WRITER Tag

My poor, beloved blog has taken a bit of a back seat while Mouse’s word-count builds and builds. While Mouse is a massive source of pride and happiness for me I do miss my little blog and I feel bad for letting it get a bit dusty. So today I thought I would pop up a post that’s relevant to both of my writing projects, a writing tag!

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As cliche as it is, I love writing in coffee shops. There’s something about the atmosphere (and probably the caffeine) that makes me want to write all day, especially if it’s a rainy day. The writing I do on those days is usually my favourite. But since leaving is tough for me I do most of my writing at home beside the biggest window, usually with the dog asleep on my lap and an endless supply of tea.

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I always tidy beforehand, even if the area is already perfect I’ll wipe down the surface and set everything out neatly. Then I always make a hot drink, put on background sounds (this Hogwarts library is my go-to) and if I’m having a tough time I’ll have an emergency dance party.

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I start to feel like my ideas will disappear and I won’t get them back and whatever I’m writing will never be as good as it could have been and ohhh my gosh the stress.

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I asked my girlfriend and she said “you’re good at rhythm and really impressive chunks of writing that fit really well in their little…containers. Like you read it and you’re like shiiit that should be on a bumper sticker on a really big car. You know?”
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Letting my brain go for a wander with no real plan, working things out as they go along. I never write in order, I just let my brain roam around the story until it all fits together. It makes everything feel neater and less confusing. As much as I love plans and schedules, when it comes to writing it just doesn’t work. So I’ve stopped trying to force it and since then writing has become a bit of a sanctuary where things don’t necessarily have to make sense or seem tidy. It’s a safe space.
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Mouse! The project I’m working on right now is pretty heavily influenced by things that are happening in my life. The characters and story are 100% fictional but there are definitely aspects that are reflections of reality or inspired by something that really happened.

Meg

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Mouse | Writing Update

Wednesday is my favourite day of the week. It’s new comic book day, the weekend is coming into view and I’ve generally settled into whatever routine changes I’ve made. Wednesday is great. It’s the day to learn from Monday and Tuesday’s mistakes and make the rest of the week lovely.

Snaps for you, Wednesday.

Today has been a Mouse-full day. I haven’t written a single word and my word count is sitting-pretty, still below 10K. But my ideas are flowing and I can feel the dust floating away and my confidence sneaking in past my worry. Everything that I’ve written so far is exactly what I want it to be. I’m so happy with all of it and there’s a proud little flame in my chest every time I open the cute little folder that greets me on my desktop.

Mouse feels like something 15 year old me would be proud of. Shy but over-confident “going to be published by the time I’m 18” me who stayed up all night writing and insisted that there was a story in everything but not enough time to tell them all. She’d be surprised. But she’d love it. She’d probably even be a little jealous, which makes me very happy in a very weird way.

Mouse has changed tone a couple times, only to go back to my first instinct anyway. Each change taught and brought me something new and for once in my life I’m not fighting with time. I suppose I have patience, but it doesn’t feel like patience. It just feels kind of right. I feel good. I feel creative. A part of me that was hiding for a while has come back out and been welcomed more warmly than I thought possible. I don’t feel stressed to get Mouse done right now. I just want to do it right. I’m enjoying the process. The changes don’t frustrate me like they used to, they fascinate me.

One major change is that Mouse is now written in free verse and oh my giddy giddy aunt do I love writing free verse. It’s liberating, it flows so cleanly and feels so powerful. Like the words are characters that demand their own space and weight.

I go to sleep thinking about Mouse, I wake up thinking about Mouse, I navigate my way through stress and panic by thinking about Mouse. For once I’m not at all focused on the finish line, although I’m confident that I’ll reach it.

I’ve also decided to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo which runs through April. All that really means is that I’ll set a word goal and try to reach it by the end of April, with the help of just the right amount of peer pressure. Through March I’ll continue to work on Mouse, planning and developing and building on what I already have without stressing about word count. If you’re taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo let me know and we can support each other!

I guess the point of this post is just to say this: still writing, still trying, still pushing through.

Meg

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Writing used to be my absolute favourite thing to do.

As a kid I spent hours in my room writing stories about fairies and mermaids. As a teenager I spent every class secretly writing stories about silly love triangles and disastrous dates. I loved it, I pestered friends and family to give their critiques of my “latest story” and begged shamelessly for a laptop for my 15th birthday so I could write in coffee shops like real authors do. I would dress how I thought an author would, sip from a mug larger than my face and listen to Demi Lovato too loudly through my headphones. I always ordered hot chocolate and pretended it was coffee but it did the trick.

Once I got to college all writing time had to be sacrificed to work and assignments and trying to cram in a couple of hours of sleep. I worked way too much and way too late and quickly abandoned writing my little stories. After a while I felt like I’d completely forgotten how and I was so scared I’d never get it back. The fear lasted a year or two before I started writing reviews and articles and discussion pieces. They filled the tiny void in my heart for a while but I still missed writing stories. I missed my characters and my make-believe settings.

So, in the words of my queen, Demi Lovato, here we go again. I’m jumping back in and reclaiming what used to be my favourite thing. I don’t want to be afraid of something I love anymore so it may not be good or even comprehensible but I will write! This time around I’ll dress like me, drink actual coffee and listen to… still Demi Lovato. Some things never change.

The project I’m working on is called Mouse and I’m really very excited about it. The prologue is up now my WattPad so you can read it here if you want. I’ll be updating now and then so follow if you feel like it!

Meg

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