Well, chapter 2 has been done for a day or so. Eric and I had a very productive meeting over the chapter and what is to become of our book. We really have our differences in thoughts and ideas, we can go back and forth a million times until we do have that same singular agreement and thoughts. Once we get on the same path of agreement, we find it easier to branch out from there. We have been MIA from the blog scene for a bit so I’d thought I’d stop by and say hello.
I am sure you noticed our lack of posts. We kind of hit a bit of a writing rut and have been dealing with real life problems outside of our fantasy nerd world. Hopefully getting back on track will be easily done. We are two chapters in and excited and anxious to finish our first collaborative masterpiece. Even if just one person reads our story, it will be an amazing experience for us.
On a side note, I am a Bronze League player in League of Legends. I cannot get out of bronze no matter how hard I try, how good I am, it never fails that I am matched up with people who throw the game because “my mom hit the router” “GG they got first blood AFK in base” “OMG ::insert random laner here:: just took my kill, report them” .. I could go on about the plagued matches I have had. It really made me think that I should lay off the games until kids are back in school… Or have one of my friends carry me XD.
The most important thing I need to remember is NOT TO GIVE UP!! I told myself I will make it to silver league. I will keep trying! Just like with writing, when words will not come out – I will force them out. What comes out may be twisted, trashy, and worth nothing… but to me if I can make something come out it will jump start my creative energy again. We will finish this book because we said we would. Even if the result is garbage – the lesson we learn will carry us into our next projects.
NessP.S. Eric is camping for the weekend, he most likely will get eaten by a bear or moose while taken a bathroom break, drunk, in the wilderness of Canada. We will all say a prayer for our lost fellow Nerd. Updates when this happens.
I am feeling pretty good today, a little over 2k words into the second chapter. I find that setting myself little writing goals helps me out tremendously. My goal is at the least 1,000 words a day. A chapter a week for us, maybe even two weeks. We don’t want to burn ourselves out or let our ideas get tired and cranky. We want to nurture it slowly, and raise it right. We started out with just a little idea, broke it down to characters, and now we are taking it chapter by chapter. Hell, I don’t even think we know our true ending yet.
Writing is easy once you have something to work with, it’s keeping track of all the ideas and twists that becomes a pain in the butt.
I sat last night listening to Nessa type away at chapter 2, sometimes clarifying why something happened in my story the way it did, or my thoughts on what will happen next. After she was finished writing we started getting on the subject of what was going to be happening in our story. I realized something. We were looking for the book to go two different ways to, not just end the story, but tell it. This was our first real clash as collaborating writers. This being said, we had worked side by side for years in World of Warcraft, as either guild officers, raiders, achievement hunters or near the end Co-leaders of our guild, this wasn’t the first time we had ideas that clashed. We both are passionate about what we think, regardless of what anyone else thinks of it. I was starting to think, after our disagreement, that this might be over before it started. That’s when I thought back to every other time we had ended up tell each other off, I gave it about an hour then messaged her to play League of Legends. We did, and we made a few seriously awesome comebacks. It was great!
Today is a beautiful day in Halifax, the city-town I live in. The sun is shining, the grass is green, and the firemen are out wearing high-heels to promote awareness of women and child abuse. I hear they’re going to do a mile walk in heels to raise money for charity. The best part of today? I went all-out on my tim’s trip and bought me an iced coffee AND a regular coffee. I will finish typing in the first chapter today. No matter what. Also, small hint to aspiring writers out there. Never, ever, ever write something on paper then expect yourself to type it into a computer in the same format. You will always add to it. Always. Even when you think you’ve already added enough, you will add more, or change something to describe better. It’s a curse. I don’t think I will be writing out my chapters any longer, as much as I don’t like it I will probably just type them out. This being said. I love writing things down on paper. It just feels so nice. There’s something magical about actually hearing your pen or pencil scratch against the paper.
So, I was thinking yesterday as I was writing. That every writer kind of needs a vice. Something that focuses them on what they’re doing. Be it coffee, cigarettes, liquor or something else. But then I thought a little more, are they really vices if they’re helping us focus on something we love so much? Once upon a time, people used to sniff “snuff”, which was a brand of cocaine, because they thought it cleared their sinuses and helped them focus. At that time it wasn’t seen as a vice unless you did it to excess.
Wow! I got a lot done! So, the slow cooked barbecue chicken with baked beans and some seasoned rice… amazing. I really have a knack for cooking. The last load of laundry is being set to wash, my kitchen is clean, and words are put down on paper. (thank goodness says Eric) I even won some games of League today. (Mostly ARAMS, ended the night with a win with Malzahar… the other team surrendered at 20.. very boring, but that is a rant for another day)
Thanks for the title, Eric. I really suck at those.
Let it be known that I, Ness, am a lazy bum. I would rather roll out of bed and crawl to my computer chair, slump into my comfortable chair and just waste my time. I am a huge procrastinator, I get side tracked easily, and I love to put things off.
Not today! Today, I get stuff done.