Rewriting an Idea

2018 Big Writing Goal

Once I complete the first draft of Emergence No. 7I’d like to rewrite it from a first-person perspective, utilizing three PoVs:

  1. First, Jet’s invisibility, which lets him observe the other characters in motion (through shadows) and also feel as bewildered as the reader (because he’s just simulating magic; he doesn’t actually wrap his mind around it).
  2. Then in Part Two, I’ll switch to Ovelia, who is trying to relearn the dimensions, filling holes since the time she cut herself off from wonder, in response to childhood trauma—similar to how many adults cut themselves off from science after experiencing frustration in school—and this will double as a means to dig deeper into the philosophies beneath the story.
  3. Finally, in Part Three, I’ll shift to Nalowei, who’s much more experienced in the dimensions, yet is struggling through the loss of her parents—an issue that’s more universal to the human experience, to give the reader a sense of grounding as she simultaneously juggles quantum issues.

I’ll release the story again through the lens of this prewrite, with the title Server No. 7, which illustrates the purpose of the Wizardhood better.

2019 Bigger Writing Goal

Once I’ve completed the first draft, Emergence No. 7, and the rewrite, Server No. 7—both as releases on Wattpad—I’ll introduce the e-book on Amazon, which will be the third and final edit; and a couple months later, I’ll release an audiobook.

3×3 (Medium x Small) Steps

  1. Finish 50-70K first draft by the end of September (4 months);
    • Finished Part One in June;
    • Finish Part Two in July, before wedding;
    • Finish Part Three in August and September, after honeymoon.
  2. Finish 70-90K second draft by the end of December (3 months);
    • Finish Part One by end of October;
    • Finish Part Two by end of November;
    • Finish Part Three by end of December.
  3. Finish 90K-110K final draft by the end of March (3 months);
    • Finish Part One by end of January;
    • Finish Part Two by end of February;
    • Finish Part Three by end of March.

This should generate 150K-200K towards my one-million-word goal, given edited content is counted at 50% value, and new content at 100% value; so this means I should realistically postpone one of the projects from my 8v8 exercise until 2019’s one-million-word goal. However, this doesn’t mean placing that project on a hard stop; it’s more like restricting the updates to monthly blog posts until Emergence No. 7 and Server No. 7 finishes.

Here are my candidates for pausing (the second and third options are listed in the likely inevitable event the other projects also expand, as Emergence No. 7 is expanding):

  1. Emergence No. 3 (prequel to Emergence No. 7) & From North On (travel blog);
  2. Emergence No. 4 (sequel to Emergence No. 3) Wyvia (ritualistic blog);
  3. Worlds They Dream (side story to Emergence series) & My Quest for Chicken (gardening and self-improvement blog).
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Free Writing

Yesterday, instead of posting, I secured a URL for this blog. Several people have already opted to follow my writing on this site, which is super flattering; thank you for your early commitment to readership! 🤗 I wanted to make a commitment to you, too—so now I have this blog set up at http://www.wyvia.com for easy reference and/or sharing.

I write this blog a wee differently than the rest of my blogosphere. Because these really are just whimsical ideas as I visualize a positive wedding experience, they’re written in stream-of-thought, meaning I’ve done zero pre-writing before I sit down.

With 99% of my writing, I sit down and pre-write with graphs, bubbles, doodles, ink blots, jots in my planner, recycled backs of receipts, postcards about nature (they get sent to strangers through Postcrossing.com, once I’ve written a couple dozen of them), memes, Pinterest boards with less than 10 followers, obscure hashtags on Twitter and Instagram, YouTube videos read by poorly scripted AI;

I build new Pinterest boards (I have so many Pinterest boards) to let my ideas collaborate with one another, sit in a pickle juice for a week or two, so when I come back to them, I can open my heart enough to the aged ideas to make out the story beneath the surface;

but with this blog, no pre-writing. Nada. Granted, I do research on wedding ideas, but I don’t immediately open this blog to draft my bullet lists and outlines—to get shit done, before the creativity leaves me—because I’m worried it’ll get in the way of my intention here: to tap into the silly dreams children have about weddings.

I don’t think I afforded myself this dream very often as a child.

In the instance of this blog, I need to be quiet when it comes to the research, preparation, goals and obligations, the frameworks and scaffolds, the clips and snips of a trained editor, the nervousness of a laid-off copywriter, all the gunk I’ve amassed between me, and what my inner child is thinking about;

I need to stream of thought.

Stream of thought is uncomfortable.

It didn’t used to be. Maybe this blog can help free me a bit in general.

The inner critic, or the need for perfectionism, the fear of judgment, the very real reality of looming threats, all get in the way of my inner child’s nervous desire to open up. I want to invite her into the dark halls; I try to tell her, Ignore the cobwebs in the rafters. I need to be quiet, and make sure the other influences and pressures hold still, so I can lure whimsical ideas out of my inner child, out of me, regardless of the crispness of how they’re breathed to life.

I need to choke and gurgle on my creativity a little.

I have two computer monitors and a wireless keyboard, so no matter where my cats want to sit on my desk, I can adjust where my writing project and keyboard are located to meet their furry needs; and I’ve never thought about the versatility of my desk set-up, beyond keeping my things out of the cats’ way.

But I’m also trying this new technique on this blog, where I write while looking at one of those “improve focus” YouTubes; for instance, this is the one I’m using today:

I have faith in the accuracy of my 110 WPM typing speed,—I’ve been doing this for a long time; some days, I merely transcribe my handwriting into typed words as a method of relaxation (and a way to submit old, handwritten things to platforms and publications)—so I know I can type without looking at the words I’m typing. By looking at the fine art on the monitor, listening to the binaural beats, and not focusing on my words, it further releases the anxiety of perfectionism that so often suffocates my sentences.

Flow is important, of course; and spellchecking is thing, too; so at the end of writing this stream of thought, I’ll go back for one proof, then another proof after our wedding, when I begin to embed links and ads into this blog to hopefully generate small revenues. (Gonna need that baby diaper money!)

I find myself stealing glances at my other monitor, madly driven to look at the visual balance of my sentences, or any typos that slipped their way; I have a long journey ahead to embrace the joy of simply creating again.

But I’m quite excited by the progress I’ve made in just a couple months!—and I’m mighty pumped to write wedding ideas on this blog. I’d like to post ideas about music, dances, sparkler tunnels, guestbooks, signs, vows, rings, registries, honeymoon adventures, cake, flowers;

and many of these ideas are already semi-set in stone, but this doesn’t mean I don’t want to celebrate their absolute awesomeness by exhibiting them to my inner child for her to prance around and take a joyful look.

My Fresmom has done so much for this wedding; and Mom and Dad contributed blessings towards this day, too; and my Fresdad’s been fantastic with handling dude stuff with Chase; I want to encapsulate the positive feels from these blessings. I’m excited to write more! 💙👰💖