WIP: etc

07 August 2015

Remember that post I wrote all about my novel ideas and how I was despairing over my status as a 'pantser' and would I ever write a darn novel? (which I'd advise you to read before this one). Well, not much has changed. I abandoned The Fox Child, gladly, but also sadly, if that's possible; and focused my attentions on two others, first: To The End and Back, and when my creative juices ran out I started Cellophane Heart (which has had a name change, and now has a working title of 'Etc'.
Thus far, bearing in mind that collectively, I've probably only spent a couple of weeks in total on both due to college and exams, To the End and Back has a word-count of 10,303 and I genuinely love it. However a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon such a large plot hole that I fell right through. I'm still trying to clamber my way back out so until then, this one is temporarily on hold. I have a few scenes that I know will happen, I vaguely know some things about it -- we'll see where this all goes.
Now onto 'Etc'. The main subject of this post. Why? Because I have finally made a pinterest board of inspiration for it and it's actually helping. Currently, this little (very little) WIP clocks in at 12,759 words, and was originally a middle-grade - then things started getting a little dark and twisted, which I embraced wholeheartedly, so now maybe it is an MG-YA crossover. Who knows really. This WIP is actually harder to get into and write a lot of in one sitting than To The End and Back, mainly because it is written in vignettes of around 300 words each. Which means it's so difficult to get my writing to flow due to scenes chopping and changing. It also means I need to have a heck of a lot of ideas in order to get anywhere with this novel - which I am sadly lacking right now. So instead I am feverishly sourcing inspiration via pinterest until both I and my writing buddy have caught up on a year's worth of sleep now our exams are done.
Do you have any current WIPs that are (still) causing you trouble? Or can you write entire novels in the space of a couple of days as I know some people (!!) can? Do you use pinterest for inspiration too? And has anyone seen any pictures of ten year old half Indian, half Chinese girls with short black hair and blue eyes? (I can't seem to find a suitable main character photo to join the pinterest party on my board WIP: etc yet.

15 comments:

  1. Ohhh yesss. I can relate. I use Pinterest for inspiration all the time. Be careful.... I end up scrolling through Pinterest more than actually writing... oops. Pinterest counts as planning though, right? And I need to plan. And get some serious inspiration/motivation because at the moment my WIP is as dry as stale bread, where the plot is concerned. But I really like my characters so I can't let them down... they will have a story!

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    1. Yup, that is the problem with Pinterest - once you get sucked in too much then that's it, your WIP will never progress! I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM REBEKAH. My plots are always non-existent or awful or have plot holes but I always really really like my characters, and love developing them and creating all their different traits, but I can never ever think of a good plot. :(

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  2. I LOVE pinterest. I adore it. It's actually pretty crucial in my plotting process, and then in my editing process. (I'm awful at imagining things up, apparently, hehe, which is odd for a writer, I guess?! But I love getting setting ideas off pinterest and adding them in. OH YES I WRITE A BOOK IN A WEEK. IT IS WHO I AM. But seriously, you're multi-tasking several books at once?!!! That is incredible.

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    1. Not odd, unless I'm just an oddball too...BUT HOW AND WHY AND WHO AND WHAT AND PLEAAAAAAAAAAAASSEEE GIVE ME THAT TALENT. I need it so badly. I have never ever written a full novel and you've written what? 18?
      UGH.
      nO it's not incredible because i don't multitask too, i go through phases of each, and once i've got to a point where i hate one, i go to the other, and that cycle continuous to repeat..

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  3. Pinterest is SOOO helpful for writing! I'm currently working on a story right now (my pinterest board for it is 'write: war', if you want to check it out ;) and I'm outlining the plot. I recently changed the time that the story takes place in so that's required a ton of work! I'm finally feeling the plot though! I also have about 15 other book ideas that I can't wait to get started on (ugh, the struggle)!
    I think I'd be terrible at writing multiple books at once. I love feeling how my characters feel so I think I'd be too thinly stretched if I tried to write more than one book at a time!

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    1. I shall check it out right now! I have this problem where I have CHARACTER ideas but never PLOT ideas, which is really really annoying and aH

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  4. I really need to start using pinterest more, in fact, I might start using it right now! I just had an idea for a story, a total "sit up in the middle of the night suddenly wide awake why can't i find any pens at three in the morning" idea. And now I'm going to write it, I suppose. IM SO EXCITED NOW! OFF TO PINTREST i GO!

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    1. I WANT TO FEEL THAT FEELING PLEASE

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  5. Oh, Pinterest is such a lovely source of inspiration + energy - I've found that if I'm lacking in motivation to actually work on a WIP, a few minutes refreshing my mind with its Pinterest board is more than enough to get me into a writerly mood and ready to crank out some words. Of course, of utmost importance is to not spend too much time on there - I must shamefully admit that I've spent a few "writing" sessions scrolling through Pinterest, but I think I'm getting better at corraling my brain into shutting off the procrastination, which is always a useful skill ;)

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    1. All my writing sessions in the past month have been scrolling through pinterest so, i wouldn't feel to bad if i were you! I wish I could crank out words that easily!

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  6. Writing is not a quick process for me (especially editing) so don't feel badly about taking your time. Oh plot holes, how I hate thee. Yeah I keep falling into my own too, but that's actually one of the fun parts of editing for me, figuring out how to make it all work. I don't know if mine is MG or YA either lol. My main trouble is word count. Too many adventures to fit in!

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    1. Hahah, I don't know whether I like working it out, or just like having the excuse to have a break from tearing my hair out over my WIP because there's a plot hole so I am taking the time off to 'work it out'.;P

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  7. I totally know your pain here. I am a self-proclaimed planster, which means that I start a book with a vague plot, write until I get stuck, plot a bit more, write until I get stuck, and repeat the process over, and over, and over... I also am a really slow writer. A great day of writing for me is generally 2K words or less. I've finished and edited one manuscript to date, but it took me ALMOST SEVEN YEARS to do it. The other novels I've started writing have died between 5K and 50K words, when I ran out of the plot and straight into a plot hole. Darned plot holes!
    I've never used Pinterest as writing inspiration, but I can see how it could be a helpful and fun way to plot!
    Oh and I almost forgot to say... your blog is awesome! I love your writing style and your photography is breathtakingly gorgeous!

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    1. BUT AT LEAST YOU GOT THERE, I still haven't, maybe it'll take me seven years too...I hope not! All mine have died between around 5K and 30K which is REALLY SAD and REALLY DEPRESSING. I always run out og plot way too quickly.
      Pinterest is awesome, you should try it, but don't get too addicted!!
      Awh thank you, that's so nice of you to say! :D

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  8. I'm a pantser too! And I recently had to just stop one of my projects and take a break from it. I've spent so much time staring at it that I don't know if there are actually problems or if I've just been driven insane by my characters. :p But yeah, I totally feel you. Writing can be very very very difficult.

    Good luck with your stories! I love those titles, btw, especially Etc. :D


    Alexa
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