Today’s writing-in-progress post is more of a status and personal update, guys, rather than an announcement of anything new… I know I know… It’s a bit unfortunate, but I don’t have many new things going on despite (likely because of, actually) the fact that I feel like my entire life has gone through the washing machine. I feel like Emperor Kuzko in The Emperor’s New Groove.
I have to admit that I haven’t gotten much farther in my writing since the last update, besides the fact that I’m steadily continuing with my second draft rewrites, and I’m planning (or attempting to plan!) a few more series in the fantasy genre.
On the Brightside, these rewrites are much less… painful… than I thought they would be. I had a very clear idea of what kind of story I needed to write when I started out, so I’m pretty happy with how the first draft looks. But a lot of scenes need to be redone and whole character arcs need to be fleshed out (those pesky characters and their real-ness). I started outlining the second novel (it’ll be a duology!), which made me realize that some foreshadowing/arcs need to be completed before I can get started writing the next story.
I BARELY started a new story, a bit of a fairy tale retelling, and it’s SO MUCH different than my other stories. It’s super stylistic and, honestly, I love how it’s started. It transports you into the story and is kind of eerie. Otherworldly. Fey-touched. I just have to outline it lol I know where it’s going, but I want to make it more substantial and throw a few twists in there that would make the story my own.
Also, what do you guys think about a serial fantasy retelling on the blog? Like, monthly new stories that pull from nursery rhymes and the like? It could be fun, I think 🙂 it’s just an idea I was tossing around in my head. Just another thing I’d like to do and share with you all lol
The reason why my writing progress has been so slow is because I think I’ve just gone through a quarter life crisis of sorts. My job, my future, my life in general… all of it felt as if I was missing something crucial. I felt as if I was suspended over my body and looking down for a sign of a path, but it had disappeared beneath my feet.
Not only did I feel as if I wasn’t grounded, but I also felt lost. I felt disconnected from everything- from my writing, the people I love, my future- it was quite taxing to experience on my own. I feel better now- it took time and reaching out to friends and family- but I came out of it knowing, more than ever, that I’m on the right path and I’m supposed to be a writer. That is my goal, it is what I am. So the crisis just kind of solidified my intentions and made me even more determined than ever. You should see my list of to-be-written-stories lol I’ve been reading a lot lately which helped me get through it and also discover more types of stories I want to write. I finally found some characters I identify with, and I realized it took me 29 years to find characters I can relate to.
I want to make sure that doesn’t happen to other readers. A lot of these “snack books” out there have the same typical, sassy main character that honestly isn’t relatable (it’s desirable, but that’s totally different). It’s my goal to write characters that misfits and outsiders can see themselves in, regardless of their gender, skin color, or age. It’s a feeling I want to convey and a connection I want to build with others. We are not alone, and my little quarter-life crisis re-instilled that fact in me. It solidified that that is the intention I want in my writing.
I hope this finds you well, readers. And just know that if you go through anything similarly, please reach out. Sometimes having a sounding board or a different person’s opinion can open your eyes to something that wasn’t there before or something you lost sight of. Like a light. Or a path.