Monday, 30 January 2012

Satisfaction takes time

Before I get onto the real topic of today, I just want to point you in the direction of another blogfest I signed up to! Yes, it may be the start of an addiction! This one is all about kissing scenes, and is especially for Valentine's Day. Should be fun!

Now, onwards with a progress update!

For the longest time, I have been battling with the opening chapter of my WIP, and it has been a really stressful time. The reason it has been so tough is that I originally write this story - or the bones of it - when I was 14. Back then, I writing, but very unpolished and my ideas about relationships came from a very innocent perspective.

I started to work on it again around ten years later, and realised that it needed a LOT of work. At 24, I had some experience behind me, and could look at everything I'd written from an adult's perspective. Some of what I already had was better than I thought, but much of it was worse. I developed new ideas, explored the characters further and it began to take shape.

Life got in the way again, and although I have occasionally tapped away at it, I started to think it was destined to live inside my computer, unfinished.

At the start of this year, it occurred to me that I was wasting a lot of time. I have my freelance work to do during the day, but my evenings and weekends were spent lost inside Sims 3 (shush, I love that game!). Don't get me wrong, I do have friends and go outside the house too, but mostly, I felt that I had wasted precious hours I could have used to do something creative.

I always felt like my WIP would be the one piece of work that actually stands a chance of getting published, but that  - obviously - wouldn't happen if I didn't finish it. One of the biggest challenges in my way was the mess that used to be my first chapter. We all know that if the first few pages doesn't engage the reader, they are unlikely to keep turning the pages, and mine wasn't engaging at all. In the past, it seemed as though it wasn't possible to fix it, but all it really needed was patience and determination.

It took me more than a week to be happy with the first four pages - and that is shockingly slow - but even though it did take a long time, it was totally worth it so I can say that I am finally happy with my opener. I can't say that it is 100% perfect, but it is definitely a million times more interesting than it used to be!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

My first blogfest! Join us?

Okay peeps, it's time to get this blog moving and get involved in a blogfest!

My friend, Clare told me all about this one! Cassie Mae at Reading, Writing and Loving It is hosting an awesome fest named "I'm Hearing Voices!" Don't worry, its nothing weird! What it is, is a blogfest about getting to really know your characters. There are some fab prizes involved, so please follow the link above and get involved!

I know this is a quick post, and I won't normally blog at the weekend, but to be involved, I needed to post before the end of tomorrow! :p

Hope to see you there! 

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Writer's Bubble

Chances are, if you clicked on this based on the title, you already know what I mean by a Writer's Bubble. When I used to work hard on fiction, I found myself being surrounded by a little bubble of concentration. Nothing could burst it because I was so engrossed in the world I was creating on paper (obviously in the days before my trusty laptop came along!). It was a nice place to be, but at the same time, it was always a little isolating.

Cut to the present day, when I have been working hard on my "novel" again. I had actually forgotten about The Bubble. But today I realised that, in the times I have stepped away from the computer, I have still been in my own world, like a fiction trance. I only shook myself out of it a moment ago because, I was just finishing my lunch, and for unknown reasons, I threw my fork in the bin.

So, either it is because of The Bubble, or I am losing my mind! I prefer the first option. :D

Do you often find yourself trapped inside The Bubble? And have you ever done anything silly/strange/amusing because of it?

Thursday, 26 January 2012


My working day consists of getting up, sitting down and writing articles. Mostly, I get paid to write entertainment news which I absolutely love! I also do travel, TV and the occasional dating article (though I worked tirelessly on dating articles last year and have run out of experiences to share lol!)

After my day is over, I get to work on my novel. If I class it as a hobby, it might not get done. The truth is, it's work of a different kind. It's work I adore, because I set the rules and I know the characters I am writing about. Lately, I am finding myself drawn more and more to fiction, and not wanting to focus on the day job. That would be fine, but I have to support myself, and bills need to be paid.It's hard to stay on task when all I want to do is drift off into my little chick-lit world and expand on the lives of my characters. Today, I am finding it particularly tough!

I'm happy with what I have. Writing is what I love and I know I'm lucky to be able to do it every day. I just wish there were a couple more hours in the day to fit everything in that needs to be done.

How do you stay on task when you need to do something other than writing?

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

I'm gonna be honest....

....and say that this writing journey is going to be tough. I recently read a blog post (forgive me for not remembering where, if you see this and it was you, please let me know so I can credit you!) in which the writer of the blog was asked to talk to someone about writing a book. Basically, the person who called didn't really want help exactly, what she wanted was a free pass to agents, publishers etc.

I have never been the type to want a free pass - I like to work my ass off to achieve.  However, I did understand the feelings of the person seeking advice, only to completely dismiss it because, obviously, she knew better. In the past, I have felt like I didn't need advice from others. Mistakes were passed off as being "my style," but really, they were just mistakes. Granted, most of these dismissals happened in my youth, and I am only just now getting back to fiction writing. But I was definitely guilty of biting (off!) the hand that was trying to feed me.

I read a reasonable amount of fiction, and I have been scavenging through writing blogs like a crazy person for the last few days. What I have come to realize (or realized ages ago but didn't want to admit) is that I was just too lazy to learn before. I thought my "talent" would be enough to get me through, but in reality, there is still so much more I need to know.

So, this is me being honest, and saying that part of my writing journey is going to involve learning, and hopefully sharing any useful bits of advice or self-learned lessons along the way. I suppose this is lesson number one. Never be afraid to be honest, and don't ignore the advice of people who want to help simply because you are too proud.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

So the journey begins....

The first post on a new blog is always the most awkward, so I have decided to get it out of the way so I can get on with blogging properly!

My name is Kyra, and my aim for this blog is to write about my journey through fiction writing. From the moment I learned how to write, I walked around with a pen and paper in my hand, but this is my first serious attempt at finishing a book, and trying to get published.

With every post, I hope you'll get to know a little bit more about me and what I do. I am looking forward to engaging with other writers and readers, and learning and sharing things along the way! I know this was a terribly dull entry, I hope you don't hold it against me lol!

Thanks for stopping by!
Kyra :)