

Posted in The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Safety first

I’m fine! Thank you for asking!
My wheels are rolling and my shadow is dancing.
Just kidding. I don’t wear wheels… not even high heels…
And I’ve cut off the hair bun…

It’s warm like h… today. Hot flashes have gotten quite another meaning for the time being. Like amid July. Like we had last year for several months. Thank goodness that summer didn’t repeat itself this year. This heatwave began yesterday, it is today, and will supposedly remain two or three days more. It’s nice! I like it, and I try to ignore the more or less constant sweating. Also really nice the summer didn’t turn into autumn already. It almost seemed like that for a while…

Have lately kept myself busy with working on The Solar Eclipse Part one – mainly from CampWriMo April 2019 – and Part two – from CampWriMo July 2019 – to make those two first drafts into one second draft. And that’s done now. Just a brief overhaul, really. Mostly I had to read the whole thing through, to see what I have written so far. And part two was better than I thought it would be! GOOD!!!
On the whole, though, I deleted some and added some. But just minor changes so far. There will be more. Trust me!

Now I have saved the Scrivener file with its safety-copy and the sync-files on iCloud. I have also manually made a copy/paste to a Pages file. I’m well into both belt and suspenders as you see, and then an extra belt… and have thoroughly dated the files as well.

I should probably search for my small and handy USB-stick… I bought a new one not that long ago…

So! Now it’s time for the next phase. I just created a new Scrivener project, added the Eclipse 1 & 2, and the story about the Mechanical Man between them. Andrew becomes a member of the adventures in Part two, so I need a bit about him, who he is, where he comes from, what his skills are and how he got them. I won’t use all of that story though. Just enough to present Andrew.

What’s about to happen now, is to move some scenes to other places, gather what is supposed to go together, and then I have to write more action scenes. AND! I still have the ending of the story unwritten.

Gotta get going…

Posted in Camp WriMo, Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Soon there

I didn’t make it today. Couldn’t write all of the nearly 1700 words that were left. Maybe I had if it hadn’t started burning on one of the balconies here.
Such an exciting life…

BUT! I wrote 955, and have now only 700 words remaining. And I know with what I will begin writing tomorrow!

I see that as very positive!

Posted in Camp WriMo, Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Oooops!

For two days I have been reading all that I have written for CampWriMo/July. AND edited! Not so much deleted anything, well, a little here and there, but instead added texts. Here and there.

I have moved a couple of scenes to other places, and also moved and changed within paragraphs and sentences. As a result of changing, deleting and adding, I have increased the number of words to 28345.

When I saw that, I changed back my goal to 30 000. And since I had felt a bit like I had let myself down when lowering it to 28 000, this felt good! After all! I have 4 days left for writing, and only 1655 words remaining – I will manage and then not have to feel like a quitter any longer.  I did, for a while you know, and I did not like the feeling of it.

I admit, that I do do do want to finish this Camp though. Even more now when I have been working with editing for two days. I will try to complete the goal tomorrow, so I then can focus only on thorough editing.

It is nice to see the story unfolding, and also more clearly see what I now have to focus on. When “vomiting” words, I lose contact with the text. I juggle things and do not remember what happens in the story, or what different characters do. At least that is my experience when it comes to writing. I prefer “my old way”.

But since I without a doubt do write from inspiration, always have, it is very exciting to see what happens, how the story folds out. Often, very often, things and events surprise me. Now I mainly wonder what will happen during the “end-battle”. 😀

You could say, it is almost like walking a tightrope – I never know what will happen, but still hang on up in the blue.

Posted in Camp WriMo, Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

I confess

I lowered my goal on CampWriMo yesterday. From 31 000 to 30 000, and then – later the same day – to 28 000. Why?

Not because I thought I wouldn’t make it. I would, per se. But because I added a lot of words just to reach the daily amount of words. I became more and more stressed to reach the goal, and my texts became more and more gibberish.

I noticed, I relaxed when getting closer to the goal, and after that, I could keep on writing for several hundred words more. But when I add unnecessary words just to fill the daily quota, something is wrong. I even wrote, “it is” instead of it’s, and “do not” instead of “don’t” (and other short forms like that) in dialogues, only because it would enhance the number of words in total.

Not that I didn’t manage to write good scenes as well! I did! I do! It amazes me that I find that kind of scenes within myself. (When writing without thinking.)  😉
But it is so superfluous to deliberately add words you know you will delete later when editing.

The way I write now, for the Camp, is very different from how I usually write. Now, I just vomit words, whether they are adequate or not. That’s partly why I get so surprised that it ALSO comes out a story, and really good scenes! The story is actually driven forward!
On the whole, writing in my ordinary way of doing it, is a slower, more thoughtful way of writing. A lot of inspiration on that way too, of course, but when doing some editing during the way, and always before writing new stuff, reading through what I wrote the day before – gives me a more consistent form of writing. Better quality from the beginning, simply spoken. Less to edit, delete and replace later.

I also usually remember much more of the characters and the story, when writing in my usual way. In the beginning, I did so also with this story, but the more I wrote, the more difficult it got to keep track of things.

Is it all bad to participate in CampWriMo then?

No! Of course not. On the contrary! And it is not only because I get a storyline I can build on later. To me, it is also to train myself to get back in the habit to write daily. And there, the question is: would it be possible to jump a day or two? To not write for a day or two?

I wish I could answer that with a clear “YES”, but I’m doubtful. At least, for the time being, I really should write every day. At least something. If only 200 words! 50!!!

It was more or less a hell to start writing again after those two days when my daughter was here with son and friend. It is possible, that without CampWriMo, the “pause” would have lasted much longer.

For me, I realize that the main cause of the down-scale of my “go”, was the number of words per day I had chosen. It’s not that I can’t write 1000 words or more in a day, but having a “must do” over my head of doing it, didn’t encourage me. It blocked me. After all, during April-Camp, one day I wrote more than 1600 words in less than an hour!
Oh! I will never say “I can’t”!

However! I didn’t want to quit CampWriMo altogether. That would be a personal failure, as I see it. But! Since I chose the parameters for myself, I could very well down-size. So I did. Though, I admit, there was/is a part of me that wanted/want to quit the camp, and instead, start working on the story. Edit. Delete all those empty unnecessary words, straighten up the story… and so on.

But I won’t! I have only 1 715 words left to write, and eight days for doing it. So, of course, I will make it! And probably write more words than those 1715! I just won’t have that same pressure on me!

Especially after a burnout, one really shouldn't add 
unnecessary pressure on oneself. 
What you can't do anything about, you can't do anything about. 
Just let it be.

What it would have looked like with still 31 000 words as the goal