I feel as though I’m moving house. My emotions are many.
Goodbye Writing In Whispers – because of you, because of everyone who read, liked and commented, I am now a stronger more confident writer.
The new site is QtheWords. Check it out today!!! Comment, like, let me know what you think and how I could improve it. Also thinking of having guest posts i.e. stories, poetry etc, but not quite sure how that would work yet.
See you on the other site.
Believe it or not, this blog is now a year old!!!
It is my blogaversary and it is truly incredible.
I named this blog Writing In Whispers because prior to this blog, I had been keeping mum about my work – I didn’t show anyone my fiction, was ashamed of my poetry book collection, had never completed a novel, was afraid of saying I was a writer out loud, was always second-guessing my talents and so on. But as I said at the beginning of this blog, I was done with this life. I was also a failure at blogging – I lacked the consistency. Yet here I am, one full year later, still happy and still proud of my blog.
100,000 words done!
100,086 words to be exact.
I am more relieved than anything. I was starting to get a bit antsy. I wanted to move on to the ‘make the story make sense’ stage.
So what have I learnt about writing a 100,000 word fantasy tale…
1) You gotta gotta know your world – My characters move around quite a bit, and a map would have helped the writer alot. Heck, the people in the novel knew the world better than I did; and kudos to them for that, cuz even the names of villages would change without warning.
There is a little voice in my head trying to tell me not to write this post.
“You should have finished this story in January,” it says “You’re not even done yet, what on earth are you celebrating?”
Well voice and all ye cynics out there.
I’m celebrating because:
70k is an achievement, dammit!
70k is my sweat and blood. 70k is nights and days of typing and typing even when the words would not come. 70k is 70% done. 70k is other people’s complete novel. 70k is more than I have EVER done before. 70k is exercise when all I want to do is sleep. 70k is discipline. 70k is faith.
Here’s to 70,000 words.
I have never been one to write testimonies down. There isn’t any particular reason for this, I just hadn’t thought of it.
But now it seems like the wise thing to do. Sometimes we forget to be grateful – grateful for our hot meals, grateful for our shelter, grateful for our good health, grateful for the love we have around us etc. We remember to complain or to feel sorry for ourselves but often enough we don’t look back to see how far we have come.
I think having something written down, a record of sorts, would help to remember the obstacles overcome, the miraculous that took place, and the distance traveled.
I can’t believe I actually did it! 50,000 words in one month!
Now I’m not trying to make those who didn’t make it feel bad (and honestly, there is still time), but I can’t contain my excitement. I was really starting to freak out!
When my laptop broke down on me (thank goodness for hard drives); I moved to my surface. When my surface died (I lost the charger); I moved to my sister’s laptop. And when that wasn’t available, I used my phone. I even had a brief pen and paper stint (I don’t talk about those times)
So I’m 40,000 words in and I have 10,000 words left to conquer; and I am freaking out.
My day today is full, when will I find time to write? And I only have today, tomorrow and the day after.
10,000 words. It’s not so bad. Right?
Dear readers and writers, if you have any tips, any tips at all as to how to reach 10,000 words; I am all ears.