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The Blog of Anya Harker » 2011 » August

While writing on the train into the city this morning, my mind started wandering a bit. I’m a person who tends to prefer stories written in third person. Doesn’t mean I won’t read a first person story… or that I will only write in third person.

I have a short story that’s a first person POV. But I digress.

For me, I know how the story feels best in my mind. Some things feel like they’re one POV or another.

So for those of you out there reading this, I suppose my question is this: is there a story POV you prefer over another? Or, for that matter, is there one you prefer to write in?

End of the Summer

August 28th, 2011

Whelp. As I’m writing this, my stuff is being packed up and getting ready to be loaded into the car to head back to White Plains for my last year of school. I can tell you… I’m VERY ready to be done.

What does this mean for my writing? Well, I didn’t manage to hit the goal I had set for myself: having 50,000 words written by the end of the summer. I know it was a HUGE goal to have set, especially given the fact that I was working full time at a law firm. After writing 4k a day for the attorneys, it’s rather hard to have the attention span to write your own things.

But, given all of that (and some of my own personal health problems), I was still able to get 20k. Done. Personally? This is the most I’ve ever written in one go. There was a part of me that wondered if I could even get this far without petering out. You know… shiny object syndrome.

Oh look. Shrimp!

I have announced what I’m doing to some of my friends… the ones who wouldn’t laugh at me if I just couldn’t finish this. Once I get to 25k, I’ll finally reveal what I’m doing to the rest. Halfway through (though I do have a feeling it’ll go past 50k, it’s still the first word count goal!), and I know I’ll be able to push and get the rest done.

I am determined to, at least once a week, go to a local cafe to write. I don’t want to get sucked into school so completely that I don’t get to enjoy my true passion: writing.

But you know what they say about best laid plans…

Guess all I can do is hope!

Critique Group

August 11th, 2011

Short blog-post tonight. Just wondering if there’s anyone out there reading this that would be interested in creating a critique group. It should stay small so it’d be most helpful for all of us.
I just wanted to gauge interest and see if anyone was up for doing such a thing!

Bleeding Cool Columnist!

August 5th, 2011

Well, a bit of good news on the horizons! I’m officially a columnist now at www.BleedingCool.com!

Since I’m attending both Canada FanExpo and NYCC in the upcoming months, I figured I’d offer to put my ear to the ground and pass along any news for the site if I found it. Rich offered me one better and said that I shouldn’t be paying to go to these cons. In other words, press pass! I’m still flying high from this news and haven’t stopped grinning yet. It’s utterly fantastic to be able to register for a con and put ‘columnist for Bleeding Cool’ for my credentials.

And when the time comes that I start looking for an agent, hopefully having published articles will be a boon in my favour. Even if they are published under my real name and not my pen name. It’s a start, and that’s what counts the most.

Now, this weekend, to try and bang out another 2k on the novel. And work on another costuming article for Bleeding Cool. In spite of all the bad that’s been going on in my life personally, it’s nice to see at least one small ray of sunshine peeking out behind the clouds; even if the rest of the sky is still pitch-black.

One of the hardest things I’ve found, so far, is finding the time to actually sit and write. I know we writers are, by our very nature, procrastinators. If we can find an excuse not to do something, we’ll do it. I’m too tired, I’m too hot, the light isn’t right.

Makes me think of a line from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown: “If I start writing now, when I’m, not really rested, it could upset my thinking which is no good at all…”

But it really IS true.

The hardest part has been working at the law firm this summer. When I spend all day working and writing memos/briefs for the attorneys, it’s hard to get up the creative stamina to write another 1-2k on my novel. My brain says you’ve already written a couple thousand words, that’s all I have to give right now.

Somehow… I need to give my creativity a good swift kick in the pants. If anyone out there is actually reading this right now (*wave* allo!) what do YOU do at the end of a long day to try and squeeze that next thousand words out, even when your muse has grabbed his margarita and refuses to do a single thing?

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