writing as a process

Friends, writing is hard, sometimes. I see people writing books and writing them well, and quickly, and moving through the process in a year’s time (or less, if we’re talking NaNoWriMo – did I get that right?).

But I find it so difficult. Maybe I have really bad writing habits… I’m thinking these are my top 5 worst traits:

1. I write more than one thing at a once. This, of course, detracts from a single piece because my writing time is split up. It also means I have to spend more time reminding myself where I am in the story since several other stories are also bouncing around in my head.

2. I don’t write in chapters / sequentially. I don’t even draft chapters as placeholders. I kind of get inspired to write one particular scene or story arch. The novel I’m currently working on (and determined to finish in 2014) is being written less like pouring water in a glass, and more like rain trickling down a window. Each chapter gets a bit of love, but nothing is complete or fully done.

3. I don’t keep track of word-counts. I used to do this, but since I’ve started each chapter as a separate documents (and separate documents for “thoughts” or “ideas” or “lines”), it’s harder to keep track of my progress, which can sometimes be discouraging, since you never feel like you’re getting anywhere…

4. I am at the whims of inspiration. I only really work on my novel when I’m inspired. When I want to work on it but am not feeling particularly inspired, I go back and edit down the language and re-think the plot, the characters, what their motives are and where they’re going… which is great, and all, but no words are actually written so I don’t progress.

5. I don’t make time for writing, or make writing a priority.  I feel awful bailing on loved ones because I want to write. I also want to live life – and from life comes  inspiration. But attending everything and never saying “no” means I have no time for writing, or am really too tired to write with the little time I do have (mentally, and physically as my eyes have begun to dry out / blur/ water when I’m in front of screens for 8+ hours a day…).

…Now that I started writing this list, I can think of hundreds of other things I do to sabotage myself and my writing. Sigh.

As you have guessed, I’m way behind on my 1500 words / week goal for this month with regards to my novel. I did finish a short story, but that isn’t meant to count in this goal. I’ve got tomorrow, basically, so I’m hoping I can at least get 1500 words in to alleviate some of my guilt!

I wrote a thing!

Big challenge for February – CHECK!

I wrote a thing and sent it off to a contest. I should know how I did in April… fingers crossed, thumbs held! 🙂 AH!

Aquarium!

On Thursday, I went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto with my sister, my boyfriend and his sister. My sister loves animals, animal planet and shark week (ahhh!) so we had a lot of fun walking through all of the exhibits. We even touched a horseshoe crab, and pet a little shark!

I was feeling pretty inspired after the trip, especially seeing all the bright colors…

Tropical section!

Tropical section!

All the lovely patterns…

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From the way she swims, I’m thinking striped chiffon…

We called this the Chanel-ray

We called this the Chanel-ray

Who knew piranhas were so glamorous? Red, green and gold glitter!

Who knew piranhas were so glamorous? Red, green and gold glitter!

And all the interesting shapes…

Flying through the water

Flying through the water

Seadragon looking so delicate

Seadragon looking so delicate

And especially the shape and look of the moon jellyfish…

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How can you not feel recharged after a day like that?

The only thing that left me a bit uneasy were the sharks…

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all the sharks…

AHH!

AHH!

all the huge sharks…

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gulp..

They look even bigger from the top of the tank, and I was so sure one would jump up and bite off my sister’s hand. Ahhh!

Did I mention I hate sharks..

Did I mention I hate sharks..

work out clothes fabric!

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Got my fabric for my work out clothes! I’m really excited. I was trolling the Fabricland sale section, and found some purple knit for a short top (I’m thinking sports-bra style), a lovely grey t-shirt fabric with purple flowers for a tank top, and a striped light / dark grey knit for a little hoodie.

I couldn’t find the right jersey for yoga pants, though. I did find some black nylon / spandex in the remnants section that I picked up but I’m not sure if I’ll be using it for work out clothes or for another project…

Anyway, this is my color palette! If I actually ever head to the gym, I plan to add with some more greys, and some bright greens and yellows 🙂

Excited to sew! Still not so sure about the whole running and sweating bit, though…

cafe au lait scarf!

I have begun a new knitting project… It is still pretty cold here, so why not go for something quick and easy that will take me into the spring, pair nicely with a trenchcoat, or with a sweater dress and blazer, or with jeans and a shirt for an evening out with my beau?

Here’s a sneak peak:

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So far, just the cafe, but the au lait will be joined in soon enough – probably looped into an infinity scarf. I’m using Lion Bran Wool-Ease, which has just the right amount of sparkle! I kind of made the pattern up as I went, but it’s looking like criss-crossing lines bordered by stockinette stitch and a 1 st. cable on either side.

 

work out clothes!

With my attempt to complete a sewing or knitting project every month, I’ve decided I need to plan better. I have some unfinished items hanging around my room for occasions or seasons that came and went. Now I’m thinking of the huge closet of fabric I have and what I can make for the upcoming season…

I signed up for the gym (have to fill out those membership forms!) but the work out clothes I’ve seen have been a bit pricey for me…

So, I think I’ll be adding work-out clothes to the to-do list of things to sew. I’m feeling especially inspired by Adidas by Stella McCartney, and the lovely lines in Titika’s (Fall / Winter 2013-2014) Collection.

I really like the Stella gym bag… so bright and cute!

I’ve never done active wear before, so it’ll be a challenge, even for finding the right kinds of fabrics and colors… Wish me luck!

Spring-spiration

Floral Dress, Red Valentino – via style.com

 

I am loving the Red Valentina collection on display at style.com . The floral dresses, with their full, gathered skirts, are so cute. With some more length (or on a short girl like me), they would be so office appropriate for the spring with a blazer or the right scarf. 🙂

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