Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Word Count Wednesday--three

What am I working on?

This week I tried to write some poetry. Some of it was almost mediocre. Most of it was pretty bad, but at least I tried! Poetry has never been my thing, but I've been trying to write some because I think it will help me work on my descriptive language.  I also started to write a short story based on something that happened to me and my friend while we were in Paris.  I've also been editing the first chapter of the book I've been working on.

Total word count this week: 819 

How do I feel about the process?

I get really frustrated when I try to write poetry because I don't find it fun.  I think that if I find a subject that I'm more passionate about the poem about will be easier to write.  So maybe I just need to find the right subject and get over my hatred of poetry.  I really liked writing the beginning of the short story, but I was finding it difficult to create voices for the characters, which is weird because it's me and my friend. I was thinking of writing out a conversation that we really did have before I write a fictional conversation, and maybe our voices will come out better.

Overall, I found the process this week kind of frustrating. I think it's always difficult to start writing a different type of project than you're used to, so maybe once I get into writing more poetry and short stories it will be a little easier.

What am I reading?

The Magicians by Lev Grossman


  1. Dialogue is an excellent tool to help discover the character / narrator's voice.

    I can relate to your frustration with poetry. I love reading the stuff -- but writing poetry scares me because I admire the old-school poets so much, I feel pathetic by comparison. So, when I do write poetry, I need to check my ego at the door, and just go for it.

    What topics have you been writing about for your poems?

    1. I was writing about the different cities I went to in Europe over the summer, but I feel like I need to choose something more specific. Maybe if I narrow it down to a certain thing that happened in each city it would be better. Or if I chose something in specific to describe.