Balancing Writing and Life

Hello fellow writers,

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I’ve been dealing with a lot of things these past couple of weeks. I just started a new job, and it’s leaving me a little stressed. I’m trying to find another job at the moment. I also started classes in getting my Master’s degree in English. It’s been very hard to find time to write and edit my works. I know plenty of people are dealing with the same thing. You have work and family, and sometimes it gets hard to¬†find the time.

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Dreaming Up a Story

Hi,

Most of the time I get my inspiration from movies, television, or other books. There is this other part where a good portion of my ideas come to me, while I’m going to sleep or when I’m lying in bed about to get up. Recently, I just came up with a new idea for a novel. This idea came from a dream I had. I tend to have very strange dreams from giant snakes chasing me to being at Hogwarts. XD

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2013

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been a long time since my last post. I’m sorry about that. Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up for the month of July. I’m definitely participating in this one as well. I won the last Camp NaNoWriMo in April by meeting my goal of 25,000 words. I have decided to set another goal of 25,000 words. I will be continuing my fantasy short story collection because I did meet the goal, but I am far from finished.

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On Using Pinterest

Inspiration can come from anywhere. It could come from a song, a photo, a movie, or a line in your favorite book. It could be anywhere. All you have to do is pay attention. Believe it or not, I get my best inspiration, when I’m getting ready to go to sleep, or when I’m getting up in the morning. Sometimes I just lay there and ideas hit me one after another. Then, I have to scurry and write it down in my writing journal, so I don’t forget.

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Works in Progress

If you looked on my blog, you’ll see some new changes. I decided that it needed a new look. I also added a works in progress page. I figured that this would help me a bit with keeping up with my writing. I’ve been taking a break from writing my supernatural series to further develop my fantasy series. I’ve been attempting to create character profiles for my main protagonists. There are four of them. I’ve also started on a short story pertaining to the antagonist because the story of their downfall into evil is very important.

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Staying True to Yourself

I first signed up for NaNoWriMo last year. I won’t even tell you my word count at the end. It was pretty bad. It was a YA novel focused on a young woman who has to take over the care for her younger sister, after her mother emotionally checks out on them. Their mother tragically dies, and they move in with their aunt. The main character finds happiness through a boy and music. It sounds so cliche, doesn’t it? I suppose that’s why I could barely finish it. On top of that fact, I was attempting it under a heavy course load of schoolwork.

It took me a while to figure out that contemporary YA was not exactly the area I wanted to focus an entire novel at the moment. I don’t mind writing realistic fiction. I enjoy writing it, however it’s probably best not to force a story, or it will just turn out plain bad.

It’s important to stay true to yourself. Write the story that most interests you, the one that speaks to you. It’s only when we stay true to our voice that we find the real character’s story that we want to tell. I found which characters I want to talk about. I found the ones whose voice captured me. I can’t wait to share their stories with others. Isn’t that the most important thing?