Category Archives: Writing thoughts

Do you sometimes write with no goal in mind?

Sometimes you need to write on something that will lead nowhere. It could be in a genre you haven’t written in, a topic or subject that gets you writing that can include a picture or word prompt. It gives you a break that could open the door to more opportunities as well.

NaNoWriMo has done that for me. I have won three times. One person told me if they did not lead to publication, what was the point? A valid point if that was my goal for NaNoWriMo.

Trying something new is less stressful if it leads to nothing and you are doing it just for the fun of it, to express yourself and enjoy.

NaNoWriMo has shown me that I can write in different genres. I can write a novel that is in 70-100k words and more. It has given me a new outlook on what I can do as a writer.

To me, that is worth the long hard month of getting NaNoWriMo completed. I know someone who structures it as Need To Write More November, which is a great goal if you are trying to complete an existing manuscript or getting in the habit of writing more.

If nothing else, writing with no intention of where it will go keeps me in a writing spirit that could lead to nothing or something.

Flowery descriptions: Are you a fan?

Do you love using flowery descriptions? Hmm, let me rephrase. Do you like flowery descriptions that go on page after page?

Count me as a resounding no. I know a few authors who love reading and writing in this format when it comes to descriptions. That is not me. I understand giving backstory, descriptive scenes, and the likes.

But what is the reason to give me over four to five pages of it? What happens is I will skim over it to make sure there is nothing that I need to know about the story. There are occasions I skip altogether.

I want the action, some action, heck, any action after reading about every aspect of a character’s clothing or household.

Maybe in some genres, this is how it works, but I don’t write in them.

Giving constructive criticism in a group setting, one has to balance telling the writer what works, does not work and make sure you don’t ruin what they feel is essential to their storyline.

I have heard some arguments why it is necessary. Granted, I have not agreed, but it is their story, and they will write it how they see fit.

But that is something you will never see in one of my books. If anyone happens to see it, please let me know. I must have been on a Pepsi withdrawal moment in my life where I was not thinking straight.

Revising: When does it ever end for your manuscript?

I always figured the hard part of being one was writing the book. I soon found out writing the book was one of the easiest parts of the journey.

Revising is a big part of getting one’s book in the best shape possible. If you don’t have all the ducks in a row the novel may not go very far.

But how many revisions and editing is too much? Can you go overboard and make it worse?

I get the fact that we want it as perfect as we can make it. But revision can take up a lot of one’s time. If you are fortunate to be part of a critique group or beta group, that can help you shave off some of that precious time.

But there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. I’ve done all I can do and move that manuscript forever. That is not easy to do. We want it to fly as well as possible. It may even come to a point where we become obsessive in our revisions and editing. I have been there a few times. It is not fun. LOL

But at the end of the day, we need to step back and evaluate how close we are to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all we can without ruining your story. Only you can decide when you are ready. Let’s hope you don’t keep your fans waiting so long they move on.