WriterlyWednesdays: And on That Note…

A.K.A. Revisiting and Realizing Why I Love Writing Fiction

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Hello, Interwebbies!

Quick one today because it was a long workday in the blazing heat–unseasonably hot for April–but I wanted to keep up with my blog posts.

While I didn’t get to print out some writing worksheets today to help with my course, I’m still excited about all the revelations I had while brainstorming the characters of my WIP.

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Stranger than Fiction

A.K.A. Beyond the Page

March Madness, Day 27.

How goes?

It’s been an interesting bit of Madness this year.

We talked about muses, favorite writing places and rituals, our health, revisions, and even the green-eyed monster.

There are a few days left. Did you reach your goals? Did you have surprise twists in your journey?

Now that the month is drawing to a close, for some, it’s time to take a breather. For others, just the beginning of a new month of writing challenges.

Yet, others might be at a standstill. Uncertainty seeps in and you’re all but ready to call it quits.

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When the seeds of doubt start pestering you, it can manifest in different ways.

It’s easy to find distractions–or makes distractions for yourself that leads to procrastination.

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Does that mean we stop? Sure, writers are known to be masochists, but we also keep going no matter what’s in our way.

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Some people believe that writing is a solitary activity. Of course, there are certain aspects that one must go alone, but the process itself, the overall journey, March Madness is a perfect example that we are not alone in our creative endeavours.

So when you feel like this:

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Remember this:

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If you question whether it’s all worth it:

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Consider this:

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Don’t let the green-eyed monster get ya down.

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From here on out, everything that happens in your writing career is up to you. Yes, there are people who will be there to support you along the way, but you need to press on. We have stories to tell and share.

As writers, it is our duty, privilege AND gift to the world.

Thank you for a wonderful March. We’ll continue unwinding the Madness tomorrow on Dawn’s blog.

March might be over soon, but know that we’re always here to continue #WIPMadness. It never ends, nor would we want it to. 🙂

Whether or not you hear me from your neck of the woods know that I’m always cheering you on.

We are writers.

We write.

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A to Z Challenge 2013 – K is for…

This writing year started off with a bang. Inspirational words from quite a charismatic little man keep me motivated each day. Today’s message is a simple one. It aims to motivate and renew the spark that brought you on this writing journey with me. Now that we’re nearing the halfway mark of this writing extravaganza, I think it might be time for a pep talk courtesy of your

~ KID PRESIDENT ~

To echo my message from day one: in writing, in life let’s strive to be more awesome.

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Today’s theme is brought to you by the letter

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A to Z Challenge 2013 – D is for…

~ DEADLINE ~

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Writers often work long hours to meet a deadline. *cough* NaNoWriMo *ahem* Camp NaNoWriMo. Perhaps, it’s a self-imposed deadline or one set by your boss, editor, publisher, or others. Regardless of the type of deadline, do you feel that it helps your writing or hinders it?

Sometimes, we tend to lose ourselves in the writing process. We churn out the words like a

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When that happens, I take a step back from the project and reassess the situation.

1) What do I hope to gain with the completion of this project?

2) What’s more important, quality or quantity?

3) Does this piece have the right voice?

4) If I were a reader, what would it take to hook me?

5) Could I approach this from a different perspective?

These are just a handful of questions I’d ask myself to make sure I’m not hammering out senseless drivel. As with any story, every word counts. Every chapter, scene, and moment has their purpose to drive the story forward, to compel the reader to turn the page. When we keep that in mind, it makes us reconsider how much pressure we put on ourselves to come up with the final product.

No one I know likes the pressure of a deadline. However, I find it a necessary tool to keep me on my toes and to ensure that I’m mindful of the message I’m trying to convey. A perfect example of this are my recent writing Sprints over in the Savvy Authors Chat room and on Twitter. A group of writers come together and write for an hour, posting our word counts in the end. While it’s not the same as a project deadline, the motivation is the same. I want to get as much out before time’s up. While I’m typing away, I’m also asking myself questions to make sure that what I’m writing has direction. The sense of accomplishment at the end of the hour does wonders for the writing process, as a whole. Sometimes the pressure, if we work with it and not against it, is a good thing.

I try not to think about the looming deadline ahead. Rather, I do my best to stay motivated and imagine typing those final words, and in doing so, find myself more confident, focused, and eager to begin

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How about you? Do deadlines pressure or motivate you and your writing process?

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Today’s theme is brought to you by the letter

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