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The End

Manuscript is DONE. Edits made. Post Edits made. Formatting somewhat fixed and now she’s off in the hands of my capable editor.

I want to run and jump and dance and squee.  I also sort of want to vomit. Mainly, I want to sleep.

Dear God. I hope it doesn’t suck.

*twirls you all*

Things I’ve Learned So Far…

In college, our creative writing professor told us that writing is 100% hard work. I’d add to that by saying it’s 100% rewriting.thumper

I’ve been diligently working on this manuscript. I took a vacation last week to spend time getting through this most latest version (#3 or 4, I can’t really remember) and in the process, I’ve learned a few things.

1. Making little notes like “and here you end the scene” really isn’t helpful during the first draft. Well. It’s helpful as you are writing the first draft, not so much in later drafts.

2. Bursts of inspiration can bit you in the ass. Going through my first draft, I whizzed through scenes, skimped on details and glossed over setting. I know writing is rewriting, but I want to kick my June self for making me do all the hard work.

3. The internet is the devil. I don’t just mean that it’s a time waster. We all know it is. I just mean that if I have plans to get some serious writing done, reading about deaths and sexism and racism and annoying political stupidity really doesn’t engender a great mindset. In fact, it only depresses me and since I’m writing about love and laughter and the struggle to find yourself, a mopey little emo mood doesn’t help. Also? DAMN people are mean. It staggers me how cruel some folks can be.

Take some advice, mean people of the word: “if you don’t have something nice to say…” you know the rest.

4. I’m in love with a fictional character of my own making. He may not be perfect, but I adore him. I hope you will too!

Be good to each other, folks!

That Awkward Moment…

That awkward moment when you’re five chapters into the second draft of your WIP and realize one character’s history needs to change. And it significantly impacts THE ENTIRE BLOODY PLOT.

Sigh.

So, rewrites here I go. I can do this. I CAN DO THIS.

Want a sneak peek? Okay, since you asked so nicely…

 

“I did kiss you.” Declan takes a slow step in my direction, his eyes narrowed into slits as he stares down at me. There is a crinkle of electricity in that stare and I feel my throat constrict. “Drunk as I was, I could tell you liked it. You weren’t all frigid, not for the whole of it. I felt your…a…” he looks down at my chest and his eyes linger between my two top buttons, “bits that were keen.”

I pause for a beat, measuring his expression to determine whether or not he’s serious. Declan wets his bottom lip and I can do nothing but laugh. I didn’t realize men were really this obnoxious. He doesn’t seem to like my reaction. His face hardens, becomes guarded and severe and his cheeks grow an even deeper shade of pink.

“You think you rocked my world?”

“I did in fact, I’m guessin.”

I reach for his face and Declan leans back, but doesn’t brush my hand away. I can see his green eyes darken and he bites the inside of his cheek. The crackle of energy returns, but I know it is forced, that my slow, intimate movement has elevated the tension exactly how I’d intended. My thumbnail rubs across his bottom lip and he swallows, the sound audible.

“Funny, because I recall my world getting rocked a lot harder those few minutes Tucker and I were alone in my classroom.”

And here’s some Ed to get you in the mood:

Writing Mojo

About four years ago I got fired. It was unexpected (isn’t it always?) and I admit to being a bit shell shocked about the whole situation. mojoThere was one positive that came out of all that drama, though…in a matter of three months, I completed a novel. Now, I won’t say that I wrote the entire thing in three months, but I did finish it in that time.

Every day, I wrote from sun up to sun down. I was compelled.  I was in love with my characters, in love with the mythology, the humor. It was a fun book to write.

Unfortunately, Twilight happened around that time and my beloved “vampire novel” became a trunk story. Sometimes I still go back and reread it, going through my favorite parts, enjoying the emotion, the drama, the humor.

I’ve written quite a bit of fiction since then., mainly short stories, but certainly not with the same passion and enthusiasm as I did that book.

I’m new to the Rom genre. For years and years I snubbed my nose at romance writers and readers, not really understanding that to be a truly great writer, one must be willing to expand beyond those self imposed barriers.

For the past three weeks, I’ve jumped in, feet first and started writing a contemporary New Adult romance novel. This is definitely outside of my self built box, but it’s something I’m enjoying. It’s wonderful to sit down and just write. I’ve gotten that same sensation I had when I wrote the vampire novel. I think about my characters, my scenes all day and eagerly race home to get back to them. I’m told that’s the mark of a good story. I’m told that if you can’t stop writing a story, then your readers won’t be able to stop reading.

This excites me.

In the past three weeks, I’ve written nearly 50k words or about 160 pages. In. Three. Weeks.

I’m astounded. I’m nervous, and for the first time in a very long time, I’ve got my writing mojo running full force.

What are you writing? I’d love to hear from you!

Hello, world.

This is a new adventure for me. I’m starting out with this blog in uncharted terriories and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me.

Plot bunnies run in my head and I find it’s difficult just trying to keep up with them. But when the ideas become too many, I find the easiest solution is to focus my attention on the imaginary. Namely, visualizing what faces I see when I think about my characters.

Do please play along. Tell me about your ideal characters and what they look like.

First up, my main character…a nameless girl as of now. (Pretty much all these characters are nameless so please, bear with me)

She’s an average girl with a lot of spunk, still trying to figure everything out:

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And the boy who infuriates her the. most. A rugby player and perpetual smart ass. He has issues, what bad boy doesn’t, but he’s got a soft spot for our MC.

ImageAnd the best friend (hers):

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And His:

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And the MC’s father who puts everyone’s lives into upheaval:

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What about you lot? Share your ideal characters in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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