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The Pirate Story Update

I've only just recently started working from the outline that I posted about several months ago. Right after I wrote the outline, I had a serious case of writer's block, and in part I wanted to read some more of 'A Pirate Queen', a book about women's exploits in the sea in Real Life, to do more research. I'm not even halfway through the book, but reading it over more has certainly allowed me to rekindle my inspiration.

Thus far, while I've been very bored at work, I've managed to handwrite 772 words. It doesn't seem like a lot. To me. But it is a start. I may not use the beginning, but where I've started, prior to the story I want to write ever taking place, it gives me a good, solid beginning. I stress too much about details. This detail, at least, will be there and completed.

My goal for this is to actually follow through and finish something, rather than just starting a writing project and never getting anywhere with it. I've found in the past that I wanted to imitate the styles and concepts of otherwriters.... which is partly why I always stopped writing. I got frustrated. It was never good or right. But this story, the Pirate Story and the tale of my character and her journeys... that will be my own original style and creation and I'm really excited to see where she takes me.

This is, by the way, the character that kept bugging me and poking me that she wanted her story written nearly half a year ago. It took some time, but I think she's finally getting her point through :)

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jacobine
Feb. 9th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
The key part to writing is actually writing it down, anyway. You might trash all of it, but when you write it down -- even if it's crap -- you've gotten something accomplished and you've given yourself a base to work off of.

Main thing I'd say is, I swear writer's block doesn't exist. It's just the inability to write something you like. So write it even if you hate it because it will eventually come around to something you /do/ like.
snarlingbadger
Feb. 9th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yay for being brave and embarking on a writing adventure! A great, big Huzzah for choosing a pirate story! Have fun with it, keep us updated!
seattlesparks
Feb. 9th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
I look forward to reading it! Seriously, what I find has worked for me is that even if it's only 700, 800, whatever words per day, to still just keep plugging. I even have made it a part of my day; I go get a lunch at the deli, walk over to the coffeeshop and get a chai latté, and I sit down to eat and work on writing.

Maybe I only get 500 words done over lunch, or less. But they add up, each day I can do it. And sometimes I get a great deal more done, or I go sit there for a few hours on weekends, and so on. :)
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