20 Days of blog posts: Day 4,5,6

Started a new thing only to ditch it after three days. I went off to Melbourne for my husband’s 31st and while there did no writing. I also found out I can’t remember my blog password as I tried to log on form my phone. But at least I can automatically log on from my laptop.

I spent a lot of time thinking about this novella I have written. It’s 30,000 words and I made the main character black. She’s black because I’ve never written a protagonist that is another race before. I figured why not? If I make her like all my other characters what’s the issue?

But when I read articles about the issue I saw that there were a lot of opinions about it. Some people say that white people shouldn’t write about black people because they can’t do them justice, while others say that there is not enough diversity in literature. The fact that I’m writing this seems like some kind of justification for my choices.

Why would I write about a character that is a different race to me? The biggest factor would be because I haven’t before. I’ve only ever written white protagonists, and the reason why is because white characters are most familiar to me as that is what I know. I decided to mix it up because I just wanted to try something different.

I was worried that I might not be able to do her justice as a character in the story, but then I could do that with white characters. I was worried that she wouldn’t be as good as my other characters. But I realized that I can only write her the way I write my other characters.

It helps a lot that the story isn’t set in present day but in undisclosed future/world where she lives in an isolated military country. I am able to present the world as one where race isn’t as important as the mental state. Becuase, lets be honest, I only know what it’s like to be myself. I hope that people who read the story will view her the same as they would any other character.

 

Jumpstart Update

iStock-669387114_1I’ve finally gotten around to finishing the end of Jumpstart. For months I’ve been distracted with other stories or have been not writing at all. When I opened the word document I saw that I had last saved it back in August, which to me seems longer than it actually is.

For some reason, it’s been torture to get back to editing this thing and I do not know why. I like the novelette a lot and I’ve already got some ideas for the next story too. But I seem to be clouded editorially.

Futurewise I think this story might be a few more drafts away from beta readers and publication. I’m thinking of having this story listed as only $0.99 because it is only around 22,000 words and the small intro price will create an audience for the next book. Tell me what you think of the blurb for this story in the comments below. Thanks.

A new YA Dystopian is born

I literally got a new story idea for a young adult dystopian story two days ago. It just popped into head seemingly out of nowhere and I think I have a good skeleton structure for it 🙂

The main character is sixteen-year-old Saoirse, she resides in a country that for the last three generations have been in a state of war with its southern neighbour. The story follows her life in a dystopian military state where if you want to gain citizenship you have to follow their rules. For women, it’s ten years civil/military service or four children. For men, it’s twenty years military service for able-bodied individuals or equivalent civil service for those deemed not capable of fighting.

Saoirse’s story is about her coming to understand the world she lives in at large and how she might survive it, if possible.

Second draft done of The Things We Do

I managed to complete a second draft of The Things We Do today 🙂 It’s just under 25,000 words and I’m hoping to have the novella out at the end of the year 🙂 It is also the second goal completed on my quarterly goals list 🙂

I think the reason why I was able to complete this 41 A4 page story is because it was mainly better written then my previous stories. When I was writing it, I often had to take breaks because I was doing split shifts for work. It gave my mind time to process how and what I was going to write next. I’m actually impressed with myself.

This is a sign that I’m maturing as a writer 🙂 I feel like I’m starting to come into my own with this craft. I’m becoming more mature in my content, more capable of writing said ideas and themes. I’m gaining confidence to write what I want without worrying about how people might view it in relation to me and that gives me such freedom 🙂