Saturday, June 26, 2010

First Chapter Blues

My novel currently has 84, 218 words. That varies from day to day, however, as I write a first chapter - highlight it all - and then delete it in frustration.

I feel as if the rest of it is going pretty well. Editing is boring, of course, but it is fun to go back through and add and delete things to make my story better. I'm sure in another 5 edits, I'll hate my book, but for now we're good.

EXCEPT for that stupid first chapter. I can't get it right. How much do I share about my main character in the first chapter? How much is setting her up and how much is too much information? How important is describing how everyone looks? How important is describing the setting? How do my characters come across each other? Where do they meet, how does it happen?

Ugh, I'm driving myself insane trying to figure out how to start it off. Maybe... maybe no one will notice if I just start it off at chapter 2. I can give it a pretty heading, maybe name the chapters, and no one will notice that little "2". Maybe they also won't notice that there is no character introduction or scene set up.

Sigh. First chapter it is. What to do, what to do.

<3, Bethany

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Fixed The Comments!

So, I've been getting emails from a lot of readers, and have greatly appreciated it! I did, however, wonder why people were emailing rather than commenting with their questions.

Well, figured that out. My comments weren't working! Sorry about that readers, and problem fixed. So post away, and thanks again for the emails.

Also, I have absolutely no writing updates. I haven't done a lot of writing lately. And by not a lot, I mean any at all. I just finished a series of books, and I'm getting ready to pick up some Tolkien as a refresher. I absolutely adore The Hobbit series, and I'm really do a refresher course!

I also really want
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But that is a complete side note. It's just beautiful.

I also just finished watching every Glee episode yet released. If you haven't watched the show, I highly recommend it. It's hilarious, fun and the singing is absolutely amazing. Very unique show!

I'll do a better update when I actually get back to writing. Just consider this a week detour!

<3, Bethany

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Q: What's In Your Writing Area?

My roommates and I have an extra bedroom... which we kind of converted into a storage/extra room. We've got a monstrous TV, a super comfy love seat that is too ugly to put in the open, tons of extra pillows, some bookcases and one of the roommate's desktops.

Today, in a cleaning fit, I transformed this little wasted space into my own writing laboratory. I brought in my little stone water fountain from another room, some great candles (Glade - Always Spring = heaven), decorative pillows and desk fan. Along with some pictures and teddy bears, this little cocoon is the most relaxing and wonderful place in the house.

So, finally, I have a permanent writing space. 

The only thing I had left to do was transfer my music playlist over and get down to writing. I've heard a lot of people have music playlists that inspire creativity, maybe help them get into character or simply entertain. My music list is the same. It's relaxing, creative, and just all around good music.

Here's what's playing in my "Book Playlist".
-Frank Sinatra
-Regina Spektor
-Bob Marley
-Company of Thieves (who I will highly recommend seeing in concert)
-Minus the Bear
-Some random oldies but goodies

Now I have all the things set up in my little space to commence uninterrupted, quality writing time. That is, unless my cat decides to sleep on my keyboard. Which happens more often than it should.

<3, Bethany

< ---- One reason to move to a different writing place. That's my writing notebook, containing all my notes. Sigh. Silly kitty.