Writer’s Inventory

I was reading Oxford American magazine a few days ago and came across two different articles that got me thinking. One was written by Jamie Quatro and the other by Nick Fuller Googins. They were not geared towards anything that would prevent them from being published at a certain time of year or certain periodical. There wasn’t anything in them that dated them to a certain time, short of a few keywords that could easily be updated. Both pieces were utterly timeless in nature and that really got me thinking about my writing arsenal.

While I’m still working on editing Sarah Blue, there is a part of me that worries I’m losing time not writing other things. (Does anyone else worry about this?) I took a few hours last night to review a few poems that I’d written years ago and a story that I’ve been neglecting as I work on Sarah Blue. My ultimate dream would be to write full-time, to have articles published in magazines, online outlets, have my short stories published – anywhere really; but, do I have a large enough variety of items ready to submit to someone? I don’t think that I do and that makes me feel a little panicked.

Yes, I have a few short stories, some poetry, my blog, and somewhere I have some articles that I once wrote for an online content-mill site; but, I haven’t a clue how to get those off of a floppy disc, so they are as good as gone. Plus, what I’ve written for my blog is technically already “released” to the public – so even if I have something amazing on here the likelihood of it being picked up is pretty slim, because it won’t be an original release.

To combat my stress I’ve made a list of general topic articles to write. I won’t publish them here; but, I will focus on getting them written. They may very well never see the light of day. Regardless, I’ll not only feel more prepared for the future, but I think it will exercise my brain which is a good way to keep the creative juices flowing.

Your Homework: Take a look at what you have in your writing inventory and compare that to your goals – do you need to add something? Do it.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Distraction Monsters are everywhere!

Is your cell phone ringing? Text messages coming in? Emails coming through? People interrupting your writing time? To quote J.K. Rowling:

“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg”

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Boston and a new page

Happy Friday Paper Perfect friends! As you know, I’m diligently working on getting Sarah Blue completed. I’ve recently finished a round of hand-written edits and I need to get those entered into my typed draft. I’m currently sitting at just over 49K words and I think once I’ve entered all my notes, I should hit 55K. I seem to add between 5-10k per round. I have two check-lists with notes that I need to verify and review for my next round but that’s a week or two away. One of the things that I want to do is really bring the city to life. My book is set in Boston, Massachusetts, a place that will forever hold my heart.

I do hope to make it back to the city again by next summer. I have a ton of photos from my years there and I’ve been trolling Google maps for help when my memory fades. I’ve decided to launch a Sarah Blue page on this blog so that you can follow her journey with her. I want you to see what roads she travels, see what bus route she’s on, and see the images that have inspired me to create some of the buildings, rooms, and restaurants that I’ve worked into her world. Not everything in Sarah Blue is real, but it’s all certainly inspired by something real.

The page is currently under construction and I plan to have it fully launched by August 7. I’ll be adding to it periodically so feel free to check in anytime.

Your Homework: Bring the city in your story to life – troll Google maps for reference, look at old photographs, add some scenes, and drop me a comment to let me know what you’ve found. Alsom don’t forget the deadline for the Writer’s Digest contest (see my previous post).

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Dodoitsu

There’s a poem rattling around in my brain. I’ve put some of it down on paper, but it’s not ready. It’s still simmering up there in that magical space that takes over when I get inspired. I love when all the words have finally landed in the right place. The initial burst of feeling can be overwhelming and then there’s the constant clawing at your brain until you get it right. I’m definitely in the clawing phase at the moment.

Writer’s Digest has a new poetry contest and submissions are due July 25. The challenge is to write a Dodoitsu. Straight from Wikipedia: Doditsu is a form of Japanese poetry developed towards the end of the Edo Period. Often concerning love or work, and usually comical, Dodoitsu poems consist of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme.

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Try out something a little new and structured.

Your Homework: Write a Dodoitsu and enter the contest.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning