Sorry for No Post

At the moment, my friend has a lot of other things on his mind beside writing, so that is why I haven’t posted anything up. Today I decided to post this up and another post on writing. Stay turns for that post.

In the sun,

A.Goddess

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A.Goddess in Writer’s Block

I have read about the writers block isn’t real, but what else would you call it when you are stuck on a chapter? I don’t call it writer’s block, it more like I lost my muse. Losing your muse isn’t the end of your writing career, don’t freak out, we can fix this. Just because your imaginary friends won’t talk to you, doesn’t mean they wont talk to you again. They might be mad or they might be tried of telling their story to you over and over. *Giggle*

Whatever the case is, we just need to keep writing on. If you can’t write at all, edited or outline. If you are getting mad when your editing or outlining, STOP! Walk away from the story and clear your mind. If you can’t seem to find your muse, maybe the story isn’t being written the right way. Try writing it in a different point of view. Try a different voice. Try a different main plot. Sometime it’s not the writing, sometime it can be the idea of the story.

BUT, it is okay if the idea of the story didn’t work out. Just write it in a different way, a different plot. Regroup your ideas and see what works and what doesn’t work. Don’t give up on your story if you really feel the need to write it.

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I had answer a question about how I solve my writer’s block. Yes, there are ways to solve it, you just need to find your own ways. I solve my lost muse by:

  • Listening to music,
  • Reading other books,
  • Reading the last chapter of my book,
  • Going back to the outline, and sometimes
  • I don’t work on that book for a while.

It all depends on you how you like fixing your muse. You can also, like I wrote above, solve it by:

  • Try writing it in a different point of view,
  • Try a different voice,
  • Try a different main plot,
  • Try a new idea, or
  • Regroup your ideas and see what works and what doesn’t work

I wonder how other writers go about solving this problem…..

Do you think it’s a problem? If not, why?

How do you fix it?

Once again, let me know in the comments below. Thank you for taking your time to read my blog.

Night Owl,

A.Goddess

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Mental Editor

I don’t know how to turned off my metal editor. I think I do, but as I write this blog its on. Funny, how writers have this problem, but the only way we work around this…is by:

Will power.

The only time I have my mental editor on, is when I go back to reread the chapter that I was working on. I go back after I write it and make sure it sound right…and if I have an grammar mistakes….which I hope I don’t have.

I don’t think about the mistakes while I am writing. My thoughts are all on writing down the stories. It is not until I finished the chapter, that I go back and read edited it.

I know that I just rewrote the same thing twice, but its how I do things. You have to try and not edit as you write your story.

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Maybe trying to listen to music as you write, so you can’t think about editing also. You have to find the power within yourself to stop editing as you write.

Now I am not saying it a bad thing to edited as you write, I’m saying that some time you should edited as you write. Put all your thinking into writing the story instead of writing and editing it at the same time. The story will come out stronger when you do, even if you have you edited afterwards.

Remember editing is the fun part of writing.

Night Owl,

A.Goddess

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Behind the Curtain: July Edition

July is here, time for the fireworks! At least here in the USA…

Now I noticed that no one is asking me questions and don’t comment or follow my page…but as a writer, I shall keep writing until my very last breath!

1. How does a good days writing session look for you?

A good day of writing for me looking like this…

Netflix or music, sitting on my bed or floor or at my desk, writing away one to five different stories at the same time, and a cup of “coffee”; which is just cold chocolate milk to me, or a snack…must be sweet or chocolate.

2. Do you tend to stick to your outline or do you allow yourself a margin to deviate if necessary?

Some time I stick to my outline…other time I just write. It also depending on the story in which I work on. Anything I do for Wattpad, doesn’t always have an outline, just an idea. Anything I do for my personal writing, has an outline.

3. When you plan, do you have every single tiny little detail planned out? Or are there some things you still don’t know when you start writing?

Um…I want to say yes every single tiny little detail planned out, but I have that feeling in the back of my mind that is saying no. So no I don’t. Sometime you need to plan the big stuff first and in the editing part, detail the little things.

In other words, get everything down, then fix everything.

4. Some people believe in writer’s block. Do you believe in writers block? And if you do, how do you go about solving it?

I have read about the writers block isn’t real, but what else would you call it when you are stuck on a chapter? I don’t call it writer’s block, it more like I lost my muse. I do a lot of different things to solve it:

Music,

Reading other books,

Reading the last chapter of my book,

Going back to the outline, and

Don’t working on that book for a while.

It all depends on you how you like fixing your muse.

5. When you stumble into a problem in writing, what do you do to move past it?

Good question. I go to Hubert with my problems and we talk about it. He gives me his thoughts, I think about it, and see if I should do what he would do. If he doesn’t know the answer, google and I talk it out. If google doesn’t have the answer that I am looking for, then I go back to Hubert. *Laugh*

I would ask a teacher for help on the problem, but sometime it’s hard to trust someone you barely know. I have trusted teachers before and it ended up with me being sad about it and don’t hearing from him.

6. What do you prefer to write: a series or a standalone?

I love series! It doesn’t leave you with “what happen” feeling. It’s like the author wrote everything you wanted to know. I tent to write series because I don’t want to leave people wondering what happen to the characters.

7. If the first book in a planned series is rejected, would you still consider working on the sequel or would you consider it best to start a new project?

I don’t know what I would do. I would have to get over the fact that I got rejected first before I think about writing again. I think I would be in a dark place for a day or two before I think about writing again. I think I would need Hubert to push me to write again…hell even my boyfriend would have to get me going again.

8. How long does it take you to plan out a whole series?

I haven’t planned out a whole series. I normal just write down the main plots, then I only work on the first book. It keeps me force on the story more. That why I don’t confuse any of the outlines in my head while I write. If you want to plan out the whole series, that is up to you. I don’t do that.

9. Tips on shutting off the mental editor when writing.

Will power. *Laugh*

The only time I have my mental editor on, is when I go back to reread the chapter that I was working on. Even when I blog, my editor voice is off. I go back after I write it and make sure it sound right…and if I have an grammar mistakes….which I hope I don’t have.

10. Where do you get your ideas from?

I have always had ideas since I was a child. Most ideas has been written already so I try to make any ideas my own. Any ideas that you have try to make a twist out of it, no matter what.

11. How do you keep your story ideas fresh?

I’m always researching different creatures and reading different stories. The true key of keeping your story fresh is…twist turns and twist plots; so I’m told…*laugh*

12. How do you make sure your story ideas don’t overlap or keep from writing the same thing in every project?

I just keep all my stories different. Sometime, I have four different stories open and working on all four, but I never get confuse when I’m working on them. All my stories have different plots and are different supernatural people.

Night Owls,

A.Goddess with Hubert Vasquez

P.S.

I would like to take a small moment to thank my best friend in the whole wide world, Hubert Vasquez. He’s been my best friend since the first time I met him in PE class. He has put up with my bad grammar and spelling. He has help me edited a lot of my works and hopefully will keep helping me throughout many more years to come. Without him, my story would sound too weird for readers to read.

Thank you Hubert! ❤

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Run with the Story!

Watch out!

Story got me on the run!

Move out of the way!

You will get written into the story!

If the story is just writing itself, let it. Don’t stop writing. Don’t think about it, just write. I know it sounds crazy, but sometime you just have to write whatever comes to mind…you can always fix it or deleted it in the editing.

My first novel, which I do talk about a lot on this blog, Slayers wasn’t plan. I had an idea and a character, that’s all I had. I wrote the story as it came to me, all the things I thought it would need to be say/read, all the confusing parts and stupid parts are there. I wrote it and I am very happy with what I did. Now was it done the “right” way, nope; but it’s written. Is there a a lot to fix, hell yeah. This is the “fun” part, said Hubert to me, the editing part. You ran with the story, now you have to slow down and pick at it.

First your mind will race itself to write the story, confusing part and all. Then you will have to put your brain on slow motion, and slowly read every word it wrote. Once you get a hand of it, you will see the “fun” part of editing.

I don’t know what else to tell you. It isn’t something hard to understand, most quotes on writing are like:

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” 

― Madeleine L’Engle

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 

― Toni Morrison

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” 

― Anaïs Nin

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 

― Robert Frost

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.

Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” 

― William Faulkner

“The first draft of anything is shit.” 

― Ernest Hemingway

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” 

― Joss Whedon

Those were my favorites…sorry I couldn’t help myself. LOL

Night Owl,

A.Goddess

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Potential but Not the Right Time?

Some day no one want to do anything. Other days we want to do everything. In the world of a writer, we have to write every day, even if its not for the story we are working on. This post is about when the story can make it but it might not be the right time to write it.

Story giving you a hard time,

STOP,

BACK AWAY FROM THE STORY,

and

GIVE IT TIME,

That is the key to writing. Sometime you have to step away from the story and write something else. I would know. Let me tell you a little story about My First Novel. It starts like this:

Freshman year, in high school, I read Twilight, all the books. I finished the last book, Breaking Dawn, walked up to my dad and said, “I finished all four book and I know I can write a better book.”

He looked down at me, “Then write it.”

I went back to my room and began to write my first story, which became my second book to my saga. For a person who never wrote a story before, it took some time to write it. First off, I wrote the second book, stop writing it, and wrote the first one. Took a year or two to write it, and took two or three more years to actually start to edited the story.

Once I edited the story, I found out I didn’t have a plot. Yeah I know I die when I found out. Now, at this very moment, I am rewriting my first novel. Now the reason why it took me so long to edited was because I didn’t like it, didn’t know how to do it, and I had decided to take a step back from the story, even if the story was calling my name to rewrite it. I did from time to time, fix some spelling mistakes, fix grammar, had Hubert comment on it, and fix some of the details.

Some people might think it was a waste of time to beginning writing without knowing how to write an novel. I don’t see it that way. Over the five to eight years, I wrote other stories and kept working on ideas. I learned so much within those five to eight year, that now I can write with my eyes close (Not really but hey). I have seen my writing grow and I have learn so much more about writing.

My first blog was a mess. I have no idea what I was doing, or at least I think I know what I’m doing. Now I have a plan for this blog. I want new writers (and maybe even old writers) to learn from my mistakes before they make their own. So if the story has potential, but it might not be the right time to write it, step back and write something else until you feel it the right time. I did, you can do it too.

Vampire in the Coffin…Soon,

A.Goddess

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NEVER STOP WRITING!!!

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Throw in the Towel: the Sad Truth

Your story idea is dying on you and you’re starring to think that it’s time to throw in the towel, then go ahead. Throw the towel.

I have had this problem many times, and it’s okay to have it. It’s a normal thing with writing, but how can you tell if it’s time to kill the story?

Sometime the story isn’t right to write it. Sometime the story might seem like you have everything, then you ask yourself one question, and it falls apart.

Throwing in the towel doesn’t mean that the story can’t come back into your mind. Sometime you might need some time to think about another story until the one you feel like throwing away come back into your mind.

You have to make sure that the story is no long a good story to write. You decided if the story is time to go into the book graveyard.

If I were you, here is going very good to have, a file name book graveyard. Keep all your throw away stories. You never know when you will need them again.

Night Owl,

A.Goddess

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