A Little Idea I Had

Today, while going through some old documents, I came across an old story I wrote. It was one I was intending to turn into a book, and got around 10000 words into before I realised it was terribly cliche and I just wasn’t invested. The previous draft was just 25000 words long, and quite rushed. I had intended to rewrite it, but well, never happened.

The interesting thing is, I tend to reuse characters I like. And this book had several that reappear in my current writing. For the most part, it’s just names, but a few have similar descriptions and personalities. And as I’m currently pushing through writers block, I had a brilliant idea.

Less than an hour later, my random idea ended up being over 1000 words long. And for someone who struggles to get 500 down within a few hours, it’s surprising.

Basically, I thought: what if my current book characters read this old story and saw what they used to be?

So I wrote a little scene of them attending a book club and reading it. They were all very offended. It didn’t go anywhere, and I’m not going to use the scene. But hey, I wrote something, and that’s good.

One day I will post my random writings, but I want to get my first book written first to see where my characters end up.

~~ Ari

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When books inspire me

This seems to happen quite often, I read a good book, then want to write something with similar themes and ideas. Usually I write a few thousand words just to get it out of my system, then leave what I’ve done and return to my actual book.

However, I’ve been sitting on an idea for months. Which isn’t helped by the fact that many of the books I read involve it. However, if I was to pursue this idea, I would essentially need to write an entirely different book. And, considering I haven’t even got my first draft of my first book done, this really isn’t helping.

Given how much my mind wanders, I’ll be lucky to get anything published.

However, after draft 1 is finished, I’ll have to put it aside for a month or so anyway, as I’ll need a fresh perspective when returning to it. In the meantime, I’ll be starting something else, and then, well, I guess we’ll see what’s on my mind.

I have far too many book ideas written down, and neither the time nor patience to write them all. I honestly have no idea how writers can churn out a couple books per year. If you’re one of those people, I only have the greatest admiration for your ability to write so much.

Now I better stop procrastinating and get to work.

~~Ari

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I almost made a terrible mistake…

I almost wrote something in just because I thought it belonged there, not because it worked in the story. What is this near mistake that would have been so utterly terrible if I stuck to my original plan and left it in? A romance.

Yep, a romance. I knew that two of my characters were to end up together, so I thought: hey, let’s make it happen in book 1. Then yesterday, while reviewing my plan, I realised that there’s no way it can work out. Hence, I pushed it back to book 2, where it actually makes sense.

Basically, I wasn’t giving my characters enough time to develop realistic chemistry. I was jumping from initial encounter straight to sexual tension. Problem. I hate reading books where a romance comes out of nowhere, and I was about to do it in my own writing!

Now that it’s been pushed back to the sequel, I can give them time to actually bond, have a friendship beforehand. It’s kind of a relief I caught myself before I started developing their relationship any further.

On a different note, I have an odd habit of getting attached to completely random side characters who only appear a couple times in the book. Which makes it problematic if anyone needs to get killed off.

~~Ari

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The Woes of Choosing a Genre

Once upon a time, in the distant land of Australia, a young writer got an idea. That idea was to write a book, a book about assassins and one woman who accidentally got mixed in with them. The writer picked up her laptop with only one thing motivating her, the desire to write a story. Which was fine. The writer was happy, getting down her dark tale of misfortune peppered with her weird humour, all the while ignoring the publishing process. That could be handled later. But one day, something horrible happened. A friend asked the most dreaded question:

“What genre is it?”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, writing is so much more involved than I initially thought. And todays topic of contemplation is genres.

When I started writing, I decided I would finish the book first, then choose a genre. Because I didn’t want to accidentally limit myself by deciding my book wasn’t fitting the genre I chose and be forced to change it when I didn’t want to. Well, now I face the issue of choosing a genre that fits my writing.

There are hundreds of genres, sub genres and genre combinations. Which means there are hundreds of options to look through and choose from.

And of course, my book likely falls into more than one genre. Which ones do I choose? How will that affect the readers my book brings in? It’s difficult enough to find a list of all the different genres that exist, let alone figure out which ones my book falls under.

With all the things I need to google, no wonder I’m so slow at writing.

 

~~Ari

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Writing a Book is More Involved than I Initially Believed

Having hit the halfway point of my first draft, I realised that I ought to be thinking about more than just my book. Although actually getting published is still a long way off, there are things I need to start organising right now. Because knowing me, if it doesn’t get done early, it’s not getting done at all.

For starters, I need to rethink my blog design. What I have right now was haphazardly chosen late one night when I decided to start blogging. I think it’s about time to revisit the settings. Speaking of which, I have little to no images to post alongside my blog posts, and knowing how visual enhancement can improve a post, I need to get some images asap. I don’t quite know what pictures to take, maybe some books or sketches, but all I know is that I want all my pictures to be my own.

Second point, I need to expand my social database beyond a blog. If i’m going to cross over from randomly writing a story to becoming a published author, simply writing on a blog every few weeks is not enough. I think a website is in order, maybe a Facebook page or Instagram. Furthermore, I need to decide whether I want to use my real last name or come up with a pseudo name to write under.

On to my actual book. Title and overall series title have already been decided upon, and I have a few ideas for a cover. But I need to begin researching how exactly I’m going to publish. Definitely self published initially. Yet, there’s more to it than simply deciding the route I want to take. I have to scout a path, get to know the way, research an optimal mode of transport and check out what I’m in for.

Ah, so much to do.  The idea of actually publishing is a little daunting, luckily I’ve got a good half a year minimum to psych myself up to it.

Any recommendations for a good website builder? And what do you reckon, pseudo name or real name?

~~ Ari

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What did Ari get up to in July?

How is it August already? I could’ve sworn it was still June… Ah, never mind. A month has come and gone, and I’ve been busy writing my first book, as well as other oddities. So, I’ve put together a little roundup.

In July, I have:

  • Written about 7000 words (yes, I am a painfully slow writer)
  • Came up with a title for the sequel, still no ideas for book 3 though
  • Read at least 7 books
  • Improved my dreadful cooking skills
  • Successfully taken care of a house plant

 

I’ll be keeping up on updating any research or interesting points regarding my writing. I’ll post actual snippets from my book when I get closer to finishing it.

And I’ll post anything else interesting I come up with. Speaking of which, if anyone has any ideas of what I should post, I’d love to hear them.

~~Ari

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