A Sneak Peek

I’ve been taking the time I haven’t been writing for my blog to focus on writing a novel I’ve been working on for a bit. I finally got my outline for it written so now all there is to do is write the damn thing. It’s been going slowly but I thought I would show you all a scene I’ve written and see what you all think. Next week I’ll introduce you to the characters and setting of the book and see if any of you have any suggestions on that. I don’t have a name for it yet so any suggestions on that would be appreciated as well.

So without further ado here’s a snippet:

“We gotta get out of here.” Cat grabbed her things and threw them into her suitcase, Audrey did the same. They gathered everything up as quickly as they could and headed out the door. The night was balmy with a slight mist in the air, the sky was as black as pitch. Before they could make it to the stairs Mr. Davies stopped them.

“Are you not enjoying your stay?” he asked, concerned.

“We just have something very important to attend to back home. I’m sorry to leave so early.” Cat tried to push past him.

“Surely it can wait until after the wedding? Your cousin would be devastated if you missed it.” He blocked the way, moving in front of Cat with every attempt.

“Please move, I don’t want to have to push you down the stairs.” Cat glared at him.

“Well if it’s that urgent,” he stood aside to let them pass. As they did he grabbed Audrey by the wrist, “I would warn you that trying to leave would be a mistake.” His eyes had no emotion in them at all. He held her wrist for a second longer then let her go. The girls ran for their car.

“What was that about?” Audrey asked as they sped out of the parking lot.

“I don’t know but it was so creepy. We should never have come back here.” She went well over the speed limit as she headed towards the highway. The winding roads seemed to stretch on forever. It was so dark. As they came around a bend Cat had to slam on her brakes. In front of them was a line of people blocking the road. They wore white cloaks with hoods pulled over their heads.

“What the fuck?” Audrey whispered.

“What are they doing?” Cat asked.

“Just turn around, find another way.” Audrey tapped on Cat to get her to go. Cat backed up at full speed and turned around at the first chance. They took a turn that would loop them around to the main road. When they had gotten about a mile down the road Cat was stopped again by another line of people in white cloaks. 

“What is going on?” Audrey half screamed.

“They don’t want us to leave…” Cat answered, finally understanding what Mr. Davies had said.

“Well fuck them! Run them over!” Audrey was becoming hysterical. Cat looked at her incedulously. Then came the sound. 

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Why I Haven’t Been Writing

It has been a tough time the past couple months. I have been so uninspired, so unmotivated in my writing and I just had to take some time away. I want to explain what has caused this feeling of not wanting to write.

First off, I have a lot going on in my personal life. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s just been harder to deal with recently. I don’t want to burden anyone with my issues because we all have them and mine are nothing special. I also don’t want to complain because there are lots of other people who have it worse than I do.

However, I’m just going to touch on a few things that I have been struggling with just so you all get an understanding of how I’m going to try to fix it all. Make sense? I hope so.

The biggest thing I’m most stressed about is money. Of course. As I’ve said before in a previous post I lost my job at the end of the year last year and I haven’t had one since. We were doing well on just my husband’s income for a while but now things are getting tight and I’m having to look for a job, which is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. It stresses me out. We are lucky to have family that helps us but there’s only so much they can do for us and I hate that they have to do that for us.

Aside from our financial troubles I have a small business that I am trying to grow and it is not growing quickly. That’s also frustrating because it could help so much if it would just take off but I understand these things take time. I’m just impatient.

The stress of these things of course are enough but I also think I have fallen into a rut with my blog. I think I figured out that there are a couple things I’m doing wrong.

1. I have a posting schedule. After reading my friend Tom’s post Why I Blog Once A Week I realized I needed to post less. I felt like I was constantly having to come up with post ideas and it was draining my creativity. I think I need to let go of the schedule. I think with the set days I feel like I have pressure to post something on those days and I find myself scrambling to get a post up sometimes and it’s not even a good one because I don’t put much effort into it, I just wanted to get something up. I think if I just started posting once a week I could put out more quality content.

2. I have a list of topics. I think topic ideas are great because sometimes you don’t know what to write about. But the list I have has dates attached to them, meaning that is what I have planned to write for that day. I think I was setting myself up for failure that way. By seeing that list I started to feel my creative juices drying up. I started this blog to talk about my writing progress and to share stories I’ve written or my opinion on a certain topic or book reviews. There’s a lot of stuff I’ve written lately that just hasn’t been about that and I’m bored. I think if I just keep that list for when I run out of things to write about and not make it what I will write about I’ll feel more inspired and spontaneous with my writing and it will be better and I’ll be happier with it.

I got so much good advice on my post about taking a break and I appreciate it so much. I think with the decision to post just once a week I’ll feel happier with my blog and it will mean more to me. (I still might throw a bonus post in there every now and then, if I feel compelled to do so.) Thank you all for the kind words, encouragement and understanding.

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New Series and What is Leaving

I have been going over my lists for blog posts and I have realized there are a few things I want to change. I know at the beginning of the year I told you guys about some new things I was adding to my blog so I thought I would do that again.

So a few things are staying like Toddlers Around Town, The New Thing I Tried This Month, Short Story of the Month and the Book Challenge/Book Reviews of the month. These posts are fun for me to do and I really enjoy doing them. I realize this month I wasn’t able to get a short story up but I’ve been pretty busy so I will have one up next month.

Series that I won’t be doing any more are the Dream Series, The Days of My Life and my Religion Series. All of these were fun while they lasted but I’m just not getting any enjoyment out of them anymore. I have one last Dream Series post going up next month but it will be the last for a while. I’m not saying they are going away forever but they will be gone for at least a while.

I do have some new series that I’m excited about. Hopefully you all will enjoy them. I’m going to have a monthly makeup post, I enjoy coming up with new looks and I want to get some good use out the eyeshadow I have. I have also noticed you all seem to enjoy them as well so hopefully I don’t disappoint you. I also want to try new makeup and give reviews on it. I’m also going to do a series on serial killers. Shocker, I know. It’s going to be called My Favorite Serial Killer and each month I will pick one to talk about. I’m kind of a psychology junkie so I’m planning to stick to that part of the discussion. I of course am not a licensed professional, I’m just going to discuss any research I find.

Well there you have it! I hope you’re excited about the new stuff to come. I sure am. I hope you all have a good week!

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My Writing Process

I might have done a post like this before but honestly I’m too lazy to check. Even if I have my process has changed a bit and I wanted to talk about it.

When it comes to blog posts I google or Pinterest ideas for topics. I have some ideas of what I want to do but to be honest, trying to come up with topics for posting three times a week (12 posts in a month) the well runs dry sometimes. I have found a lot of good topics and some I even tweak a little to fit me or my audience. I also keep a list and it evolves over time. When I finally sit down to write a post I either will talk about what is on my mind or I answer the question of the topic I found.

Finding new topics is a fun challenge though. It gets me thinking and it can sometimes change my perspective on something I thought I knew. For blog posts I don’t really have a set way of writing. I just write. I go back and change things as I go and when I’m done, I’m done. I try not to think too long about it or spend too much time writing it because this is something I do for fun. I want to keep it as easy as possible and feel like I have to over do it. The friendships I’ve made doing this has become more of a reason to keep doing this than trying to push information.

When it comes to writing short stories I of course do things differently. First I get inspiration for the story, whether it’s from another story I heard or a dream I have or if my imagination is in a particular, crazy mood. I take a tiny idea and push it around in my mind and see if anything comes of it. Then I start writing. I don’t ever know where it’ll go until I start writing. It develops on it’s own. I just write until I get a firm grasp on where it’s going then I go back and fix it to feel cohesive and functional.

When I write novels, which I’m still working on, I think a little harder on it. I get the idea and I outline. I have to have a clear outline. It’s not like writing a short story where it can just go where it wants. I have to keep a guideline or the story can get away from me. I go one stage at a time. I try to go in order because again, the story will get away from me if I don’t. Sometimes I have to take a break and write a scene for the middle or the end. It helps to give me ideas when I feel stuck. I have a novel that I’ve been working on for a couple years now and it’s taking a while because I procrastinate something horrible. Hopefully I can get back on it soon.

I hope this post gave you some insight to how I do what I do. For the writers out there: what is your writing process? How do you stay motivated and get the writing done?

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