The Funny Thing About Writing

You know what’s interesting about writing? When you are writing and you suddenly start thinking about how to motivate yourself. That leads you to searching google for ways to motivate you to write. Time passes and then you realize you’ve been spending all of your time looking at ways to motivate yourself rather than actually writing.

Things will always get in the way of writing. Whether it’s something silly like that or life things getting in the way, they will always get in your way. You might convince yourself that there is no way you’ll be able to write because of what is going on. The thing is, it’s important that you write anyway. You need to prove to yourself that you can write through anything, even the worst times of your life. Setting aside that twenty minutes a day to write is the one reprieve you have from the world and everything it throws at you.

It doesn’t matter how little the time is that you give yourself to write: every second counts. When you write things that you hate and know won’t be in the final draft, at least you wrote something down. Editing is there for a reason.

That leads me to the itching desire to go back and fix things that you know need to be fixed. Maybe you were having an off day and the writing is lackluster. Maybe there is a glaring plot hole that completely messes up everything with your story. As long as you know where these mistakes are, you can easily fix them after the story is complete. For plot holes, you’ll know what it is and be able to have a fix that you can use for the rest of the story. Fixing it in that moment isn’t completely necessary. Instead, jot it down on that page or in a notebook where you keep all of your notes. Whatever you use to plan out your story (no matter how little is planned) is where those fixes would be listed.

I have found that writing about this actually helps me focus on what I want to do with writing and motivates me to write. They may just be my thoughts about writing in general, but they still help me get that extra drive to write. Whatever your vice is to keep writing, do it. For me, it’s writing about my thoughts that are keeping me from writing. Find what motivates you to write and go for it.

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2017!

This year marks my first year participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ve attempted the regular NaNoWriMo the past two years, but haven’t met the goal of 50,000 words either time. For this April, I plan on adding at least 10,000 words to the novel I started in November, which I think is a reasonable goal. I wrote almost 18,000 words in November, so 28,000 is a lot better than where I started. If I meet my original goal early on in April, then I’ll add 5 to 10 thousand more words on my goal.

The biggest motivation I have to do the best I can this April is the fact that I want to finish my novel. I’ve had this idea for nearly four years and I just want to get it written down, even if I really hate certain parts.

For more motivation, I printed out the first ten pages of what I have so far, but I’m not allowed to touch them. Instead, I have to wait until I complete my novel. Then, I can go in and edit them. I already know of some of the stuff I want to cut out, but I won’t do it until I actually finish the novel.

Every week, if I feel as though I’ve written enough, I’ll print some more pages out and put them somewhere to wait. For some reason, I had such a huge motivation after printing the first ten pages, so I know I’ll keep writing this until I actually finish.

This April will be a huge help in getting me back into the swing of writing daily. Even though I’m working crew on a theatre production throughout April, I will find time every day to write at least a page, if not more. The great thing is that I’ve already written four pages today. Motivation is a wonderful thing.

Being a Freelance Writer

There’s the word that a lot of people seem to not like: Freelance. It means someone thinks highly enough of their skills that they will be willing to do that skill for you. Sometimes, they turn out to not be as great as they make themselves out to be.

I consider myself a freelance writer. I’ve done some work in the past and plan to do more in the future. Am I the most talented writer out there? No. Am I quick to get the job done? Yes.

Freelance writing is more than just getting some extra, supplemental money. It’s making sure you deliver on your promise to your client and write to the best of your ability, even if you know nothing about the content you’ll be writing about. I’ve had to research for a lot of subjects I know little to nothing about. Some of it was dry and some of it was interesting.

There’s one thing that needs to be clear: not all freelance work is easy and not all freelance work is impossible. You know what your skills are. Don’t try to make yourself out to be a fantastic writer in order to get clients. That will likely just make no clients come to you. They want someone genuine, not fake.

If freelance work sounds like something you want to do, make sure your ready. Take some classes, research what goes into it, and look at other freelancers. See what they do that makes them successful. If you want, you can better your skills before you start the work. Your potential clients will thank you for being the best you can be.

Excerpt from My In-Progress Fiction Novel

Hello! I thought I would motivate myself to start writing my novel again by writing a small excerpt from it on here. This is from much later in the book than where I am, but it’s always nice to know where the story is going in the future.

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His face was contorted into something grotesque and painful. The gun dropped from his hands as they gripped the sides of his head. I tried to look away, but I was transfixed on his eyes. They were bulging from his skull, looking terrified. They slowly rolled to the back of his head as he fell over. He hit the ground with a thud, blood flowing from his eyes and ears.

My hands were shaking. I tore my gaze from him and looked around. No one else was anywhere in sight. I turned back to him and felt my heart beat faster.

It was me. I had done that to him.

He was trying to kill me, so of course I would defend myself. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s all part of human nature. Plus, he threatened the life of my best friend. I wasn’t going to back down from that.

I had no idea that I was able to do that. I shouldn’t be able to hurt someone in that way, just read their immediate thoughts. It couldn’t have been me. There has to be someone else around here.

Even as I looked around for the tenth time, I knew that no one would be coming out to claim their kill.

I was the killer.

Flash Fiction – Don’t Move

By: Samantha Keeney

It was uncomfortable. My hip dug into the middle of the two seats and my leg had fallen asleep. Mark’s arm pushed into my back, his shaking hand resting on mine.

Mark’s hand suddenly gripped mine. The silence around us was broken only by the undeniable rasps coming from behind the car. They were far away, but we both knew where they were headed. Time was up.

The door rattled. A man was trying to get in. His hair was matted to his face, dried blood cracking on his cheek. I couldn’t help but stare at him. The wild, barbaric look pierced through me.

Mark shook his head violently and looked away. I stared at the man, who pulled out a gun and tapped the glass with it. His other hand came into view, three fingers up.

His ring finger went down.

My hand was white. Mark wouldn’t, or couldn’t, let go. I tried to soothe him, but there wasn’t enough room.

His middle finger went down.

I wanted to close my eyes. Everything would fade away and it would be okay. I wouldn’t have to see Mark’s pained face. I could let my imagination do everything for me.

His index finger went down.

The man disappeared below the window. The gun was useless as they piled on top of him. One of them looked in the window.

Mark and I held each other as the world around us was covered in shadows.

Words

Words are hard, as any writer knows. Sometimes, the one word we know we need just isn’t coming to us. Sometimes, sitting down to write is an impossible thing. Words don’t always jump out at us and flow through our hands onto the page. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still write.

The amount of times I’ve sat down to write and ended up writing something different than I was planning is astounding. My brain doesn’t always allow me to write what I’ve been wanting to write.

I have a story that I’ve been working on for four years. After getting around 100 pages in, I scrapped it and started from the beginning. It just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do, so I had to completely restart it. Surprisingly enough, losing all of those pages didn’t bother me. I already know what I want the story to do, it’s just the process of writing it that’s difficult.

Now, I’m in a flash fiction class. I would love to see if I can take at least some of my story and transform it into a flash fiction, just to see what happens. I could even take the general concept and make it into a flash fiction, if I don’t decide on a specific spot instead. I honestly didn’t think I’d like flash fiction all that much, but I’ve found it to be pretty interesting and helpful. It’s definitely something I will use in the future.

 

Writing Helps Better Yourself

I’ve been doing a freelance writing job for almost three months now. I mostly write articles and it’s completely ghost writing, which isn’t what I set out to do, but is what happened.

For the most part, the articles haven’t been about things that I want to write about. I personally think writing about plastic surgery rumors is completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things and we shouldn’t care if a famous person got a nose job.

Occasionally, however, I’ll get an assignment that is actually interesting to research. I’ve had some that aren’t exactly the most interesting, but then I was assigned a few eBooks to write. The last one I worked was mostly about connecting with nature. There was a lot more to it than that, however. A lot of it had to do with helping yourself achieve the best you can possibly be.

It was really interesting to write and ended up actually having some things that I would apply to my own life. They might just help me better myself overall and make my life that much better in the long run.

Writing can help anyone better themselves. The same, of course, goes with reading. Both of these things can spark something in you to help you become a better you. Writing has always made an impact on my life, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon, only become much bigger.