I know we have some new folks joining us so I should tell you that I write under the name of LilyK in Pros and a couple of other fandoms, present and past. Call me Kat. I've been in Pros since 2006, so I'm relatively new given the years this fandom has been going strong. I write for fun and because I love it.
So... How's everybody doing? Writing? I hope so. I was at Revelcon in Houston, Texas, last weekend and talking to a writer who told me she simply cannot write a thing. Nothing at all. We chatted and I gave her an order: write 100 words a day. Any words, any story, any thing. That day, she wrote a drabble and was happy to have done so. I sure hope she's keeping it up!
What I do when I'm writing a long story (my longest to date is 104,000 words, more or less) and what I am doing on my BB story is writing every single day that I'm home. I admit when I was away for a week I didn't write but it's hard to write when one is on vacation. I'll give you a pass on that, but every single day you are home, write something on your story. I don't care if it's ten words or ten thousand. If you prefer, write for five minutes and set a timer. Or ten. Something, anything. And don't keep going back over it and editing it to death. Just write today and tomorrow and the next. After a month, then you can read it over. *g* I don't look at my word count because I write what the story requires. To me, word count is irrelevant when writing, and I can only hope my plot carries over to 20,000 words for this challenge.
Some of you know I write in another classic fandom and a person I consider my "mentor" is a mainstream published writer. Imagine having somebody who's selling books on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble editing your fanfic. Trust me, it's very daunting. When she accepted one of my stories for her zine, my edit came back looking like Freddie Krueger attacked it. But after I fixed every single thing, the story was much better and her advice was (and is) invaluable.
I'm going to pass on something she suggested to me and if you care to, feel free to use this advice on your story. She suggested that I remove "qualifiers" because they weaken your story and detract from the writing. Now when I edit, I remove these words because I find that 99.9 percent of the time, rereading the line does indeed sound stronger without the words. Here is a partial list: almost, at least, each and every, so to speak, or so, very, very well, a bit, a little, a little bit, all in all.
Also she suggested I read every sentence that I wrote in which I used "he knew" or "he felt" or "he realised" and try the sentence without them. I found that they do slow down the sentence and most of the time, can be removed. Since I still use them and have to remove them, here's an example from my own story:
He knew if he said another word, his voice would break.
It reads better if I edit it: If he said another word, his voice would break. To me, this is more dramatic, even more emotional. We know he knows because he tells us without actually using the words: he knew.
I hope some of this rambling helps at least a little bit, all in all. *beg* Sorry, I could resist.
I'd love to hear how you're all doing. Come on, you know you wanna!