Life and Writing Updates

Hi everyone ๐ŸŒŸ

Sorry for the silence recently. Since my last posts, where I talked about my travels in Europe, I have returned to Melbourne and was subsequently hit with reality.

Life Update

A few months ago I graduated from university and have been applying for jobs in the last couple weeks. I knew it would be difficult and stressful, and it in fact is. My mother has also put her (our) house on the market, which means I’ve been looking for a house to move us into and have been cleaning/styling/fixing the house we live in. Moving is really stressful so that along with looking for a job is hard. I also have a very high energy dog that has currently been making the moving process even more difficult. I am really excited to move and get my life back on track! I don’t know where we’re moving to yet but we’ve been looking a few potential houses.

Writing Update

I’m currently writing my first novel. When I say first, I probably actually mean, like, twentieth. The others were all unfinished, though. I’m hoping this one might make it to the end!

About the novel

  • It is a contemporary romance โค๏ธ
  • Romance is not the main point โ€“ it mostly focuses on the plot involving the protagonist
  • It is currently at 67,000 words โœ๐Ÿป
  • I am aiming for 100,000 words or more and then I’ll edit it down to 90,000
  • I have been writing it since June 2018, but I seem to go through long periods where I either write or don’t
  • I keep changing my mind about the plot and characters โ€“ I recently deleted two major characters, which meant I had to rewrite heaps
  • Speaking of rewrites, I’ve rewritten the first chapter four times

Doubt

I am not a perfectionist. But with this work in progress (WIP), I’ve been meticulously working on every aspect of my protagonist’s life. I’ve thought about every possible outcome. For a while, I thought I was going to kill her. Then I figured readers might not appreciate that. Because my WIP is more about the person than the plot, there are so many areas I have to think about. And deciding I want to add one small detail impacts everything I’ve already written.

A few days ago I reread the entirety of what I’d written and I wasn’t too impressed. I know it’s a first rough draft, but it was shit! I felt bad for a couple of days and couldn’t bring myself to write anything new.

I also find it difficult to write because I feel guilty for neglecting my other responsibilities. I do have a lot of time to write but I don’t know whether there’s other things I should be doing to do with my time. Basically, my life’s a mess.

Inspiration

I like using music for inspiration. Although I need silence when I actually write, listening to songs beforehand really helps. My go-to artists are Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Electric Sound Orchestra, Queen and Red Hot Chili Peppers. If I ever feel bad about my writing, I’ll be re-inspired after listening to their music.

How’s life, everyone? I have been a bad blogger lately, my apologies!

How do you get inspired to keep writing?

6 thoughts on “Life and Writing Updates

  1. Hey Charlotte sounds like youโ€™ve absolutely been keeping busy, so we wonโ€™t hold it against you!

    I do the same thing to try to light that fire to get some words on a page. I turn up some good tunes and get into a good headspace. Another thing you can do is celebrate your milestones. For instance, once you get to 75,000 words, then treat yourself to something!

    Happy writing! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I wish you the best with your house and job hunts! Writing motivation is something that comes and goes, but I think my best advice is to write until you hit the end without changing anything. That way you have a first draft that’s complete and then you can make edits. I hope that helps! Best of luck with your writing! ๐Ÿ˜€

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