And tentatively…

I think I have my mojo back.

I used to be able to write thousands of words in a day but recently I’ve experienced a bit of a slump in my writing. So, at first I wanted to throw in the towel and declare myself bust, but then, with the encouragement of Aheila from the Writeahoclic’s blog and my own nagging persistence, I dragged myself into a series of self imposed goals. They weren’t terribly hard to reach, but they weren’t for the faint hearted either.

Now, I’m not someone who likes to blow the horn prematurely, but I think, I suspect, I hope that I might’ve dragged myself out of the slump. This morning, in an hour’s session, I sat down and wrote 1700 words. They just came out of nowhere with snappy dialogue, some irritated characters and a love for the story which I was writing it in. And I can tell you, when I looked at my word count, I felt good. I felt great actually because I felt as if I had once again proven to myself that I can do it.

But, it did bring home a few things that I listed earlier and that is that writing is a discipline. That you need to sit down and practice what you do. With NaNoWriMo around the corner I can’t help but feel that it’s very important for people to start practicing. They don’t need to type out 1667 words a day – but they should maybe think of doing at least 1000. Like jogging, you need to be writing fit to do it well.

And, I realized it’s very important to write with characters that you like, even if nobody else does. Love your story, love your words. They are yours and nobody else’s. Something I realized when I was younger was that if didn’t write my stories, if didn’t put my characters to paper, nobody else will. Because they are mine, and if I wanted other people to learn to love them as much as I did, I had to tell people about them. And I could only do that by writing.

10 thoughts on “And tentatively…

  1. itslisa September 28, 2010 / 7:11 pm

    “And, I realized it’s very important to write with characters that you like, even if nobody else does. Love your story, love your words.”

    What great advice! And good timing, too, as I was just told one of my characters is just unlikable (which was my goal, as I felt she needed to be and I like her that way) but the way my beta reader sounded made me think perhaps I should try and soften her a little.

    • Alyssa September 28, 2010 / 7:44 pm

      Hello Lisa and welcome!
      Characters are interesting things, and what is important is to always remember that they should be well rounded. I had a character in a story of mine which started out unlikable (and I planned her that way and loved her for it) and then, I revealed one key aspect in her life to my readers and just like that – the tables were turned and people saw in her what I did. 🙂 I loved it.
      So, remember to – perhaps like a puzzle, keep key pieces to yourself and then finally, reveal them as needed. 😉
      Thank you for stopping by!


  2. spiderwolve September 29, 2010 / 3:46 am

    Practice is a good idea!

    Which reminds me there’s a Halloween story contest going on with a podcast I listen to, that could be helpful in practicing.

    I can link it to you if you want 🙂

    • Alyssa September 29, 2010 / 9:08 pm

      Sure! I am busy with my WIP’s at the moment but I know of a few people who would love the challenge. I should also point you towards our Nasty Pages. We’;re trying to host month long themed writing challenges. So far, we’ve had NaStySuMo and NaStyRoMo.

      Pass on the link, 😉 I’ll give it a look. Thank you for coming back!

  3. Aheïla September 29, 2010 / 4:50 am

    Hey there writing buddy!
    I am neck-deep in editing these days so I hardly get any new word out there (except when it comes to creativity tips on my blog).
    All I have to say is if it’s important to love your characters and story while you are writing it, it is even more true when you edit your 100k to perfection (or for the hundreth time, whichever comes first). 😉
    Keep the words acoming, darling!

    • Alyssa September 29, 2010 / 9:05 pm

      Editing is the backbone of words. It’s a necesary evil. Good luck. Keep it up, you’ll reach the end.
      Eventually. 😉
      I’m cheering for you with Pom Poms on this side.

    • Alyssa September 29, 2010 / 9:04 pm

      😉 thank you!

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