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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Will a bit of accountability help?
I used to write fiction very seriously, aiming for publication. I also did a diploma in creative writing. However, after a few years of writing no fiction at all, I want to get back to writing just for my own enjoyment. I've joined a writers' guild on Habitica and I'm going to try posting about progress in the hope that a bit of public accountability will help me finish the various novels that I started.

Writing goals for the next few weeks: My overall goal is to finish the series of fantasy novels I've been writing on and off for far too many years. So, the first step is to sort out the very messy first draft of book 1. It is such a mess that I'm going to print out what I've got so far and write scene summaries, then try to get the story into shape. It's more or less all there, but things took a couple of wrong turns about one third of the way in and that needs smoothing out. My target for getting a coherent story outline will be mid-June.

Current Mood: determined determined

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: April 26th, 2018 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
cheering you on!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 27th, 2018 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll need it! Progress so far is buying a new fountain pen -- only £3 and free postage from China! And today I bought two bottles of ink. The MS is in such a mess that I'm going to handwrite scene/chapter summaries to create a coherent outline and then rewrite as necessary so I have a draft that follows the now coherent story.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: April 27th, 2018 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Inspirational! Please share your progress!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 27th, 2018 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I will. I used to blog about writing quite a lot, but as I haven't written any fiction for a few years, I'd slipped into just posting photos and Where I Went On My Last Walk posts. It's time to talk about writing again.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: April 28th, 2018 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to it! (Although I do enjoy the photos, of course.) The fantasy authors whom I'd been following on LJ have all left, so it will be fun to read about your progress.
karinfromnosund From: karinfromnosund Date: April 27th, 2018 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you mind if I join you? In a "seeing that somebody else makes progress might help my own" way (it has worked before).

I can't get serious about it until mid-May, but before then I should try to make up my mind about what to write....
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 28th, 2018 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really miss the old days of rasfc. I've never really found anywhere like it since, though there used to be a lot of writers posting progress reports here on LJ. They've all moved on now, to Facebook, I assume, and though I follow a few of them on there, they don't do the update and musing about writing posts any more.

But yes, if even just a couple of us start posting progress notes it might help with motivation.
karinfromnosund From: karinfromnosund Date: April 29th, 2018 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I miss rasfc too... You can't really make that interesting a mix of people -- it has to happen.
lab_jazz From: lab_jazz Date: April 28th, 2018 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
wow, that's pretty impressive!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 28th, 2018 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to be really serious about writing and over the years I sold a few short stories and even had an agent for my novel, but in the end the novel didn't sell. I gave up writing for a while, but I've decided that I'll just do it for me, as mental exercise, much as one might do crosswords or sudoku. If it works, I'll self-publish on Lulu, just so I can put an actual book on my bookshelf as proof of all the hard work!
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