Hey! So, I haven’t posted for a while, and thought I would start with an update. (And I might turn this into a series to keep you all up to date with the progress I’m making etc. – Let me know if you’d be interested!)
Defiant. Back in May I started another rewrite (one of sooooo many) but I felt I was making actual progress with this one, and it was turning out how I wanted etc. I’m currently about 50k in (half way WOOP) but that’s where progress has slowed. Unfortunately.
I’ve never really been one to get writer’s block but boyyyyy do I have it now. I do wonder if writing so much in just over a month has burned me out. Funny thing is, I’ve never been able to complete NaNoWriMo, yet I pretty much just did my own little version of it this past month. Also, I have never written so much in such a short time. I’ve had to take a break from writing just to refresh my brain because continuing was just going to hurt the story – and I really don’t want to undo all the progress I’ve made because I’m finally happy with this version.
Taking a break is really hard for me to do, but sometimes we just have to take a step back and let the manuscript breathe before getting back into it. I’m also at such an important point of the book that I just don’t want to get it wrong. That fear is probably holding me back as well, and it’s definitely something I’m going to have to get past in order to continue. The last thing I want is to have to start over, so hopefully I can sort out this snag.
It probably doesn’t help that I’m exhausted from decorating all this week! Hopefully I can get back into my routine as of tomorrow. *fingers crossed*
If not, in the past I have always been able to avoid writer’s block by focusing on other projects. I have some ideas in the pipeline, so might give it a whirl if I’m still struggling with Defiant.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen all the books I’ve bought recently. I have so many to get through and, as much as I love reading, I’m just not able to inhale books the way I used to. Studying history at university, and reading book after book after book every day, really killed my love of reading for fun.
I have, however, recently started reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and I’m really enjoying it so far! It captivated me from the first line, to the point that straight after buying it, I sat reading it in a café whilst waiting for my parents to return with our drinks. I just had to know what was going to happen! That’s always the sign of a good book, so I have high hopes thus far. I am reading quite slowly now, but I’m hoping to get through it by the next update so I can give a sort of review. So far, I’m really liking the characters, especially Zélie who seems really feisty. The magic system is fascinating and unique, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the plot unfolds.
At the moment I am absolutely obsessed with Legend of Fuyao! It’s a Chinese Fantasy Drama, starring Yang Mi (from Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms – another favourite of mine.) The story is incredible and all of the actors do an amazing job. I highly recommend it to any fantasy or C-drama fans!
I also watched The Girl on the Train recently, and it was fantastic. I missed the beginning, which I was told was a bit confusing – I’ll have to re-watch from the start to get my own judgement on that – but how the plot unfolds was captivating and it has you guessing the whole time who did it, right up until the end. I guessed it before the reveal, but I think that’s the intention – for the viewer to figure it out before the character realises. It’s not usually my kind of film – same with the book – but I’ve heard good things about it so wanted to give it a try. I think it will be interesting to read the book, which is one the many I have waiting on my bookshelf to be read, to see how it differs and how it all unfolds. Naturally, it will be slower as it’s a book, so it has a lot more time to weave the story as opposed to a film.
That’s it for this update. It’s a bit different to what I usually blog about, so let me know what you think.
How are you all getting on with writing? What are your solutions to writer’s block? (The irony that I have already done a post on this before, stating that I don’t believe in writer’s block #Karma)