Today’s post in the Buccaneer Blogfest challenge is to write about what we are reading at the moment. To tell you the truth – I haven’t had much time to actually read much, but I have been working on reading the first Hunger Games book! I haven’t quite decided if I love it yet.
1. Who here has read “The Hunger Games”?
2. Did you like it? Why or why not?
July 23rd – Buccaneer Blogfest : I will be posting about the last three books I’ve read?
July 24th – I will be posting about inspiration and the blue mountains, New South Wales.
July 25th – Buccaneer Blogfest : I’ll give you my best of the best list. My top five favorite books of all time?
July 27th – Buccaneer Blogfest : I will be reviewing the “Hunger Games” book one today. Be sure to make it back for the review.
Weekend I will be having a blog break because my sister will be leaving Brisbane on the 29th. But I will be back with you all on Monday with more.
“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” -Ernest Hemingway
Today was the first day of my writing challenge. And I can imagine you all want to know how it went? I woke up at 5am. Yes, I actually did it. Spent a little while checking emails and updates and then I went straight to work. Outside my window the sky was a dark blue colour – definitely a twilight colour. I find something very magical and intriguing about the dark blue sky. I wrote 2,209 words all before 7:30am. When I saw how fast the words were appearing on the page, I realized that this baby wants to get written. :) Which I am so excited about.
Some pointers for Devin’s Writing Routine Exercise
- Stop writing when you know what will happen next – Ernest Hemmingway once said that he stops writing when he knows where he will start up the next day. I have been trying this the last few times I have been writing and it works rather well. You should try it, if you haven’t yet! :) I am excited for my next 5am morning start on Monday and who knows maybe I can get out more than 2,000 words then.
- Plot is Purdy Important – Plot has always confused me because some people argue whether their stories are character driven or plot driven. If I would have to choose which one, I think I would be a character drives the story sort of writer. But with this story I have been plotting out ahead of time what I am going to write. What about you? Do you write character driven or plot driven stories? In the picture you will be able to see that I am plotting with post it notes. It’s kind of a nice little break away from the computer/notebook. I write with the word processing program Scrivener and it is also a very, VERY, VERRRRY great program for plotting, character development, and writing your actual novel. I don’t really use Microsoft Word anymore. Many other famous writers use Scrivener now too. If you haven’t checked out Scrivener, do so! I promise it will make a difference in your writing time and organization. (There is a 30-day trial on the website.)
I decided to use post-it-notes and my open bare wall for plotting. A nice way to get away from the computer and still work on your book plot. I know that some other people use index cards.
- Colour– use some colour, it will help your senses and creativity flow. Colour coding topics, characters and much more always helps me keep things straight. :)
I believe that colour really helps you while being creative. So, when writing why not write in colour. Colour code certain topics, themes, or characters to find them easier! :)
Colour Coding… :)
Here is an example of the colour coding and the post-it-note plotting.
I will be sure to post more hints and ideas next week when I post the next Devin’s Writing Routine Exercise Day 2 turn out on Monday. :)
There was a part this morning where I was so engrossed in my story; I was writing about an owl and i was in a dark forest at night. Then all of a sudden there was a noise near my window on the clothes line. It was a black crow… he fell off the clothes-line or something. Weird bird, but he gave me a fright. A bit later a bush turkey strolled on by on the fence separating the houses. A bush turkey? I couldn’t believe it. I usually see cats walking on the fence, but a bush turkey? Since, I am telling you a little bit about my neighborhood birds I may as well also throw in that there was another crow on the roof of the house next door and it was carrying a piece of bread – like a full piece. These strange birds. Haha… but yes, that was random. It all started with me getting scared because of a noise and what I was writing.
Have any of you ever scared yourselves, when writing? Has it ever made you jump?