I’m Wittier In Writing- Chapter 4: Outlining + Pinterest= Drake Dancing GIF

Hello bibliophiles and bookworms! I hope everyone is doing splendid. I think it would be appropriate to say good luck to anybody participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m not participating but I do relate to the struggle and excitement after doing NaNoWriMo last year!

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For anybody who don’t know, I’m Wittier In Writing is a post fortnightly meme created by me, Astra, so that I could share my trials and tribulations that might have happened over the past two weeks connected to my writings. I just this might be a good place to express my feelings over my writing experience and hopefully these might be a little bit relatable.

Here are my past ‘chapters’ if you want to check them out:

Chapter 1: Suffocation, Frustration and Inspiration?

Chapter 2: Poems and Plagarism

Chapter 3: Fifteen Minuets of Not Procrastinating

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I’m Wittier In Writing-  Chapter 3: Fifteen Minutes of Not Procrastinating

Hello guys! And happy World Poetry Day! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday and nothing is fiercely worrying/depressing you. Life is to short! Anyway, it’s time for another chapter of I’m Wittier In Writing!
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For anybody who don’t know, I’m Wittier In Writing is a post fortnightly meme created by me, Astra, so that I could share my trials and tribulations that might have happened over the past two weeks connected to my writings. I just this might be a good place to express my feelings over my writing experience and hopefully these might be a little bit relatable.

Here are the previous two chapters if you missed them:

Chapter 1: Suffocation, Frustration and Inspiration?

Chapter 2: Poems and Plagarism


 

I have been writing everyday. Well nearly everyday anyway, I kind of let myself slip over the weekends and today, but I actually did write everyday! I am trying put a new schedule of sorts and that includes me writing (well typing) up my first draft for the duration of the bus ride (around fifteen minutes) every weekday morning. It seriously did help me a lot and I think if I hadn’t of kind of pushed myself to do this, I would be really behind on my writing goal.  I think I’m kind of obsessed with having an designated seating place to write (which is basically somewhere cozy at home). But if I stay in that frame of mind, my WIP won’t be done for years. I have to face the fact that I won’t be able to have that perfect, comfortable place on demand and sometimes you do have to write on the stiff, bus seats to get through it.

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So I’m all good during the morning but in the evenings…it kind of slips away. With my life being as jam packed with stuff as it is now, I can barely make time to do my revision, let alone write! I know there must be a more efficient way to do this, I just haven’t found it yet!

I am loving Twitter at the moment and reading all of the lovely relatable tweets with the amwriting hashtag. I guess it just makes the whole process more real knowing that your not alone. That’s kind of the reason of why I was thinking about going to that writing club. So that this whole process doesn’t have to be a lonely one.  I guess the whole writing a story ordeal has to come from you and you alone, but those acknowledgements at the start of books aren’t there for show.

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And now for World Poetry day, I will give you an extract of my ‘NaNoWriMo story converted into a poem’ poem. It’s probably the most terrible thing you would of read,  but I have to get a tough skin somehow.


 

Cold as stone

Hard as stone 

Pieces of herself peeling away

Though even those are trapped

By the bars of her cage


She is hollow

But the act that sent her to hell

Filled her with a light which could only come from heaven.

 

It is extinguished now

And she isn’t sure she wants it ignited


 

Yep that’s all I’m showing! Crap I know but I girl has to start somewhere!


 

Those are my musings and I hope you found them at least a tiny bit entertaining! Be sure to tell me how horrible that part of my poem was.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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I’m Wittier In Writing- Chapter 2: Poems and Plagarism

Hello guys and welcome to another chapter of I’m Wittier in Writing!

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For those who don’t know I’m Wittier In Writing is a post fortnightly meme created by yours truly just to share my trials and tribulations that might have happened over the past two weeks connected to my writings. I just this might be a good place to express my feelings over my writing experience and hopefully these might be a little bit relatable.

Here is the previous chapter if you want to check it out: I’m Wittier In Writing- Chapter 1: Suffocation, Frustration and Inspiration?

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I’m Wittier In Writing- Chapter 1: Suffocation, Frustration and Inspiration?

Hey guys! I hope you’re great and the Monday blues aren’t getting you down.

I few posts ago I think I said I wanted to start talking about my writing on this blog so here I am. These series of posts are going to be called I’m Wittier In Writing and will be focusing on my trials and tribulations on writing. I hope that these posts will be a outlet for me (and maybe for you down in the comments) because sometimes us writers need somewhere to just express our frustrations from time to time. These posts will be fortnightly on a Monday, but I will add in extra posts if I feel it necessary.

Onto this week’s post!

I’ve been editing and looking over my NaNoWriMo piece and I’ve been feeling very proud of myself! Everything is a mess, as it would be, but it feels like I have something to grasp not matter how rubbish it reads. I feel like I need a dedicated week to focuse on my NaNoWriMo piece as I am finding it hard to concentrate on it and not procrastinate. Maybe in the summer I will try to  do something. Also, I think I wasn’t the only one who received an email for NaNoWriMo trying to rally the editorial troops. Even though I said that I want to edit my half a novel, I’m not sure that I want to do it with NaNoWriMo. I feel like I would get bogged down with expectations and feel suffocated. I would prefer to edit on my own terms with a couple of hot lemon water and a KitKat.

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I think that I have a problem. I have too many plots in my head. And I’m not talking about my NaNoWriMo. I kind of want to write another story. I know, I know, it’s foolish. I think I should state that I am still interested in my NaNoWriMo story fully, but I have another story in my head half formed and I wanted to explore that story as much as I can. I feel free to talk about my half formed idea in these posts, so I will say it now that it’s definitely a fantasy story I’m conjuring up. I think I can confidently say that my love from fantasy came from my love of Magical Girl anime when I was younger. I’m thinking of cooperating MG into my story, but then I get bogged down about the details of it being a Middle Grade or Young Adult which makes my head hurt.

I am having some issues with planning this idea which is weird as I normally thrive at this part. Ir’s bugging me a lot and making me detest my brain. Even though I know my idea is just a seedling, my brain keeps throwing all of these different scenes in my head before I know if it’s going to be a medieval  fantasy or more futuristic, if my protagonist is twelve or seventeen. I’m just going to be blasting out A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing by Set It Off until inspiration hits me.

 

 

That’s all of my writing musings at the moment! I’d love to know if I’m just rambling rubbish to you or if you think this is a good outlet. As always, feel free to comment down below and I’ll be sure to comment back.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Surviving the NaNoWriMo Train and How To Get Left Behind- NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap!


Hello guys! Here is my weekly NaNoWriMo recap and what a week it had been! I swear I thought I wouldn’t survive the beating NaNoWriMo servered up. But somehow it’s Sunday and I survived. I survived.

So Monday started okay I think and so did Tuesday but it was on Wednesday everything went to high hell. I just couldn’t write. Anything. At all. I was still writing my first kind of info dumping part and it was forcing me into a writing block. So you know what, I just skipped over all of that snd went to a refreshing and completely different part of my story and I was able to catch up on 3000 words (I was down by 7000).

So by tomorrow, I should still be down by 4000 words but there will still be another weekend to catch up then. If I stay ontop of the 1667 words a day, then I’ll be okay.

Another thing I have to comment on is that how my characters literally hate me. My story is taking so weird turns and I don’t know if I should steer my story into the write direction or just let it roll. Someone help.

Weekly Word Count: 21,011

Good luck to all of my fellow writers! Remember- we can do this!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

Scraping The Muse Barrel- NaNoWriMo Week 1 Recap!

Hey guys, I hope your Sunday is brilliant, I am currently slaving away on some Biology homework which forces me to write a lot more than I would even write in English! And as you might probably tell I changed my theme of my blog. I think I just wanted something clearer and lighter, so picked this cute theme. Tell me down below if you like it or not because you’re the ones who will have to see it!

But today’s post isn’t about me failing at life, but me failing at NaNoWriMo (sort of). I have decided to write my story into three parts and I am still on the first part of my first part (I hope that makes sense). Two more days and then I should be on the more interesting parts of my story.

Weekly Word Count: 13, 414 words

So currently I am on top of my NaNoWriMo game! I am seriously shocked by this because yesterday was a really bad day for me.

Now even though I missed the word count by 200 words yesterday, that wasn’t the problem. I think I hit a writer’s block, or really tripped on pieces of a writers block. I was writing well for a few minutes but then I just could write anything after. It was super hard to write and I just couldn’t bring myself to even write the 200 words I needed make the word count. Six hundred worlds before that I was writing utter crap. I was on a scene that I really didn’t expect or want to write. The characters were doing there own thing and I couldn’t write to compensate that.

I went to bed feeling frustrated and defeated. 200 words was all I had to write and I couldn’t even write a sentence more.

I woke up today and didn’t write anything, I wanted to distance myself from the crap I wrote just yesterday.

Why couldn’t I just have a break for one day from NaNo? I am kind of ashamed to say I was thinking so negatively even though I just missed the word count by 200 words, but I was. I wasn’t going to give up though, I just need to have a break. And I did, for the whole  day until I sat myself in front of my google docs page and forced myself to write my 1667 words and an extra 200.

I did it to cut a long story short and I think that little stumble has made me realise something; I can’t expect to only give myself an hour at the end of the day and come out with something brilliant because I won’t. I do need to give myself more time and take off some pressure I have on myself. NaNoWriMo should be fun!

Next week is a new week anyway and there are only three weeks to go! I feel like I am having a bigger realisation now about writing in general, but I won’t disclose that yet.

Good luck to all of my fellow writers out there and keep the faith! WE CAN DO THIS!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Hey guys!

While I’m writing I loved to listen to music. Music just helps to get my creative juices flowing more smoothly and sometimes even inspires scenes or characters for the story I am writing! SO I figured that I should share the music that gets me in the writing mood and hopefully you too! All links go directly to YouTube so you can listen to the awesome songs I have to show you all day long.


When I Get Home Your So Dead- Mayday Parade

Death Of A Bachelor- Panic At Disco

Cinderblock Garden- All Time Low

Oh Well Oh Well- Mayday Parade

Missing You- All Time Low

Play On- Paloma Faith

Famous Last Words- My Chemical Romance

She’s My Winona- Fall Out Boy

American Candy- The Maine

Dollhouse- Melanie Martinez


There’s my playlist! You guys should definitely check out these songs anyway because they are beautiful!

What songs inspire you? Comment below!

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

My NaNoWriMo Story- NaNoWriMo #6

Firstly, good luck to all of the NaNoWriMos who have already started this great feat! 

  
So NaNoWriMo is like less that four hours away and I am totally freaking out. But before I hide myself away, I at least owe you lovely readers a blog post kind of telling what all of my five blog posts are based on, the story they are based on.

Now in advance, my blog posts and time in my blogsphere are going to be limited but I am going to try my absolute hardest to blog more or less regularly. It feels like I have been a little distant with the blogging world, but I swear if I have a spare ten minuets between passing out from exhaustion and eating a chocolate bar I will be blogging (and doing homework and trying to socialise and reading).

Without further ado here is my NaNo novel…

The Enchanted

 Ophelia is an Enchantress, meaning she can control on of the four elements the world depends on. In Taibria Enchanters are to be locked away as they threaten the easy routine of the Taibrian people.

After she creates a deadly forest fire, Ophelia is taken away and kept under lock and key in a high security prison for the rest of her life…well that’s until she is kidnapped by he most powerful Enchanter from the rival kingdom Arbius three years later- to be used as a war weapon.

But what Ophelia doesn’t know is that she’ll be making a lot of dangerous foes along her way and and not everyone can be trusted, including her own mind sometimes.

Rosalie on the other hand is a bored princess and Enchantress for there is no adventure for the future heir of the Kingdom of Elium. That’s until a non magical with a stubborn persona and driven mind catches her eye. 

Suddenly her life is turned on it’s head when she has to escape a Taibrian invasion leaving only with her hot fury for revenge and a snarky non magical.

As their lives cross and entwine not everyone will be able to survive the upcoming war that threatens to destroy life as anyone knows it. 

…..there it is. I know I know I’m crap at summaries but oh well!

I would love to become your writing buddy so just click here to go to my profile on my NaNoWriMo page if you want to too!

It’s really likely in not going to be at a laptop at the strike of twelve so my phone is my laptop for the time being. I will try to do regular posts about my NaNo journey but don’t hold me account to that! 

Um there’s nothing to say but good luck and remember this is just fun! And tell me about your stories in the comments!

Oh and happy Halloween 🙂

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

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