Saturday, 26 March 2016

What Live Novel Writing Has Taught Me

The main thing I've learned about writing a novel live is that I can't go back and change things in the story. This has enabled me to keep moving forward, whereas when I normally write a book in secrecy I change things often, becoming increasingly frustrated along the way. By writing anew with what is already there, I've no choice but to keep moving forward in the story, no matter what catastrophes I inflict on my characters. I can't just go back and delete them out of diabolical situations, I have to actually write them through corners I shove them into. Otherwise people who are reading along as I write will be mighty confused! So I can only write chronologically and not non-linear at all.

It's so fun! Even when writing devastating conundrums.

It's amazing writing this way. I never know what will happen next, or how they will survive each fiasco.

I think I will write all of my books live from now on. It has enabled me to fly through a story because I'm always excited to find out what happens next! And because I don't know what twist, turns, and surprises will happen next in my live written novel, neither does anyone who reads it along with me as I write.

So beware. Anything could happen! Just as soon as I'm over this flu I will be able to finish Chapter 12 and so on! And I really do want to be all better soon. This flu is insufferable. I might give this illness to a character, if I wanted to be really cruel. Seriously. *coughs* Ouch :'(

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Live Writing; the Consequences

What I've learned so far about attempting to write at least a chapter a day, is that as a single parent with young children, it's just not fucking possible!

Sorry, I haven't had any 'me time' today. Not even 5 minutes to myself, so mummy is a bit stressed out to the max, to be honest. As I write this my toddler is in her crib but she refuses to go to sleep even though she's mega tired. And the stupid auto correct on this phone I'm typing one-fingered on, is driving me batty. It auto changes every god damn word I type, fully assuming I want to type a completely different word, when I do not! I have to back track and it's making me want to destroy everything!

One sec...

Ok I'm back. I turned off auto-correct on my phone. Oh em jee, this is amazing! I can type whatever I want! I'm free! There's no bar of words above my keyboard. This is tee-rific!

Right so what have I learned about live writing? It's too much pressure and I'm stressed out. I keep thinking I have to write daily, even when there's no way I'll have time for it. 

What to do? 

I guess I should carry on. I can still upload new chapters straight after writing them. I just won't make promises to upload daily. I was being silly. My writing isn't a priority. It can't be. Not under current circumstances. Maybe some day though.

The main feedback I've been getting about live writing is that I'm brave, or crazy. When I decided to do this I thought nothing of either issue. I've had my writing praised and critisized loads over the years. Everyone has their opinion about my writing and I know there's no pleasing everyone, while people who like my books are perfectly happy with my unique style. 

And as for being crazy enough to post my first draft work, well why not? It gives everyone a chance to become absorbed into the story knowing I haven't altered "edited" the tale. What I write herein is purely imaginitive. It's unfettered by the words I use to relay the story. No one has to worry about the words because they are just a means to an end. 

I'm not live writing for editors here, I'm doing this to tell the tale. I'm writing this for me, and for whomsoever wants to read it for the adventure!