Starting To Feel Like A Real Writer! #AmWriting

We’re back from our little family break.

I vowed that I wouldn’t think about my writing for the few days we were away, and I didn’t… well, not technically!

Yes, I did venture into my reader… yes, I did draft a couple of posts… yes, I did manage to take part in the challenges I like to participate in, a few days later, but I did it.

But I didn’t open my WIP.

I was tempted.

I guess the urge was there, having picked up a real momentum last week, but I didn’t want to rush the end.

Having spent so long getting it to this stage, I didn’t want to mess things up!

#AmWriting

I’ve mentioned this before, but as a blogger, I am truly a pantser! And somewhat the same when writing 80,000-word stories so it would seem!

I tend to write posts about what comes into my mind at that time, and not think too much.

With my story, it was the same. I mean I had a skeleton idea when the WIP was born, eighteen years ago, but that was it.

I managed to write brief character profiles for a couple of the main protagonists as well, around fourteen years ago, but that was it.

Last summer, I stepped totally out of my comfort zone.

I actually planned the whole thing. From start to finish!

 

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I created a storyboard and everything!

 

And that is how I write too. I can’t jump from chapter to chapter, write the middle first, then add a preceding scene before bouncing to the end, then back again.

I need to go from the beginning of where a story starts, and build upon it, to a suitable end.

I am but a mere couple of chapters away from finishing this epic first draft, and I decided to take advantage of a bit of free time today, once we arrived home.

And I wrote.

Just a few hundred words, but it was something quite key to the ending.

Until I had a mental block.

Things weren’t flowing.

So I stopped, intent on starting up again properly, tomorrow.

Then, sitting here, my mind started to turn… how about I move that bit to there, and add this bit here, to make that scene lead into this one…

And then I got it.

That feeling.

Look at me, thinking about storylines and flowing…

Dang, maybe I really am a writer, instead of just a blogger who waffles on!

Onwards and upwards Peeps!

Here’s hoping I can finish this first draft by the end of the week… Now that would really be epic!

75 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mayur
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 17:24:29

    Congratulations

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  2. Eric Klingenberg
    Apr 11, 2018 @ 08:44:25

    It’s a great feeling finishing that first draft. Then all the hard work begins!

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  3. Erika Kind
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 18:36:23

    Oh, I remember when I was about to finish my first book. I was editing here, adding there, changing, modifying… at one point, I needed to say: That’s it! And all that comes to my mind now will be stuff for the next book. Wishing you much joy during the birth process of your novella, sis.

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  4. Judy E Martin
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 17:55:51

    Keep going Sis, you have come along so much in such a short time, and are most definitely a writer! You are nearly at the end now and that in itself is a fantastic achievement. Well done! xxx

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  5. robbiesinspiration
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 16:26:31

    I hope you do finish it this week, Ritu. It will at least be done and then you can get critiques and work on those during the next holiday. It is good planning.

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  6. sidrawritez
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 16:23:01

    Hello!
    I’ve also been inspired by your storyboard and general attitude! Well done Ritu! Keep up the momentum xx

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  7. fancypaperblog
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 16:22:41

    Inspired by you Ritu xx genuinely

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  8. josypheen
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 16:18:51

    Wow Ritu! You are totally a writer! I am so impressed by the storyboard and your determination. You’ll get there, and you have a large fan base already! πŸ™‚

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  9. Thelma Alberts
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 16:02:55

    I like that writing/plan board of yours. You are well organized. Good luck with your book.

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  10. Claire Wong
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 15:21:21

    Love the story board layout Ritu, beautifully organised for all your ideas!

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    • Ritu
      Apr 10, 2018 @ 15:37:11

      Thanks Claire! It definitely helped me. I filled in the timelines and attached photos too… and best thing… when I finish I can wipe it all off and start planning the next book lol!!!

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  11. April Munday
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 06:52:45

    The end of the beginning is nigh. Well done.

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  12. Aimer Boyz
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 03:57:38

    A story board? I’m so impressed. There is no way I could do that πŸ™‚
    Full speed ahead and good luck with the last few chapters πŸ™‚

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  13. syl65
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 01:00:39

    A lot of your blogily are cheering you on at the finish line Sister!!

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  14. Micki Allen
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 23:49:39

    Yay! Keep on keepin’ on, Girlfriend! xox

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  15. Simon
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:47:26

    I hope you get it done! I have to say I think I need to plan out my story to get it written. I’m more than a bit useless, Sacha will scold me. 😲

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  16. manyofus1980
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:46:10

    you can do it! you are a wonderful writer! heres hoping you finish it this week! ❀

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  17. A.
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:45:36

    all the best.πŸ’œ

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  18. willowdot21
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:39:38

    You can do do this Sis πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  19. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:34:50

    You got this!

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  20. Craig Kimbrough Positive Guru
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:31:39

    Hello Ritu. I like your posts. Now having said that I believe that as long as you are writing, you are a writer. I especially believe that the more you are able to express how you think and feel in some sort of way in your writing, then you are truly a great writer. No matter how far it goes of how we are recognized after these things are all secondary, in my opinion. Peace and Blessings

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    • Ritu
      Apr 10, 2018 @ 08:48:17

      Thank you for your words Craig!
      I know what you mean… I’ve been ‘writing’ for a long time, but I guess this is my journey as an author, which feels like a writer of a different calibre!!!

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  21. Grateful Single Mom
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:27:21

    How exciting for you! I’ve just recently had this:

    “And then I got it.
    That feeling.”

    It’s AMAZING! 😁

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  22. Gary
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:00:23

    Well, in my humble opinion, you’re sure sounding like one now Ritu! Story board indeed πŸ˜‚

    Hope your break was good and do you think it might get finished before school starts again?

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    • Ritu
      Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:07:02

      I know Gary, get me! Lol!
      The break was just that, time away from home, and now we’re back to the grindstone of usual life (sans school).
      I am really hoping that I can do it. Only a couple of chapters really, but they are key ones, so I don’t want to rush them!
      Fingers crossed!!

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      • Gary
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 03:24:28

        Just think, after was it 18 years as an idea it’s all hanging now on a few chapters. So close it’s touchable.

        I think one chapter would be good if you want to ensure it’s right. Mind you, first draft is bones of story. Editing will polish it better. You can do it Ritu #GaTu

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      • Ritu
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 08:52:56

        I’m definitely an edit as I go person, so hope a lot of little niggles have been caught already. I’ll finish it (hopefully!) then put it to bed for a short while, before totally re-reading it, then the next journey will commence!!!!
        Thank you so much Gary!
        #GaTu

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      • Gary
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 10:57:31

        Lol, not something I do…if I hit a zone it just can’t do with being interrupted. I have tried that way, but you know how it is….do what works for you!

        Either which way, it’s still a brilliant achievement! Proper proud of you #GaTu

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      • Ritu
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 11:34:25

        Still not on it yet today… trying to get the kids on board… it arguing.. . Wanting to go out… so I can concentrate!

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      • Gary
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 12:31:52

        My advice here is don’t force it if life demands are not compliant. It gets you frustrated and tetchy. 18 years is worth a tiny wait now to ensure the momentum desire doesn’t muck it up lol

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      • Ritu
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 12:43:33

        True! Still… on it now! Got 600 words done so far!

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      • Gary
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 14:18:21

        Lol, well that’s 600 less to go! PMA in action. I can feel the excitement from here though. Heck of a journey Ritu

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      • Ritu
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 14:46:00

        I’ve signed off at over 80,000 words… that is an achievement in itself lol! Might get back to it later… or else tomorrow!

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      • Gary
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 15:49:31

        A good target, they say for first novels between 60 and 90k is the publishers preference…. if the trad route is the ambition πŸ€”

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      • Ritu
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 15:52:52

        Hmmm! I may just fit that !

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      • Gary
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 18:19:31

        Lol, don’t worry King says final draft = first draft – 20% #editing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      • Ritu
        Apr 10, 2018 @ 18:32:56

        Aw the pain!!!!!! πŸ˜‚

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