I am like a very fabulous but very shy writing hermit. I write in my shell and then I bury my books and no one barely ever sees them. This is mainly because I don’t edit them. You know how I write really fast? Well, those first-drafts are complete MESSES. So I don’t squawk for beta-reader help until I’ve edited at least once (or twice!). Ergo, if I don’t edit, I don’t get readers. SO I HIDE EVERYTHING.
Me writing first drafts is basically this:
But today — I AM BRAVE. I’m sharing snippets.
It’s been a long time (years, in fact?!?) since I did a post SOLELY of writing snippets. But you know what?! I wrote a book of 85,000-words in 9 days — and I’m immensely proud of that. I think as writers we sometimes don’t admit we’re proud of a thing. Art is fickle. One day we think it’s epic, but the next it’s the most loathsome ugly avocado to every plop into the universe. It’s hard being a writer! THEREFORE! I am a believer of cheering for oneself when we do something cheerable. (That’s a word. Trust me.)
So let me tell you a little bit about the book I just wrote. Which I call my “NaNoWriMo warm-up”. (Hey, nobody told me that NaNo warm ups weren’t the usual thing to do, okay?!? I am just an oddball.) As a book, it’s the most MESSY and RAMBLING book of ever. But it’s a first-draft and they’re meant to be bad.
The important thing is: I had an extraordinary amount of fun writing it.
And it came rather easily. I’ve had this book festering in my head for so long that once I started writing — BOOM — it actually came out just like I envisioned. HALLELUJAH AND MIRACLES DO HAPPEN.
Okay but let’s do this before I lose my courage and scuttle back to my hermit hole, because EXCITEMENT but also TERROR when talking about my writing.
The prompts for this month are:
- A snippet with food in it.
- A snippet you’re really proud of.
- The first paragraph from a WIP.
(I won’t be doing the last one because my first sentence is a blather of awfulness. And I’ll be doing a LOT of snippets. Because rules are for mortals.)
It’s an epic fantasy about heists and chocolate and siblings — AND MUUUURDER. It’s about magic medallions with “spider” legs, that wrap around your heart and turn you immortal…or rip out your heart out. You know how these things are. #AwkwardMagicalImmortality. It’s about a loveable, squishable 17-year-old thief master-mind (Valentin) and his sociopathic, feeling-less, assassin brother (Oskar). It’s about an angry princess with a vendetta. OH AND IT’S A RUSSIAN AND AFRICAN BASED FANTASY. WHICH EXCITES ME SO MUCH. There are paintings and hot chocolate and lots of murders because hello — I am writing this. Also so much sass and sarcasm.
And it ends very badly.
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…HERE WE GO.
Also I want to thank everyone who says nice things to me about my writing! IT MEANS A LOT, OKAY?! You are all the nicest of ever. Thank you!!
i absolutely definitely want to talk about YOUR writing successes now!! tell me about something writerly that you’re proud of. (we shall share cake together) and feel free to leave a snippet of your writing in the comments!! IF YOU DARE. (mwahhaah scariness…) and are you a writing hermit? do find it easy to share your work?!