The State of the Writer: 2/12/17

<–The State of the Writer: 2/5/17         The State of the Writer: 2/19/17–>

A weekly post updated every Sunday 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: 274,545
Prior Word Count: 276,905
Word Difference: -2360
Status: Editing
Progress: 1st edit of Chapter 8


This first edit is less about editing and more about cutting out unnecessary words.  I also repeated myself verbatim in quite a few areas, so those need to go, too.  This chapter was supposed to be about something else, but in attempting to get there, I wound up pushing that topic to the next chapter.  I think that’s why so much editing is necessary.  I still haven’t added any notes yet, but I’m working toward that part.

I don’t think I described the ring above quite how it looks.  I call it tear drop shaped, but that’s not really right.  Well, just something else to work on.  I like shiny things #shamefulnarcissistsecrets

Quote: The rings on her fingers were diamonds today to match the white of her clothes, two on the left and one on the right.  That side was the largest, shaped like a rose with open leaves set in bright platinum.  The band was the same and smaller white stones circled her minute digit.  On her left farthest finger was a teardrop pale pink to mimic the barest blush.

Project: Essay
Title: Half a Tragedy Is Worse Than Whole
Subject: FFVII Comparative and Meta
Current Word Count: 1436
Prior Word Count: 1436
Word Difference: 0
Status: Drafting
Progress: N/A

I really want to work on this.  The spirit is willing, but the mind finds it hard to focus.  It’s like in theory I want to continue drafting this essay, but I don’t have the motivation to do it, and I’ve learned that I cannot force myself to do something like this.  If I’m not feeling it, it’s not going to happen.

I’m going to work on some of the numerous blogger tags I have in my notes and some smaller projects.  I also want to test out the microphone I bought myself a month ago.  I still need to get a camera, but the microphone should be all I need to do some of the reading projects I have on my radar…that is if my voice behaves.

Project: Book Review
Title: Vassa in the Night
Status: Planning

I declared this one DNF this week.  It just didn’t hold my interest.  I’ll post a review for it soon.  It’s the last review on my schedule.  After this I’m all caught up.

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: 2/5/17         The State of the Writer: 2/19/17–>


20 thoughts on “The State of the Writer: 2/12/17

  1. Pingback: The State of the Writer: 2/5/17 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I love reading your blogs about your projects, it spurs me on. I’m always impressed by how you can have so many projects on the go at once, writing, reviewing and gaming – I can do that with little stories and usually have a few half finished, but to have a novel in amongst the rest, I think my brain would escape out my ears! How do you do it without getting characters and ideas all mixed up?

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    • Notes. Tons and tons of notes lol. I use the OneNote app like a fiend and take notes on things as I read, watch, play them. Then I use a to-do list to try to schedule when I’m going to work on everything. I never feel like I’m getting enough done, and I seem to add more projects than I complete, but I persevere! When it comes to stories, I can only write one novel at a time, but I have taken “breaks” in between to write a short story. I really want to either start the massive re-editing project on the novel I wrote about five years ago, or start writing the “short” novel that my current editing project was supposed to be practice for hehe. I say “short” because I am horrible at guessing how long things are going to be. Case in point, the current story I’m editing was planned to be only 10k words and it’s over 250k o.O

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      • 10k to 250k?! That’s amazing! I guess you just got bitten by the writing bug with that one.
        Writing everything down as you think of it makes a lot of sense. I tend to make a lot of notes too, but I’m less together about it – mostly I have ideas in the car and end up writing all over my hands in sharpie.
        That drive to always do more, to never be satisfied, it’s important in a writer I think, most good writers I know seem to have it – the need to write.
        Thanks for glimpse into your writing life, in my head it looks like a detective-works-stuff-out montage, with notes surrounding the fevered hero who hasn’t slept in days! (I appreciate it’s far more civilised than that, but it’s an image too fun to abandon `:) )

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        • Like I usually underestimate, but not usually by THAT much. I’d rather write too much and have to pare it down than not write enough and need to add padding.

          Aw I love that image! My writing mental image is of me sewing pieces together lol. I usually get my inspiration from numerous sources, so I envision myself cutting them apart like fabric then sewing them together into something, while not entirely new, still a different perspective on things 🙂

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            • Sewing and dramatic just doesn’t seem to jive for a lot of people hehe. There’s this Sarah McLachlan song “Building a Mystery,” and she spends the video sewing, and at the end, she has this black dress covered in holes, which light pours through. It’s the only dramatic sewing scene I can really think of :p

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              • You know what? It’s what the world might need, a change from drama about murder and violence; instead a superhero (or villain) supersewer, although does that now sound like a big waste drain? Anyway, more dramatic sewing montages! 🙂

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  3. I WANT that ring!! It’s pink beauty is spectacular and totally looks like something a certain badass would wear, haha.

    Keep up the great writing work! I’m looking forward to learning why Vassa in the Night ended up as a DNF for you. I also can’t wait to hear, literally, how your voice projects turn out. 🙂

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  4. Oh, wow. I really do love that ring. It’s beautiful both in color and design. The gemstone in the middle would be considered an “oval cut” I do believe. 🙂 It’s very lovely.
    I think you’re making the right call working on other projects for the time being rather than forcing one you just aren’t feeling right now. I’m sure you’ll find yourself much happier and more productive, so that’s definitely a win-win! Hope you enjoy the rest of your writing in the mean time. 🙂

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