Attempt v. Result

Attempt v. Result

Sometimes you just have to have more than one creative outlet. I am desperately striving to find some kind of creativity outside of writing to allow myself to feel the gratification of completing something earlier than the months it takes me to finish a draft of a book. This year I decided I should probably learn to feed myself something other than noodles and the occasional baked chicken breast with a dash of seasoning.

I collected (hoarded) cookbooks like it was my job (I wish it was), and found that I really did enjoy following a recipe somebody else had figured out. However, I only ever ended up eating a few of the recipes in the book before inevitably buying another (not a hoarder, a collector). I was at a loss of how to find recipes I would actually want to cook during my busy work week.

Like any other self-respecting consumer of social media, I turned to Pinterest.

Pinterest, if you have somehow been living under a rock, is a website that allows you to collect other webpages to your own sort of “vision boards” and save them for later perusal. You can also view other people’s pins which should (key word being should as some people apparently don’t understand that concept) take you to the source of that information. It’s like researching via vision board.

I love it for researching novel characters and settings, ideas for my dream home, gardening tips for when I finally have that dream home, and of course recipes.

I’m sure there are many blogs about Pinterest fails or making recipes from cook books (think that movie Julie & Julia where she made the entirety of the Joy of Cooking). But, I’m going to go for it anyways.

I might share some of my draft “vision boards” or my cooking attempts. The possibilities are endless.

So let me know what you all would like to see. I hope you have fun learning with me how I can create outside of writing.

Happy Reading!

Work-in-Progress 2

Reset and Refresh: New Projects

I’m just going to admit it.

I started a new writing project.

Also…I really love this new project. (Like I’m already 50,000 words into it…love it.)

I have not given up on my former project, not even a little bit, but I have put it “on hold” for the time being. For me, it just doesn’t feel like I’ve gathered all of the pieces. Whether that’s because I’m missing an emotional concept or I just don’t quite have the right structure to it, something feels off. So I’m letting it sit to come back to it. I think I just need one more read through to figure it out.

Writing sometimes feels like a rubix cube to me. I know there are set ways to solve this, but until you really learn the right technique–the way to turn it so all the colors match and it all fits in place–the story just isn’t going to sit right. So, I’m going to keep reading through it and work on this new draft idea.

The New Draft

My new draft is a sci-fi focusing on a futuristic racing sport. I am very much enjoying writing the first draft of this. I forgot how much fun writing first drafts was after working so hard to revise my previous project. That excitement of words just flowing from brain to page is invigorating. As the quote goes “I hate writing, but love having written.” Sometimes seeing those words on the page is the best feeling. It’s like seeing the sketch that will some day become the masterpiece finally taking shape.

Now let’s hope that when I get to adding the paint (revisions), I like it just as much.