The first act of Manifestation Files has been written. At its current length, it's fifty-two pages (out of a possible 200-300 pages) and I already did a few revisions. Starting tomorrow, I'm thinking about jumping around and writing some of the key scenes. Once finished, I'll fill up the gaps.
My writing momentum is still waning, but I'm slowly making a more efficient routine. For example, reading Blogger posts first thing in the morning. What I still need to do, however, is to start writing at 7:00, and not waste an hour checking stuff right after school. That time would probably turn into homework time, to possibly build up momentum too.
Also, no more sitting with knees against desk eating ice cream at the computer. Good way to become lazy.
Good news though. Remember how I won a twenty-page critique? I'm about to send it. I'm going to do on last look through. I'm jumping in and facing any criticism imposed by the agent. Hopefully, she will give tips on a macro level which will benefit me in the long-run.
Meanwhile, I'm still building up my buffer. For now, the "Daily" part of this blog will be untrue. But once I develop a reasonable buffer and gather enough material, I'll build up my posting frequency slowly. First, three posts per week (this one, Weekly Round-up, one Thoughts). And then four. And then finally five.
Since it's late, I'll make this as quick as possible.
If you had been keeping track of this blog, you may have noticed I skipped one Writer's Update and one Weekly Round-up.
The reason is that I encountered a period of writer's block. I think I'm easing out of it, but I'm trying to find ways to counter-act it. So this blog isn't high on my list of priorities. I have several ideas for articles, and I'm still going to do the Weekly Updates, but don't expect the "Daily" part to kick in for a long, long time.
Oh, and I changed the title. "Daily Life" isn't very accurate. "Daily Thoughts"? More so.
Once I create a buffer, then this blog truly starts.
Okay, I'm back in school. The transition went smoothly, but I had switched out my Creative Arts class for an Visual Art one. I'm not sure if the former would be useful for me, and I want to expand my interests. Can't overspecialize too much. (Redundancy noted).
I'm happy that's school's back--for more than one reason: I suffered some pitfalls in terms of writing over the Winter's Break. Actually sitting down and typing down my novel got way more difficult, without the constraints that a weekday have. Although 750 Words is now my only "deadline", I'm still considering what course to take. For now, I skipped a section of Manifestation Files and shifted my focus on the more exciting parts of the story. Right now, in my manila folder, there's a break down scene ready to be typed out. Let's say that one character's emotions finally bare their fangs.
Maybe with study hall back, I can figure out the best way to revise and prepare for a contest deadline in February. Suggestions? That journal I used to prop up a fan before it broke can make a good to-do list book.
Oh, and I also got a file crate for Christmas. I used it to archive some of my own works. Once it was assembled, I cleaned out some of the top shelf and organized everything by school year.
I happened to have enough folders, notepads, and notebooks to stuff it. I have about one stack left. Time to beg for another one. At least it's now all organized in a way I can easily access it. Perhaps I shall dig into some of my Old Shames one day? They'll make good blog material.
Speaking of which, I'm considering using material from the writing craft books that I'm reading for the blog. I have some ideas. Watch for another blog entry...probably this week