Thursday, February 18, 2010

Writing Update 2/18

I'm apparently bad at keeping this updated...Anyway, just wanted to say that I have been writing. Maybe not thousands of words, but more than before, which is better than nothing right?

I haven't really worked on Lady of the Snow; for some reason, that story is stuck temporarily. I have however been actively rewriting the beginning of my older WiP, The Scarlet Daughter. The ideas for that one seem to be flowing again--after almost a year hiatus--so I'm going with it. I guess sometimes it takes a long break like that to start things up again.

Also, I've come up with a new story idea. It's not one I'll be working on actively any time soon since I'd like to get these two WiPs done first, but sometimes ideas just can't be stopped. They come when they come.

This one came from a story I read online. It was an archeological find in Assam (near India and Bangladesh) that many say prove the story of an old mythological Indian story about King Banasura and his daughter, Princess Usha. Check out the story for more info about it.

It just went from there really--the story developed in my head complete with the mythical world I'll be setting it in (with heavy influence of Indian culture, as well as a bit of Persian and Chinese too). It's only loosely based off the story--just like my Yuki-onna one--but the inspiration can be traced back to this myth.

I don't really have much besides a loose outline. I don't have any character names yet nor do I have the world fully pictured in my head. This one will actually take some time to develop since it's essentially going to be in a fantasy world. For now, it's going to have to stay undeveloped. But it's there and it's something to work on should the writing stop for the other two WiPs.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Update 2/9

Tsk, tsk. Not updating like I should *slaps hand*

Anyway I did get a couple thousand words written for Lady of the Snow over the weekend for that Write Your Rear Off day. I'm still not really happy with that chapter though. I know I should write past it--only that chapter is supposed to be up for first round critique in a little more than a week o_O So that's why I've been focusing on it.

I think I may have to relinquish my spot though. I've been focusing on that chapter for entirely too long and can't focus on getting the rest of the book (re)written because of it. Or I'll just submit the unfinished crap version that I have. That works. :P

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Writing Update 2/3

Project: Scarlet Daughter
Words Written: 832
Time Spent: 20 min
Difficulties & Progress:

I shifted focus temporarily to my older WiP--the one I'd abandoned for Lady of the Snow. It was much easier for me to get the words out here and work on this story, at least for the current time. It's probably not the greatest idea for me to shift back and forth like this, but Naomi (my MC for the Scarlet Daughter) came back out of hibernation. Plus I feel like I know her better--maybe because I spent two-three years writing about her and her story. Also it's in third person, which is my strength. Well, sort of.

I still cannot decide which viewpoint to use for LotS. I thought first person would be great, but now not so sure. Maybe because I'm having a hard time distancing myself and speaking in the "I" mode all the time. Her voice is supposed to be a little more elegant and supernatural like, but she keeps coming out too casual. At least in first person. When I switch to third, she's more of how I pictured her.

Perhaps my next submission for critique will be back to third, just to see what they think. I know the first time I submitted my chapter in third person, they loved it. First person....not so much at all.

Anyway, I'm taking part in Write Your Rear*Off Day, as hosted by Moonrat. I posted about it over on my other blog if you are curious about the details. Hopefully as a part of this mini-write-a-thon, I'll be able to get a few thousand words out, whether that's on Scarlet Daughter, Lady of the Snow or combination of both.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Writing Update 2/2

Having a bit of a time still writing for Lady of the Snow, so I decided to write a little of my old WiP. I easily wrote 600 words in less than twenty minutes for it. Go figure.

Perhaps I am so focused on writing LotS that I'm looking at it too closely. Maybe a day or two of working on a different project will help me getting the writing juices flowing again for LotS.