Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Writing Life

I haven't talked much about fiction writing this year because I hadn't written any fiction this year. Between caring for my grandmother for most of December, then getting back into my routine back here, then writing freelance articles for MONEY (I already have thirty published articles!) then, uhh... deciding to move to Michigan, my creative juices have sort of been on hold.

I sent the second draft out to a handful of beta readers in December and I've read their comments as they've trickled in but had yet to do anything with them. I came up with an AWESOME young adult idea in December that I'm still really really excited about, but I haven't been able to come up with a storyline that really clicks for me, so it's just sitting there. I've done hours of research, just not plotting.

I've been thinking about my new idea and my current wip but just haven't had the urge to get to them. Well last week my friend Lurker Monkey posted a prompt for our monthly flash fiction group and I wrote half the story before I could even reply to the blog post.

Read my story here.

Then Monday I decided enough was enough and I began compiling my beta readers' notes into one document. Let's just say there are a looooooot of comments in that first chapter. Wow. By Tuesday night at 8:30 (just in time for the Lost premiere -- we're a week behind the US schedule) I had all my notes plugged in and I'm officially ready to begin draft #3.

I leave for Michigan in two weeks and I decided that if I don't start working on my wip before I go it'll be too easy to keep putting it off -- even though I LOVE my story. It means too much to me not to keep moving forward. And this will give me something to do on the plane other than worry about Owen.


Janna Qualman said...

I think your motivations are great. You always impress me with the chuzpah you have just to do it. Go you!

Off to read your short. And congrats on so many articles!

Lisa Marie Miles said...

That's awesome you have so many articles published! I wish I had your determination to plow through writing like you do:)

The Dark Scribe said...

Congrats on the publications!

Where in Michigan are you moving? I grew up in East Lansing, and, despite the long winter, I kind of miss it. There are a ton of stories waiting to be told up there--good luck!

Penguin said...

Winters are not long here any more.
We are already into spring.
Although today it was winter again, but it will be over in a week and back to spring again.
We don't get winter in Michigan for long.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Janna. I just need to be better at dividing up my time. As it is I stare at my to-do list but don't do any of it.

Lisa, some of them are pretty short so I feel silly calling them "articles" but hey, I got paid for them!

Thanks Scribe! My parents live in western Michigan just off Lake Michigan. I grew up there and it's beautiful.

Penguin, my mom said they just got dumped on again. Did it melt already? It's been a long time since I've had snow on my birthday and I wouldn't mind it this year!

Robin said...

30 articles??!! You're amazing! Seriously - I'm blown away by that number.

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, they aren't all very long, but it makes me happy to have so many so quickly!

jcaddell said...

Way to go on getting those articles out there! You are a writing machine, and even machines need a little time for maintenance. Keep up the good work! I'll be over here cheering for you!!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Jen! I feel so much more productive writing these articles.

Nadine said...

Yay for 30 articles!! Woo-woo!!

And I'm so glad you are getting back to your book! Wish I could say the same for me, lol. But hopefully soon.

Elana Johnson said...

You are inspiring. Good luck on your flight and your writing as you come back to the states!

And can you send me a link for your article that went up today? Did you already do that and I missed it...? (Sorry, if so!)

Erica said...

Congrats on the articles!! Yay, oh and thanks for the advice you gave on Twitter - I really appreciate it ;o)

Read your story - fabulous - love the twist at the end - didn't see it coming ;o)

Happy Revising on Draft #3!

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, you'll get there... You have more important things to worry about right now!

Thanks Elana. I'm not sure how to link to all of them since they're for different publications, but here's my eHow profile with some of the articles:


Erica, I hope I helped!

WendyCinNYC said...

You've been plenty busy. 30 articles is *amazing.*

Keep chugging!

Jen said...

You're kicking butt and taking names, Mel. *salaams*

Rebecca@Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Congrats. That is such a good feeling when you just grab the bull my the horns already and get started. Good luck!

Natasha Fondren said...

You know, it's SO easy for a habit to fall away when you move. Weird thing: I did yoga every morning for ten years, without fail, and then I moved across the street. Poof!

But knowing how hard it is to write when undertaking a massive move... I triple applaud you!

Travis Erwin said...

Yes! Misery loves company so get to it.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Wendy. I lost my steam for a couple days there but I seem to be getting back on track.

*swooshes past Jen*

Thanks Rebecca!

Natasha, across the street? Really? I'm hoping my habits will stick with me, but I know my entire schedule will surely change, especially once I get a job.

*salutes Travis*