I know, I’m really bad at updating. It’s really hard to find the time and I haven’t had anything to blog about either, since I haven’t worked on Wavesongs for a long time. But now I’m finally in the process of plotting the story, which has taken a lot of time since I felt the need to write short stories for a while and sort of write freely, without a deadline, without any plans or character limits. It’s been really good for me and I’ve had a lot of fun – I’ll keep writing short stories, of course, but not all the time because I do need to focus on my novel projects.
Wavesongs plotting is mostly difficult and frustrating right now, but it’s getting there, no matter how slowly. I didn’t think I’d need to change that much, but it will be a completely different story – and I’m happy about that. I’ll be able to make my otp happen for real, after all, and that makes me very happy. My hopes are also that I’ve learnt from my mistakes and will write a much better and more exciting story this time. We’ll see, but from the ideas I’ve had already I think it will be a really fun trilogy to write. Much more than before because it will be a lot less angsty.
I can’t make any promises about updating more often but I’ll try to come up with ideas for the blog as well, in between thinking about those pirates 😉
Sorry I never update, but there’s so little time in my life right now. At least I’m writing again, and quite a lot, though mostly AU:s and randomness that couldn’t be used for anything serious. But I’m doing it for my own entertainment (and my friend’s <3) and I’ve written +23K so far this year, which is pretty good all things considered.
I hope I can get more time and energy for my novels (and for the blog) soon! Writing AU:s is so much fun though, and I love it. And my writing has been more about quantity rather than quality for a long time now… 😉
Finally. I’ve had writer’s block for over a month and the last short story I wrote in 2015 was really bad… but tonight I managed to finish my first story of 2016! Just a short Wavesongs short story, sort of AU and plotless but I don’t care, as long as it’s my favourite characters being lovely and themselves and then there’s lots of dialogue and cute things they’re doing and… yes, writing Wavesongs stories really is the easiest because I know this verse so well, I don’t have to think about what the characters are like, and so it’s extremely useful whenever I get writer’s block and feel like I’ll never ever write again.
Also, I thought I’d count all the stories I wrote last year, which was by far my most productive year ever. In total, I wrote one novel, 26 short stories and 1/4 of another novel, and on top of this I also did a lot of editing. So I felt much better after that (and after writing the new story), and I hope I can keep it up this year as well! Let’s see how that goes 😉
So, it’s a new year and I hope 2016 has been good to you all so far. Personally, I’m just happy about the snow we’re having right now, and try not to think too much about all the serious work-related things ahead. I’ve had a lovely time during the holidays and now I’m looking forward to getting back to my routines, which will probably take a few days.
Oh, and this big, writing-related thing happened (well, it happened in my head). I don’t really know where it came from, but I realised I have to rewrite Wavesongs so that Chris and the Captain actually end up together (which they don’t, in the current version). It just hit me that I’ve been writing a story where I have a very obvious favourite character, and a very obvious OTP, but I’ve made the story go in another direction and that’s just… not good. My reason has been that the Captain is so flawed that Chris shouldn’t get stuck in a relationship with him, because there were certain things the Captain did that were unforgivable and you shouldn’t be with someone who doesn’t respect you. But what if I change him? What if I make a few tweaks and sort of merge his and Dylan’s character’s together, into one, better man who will actually be lovable? I feel a little crazy for even considering this, because it will change the entire story, and what will become of Dylan? etc etc… But I know deep down that I need to do this, and that I should have done it ages ago, because no matter how hard I’ve been fighting it, this trilogy has always been about the Captain. And it just became odder and odder how Chris kept obsessing and sort of caring for him, long after they’d fallen out and he was happy together with Dylan and definitely shouldn’t think of someone else. But he did, and I did, and I very much look forward to playing God and making this story turn out just the way I want.
This also means that Wavesongs will fit much, much better into the romance genre. It probably seems like a weird decision to my beta readers, but knowing what will happen in books two and three, I feel confident that I’m doing the right thing. *gross sobbing at the thought of actually making OTP 100% real* In a strange and slightly masochistic way, I’m also looking forward to rewriting the book completely. I don’t know how many decades it will take for me to finish the entire trilogy but I can’t wait to get to those final chapters of book three!
Just a few days left now until Christmas, how did that happen? I hope you’re having a less stressful week than I do – seriously, work is being ridiculous right now and there’s no way I’ll be able to cross everything on my to-do-list out before Wednesday. Oh well, the rest will just have to wait a few days.
So, about my plans for 2016 then. I said I’d translate Vågsånger into English, remember? Let’s just say, I tried translating a few pages and… no. Not doing that. It’s not that it’s hard, but it takes so much time – and time is the one thing I don’t have (a lot of). My revised plan is to hire someone else to translate it, because the time it would take to translate an entire novel is much better spent writing other, new novels.
Currently I’m focusing entirely on Entertaining the Sombrevilles. I’m doing the very first read-through now and I really do love this story – it’s just so much fun, and I think it shows that it’s my second novel. It’s a much simpler plot, sure, but I do think it flows better than Vågsånger, and it definitely was easier to write. This makes me very hopeful because it means I actually am making progress. Hopefully, I’ll just get better and better 🙂
Merry Christmas to all of you!