#SilmAwards2017 Award Presentations Begin This Week!

Just a very small, quick announcement-y post today . . .

The votes are counted, the results are in, and now it’s time for the winners of the best fantasy book characters in the Second Annual Silmarillion Awards to be presented!

(Never gets old. XD)

Here’s the schedule and the links of where to go to “attend” the 2017 Award Presentations for each Silmaril! So they will all be coming soon, and I can’t wait! 😀

Award Presentation Schedule / Participating Blogs

I only know the winner of the award I’m hosting on my blog, so I’m just as much on the edge of my seat to find out the other winners as you all are! Thanks to everyone who voted, and I hope you’ll all enjoy celebrating the winners, whoever they may be! 😀

Be sure to come back here next Monday, July 24, when a brave heroine of Middle-earth will be presenting the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril to the most-voted fantasy heroine, here on The Road of a Writer . . .

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a post of my own to write for July 29th about my love for Tolkien’s works and other beloved fantasy literature, not to mention that I also have characters to manage for said Award Presentation Ceremony which must be prepared for all you readers next week, and the clock is definitely ticking . . .

So I will bid you Namárië for now, and I hope you enjoy the Silmarillion Award presentation posts throughout the next couple weeks!

Which award are you most excited about finding out the winner? Have you enjoyed the #SilmAwards2017 so far? Thanks for reading! 🙂

#SilmAwards2017: Voting! + Scavenger Hunt

The tally of nominations and seconds is in, with the top five characters in each category moving on to the second round: voting! There’s also an epic Tolkien-themed Grand Prize you can enter to win by joining in a fun scavenger hunt — details below!

In this post:

  • Top 5 Heroines moving on to voting
  • Time to Vote! July 10-14 (Voting details and link)
  • Scavenger Hunt/Grand Prize Tolkien Giveaway
  • Winner announced for Firethorn Crown prize pack/Paper Crowns
  • The other nominated heroines

TOP 5 HEROINES MOVING TO THE NEXT ROUND

There were a total of 93 individual heroines nominated for this award! I am absolutely floored by this. :O Thanks ever so much to everyone who nominated or seconded! Apparently there are scores of epic heroines from fantasy literature who deserve recognition, and this award, which is new this year, seems to have been overdue for an appearance! 😉

While I’m sure these heroines are all worthy, only five can progress on to the second phase of voting, and those five were chosen by having the highest number of “seconds.”

The top five nominees for the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril are:

*drumroll*

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Known as Lucy Pevensie in our world, and Queen Lucy the Valiant in the land of Narnia (though once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen!), this heroine may be young but she has the heart of a lion. Loyal, loving, brave and kind, she always tries to follow Aslan’s will and take the right path, no matter how hard it seems. With courage in one hand and her healing cordial in the other, she is a merry soul and a true comrade to have.

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a person of great compassion and strength, risking her life for those in peril and facing challenges head-on instead of hiding from them. A cyborg mechanic, she’s street-savvy, smart, resourceful, and protective of those she loves; she’s someone to have on your side in a crisis. Being a cyborg gets her a lot of hate, and she has to learn how to cope with unfair views. She often faces morally gray situations where she could justify her actions either way, and she still strives to choose rightly.

Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cress is a spunky, somewhat naive heroine. She may not be of much help in a fight, but her sharp computer skills and her big heart certainly come to her friends’ rescue time and again. No one can hack into government systems like she can, and no one can stand in her way when someone she loves is in danger.

Kyrin Altair from The Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight

Kyrin Altair has the ability to remember everything, is kind, protective, extremely perceptive, and determined to help those who believe they can’t be helped. She is very close to her twin brother Kaden, and she stands up for her faith in Elom, even in the face of death. She can fight in a pinch, but her true strength lies in her faith, kindness, loyalty, and her ability to see past a rough exterior into the true worth of a person’s soul.

Rose Red/Varvare from The Tales of Goldstone Wood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

(of “Veiled Rose” and “Moonblood”)

Rose Red dresses all in veils that conceal her completely, to hide her appearance, and is unexpectedly strong for her thin frame. Also known as Varvare, or affectionately as Rosie, she is immensely loyal, no matter the obstacles or the looks people give her. Steadfast and goodhearted (though sometimes as stubborn as her goat Beana), she’s a simple soul whose plain mountain-girl accent and dirty white veils cover a spirit of down-to-earth goodness which is as solid as the stone of mountains.

Which of these five do YOU think most deserves to win the Most Epic Heroine Silmaril? Get thee hence and cast your vote!

VOTING

It is now time for you to vote for your favorite out of the five in each of the 10 Silmaril categories, which you can do HERE in one handy voting form!

(Please note that all ten of us SilmAwards bloggers are linking to the SAME FORM so that it will be more convenient.)

Voting runs from July 10 – July 14, so make sure you get your votes in before midnight on Friday!

SCAVENGER HUNT / GIVEAWAY

Grand prize for scavenger hunt: Hobbit map, Tolkien trivia book, replica of the One Ring.

To collect all the clues for the scavenger hunt, start at Tracey’s blog if you haven’t, and go through each post in order, collecting the phrases (which should be easy to find, standing out in some way and linking to the next blog) and moving on to the next blog to find the next part.

You will then type (or copy/paste) the full secret message into the voting form, linked above under VOTING.

Since this scavenger hunt is linked with Tolkien’s works and specifically the Silmarils, you may want to know as one of your clues that the Silmarils are . . .  Objects of Melkor’s deep desire.

One winner will be chosen from among the correct answers, and that winner will be announced on July 29 during the Tolkien and Fantasy Celebration we’re holding that day (when you can do a post of your own about Fantasy or Middle-earth; don’t forget!).

Good luck!

GIVEAWAY WINNER

The winner of the Firethorn Crown prize pack and Paper Crowns is . . .

Grace Matson!

Congratulations! We will be in touch with you about getting you your prize.

Thanks so much to everyone entered!

The other giveaways are being announced on the blogs they were hosted on.

Be sure to enter the Grand Prize giveaway through the scavenger hunt, above!

OTHER NOMINATED HEROINES

Even though they didn’t make it to the next round, I’d like to highlight all the fantastic ladies who were nominated, so I’m listing them here!

I’d like to read many of these books that I haven’t yet! If you’re on the lookout for great fantasy with heroic heroines, this might be a good list to start with! 😉 I’ve listed them in order of some mix of the number of nominations recieved, and the order they were nominated in. (Eilonwy, Hermione, Vin, and Sophie, were so close to the top!)

Here are the heroines who did not make it to the second round of voting, but are no less epically heroic for all that! 🙂

  • Eilonwy from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles
  • Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Vin from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  • Sophie Hatter (Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones)
  • Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Sairu from Golden Daughter by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Evanlyn/Cassandra from The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
  • Wilhelmina Klug from The Bright Empire series by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Ella from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Polly from The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  • Sarah Cobbler from Andrew Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga”
  • Aravis from The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  • Nyssa Glass from H. L. Burke’s Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors
  • Shallan from Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
  • Vrell from the Blood of Kings trilogy by Jill Williamson
  • Princess Cimorene (Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede)
  • Ginny/Ginger (Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal)
  • Leeli Igiby from Andrew Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga”
  • Steris from Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  • Addie from Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  • Irene, the older and the younger, from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  • Bonnie Silver from Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
  • Sapphira Adi from Oracles of Fire/Children of the Bard by Bryan Davis
  • Starflower from the book of the same name by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Antoinette Reed from Wayne Thomas Batson’s “The Door Within”.
  • Kat Simpson/Lord Alreenia Hiddenblade from Batson and Hopper’s “The Berinfell Prophecies”
  • Wendy Darling from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Lady Anne from the Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye L. Knight
  • Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Sorvashti from the Sentinel Books by Jamie Foley
  • Kale from the DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul
  • Ashley from the Dragons in Our Midst/Oracles of Fire series by Bryan Davis
  • Muggles from The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
  • Alexa from the Land of Elyon books by Patrick Carman
  • Cordelia Beaumont from The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz
  • Birdie from Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams
  • Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Lilybet Haverly from Wither by Savannah Jezowski
  • Cecilia from Esprit de la Rose by Kaycee Browning
  • Princess Kamarie from King’s Warrior and Yorien’s Hand by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt
  • Albany York from C. B. Cook’s “Twinepathy”
  • Marcelle from the Tales of Starlight books by Bryan Davis
  • Jill from The Silver Chair/The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  • Anna from Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
  • Susan from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Darsal from the Lost Books series
  • Amalthea from The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  • Hualiama from Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia
  • Holly Short from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  • Elodie (Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick)
  • Perry from Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  • Annabeth of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • Imogen from the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Ela Roeh from Prophet by R.J. Larson
  • Shannon from “Dragon’s Curse” by H. L. Burke
  • Leilani from Beggar Magic by H.L. Burke
  • Princess Lily from The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue
  • Gwenn from Wayne Thomas Batson’s “The Door Within”.
  • Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Lady Leta from Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • Orual from Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
  • Azalea from Entwined by Heather Dixon
  • Silvie from the Lost Books series by Ted Dekker
  • Frances Beznar from Elithius
  • Bess from Threadbare by Bethany Jennings
  • Isabella from Masque by W.R. Gingell
  • Sabriel of The Abhorsen Chronicles by Garth Nix
  • Granuaile of the Iron Druid Chronicles
  • Gracie Lockwood from “My Diary from the Edge of the World” by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Alex from The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  • Auralia from the Auralia Thread by Jeffrey Overstreet
  • Tek Lara from Prophet by R.J. Larson
  • Eun Na from “Eun Na and the Phantom” by Erica Laurie
  • Gwendolyn Lancaster from The Aeronaut’s Windlass
  • Seraphina from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Robin from “Sew, It’s a Quest” by Kendra Ardnek
  • Maraly Weaver from The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  • Virginia Ramsey from Rachel Starr Thomson’s Seventh World trilogy
  • Lila from the League of Princes series
  • Cinderella from the League of Princes series
  • Hazel from Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
  • Elena from Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdhall
  • Mirasol from Chalice by Robin McKinley
  • Katriona from Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
  • Celine from Lady Moon by Rachel Starr Thomson
  • Glory from Wings of Fire

CLOSING NOTE

Thanks so much to everyone who has nominated/seconded your favorite heroines (and other characters) and have been involved with filling this second Silmarillion Awards with so much fantasy fun/celebration/chatting! You are the best! Thank you! I hope you enjoy the next parts of this bloggish celebration! Don’t forget to vote and share the word with #SilmAwards2017 if you wish! Thanks for reading! ^_^

Most Epic Heroine Nominations! #SilmAwards2017

And so it begins, my friends!

The Second Annual Silmarillion Awards start today, so it’s time to nominate your favorite fantasy characters!

(Plus, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!)

The Silmarillion Awards are a just-for-fun “Fantasy Oscars” blog event to recognize our favorite characters from fantasy literature by awarding them “Silmaril” awards for best-in-category — more about it here, if you’re new.

We (myself and 9 other awesome bloggers, not to mention all you fantasy fans out there!) hold it in July to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings. This is the perfect year, too — did you know Tolkien’s earliest pennings of the tales of The Silmarillion can be found in notebooks dating as far back as 1917? That’s 100 years ago, people! :O

The Silmarillion Awards is one of my favorite times of year — a time to celebrate all things Tolkien and fantasy, particularly the beloved inhabitants of our favorite fantasy books!

Here on this blog, I’m hosting . . .

The “Most Epic Heroine” Silmaril

The Most Epic Heroine Silmaril should go to a character who is a truly great heroine: she can be intelligent, brave, loving, with an inner or outer grace that defines her as a most epic heroine, willing to fight (either physically or with her intellect) against all odds for what she loves — a heroine beloved by other characters and readers alike; whether quiet or spirited, she should exemplify the spark of higher qualities which the great heroes and heroines of fantasy fiction hold.

This Silmaril will be presented by a certain shieldmaiden from the home of the horse-lords, famed for her heroism, strong will, persistence in the face of danger, and defeating a foe no man could slay, eventually finding her true place as a fair lady of healing; a graceful and truly most epic heroine.

And now, my fabulous fantasy friends, this is where you come in. These awards are fan-voted, which means you!

Nominate your favorite heroines here!

This post is the place to nominate your favorite epic heroines from fantasy, which you can do by commenting below! (Please mention the book the character is from, as well!)

If someone has already nominated a character you wanted to nominate, you can “second” (or “third”, “fourth”, “fifth” etc.) their nomination by replying to that comment.

The top five characters in each category with the most seconds/nominations will go to the next round of voting (beginning July 10).

A few guidelines…
  • When nominating, please mention which book the character is from!
  • You can nominate or second as many characters as you like!
  • Nominations are only open to fantasy characters, as these are “Fantasy” awards (hence, things like The Hunger Games don’t apply — since that’s Dystopian, for example).
  • Don’t nominate Tolkien’s characters (they’re already the standard for these categories!).
  • Don’t nominate a character you wrote (though your fans are welcome to!).
  • As lifetime awards, the characters who won last year aren’t eligible (though “Most Epic Heroine” is a new award this year, so there’s no one off-limits on that count for this one!).
  • Spread the word on social media using #SilmAwards2017
  • If you have questions that I did not answer, feel free to ask!
  • Have fun!

These awards are just for fun, so enjoy yourself and have a blast celebrating all things fantasy and applauding your favorite characters (including heroines! ;)) from fantasy literature! 🙂

Timeline

Nominations are open July 3 – 7, so nominate away! 🙂

  • July 10-14: Second Round Voting
  • July 17-28: Awards Presented
  • July 29: Fantasy Celebration

The Other Awards

Don’t forget to drop by the other blogs to see the other categories and nominate (or second) characters for those as well! (The other hosting bloggers have more fantasy giveaways too, so be sure to enter those!)

(FYI: You can get this gorgeous graphic by DJ Edwardson on a commemorative t-shirt or mug this year! For 10% off, use coupon code: TOLKIEN2017 [Proceeds go to support future Silmarillion Awards events.])

Giveaway

Speaking of epic fantasy heroines… I’m so excited to share a delightful giveaway with you here on my blog today!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win one of two epic fantasy-themed prizes, featuring great heroines as well. 😉

One winner will receive:

Firethorn Chronicles Prize Pack (Kindle copy of The Firethorn Crown, paperback copy of Midsummer Captives, dragon wing necklace, bookmark), provided by fantasy author Lea Doué.

I’ve read and enjoyed The Firethorn Crown, and as a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, it definitely has several great fantasy heroines! 😉

A second winner will receive:

A paperback copy of Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, provided by yours truly.

Paper Crowns is one of my top favorite fantasy books of all time, and also features one of my favorite heroines ever. 🙂 So it seemed like the perfect thing to give away! (Plus, everyone needs to read it. XD)

Enter the giveaway HERE via the Rafflecopter

(Giveaway is open for residents of US and Canada, running through July 3 – 9, and winners will be announced sometime thereafter. :))


So what are you waiting for?

Nominate away, my fabulous fantasy friends! Who will you nominate (or second!) for Most Epic Fantasy Heroine? Comment below through July 7th and celebrate your favorite heroines! I can’t wait to see everyone’s nominations! 🙂

NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED; VOTING BEGINS JULY 10.

Announcing 2nd Annual Silmarillion Awards!

I have some very exciting news for you all today! 😀

I’m pleased to announce that this July, beginning next week, myself and 9 other awesome bloggers are going to present . . .

The Second Annual Silmarillion Awards

Some may remember last year’s awards, but for anyone new (or needing a refreshed memory) they are a fan-voted just-for-fun award for recognizing the greatest fantasy characters in several categories… And since characters from The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) are fairly universally recognized as the top of the line in these matters, they are the ones presenting the awards, “Silmarils” (from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion), to said fan-voted characters.

These are unofficial, just-for-fun awards, a sort of “Fantasy Oscars” for beloved characters from fantasy novels. 🙂

We’re also having oodles of fun giveaways, a scavenger hunt for a Tolkien-themed grand-prize, and all sorts of fantasy fun, so you are NOT going to want to miss this! 😀 (You can also get a snazzy commemorative t-shirt or mug to cover costs, if you like; details on Jenelle’s blog here about that and other SilmAwards details!)

This year, we’re switching things up and each taking a different award than we had before. There are also a few different categories that that weren’t here last year! As well as a couple of new bloggers joining us! We’re all very excited. 😀

Last year, I hosted the Strangest Character Silmaril (presented by Tom Bombadil) which was awarded to Puddleglum in rhyme-form. (Now THAT was fun…)

This time, I will be presenting an award that is new this year:

The Most Epic Heroine Silmaril (Presented by Eowyn)

I’m very excited. 😀

The other awards, their presenters, and the bloggers hosting them are as follows:

Notes:

  1. These are LIFETIME awards, which means that a character who won an award in a previous year is not eligible for this year.
  2. Characters from Tolkien’s works are also not eligible for voting, since they are already recognized as the top characters in those categories of fantasy excellence, which is why they’re presenting them. 🙂
  3. And you can’t nominate a character YOU wrote; though you are definitely welcome to tell your own readers about the awards and encourage them to nominate some of your characters. 🙂

Time Line

The time-line is going to be:

  • Round 1: July 3-7: Nominations Begin! Nominate your favorite fantasy characters from beloved books, in the appropriate comment-thread of each participating blog for that category (or “second” someone else’s nomination!).
  • Round 2: July 10-14: Voting Begins! The top 5 characters in each category with the most “seconds” will be up for voting during this week. Be sure to vote for your favorite in each category!
  • Round 3: July 17-28: Award Presentation! The winner of each category will be announced on the hosting blogs on different days throughout this period of time, and the characters from The Lord of the Rings (or The Hobbit) representing each category will present the Silmaril awards to the most-voted-for characters!
  • Round 4: July 29: Celebrate! In celebration of the 63rd anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings, you’re invited to join the fun by posting on your own blog or social media about why you love Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien, etc. Basically, let’s party about all things Fantasy and/or Tolkien!

What do you do now?

I know, it’s SUCH suspense, having to wait a whole week!

But if you need something to do while you wait, may I suggest you:

  • Follow the hosts’ blogs if you don’t already (they’re all awesome!)
  • Get excited!
  • Spread the word around social media (use #SilmAwards2017)
  • If you’re a blogger, you can start thinking up some sort of fantasy-or-Tolkien-appreciation post for the end of July, because you have a whole month to do it! 😉
  • Most importantly, start thinking of your favorite fantasy characters in each of those categories so you’ll be all ready to start nominating on July 3rd!

Stay tuned, as there will be more info (and the awards themselves), as well as giveaways and general fantasy fun, coming next week and all through July. 🙂

(You can also share this infographic I made, below. Or the gorgeous, official SilmAwards logos, above, that DJ Edwardson made.)

Nominations start in one week! So get ready!! 😀

What do you think?

Are you excited? I’M EXCITED. Which award are you most looking forward to? And does it sound like it’s going to be epic or WHAT? 😀 Thanks for reading! ^_^

Writer Ups & Downs

It’s a funny thing: it seems the writers’ life consists mostly of ups and downs.

I mean, there’s all these times when we’re either SUPER EXCITED about writing and just so energized, and other times when we’re super down about it and think our writing is worthless etc. etc.

One moment we are all:

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

And the next:

Quoth the raven: Nevermore.

Our writer lives are a series of mountains and valleys. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

It seems that there’s not an even road, where we are just quietly content in where we are in our writing, things going smoothly but not exciting (because if it’s going smoothly, that IS exciting), or just generally “meh, it’s okay” (because thinking that rockets one quickly to: “there must be something wrong with it if I’m feeling that way about it!” which turns to super down), and it’s all extremes.

(I’m generalizing, and if you’re not this way, then just ignore everything I said. XD)

But I suppose it makes sense, since writers are primarily storytellers, and in a story, things mostly ARE extremes. It’s either enormously happy for our heroes or super-super-enormously, extravagantly bad for our heroes. (Usually the latter; being a book character is a poor career choice, let me tell you. XD) Because in a story, if it was just meandering along a flat place where things were okay or all right, then… there wouldn’t be much of a story.

Perhaps we writers are attuned to that (and are also dramatic souls *cough* *guilty*) and tend to take it in extreme emotions one way or the other.

I’m not saying this is good or bad. XD I’ve just been thinking about it. 🙂 (Again, if you’re not this way, forgive my ramblings and let me know otherwise. :P)

I’ve been going through some writer ups and downs this year myself.

I’ve been writing short stories, which means I’ve been finishing things! But that also means I haven’t been making progress on novels.

I’ve been writing in small dashes of this-and-that, not focusing on any one thing, which means I haven’t made any serious progress on ANYTHING. But I HAVE somehow amassed about 20,000 words of writing this year!

I’ve had some great “clicking” moments that have resulted in excitement over various stories! But I’ve also not been excited enough about one thing to focus on it.

I’ve been writing in snippets, so I haven’t made consistent progress. But I’ve been using Scrivener and that has helped with my snippet tendencies and I’m getting fun inspired scenes down!

I’ve (hopefully) decided what to write for NaNo and gotten super excited about it! But NaNo is 4 months away. (That’s both good and bad. XD)

I’ve written three short stories this year, which total 14,700 words (Wintertale, A Tale of Two Boxes, and a Kedran’s Wood “fanfiction” that will never see publication but was fun to get me back into the series). I’m 2000 words into another short story, Invisible Beauty, and almost finished. I’ve written at least a thousand words of The Secret of Kedran’s Wood a.k.a. KW2 (I haven’t been keeping very good track, just trying to get further since I’ve been stuck) and a snatch of KW3. I’ve written 1700 words of snippets of The Other Half of Everything. And a couple lines of random other things. Plus various plotting I’ve done.

In a way, it’s not very much for six months. In another way, it’s far better than I was doing this time last year during my huge burnout!

Plus, I’ve been doing a LOT of reading and reviewing, getting my story-and-writing-fix that way.

I’m at the point where I have decisions to make of which paths to take as I wander these mountains and valleys of my writing… and these decisions, too, are huge opposite decisions, in keeping with the ups-and-downs-extremes theme of this post. XD

I either need to get seriously back into writing soon, OR take a serious break in order to recharge.

I either need to buckle down and decide that I will focus on one specific story and pick it and stick to it, OR embrace my work-on-multiple-things-at-once thing I’ve been doing slightly and make it work for me.

I either need to start writing in order again and focus on getting things done that way, OR I need to embrace my scribble-snippets-out-of-order-all-over-the-place thing I’ve been doing and make that work for me too. (Scrivener might help. But it’s hard to sew the quilt-pieces together once I’ve made them, so… I don’t know.)

I also need to remember tips that I’ve learned in the past that I don’t always remember to put into practice, such as:

  • Draft zero. This is a huge friend of mine, or at least has been in the past, and it could really help me if I’d remember to use it.
  • Timers and wordsprints. Especially the awesome wordsprint timer on the NaNo site. This is also super helpful for if I want to write something and just don’t have the motivation. I’ve only used it for NaNo and Camp so far, but the amount of progress that can happen in 15-or-20 minutes with this thing is astounding, so I should probably go for it again sometime.
  • Music. I know music can be super inspiring and get me in the grove, but I just don’t remember to listen to it much. (It doesn’t help that the speakers on my laptop are shot, so I have to remember to use earbuds, and I just don’t.)
  • A time to focus. I don’t write when I can’t focus, which means I just don’t have a time for it in my life right now. I need to set aside a time every day, or at least occasionally, to block out distractions and just open my Scrivener documents and at least TRY. Normally those times come at night and I’m either too tired, or I decide to read or write a review instead. Problems. 😛

Anyway. There’s a bit of a ramble on what’s up with my writing life of late, and its ups and downs, and partially just to remind myself of some things I should know. (Does that ever happen to you?) Writing is how I understand things in my life, so writing this out helped show me where I am, which is helpful. 😉

I’m going to leave you with a scribble of poetry that was meandering around my head at 2 a.m. when I was trying to sleep but instead thinking about all these things.

Writer ups and writer downs
We will don our paper crowns
Take up our most loyal pens
Find out where the story ends

Thanks for reading! ^_^