The State of the Writer: 10/29/16

<–The State of the Writer: 10/22/16          The State of the Writer: 11/5/16–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 278,983
Prior Word Count: 279,446
Word Difference: -463
Status: Editing
Progress: 2nd Edit of Chapter 6

Story cover consideration

Story cover consideration

I considered the above pic for the story cover for a brief five minutes  until I settled on one much better.  I don’t remember if I posted it, but if I didn’t all the better so it’ll be a surprise.  I need to set up the WP page for the story and work on the extraordinarily long disclaimer/warnings I require for this tale.  I work best when I can piggy back off of a previous concept, so I’ll probably just see what I did for Northern Lights and emulate that.

The second edit of Chapter 6 is going…okay.  I think I might need to do a third edit, but third edits usually pass fairly quickly.  They’re more read throughs than anything else, but I will need to do a read through of Chapters 1-6 before I post (yes, I know, I’m that anal), because I’m recalling a moment in the first chapter that I should fix.  I mean, I could just go and fix it now since I know exactly what it is, but I’d rather wait and do it systematically in case there’s any more I need to correct (there will be).

November is looking like the month where I’ll begin to post.  I’d love to say to myself that I’m going to let up a bit on this edit once this occurs, but I honestly have no idea what my troll brain is going to force me to do.  I want to work on Threads of Sorrow and some of these new story ideas, but I kind of have to write what I’m compelled to write.  I’ve given up trying to fight it.

Quote: Dusk would now find them on the veranda watching the ceaseless sea.  With Sephiroth, Aeris was far less afraid, held in strong arms from behind.  His great hands were clasped below her waist in an unbreakable lock.  With the railing before and him above, the Cetra basked in the sinking sun.

Project: Review
Title: Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy IV Review
Subject: Review and analysis of Final Fantasy IV
Current Word Count: 4048
Status: In progress
Progress: Drafting Story section

I split my Final Fantasy reviews into three sections: Gameplay, Story, and Music.  I guess Ratings could be counted as a fourth.  I’m in the midst of the Story section, which is obviously the longest for the first Final Fantasy with character development and a cohesive plot.  I really wish there were more fanfictions about FFIV.  I’d love to read about the time after Mist when Cecil finds himself alone with Rydia, and she’s forced to accept help from one of the men who killed her mother.  That would be quite a poignant tale.  No, I’m not writing this.  I write enough stories with that “missing mother” motif.  I’d also love to read one with the OTP of the game: Cecil and Rosa.  I’ve found a few, but there’s  a dearth of good FFIV fanfiction.

Anyway, I’m not even halfway through the story.  I’m maybe a third way in, and I have gotten to rant about my most hated character in the game and series on whole (Edward for the curious).  It’s odd.  Final Fantasy IV has Edward whom I absolutely loathe because he’s useless.  I’m also not really fond of Edge or Palom (the male twin), but it’s still one of my favorite games.  I guess Cecil as my arguably favorite main character balances it out.  I also like Kain, Rosa, Rydia, Yang, Porom, Tellah, and Golbez, too.  Eight characters compared to three isn’t bad.

I’m hoping to finish this by next Friday so I can have it for Final Fantasy Friday along with my weekly tarot post.

So my two current writing projects are Final Fantasy related at a shock to now one, VII and IV with a different of III, which is a Final Fantasy I didn’t even like, but III or rather 3 is a magic number, so maybe fortune will come my way.

Note: I drafted this last night around 3:00 in the morning so if it seems a little wonky that’s why hehe.

What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

<–The State of the Writer: 10/22/16          The State of the Writer: 11/5/16–>




6 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 10/29/16

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 10/22/16 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I don’t remember if you posted your actual cover (I honestly can’t even remember most of yesterday thanks to my terrible memory, lol), but I love the red and white contrast on that picture. Taking your time editing shows that you really care deeply about your work, and you want it to shine through to your readers. I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all, and I know it will be worth the wait 🙂

    My creative side refuses to be tamed, and i just work on whatever I feel like. I sadly do end up aimlessly clicking around the internet most of the time instead of writing… That being said, I put about 12 hours into my novel this weekend! I’m squeezing every last word out before I get pulled back down to technical work mode tomorrow, for another long week…

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    • 12 hours is phenomenal wow! My creative side is the same way. I just does what it wants without my input. I say I’ll work on something, but I’m pretty much at the mercy of whatever my brain deems necessary. It’s why I put Threads of Sorrow on the back burner for the time being until I finish up part of the Rose project.

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      • I was stuck in creative mode at work today… I hate it when that happens! I just wanted to run home and write, but alas my actual job pays the bills, not my dreams lol

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        • Ack I’ve fallen into that trap many a time! I’ll get a creative burst around 10 or 11 in the morning when I’m much closer to the beginning of my work day. I take as many notes as I can, but it’s just not as good as being able to sit in front of my computer.

          Let’s hope that one day we can have the job that does both!

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