Strange Sights| I'M WRITING AGAIN + Strangers Are Scary

Well hello there friends. 

Today is a blessed day. Why, you ask? (or maybe you didn't ask, that's fine, too.)
Two words: Strange Sights.


If you've been with me for a while (if not, no hard feelings BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE IF NOT READING MY WORDS. Something productive, I imagine...), then you know that I had an idea I was very passionate about not too long ago, and I was absolutely in agony that I could not write it, but I consoled myself with chocolate and the thought that one day I would write it, but for now, I was focusing on one book until it was finished.

As I'm sure you all can detect, this is going to be a post about self-discipline, prioritizing, and getting things done in an orderly fashion.


I finished editing the 5th draft of Behind the Glass (my precious little wonder is almost all grown up), and once I handed that off to my grandparents, I had nothing left to do except twiddle my thumbs. As wonderfully thrilling as twiddling my thumbs is, I needed to do something writing-related (because I can't just take a break. No no, that would be ridiculous. I must always have a million things to do).

One day I just opened up a new document on my trusty ol' laptop, and started writing. I wasn't quite sure what I was writing, or even how to write, but I WAS WRITING. And oh what a thrill that was (I felt like I was on the best rollercoaster ever). Like most roller coasters, after the peak, I came crashing down.

...the idea of writing something completely new had caught up to me. I had a little existential crisis, had a couple drinks (of tea. 4 mugs in one hour, to be exact. I don't stress-eat, I stress-drink all the tea in my house), and then sat down and figured out why there were so many other things I would rather do than write, such as:
  • read the dictionary
  • give my dog a bath
  • jump into shark infested waters
  • organize my sock drawer 

You see, I haven't written a new story in two years (my last book was written in NaNo '15). I didn't want to say goodbye to the characters I've been working with for two years. I know them so well (aka THEY ARE MY CHILDREN AND I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO HURTS THEM. except for me, I can hurt them as much as I like), but if I start a new book, then I have to put away those characters in a little box for a bit and get to know someone completely new and strangers are scary okay??? They don't teach "stranger danger" for no reason...

ME TRYING TO GET TO KNOW NEW CHARACTERS.
I also forgot how to write anything longer than three sentences and that is not helpful when trying to write something over 80,000 words. I would say that writing is like riding a bike though (and one crash and First Aid kit later, I apparently forgot how to ride a bike, too).

All this to say: 

I set aside my fears of messing up a book and never being able to write again, gulped a cup of strong black tea, and just wrote for an hour (my typing speed had also declined considerably. my typing speed = elderly turtle), finding that if I just turned off my natural instinct to second-guess every word I wrote, not everything was trash! What a notion.

I am very happy to be writing Strange Sights because the tone of it is very different than anything I've written before. It's all silvery mornings and fairy lights and murder. It's a beautiful book that is just a teensy bit gruesome and scary. 

Be on the lookout for more Strange Sights posts (or not. You do you, boo) because odds are I'm going to be whining at some point about how hard writing is (I like to whine. It makes me feel better)

Are you able to do something flawlessly after not doing it for a while? Do you do projects one at a time? 
(does whining make you feel better?)

Toodlepip

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  1. Ahhh you're writing a story!!! So exciting!!!

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  2. Exciting!! And I like how 'read the dictionary' was a notable priority. You know what's up, yo.

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    1. Thanks! And being informed of the latest definitions is quite an important thing, indeed.

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  3. Good to see you back in the writing zone!

    I need practice for a few days whenever I pick up something that I haven't done in a while - games, crafts, etc. It can be very frustrating those few days, but the groove still comes back rather quickly.

    And yes, I have multiple projects going at once. I would not survive if I didn't have something productive to do. I seem to be made for toil for some reason.

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too! The writing zone is such a fun place to be.

      Glad to know I'm not alone in needing a bit of time to get back into the groove. :)

      Right? Doing more than one thing just makes life so much more interesting! A little stressful (depending on the project), but fun. :)

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  4. GAH I totally feel you about having stranger anxiety when writing about new characters! I feel so attached to my precious characters from old stories that it's difficult. But it's also fun! I loved this post! Especially the bit about the elderly turtle haha! :) Can't wait to hear more about Strange Sights. Love the combo of fairy lights and a killing plot!

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    1. RIGHT? They're my precious children, but they must fly the nest someday, I suppose.
      Glad to hear that you're a fan of the fairy lights and murder. It's been so much fun to play around with. I'm excited about it. ;D

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  5. (Whining makes me feel SO MUCH better. Or at least justified in my opinion of whatever it is I'm disliking.)

    I'm a comparatively new follower here, but I enjoyed this post and I look forward to reading more about Strange Sights! :)
    - Jem Jones

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    1. Right? My thoughts exactly. ;)

      Well hello! Glad to have you! Whenever I get a new reader, I get very happy. So thank you for reading. :)

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  6. I totally get this. When I finished up the sixth book with the same amazing group of characters, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to write a book about a totally different cast. But once I started, I fell in love with the newbies and enjoyed writing their story. Just give them some time and they'll start letting you in on their secrets.

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    1. Wow, I've never written more than 3 books with the same characters. I can only imagine how attached I would get with SIX books. That's awesome that you were able to get to know the newbies and love writing their story. :) Here's hoping the same for me. XD

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  7. Though I didn't mention it in your previous post, I missed you! And I'm glad that you're busy writing. Does that mean you're doing NaNoWriMo?

    As for me, I can't wait to finish the novel I currently have. I started the Contemporary when I was 14 but have been battling it for FOUR YEARs and I haven't been writing consistently until recently. I want to (kind of) do NaNoWriMo in order to try to finish it off.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I am doing NaNoWriMo, and I have no idea how I'm going to balance it with everything else, but I'll manage...

      I BELIEVE IN YOU!! You can do this. Beat NaNoWriMo!!

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  8. It's an odd sensation, switching story worlds. I suppose it's the closest thing I can get to dimension hopping. But I like to work on about a dozen projects at a time, so it doesn't feel all that jarring.

    I'm glad to hear you're writing again, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about Strange Sights!

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    1. It really is. If you get used to the many projects, then I suppose you would get more accustomed to it. Maybe I should try that more.

      Thanks! I'm glad too. :)

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  9. I tend to have multiple writing projects going, all in different stages. Several percolating, one I'm thinking a lot about in preparation of writing it, one I'm actively writing, and another I'm re-writing/revising/giving a break.

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    1. That's a good way to do it, so you always have something to work on in whatever stage it's in. :)

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  10. Alright, new story! I can't say I've had your problem, I'm more on the "too many story ideas at once that I can't finish any of them" side of things, but it still can be scary starting something new. It feels like you might forget or leave behind your other characters, which is a really sad thought.

    Also - stress tea drinking! YES! Like why do people even need drugs when there's tea?

    Silvery mornings and fairy lights and murder - sounds awesome! Definitely looking forward to more posts about it! Happy scribblings!

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