Writing Playlists: Oath to Order or Order to Chaos

Hi guys! 

Writing Playlists are always a topic of conversation amongst writers. Should you have one? Should you listen to anything while working on your WIP? How do you know what will compliment your genre? 

I can’t answer those questions. If you’re a writer the only person who can is you. Only you will know your preference and everybody likes different things. 

Ever since I started writing thirteen years ago I’ve never been able to write without music playing. I’d listen to whatever was played on the radio whether it be a sad song or 8O’s pop. I have always found it hard to write in silence. This has its downsides because I find myself getting distracted by lyrics or the rhythm of the song. Luckily it only happens on the odd occasion. 

It’s only recently that I’ve put a writing playlist together. I’ll share it with you. 

Within Temptation- And We Run

Moby –                           After

Within Temptation-   Mother Earth

Enya –                               Wild Child 

Evanescence-                 Hello

Within Temptation-     Shot In The Dark

Enya-                          Return to Innocence

Enya-                           The Cults

Within Temptation-   Faster

Within Temptation-    Our Farewell

We Are The Fallen-       I Am Only One 

These are just some of what I like to listen to while writing. There’s more to add at a later date which is always fun to do. 

As Pandora’s Kiss is a Dystopian Fantasy I find myself being drawn to gothic/alternative metal to write to the most. Q

I hope you enjoyed reading my playlist. 

Until next week, 

Blaze

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Writing Update. 


Hi guys! 

I hope you’ve all had a good week. Mine hasn’t been eventful, so I’ve been able to work on re- defining my outline for Pandora’s Kiss. 

I’m tying up a few loose ends before I make any concrete notes. 

I have mixed feelings about how it will all turn out. Feelings that I’ve not experienced in all the years I’ve been writing. Maybe it’s a lack of self-confidence or belief, I don’t know. I have no choice but to believe that this draft will be ‘the one.’ The other alternative is to give up on the story that’s so vivid in my head and I can’t do that. 

They say that if you can quit being a writer than quit, but if you can’t then that makes you a writer. 

It’s that easy and that hard. 

While I am rebuilding the foundations to Pandora’s Kiss I’m also collecting dribs and drabs of research  for the novel I’m writing for NaNoWriMo. 

 The idea is similar to that of my WIP, so I’m exploring options on how I can make it different. 

Wish me luck! 

That’s all I can say for this week. 

I’m always open for suggestions, so if there’s anything you’d like covered just shout out in the comments below. 

Hope you all have a good week! 

Until next time, 

Blaze

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Learning to Outline

Hi guys! 

This week I’ve been looking at how to outline my novel. 

I’m a panster at heart, so outlining is all new to me. Hence the research. 

I know many writers who have different ways of outlining. Some like to use the Snowflake Method and some like to use numbers and a one sentenced preview of what happens per chapter. 

The trouble with being a panster is, is that so much time gets wasted. I speak for myself here. I don’t know whether anybody else feels this way, or I’m the minority that does. 

I’ve been working on Pandora’s Kiss for eight years now. 
Eight years of slogging over blank pages that turned into rewrites that turned into pages that gathered dust. 

Wouldn’t it have been so much easier just outlining before I started? 

Perhaps. 

The idea has evolved a great deal in that time thanks to the rewrites. I’ve learnt a great deal about my WIP because of that. But recently I’ve been wondering if there’s even a story worth telling underneath that. Am I telling it the right way? Or could it be told better? 

There’s so much that I’m unsure of. 

That’s why I’m planning on working it all into an outline.

A part of me worries that my dithering will lead to never being published. I have asked myself in the past how many rewrites will it take until I’m satisfied? 

That’s something I’m still pondering. 

Hopefully it’ll all work itself out. 

I appreciate all of the likes and the comments you leave on the posts. If there is anything you want me to cover then all you need to do is suggest it. 

Until next week, 

Blaze

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Thinking It Over – Receiving Feedback

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Hi guys!

Let’s imagine this situation.

You’ve sent your work in progress to a beta reader or editor. You’ve put it to the back of your mind until you get the dreaded notification. Your work’s back.

Yikes!

Instead of opening it right away you avoid it like the plague, imagining all sorts of hideous things. You distract yourself as best you can when a voice starts to nag you to look at it.

‘It might not be so bad.’

‘It could be really positive.’

With a cup of coffee (or tea, whichever you prefer) you sit down to open the email.

I still do this now, even though I’ve been asking for feedback for years. I’ve only had a couple of really bad critiques of which I’m thankful for.

But how do you handle receiving feedback?

Here are a few tips:

1. Say Thanks.

Whether the outcome is positive or negative say thank you. This person has taken the time to read your work. That’s what I always remember. Even if I disagree I find it’s common courtesy.

2. Don’t Argue.

This can make you come across as unapproachable. You don’t need to defend your work to said person because you know where you’re coming from. Explain if there’s confusion, but don’t tell them that their wrong or stupid for not seeing what you see.

3. Take Time To Evaluate Each Point.

There’s no denying that feedback can make a book better. However, it’s important to remember that a person’s feedback is just an opinion. You can agree or disagree. If the person says that they found the pacing slow re read it and check. If a comment is repeated, then it’s important to pay attention to that as well.

4. Ask What They Would Change Or Do Differently

It’s always good to have a second opinion. Sometimes the person giving you feedback will come up with an idea that intrigues you to experiment. It can also draw attention to an area that you never thought about doing differently.

5. Update The Person Giving You Feedback.

This is only an option. I do this if someone asks me to or if I find that a part of their criticism was integral to my story improving.

These are just some of the things I go by when I receive feedback.

I hope they are of use to you.

Until next week,

Blaze

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Navigation Issues

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Hi guys!

I had planned to post a short story for this week, but the book I keep them in has mysteriously gone walk about.

Those pesky pixies have been hard at work.

The forest picture sums everything up nicely.

Not just for the missing notebook, but for everything writing related.

You guys all know that after hitting a brick wall with my WIP I was looking into options.

I’m still working on which one I like best. Nothing feels right so far, and I have come close many time this week to just throwing the towel in and walking away.

What’s that saying?

If you can quit, quit. If not, you’re a writer.

Well, I must definitely be one as I’m going through hell with this project and I’m still going.

Ah.

Hopefully I’ll hit a goldmine, soon.

And the pixies will give my book back this week.

I wonder what J.K would recommend for keeping them away.

Hmm.

Until next week,

Blaze

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NaNoWriMo: Day Thirty

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Pages: Two Hundred and One
Word Count: 67,239

Hi guys!

The last hours of NaNoWriMo are upon us. I’m hoping to add to my word count before midnight. Fingers crossed that it goes without a hitch.

NaNoWriMo has been very trying what with going through periods of mind fog and questioning whether my WIP has a purpose but I’m very proud of for sticking with it. Even more so for blogging every single day in November to record my progress. It was something that I never thought I would be able to do but I did it.

I said in earlier posts that the WIP that I’ve spent the past month working on started as a young adult novel and that recently had changed as the content didn’t fit. I’ve now had an idea of where it could go after I leave it for a few months. It’d be a different story altogether but that prospect excites me more than anything.

Whether you’ve hit the 50K target, crawled to 10K or sprinted well over it you are all winners. You gave it a go. No matter what your word count sticks to and that’s all that matters. That you tried is amazing. You’ll have started something all thanks to participating and that’s something invaluable.

As we come to the end of the road of NaNoWriMo this is my last post until Saturday.

It’s goodbye from me until then.

Well done with all the work you’ve achieved this month. You’re all superstars!

Until Saturday,

Balze

Finished Manuscripts

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Hi guys!

I have finally managed to finish my Work In Progress, my novel, Pandora’s Kiss.

The one above is my handwrriten draft –

Pages – 142
Words – Unknown

The one below is my typed draft –

Pages – 260
Words – 85,939

I originally finished it last week but didn’t post what with introducing the Protectors of Aidan.

Now it is all tucked away in one of my drawers in my study. I have taken a week off to give my brain a bit of time to think of other things other than writing. That, in itself, has been very difficult. To work on something for three months without a break and then to come away into not having anything occupying your brain is truly odd.

That’s not to say that I’ve not thought about it. The odd idea has flitted through the net once or twice but nothing outstanding has hit me as of yet.

With National Novel Writing Month just around the corner maybe it’s just as well.

Maybe short story writing might be something to practise while I wait patiently for NaNoWriMo. It’s never been one of my strong points.

Have a great week!

Blaze.