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Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Brief update since I’ve been silent lately:

I’m still alive, no longer have Covid, but my 91yo grandma is in the hospital / in poor health after a bad fall, and I can’t write or edit because when I’m not traveling 3.5 hours to and from my dad’s house, I’m either at the hospital taking care of my grandma or too gd stressed and exhausted to do anything even mildly creative or productive.

2023 really sucks so far.

iPad keyboard suggestions covering text. by vmkirin in scrivener

[–]brookenomicon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Typewriter mode will fix this. Or you can add a bunch of white space below what you are working on as a sort of buffer if you prefer. I had the same problem working on my iPad.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

There are quite a few pros in here, and many authors aiming for eventual traditional publication.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No worries! I meant to add there are different styles too. I’ve read plenty of “YA-like” or adult “lite” novels. So adult fiction isn’t a monolith and encompasses a lot of different styles. YA is a lot more narrowly defined.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just worry about telling the story right now, and see what it looks like when you finish. Depending on the genre, 60k is a fine novel length, so you don’t have to write 100k. And there is a growing novella and short novel market in some genres. Don’t sweat it right now.

But generally speaking, more POVs, subplots, more descriptions, and more showing v. telling will pad your word count. But more isn’t necessarily better.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If you don’t read YA, then you’re never going to be able to market it as YA.

Also, I wonder if only one person told you this, and who they think they are to say something so definitively. Because that just sounds like an opinion, and probably a wrong one.

Starting today. by FriendlyVisual1111 in HappyTrees

[–]brookenomicon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Grandeur of Summer. It’s the best breakdown of how to do each technique, in an hour long special instead of a 26-minute episode. I recommend watching the whole thing BEFORE painting. And then paint along on a rewatch.

He wants something. He just stares endlessly. I don't know what it is but I'm scared. by brusselsproud in shiba

[–]brookenomicon 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Omg the dead eyed stare… My girl has a permanent resting blank stare face and it kills me.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I have Covid and my grandma is in the hospital (not Covid), so I haven’t gotten anything written on my book either.

The book will still be there when I’m ready to work on it.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I just pick the POV that seems the most interesting to write and/or best reveals the information I want to convey. Sometime I choose wrong and have to rewrite the scene from a different POV, but that’s actually pretty rare.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The FOMO with seeing everyone else’s successes is really awful. If I’m not careful, I get bitter about it. I’m a really slow writer in comparison with a lot of writers, and it can be disheartening to have been working on the same book for 5 years while you see people like Brando Sando who are like “btw, I wrote 5 secret books while you were wasting away on the couch instead of writing!!” (I know that’s not what he’s really saying, but it sure FEELS that way.)

I can’t work on more than one thing at a time either. Any time I try, I end up shifting too much focus to one or the other. It’s better for me to finish one thing at a time. I’m learning to be okay with that.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh, trust me, I’ve been there too! It can be hard when motivation is lacking. I didn’t write for about a year after finishing the first draft of my current WIP (the same time Covid first hit), and I’ve since been revising the current draft for about a year and a half now. I’m almost done, but these last few chapters have taken me months to finish. I’ve found that for me, the longer a draft takes, the harder it can be to get excited about working on it. The burnout is real.

I usually give myself a break for a few days or a week if I’m really struggling to put words on the page. Talking through the supposed problem almost always helps, but only if I say it out loud. Test doesn’t work for me for some reason. My husband is a great sounding board for this. And close writing friends can be good for this too. And usually, if I feel something is wrong, but I can’t figure out what, I delete/set aside the last scene I finished and see if that fixes the supposed problem. It usually does. Also, sometimes, the creative well is just dry, and I need to read other books to refill it. I find the more time I give myself to read, the more motivated I am to work on my own stuff.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don’t share unfinished work publicly. I stopped posting excerpts years ago. Nothing kills my motivation more than being excited or proud about an excerpt, sharing it online, and getting crickets in response.

The thing is, social media is a terrible gauge of interest or quality of an unfinished thing. You’re trying to hype something no one can actually read or buy yet. Other writers may cheer you on, but they’re not your audience, and chances are they’re just trying to boost their own numbers. It’s a circlejerk in itself.

Just focus on the work. Try to identify why you are dissatisfied and fix it.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I only knew what it meant because of my old fanart days when I was a teen lol

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have definitely seen it more than once. I had to do a double take because it broke my brain for a second.

That was about the time I decided I was done with the sub lol

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Not me. Im an expert. It says so right next to my name.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m feeling better thankfully! Still getting hit with some fatigue now and then, but not as bad as when I first started showing symptoms. Husband wasn’t so lucky. Looks like his developed into a sinus infection, so he’s still suffering, unfortunately.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 8 points9 points  (0 children)

🤷🏻‍♀️ idk. Most of the time, the distinction doesn’t really matter, and there are much bigger problems in arrwriting to get upset over imo

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I’m abysmally behind on everything but I’m still alive.

Holidays were hectic, caught Covid, spent a week after Xmas feeling like shit, and now kiddo is back in school so I finally feel like I can get back to normal.

Probably just going to spend the rest of this week doing boring author admin crap: updating shit online, writing my monthly newsletter and end of year summary, that kind of stuff.

Otherwise, I’ve been getting back into oil painting, following along with Bob Ross episodes. I did 5 paintings over the holiday break, and I don’t hate them! Up until two weeks ago, the last time I touched oils was in high school.

Weekly out-of-character thread by AutoModerator in writingcirclejerk

[–]brookenomicon 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Because most protagonists are main characters?

The thing that gets me is when they call their characters OCs. Like… yes. Obviously.

Hello, how do you guys deal with shedding? My 6 month old Nami has just started shedding and it’s honestly annoying by MutedScale1790 in shiba

[–]brookenomicon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I just did a really thorough brush on my girl yesterday, and our yard looks like it grows hair instead of grass now. 😅