It turns out that I’ve gotten really bad at writing my blog. I’m going to go ahead and blame it on my not using my agenda. I don’t think I wrote anything in it for this week, and last week was a half job. Oh well. I’ll get back to it. With finishing the plot for book two, I’m re-invigorated to work on the story. Which means that maybe I’ll start actively using my agenda again.
In any case, I did start on the third book today. I’ve had a few pages written for a while, but they’re nothing fancy and not set in stone. So I don’t really count those as real pages. I should probably read them over first, just to make sure, but I’ll get to that. In any case, I hand wrote about three pages today, it wasn’t a lot, but it fixed some of the issues with the end of the second book, so that’s good. It makes more sense now, and the reason that I’m plotting everything out in advance is so that everything will make sense. Because I haven’t really planned out book three, it’s wide open, and that means that I have a whole bunch of planning and plotting to do. And I’m not really sure where I’m going. I mean, I know what I want to happen and where I want it all to end, but the little parts in between are questionable. That’s fine, though. I’ll get there. I think there’s a few things that I need to put into book two to make things work in the third book, but that’s fine. I’m like super positive and zen-like. It’s just all gonna work out, I’m sure.
After weeks of slogging away and procrastinating like the best of them, I finally have a reason to celebrate. And not a small reason, but a HUGE reason. I finished writing out the plot for book two of my trilogy! It’s so exciting! Especially because that book has some of the harder parts of the plot that I had to work out. It’s definitely not perfect, and I’ll obviously have to revise it, but I am so happy with the way it turned out. I think it’s got good pacing and exciting things that happen, but most of all, it has a good ending. I’m a fan of that.
And now, here’s so issues that I know off the top of my head. The document for book two is almost 10,000 words and about fifteen pages. I would say that it’s quite detailed. I would say that it’s the right amount of detailed. Granted, there is something that I need to add to it, that isn’t super important in book two, but that starts to come up a lot more in book three. Now, let’s compare that to the document for book one. It’s eight pages and just over 4,000 words. I can’t remember when I wrote it, but I do know that it is not nearly detailed enough. But this is why I’m plotting everything out right now.
Next step is book three.
Book three is the one that I am most concerned about. All along, I’ve wondered if I have enough story to do a trilogy. This is part of the reason that I’m trying to flush everything out right now. Right now, all I have is three notebook pages of scribbles, which is not going to be enough, obviously. I have to make sure that book two flushes out a few things to round out book three. If I can manage that, then I think it will all work out find. However, I do have a contingency plan. If I don’t have enough to write a full third book, I will just re-examine what I have and shuffle it all to be two books.
BUT! I’m going to ignore that all right now and just focus on how awesome it is that I completed this step!
I tried to get to sleep early last night, but it was too hot. It was not happening. There was a lot of tossing and turning, pulling blankets off and putting them back on. I always have to sleep with some sort of covering on, so it’s terrible for me when it’s hot. I did finally get to sleep, but it was about three hours after I intended to. Which, when you have to work in the morning is not fun. But, I woke up when I was supposed to and all that jazz, so that was a good thing.
I think I need to try to get on to a sleep schedule here soon, though. I know I keep saying it, and I’m overly conflicted about it all the time. But I need to do something. In about a week, I’ll be dog/cat/house sitting for three weeks and that should do something to my sleep schedule. I hope that it will fix it, but it might make it worse. Because it’ll just be me and my little cousin. My little cousin who definitely doesn’t need me to take care of her. She is old enough, is what I am saying. She’ll be sleeping in like me, too, if I chose to sleep in. So maybe that won’t help me at all. We’ll see. I am hoping to use the time to write more. Petting a dog and writing all the time. Yes. But until then, I’ll pretend that I’m going to go to sleep right now.
Today I woke up and I didn’t feel like I immediately need to go back to sleep. That’s progress in my books. Lately I’ve just been so fatigued on a daily basis. I wake up and I’m tired. I go about the day and I’m tired. I try to go to sleep at night and then I’m not tired. Alas. But today was a good day. I woke up refreshed and I had so much energy for the entire day. Awwwww yeah.
Did I get any writing done? Nope! I definitely did not. Am I working tomorrow, which means that I can’t devote the whole day to writing? Yep! But I have hope for the rest of the week. I mean, I always do. If I didn’t have hope, then what’s the point? I haven’t set up my planner for the week yet. I don’t know if I will. I did almost nothing from last week, so I think I might just go through that and start crossing things off of that list.
I spent a useful three hours of my life yesterday texting with a friend. I’m saying useful in a very sarcastic way. I enjoyed it, that’s for sure, but I likely could have been writing during that time. It did, however, motivate me to write a bit last night. And more importantly, it made me feel like I was on the right path, and that’s always nice. I wouldn’t say I need validation, but it’s nice to have someone let me know that maybe I’m not that crazy.
Last year, I started taking online writing classes. They were video game writing classes to be specific, and the best thing about that was that I was able to get advice and constructive criticism from someone who has been writing for a long time and who has worked in a creative field. It was nice. Prior to that, I had only really had friends take a look at my stuff and it was hard to tell if they were being complimentary because they were my friend or because they actually thought it was good. So it was nice. I’ve been thinking about taking another course sometime soon, but I’m a bit torn on that because it does take up quite a bit of time and I think my time would be better suited to writing my story. The thing about the classes is that I can’t always use what I’m working on in the class. Oh well. I think it’s just the time of year where I get to miss going back to school. I just like learning and stuff!
In the interest of being honest, I’m pretty sure that this week is just going to be a complete write off. Yes, I did accomplish some stuff yesterday, but not so much today. And by “not so much”, I mean none. All I did was eat and nap. Well, maybe it wasn’t that bad. Out of the twelve things that I had written down today, I did manage to do five. Well, writing this blog counts as number five. I’m not going to be mad about it, and I’m also going to try not to be anxious about it. I might not have as much luck with that, but we’ll see what we can do.
I think, deep down, I am panicking a little bit about the whole writing thing. Not about actually writing, but about the part where I’m getting close to only having the book plots and writing the actual books. And that feels scary because it’s been a while since I actually sat down and wrote. Today, in between napping and sleeping, I started to panic about what point of view to write it in. I’ve been feeling that it should be in first person this whole time, but then again, third person would help to explain more of the story. I guess I have to figure out how much I want to reveal at what points in the story. Even if I go for first person, I think I can work in the things I need to make known at a later date. I’ve definitely got time to figure it out, but it’s also something that I need to keep in the back of my head. But for now, I’m just going to take a breath, step back, and try not to panic about anything.
If it seems like I haven’t been writing a for a few days, I think that’s because I haven’t been. I think Saturday was the last day that I actually tried to sit down and write. But I barely put any words to paper. And since then, I haven’t even tried to write anything else. But it’s been a good adventure if nothing else. I think I over did it at the lake yesterday, because my body is sore. So sore. Over the course of the day, it’s gotten a little bit better. I had a nap, too, and that was necessary and it felt good. I don’t have any plans tomorrow that require me to leave the house, so I think I’m going to use my second wind from that earlier nap to get some writing done. I also had something thrown on to my Thursday, which I was not expecting, so I’m going to try to get a lot done tonight and tomorrow that I was planning on getting done on Thursday. It’s going to require either working hard, or accepting that some things will be pushed to later days. I think I’m going to try the hustle. Hilariously, I put a planner sticker on Thursday that says “HUSTLE”, and now it’s become a day where I probably won’t get much done. Alas! Life changes and being flexible is key.
In good news, I figured that today would be a bit of a wash, so I only scheduled myself to do three things. I want to go through all my settings, which was a smart choice because I only have eight settings as opposed to fifteen characters. Then I want to glance through the book one timeline, and keep on writing the book two plot. So hopefully I can get through all that. It’s only 11pm, so I think I have a chance.
I took an actual day off today! I went to the lake for most of the day and just relaxed with family. It was amazing. After having those couple of days with all the stress, looming anxiety, working hard, and not taking time to myself, this was much needed. I packed my notebooks with me, but I didn’t even open them, and that was the right call. I feel much more rejuvenated. The only downside from the day was that I burnt my back. Oops! C’est la vie, though. The only productive thing I did today was set up my planner for the week. Because even though I took a few days off, I still want to have a productive week.
I honestly have no more content to add here. I’m off to sleep!