Blogging Hiatus

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well πŸ™‚

My break in August was great, but after a year and a half of pandemic and two years of an MA in Creative Writing that I mostly hated, it wasn’t enough. Posting feels like another item on an endless to do list right now, so after a lot of thought I’ve decided to take a longer break.

Merlin sleeping on our VR box
Merlin curled up asleep taking a break whilst I played VR!

I barely wrote again in August, and until I’ve made progress towards finishing a first draft I won’t be blogging. I’ve been trying to finish a draft for 5 years, and the pressure during my MA didn’t help. Even though it’s been 8 months since I finished my last assignment the desire to write hasn’t fully returned. Other writers seem to finish drafts easily, and I need to figure out why I rarely finish anything at all.

Sunrise at the beach with waves crashing against the shore
Sunrise at the beach and waves crashing against the shore. At the moment I’d rather be at the beach or video gaming than write, which is probably part of the problem.

Perhaps I haven’t been trying as hard as I could, or piling on too many distractions. First it was recapping Flash/Arrow episodes, which took hours away from writing, then it was Twitter hashtag games and weekly short stories, which might’ve helped, but writing/editing them took so much time. Then it was work experience in publishing, blog hops, and my MA. I’m terrible at managing lots of tasks, but I keep adding more to my plate and avoiding the one thing I say I want to do.

Flash and Arrow Coasters
TV, one of my biggest distractions: Flash and Arrow Coasters, found at the carboot market for Β£1!

Maybe I’m scared to finish a book, or convinced it’ll never be as good as my favourites, and that’s why I keep procrastinating. Maybe I’m not destined to write at all. Either way, I need to see what happens if I have nothing (okay, as little as possible) on my plate. To those who write, blog, work, have kids and manage to juggle it all, I have no idea how you do it. I often wonder if there’s something wrong with me because I can’t multitask and get overwhelmed when there’s too much to do.

I’m not leaving the community completely. I’ll still visit my favourite blogs, I just won’t post for a while: Until at least Jan 2022. I might use Instagram/Twitter, as I don’t need to edit longer posts, Goodreads for book reviews, and Tumblr for memes/random diary type posts. That’s only a maybe though. Mostly I’ll be AFK as I focus on as few commitments as possible and try to rediscover my love of writing.

Arcade Prizes Octopuses
Being AFK includes going to the arcades, winning sweets and stuffed octopus, and getting used to going out for fun again after so long being inside.

I’ll leave you with an inspirational quote which I’m trying to live up to:

Passion should be felt in the present, not in the idea of future accomplishment.

Basically, I should be enjoying the process of writing, not the big scary idea of finishing a draft. That’s what I’m aiming for, and whilst I’m at it I might tackle my never-ending TBR list.

So see you around, in a friendly neighbourhood Spiderman capacity, but not in a posting capacity πŸ™‚

Merlin hiding in his new cardboard house
Merlin hiding in his new cardboard house! We’re hibernating for autumn/winter πŸ™‚

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Thanks for Reading!

How was August? Do you ever want to disappear from the internet for a bit? How do you manage multiple tasks?

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114 comments

  1. Absolutely, enjoying the process of writing is important, rather than procrastinating or feeling too stressed with so much to do and being worried about the end product.

    You’ve had a lot on and these times aren’t easy anyway, even without the things you have on your to-do list.

    I think a longer blogging break is a good idea. We’ll all be here whenever you come back to post. Take out anything you don’t want to do and don’t have to do. Get some rest and do things you enjoy. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and get lots of cuddles with Merlin!

    Caz xxxx

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    • Thanks πŸ™‚ And you’re right, times have been hard recently: I think I keep trying to downplay the effect current events have had rather than accepting how badly living in uncertain times for so long affects mental health. Time to take a step back, re-evaluate, have lots of kitty cuddles, and stop piling on the pressure πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re doing as well as you can be xxx

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  2. Take some time for you. And please, stop comparing to others. Everyone has their path.

    If you do go back to writing, all I can recommend is trust yourself. You clearly read a lot. Consume stories. Do whatever you can to quiet your critic and let yourself play. Let it be fun.

    I have a few ideas on that, but those work for me and may not for you. That’s okay! Everyone is different, and we have to find what works for us.

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    • I think comparing myself to others is my main problem, and definitely something I need to work on!

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I’m sure writing’s something I’ll find my way back to eventually, after I binge watch a few of my favourite shows/books and maybe go back to what got me into writing in the first place: fanfiction, fanart, and anything low pressure and for fun πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi, my friend! I’m glad you had a nice August break!
    Your feelings are valid and understandable. It’s difficult to get writing done when there is a lot to do. I know what you mean by that. With social media, news reading, drawing, and trying to keep up with shows along with reading – it’s been tough for me to find time and motivation to edit. So, I hope this hiatus helps you. You have my support. I agree with Priscilla though, it’s okay to be slow while writing. We all have our own pace. I’ve been working on my short/novella since 2018 (it’s going to need at least a partial rewrite, I think), so no worries. Take as much time as you need. I support you. I’m here for you. We’ll keep in touch by email then. πŸ™‚ Feel free to reach out anytime – don’t worry about sending me too many emails.

    Take care. All the best. I believe in you :). :).

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    • Thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah, I think having too many things to do can sometimes drain creativity. Hopefully you’ll get the motivation and time to edit a little bit soon πŸ™‚ I’m hoping a break from everything I can realistically put on hiatus will help. Yeah, I need to stop comparing myself to others, especially those who write and publish a book, or more, in a year. I’ve been working on one idea for over ten years ^_^” Of course, email is cool, and if you don’t hear from me in a while, feel free to nudge me, I can be a bit scatter-brained! Take care too πŸ˜€

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      • Definitely. I think that’s why I have felt drained on writing long stories. Artwork is the only thing keeping me going creatively. Do you plan to do some drawings soon? Thank you so much! I hope so too πŸ™‚ You like to edit a bit at a time, correct, my friend? πŸ™‚

        Yeah, breaks can help. I hope you have a relaxing one. It is super easy to compare yourself to other writers. I’ve done that myself. I recently felt like I wasn’t a real writer because I wasn’t writing or researching as much/in-depth as other writers. But, a friend helped me to cheer up and helped me remember that I’m a writer. Nonetheless, I can relate to what you said as my superhero story still needs to be rewritten and it’s been like 3 years. I know 10 is much longer, but sometimes it takes more time. You can do it- go Louise (and don’t push yourself too hard :)). Sounds good, you’re welcome to email me anytime; I’m here for ya.

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        • Yeah, writing long stories when you have lots of other commitments is hard. Glad you’ve been drawing though πŸ™‚ I might do Inktober, a picture a day in October! Yeah editing bit by bit is easier for me.

          Thanks, you are 100% a real writer, and I’m glad your friend helped you πŸ™‚ All progress, no matter how much, is important πŸ˜€ (I’m trying to believe that myself too!) I almost feel like slower writing is better as I get to know my characters more, and I imagine you have too with your superhero story πŸ™‚ They’ve changed a lot during that time, and the story’s evolved too! We’ll both get there eventually πŸ™‚ At the moment I’m at the stage where I’m only writing or thinking about writing if I feel like it, I’m not even going to force it!

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          • Yeah that definitely is a tough thing to do. Inktober should be fun. Have you joined in Inktober before?
            I plan to start editing bit by bit soon. You got this πŸ™‚

            Aw thank you. Yes, all progress that is made is important and you got this. I believe in you. And, you’re right, if you take your time, you get more time to explore and know your characters. That’s what’s happened with me. I’ve spent a lot of time writing spinoffs that have helped me know them. How have your characters and stories changed?
            I have a character that I need to change. Her name is Amal and I found her to be too much like Cisco lol. I gave her teleportation powers and she is kind of silly and energetic. So, I think I’ll have to change her powers a bit (even though I love teleportation, I think having that element makes her too similar to Cisco as she is upbeat and silly, kind of like how Cisco was in Season 1). Also, not sure if she should have a sibling in the story b/c I don’t want it to be too similar to the Flash.

            Anyway, enough of my rambles. I’m glad you’re not going to force it. That makes things more stressful. Glad you’re taking a more stress-free way :). You got this. πŸ™‚

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            • Nope, I never had the time to try Inktober before, but always wanted to! Editing bit by bit is a good idea πŸ™‚

              Leo used to be able to go invisible instead of teleport and he used to be richer πŸ™‚ Blaise never had powers in the first short stories I wrote, but like you with Amal’s comparisons to Cisco, Blaise used to be too much like Snart so he had to be changed. Although given how much Cisco changed in later seasons, maybe Amal will be okay as is? Maybe instead of a sibling have a close childhood friend who is found family?

              No worries, happy to bounce ideas around πŸ™‚ I’m thinking about two different projects but struggling to commit to one. Something still feels off about my Merlin story, and I can’t put my finger on it!
              Take it easy and have fun editing πŸ™‚

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              • Yeah there are different Inktober accounts/prompts. Do you plan to try it this year? πŸ™‚

                Oh wow, that’s cool. I forget, what did you change Leo’s powers to? I think it’s understandable that you changed Blaise’s powers/ways. What would you say Cisco’s major changes are? I guess it may be a good idea to keep the silliness aspect for Amal (more or less like a silly mentor lol). I just need to think of other powers for her. Maybe the power of flight and/or teleknesis or being able to fire blasts (or some combo of the 3)? I’ll think more about this.

                πŸ™‚ You’re welcome to bounce ideas with me anytime. It’s tough to commit to a project sometimes. Have you thought about maybe tackling both projects on alternate dates?
                πŸ™‚ You too. All the best. Take it easy, friend. :).

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                • I was going to try Inktober but make my own prompts, like draw each character from my stories or something, although I might follow the official prompt list from Twitter instead πŸ™‚

                  Leo can teleport now, but not far at first πŸ™‚ Cisco seemed to get less funny and more serious over time, although I stopped watching after mid season 4 so I’m unsure if they continued with his less happy attitude. If Amal is going to be a mentor, being able to open portals that spy on people might be cool? Plus you could add some silliness if she opens portals at inconvenient times? Telekinesis sounds cool too though πŸ™‚ She sounds like an awesome character already!

                  Thanks πŸ˜€ I tend to be easily distracted so working on multiple projects might be the way forward! I’m hoping sketching my characters for Inktober will help me choose where to start πŸ™‚

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                  • Making your own prompts would be cool! Yeah the official prompts list could be helpful πŸ™‚ I support you.

                    How far can Leo teleport?
                    Yeah he still had some of his silliness but got more dour over the years. Ooh I like your idea of Amal opening portals that spy on people. That’d be different than Cisco’s powers for sure. Do you think teleportation itself would be too alike Cisco? Yeah opening portals at the wrong times would work too. LOL like maybe opening a portal when a character is asleep LOL. I’ll think more about the telekenesis possibility. She is one of my faves – and thank you so much πŸ™‚ She’s very caring, intelligent, and like a big sister to the MCs. She is kind, and unlike the typical mentors you see on TV, she’s more laid back and encouraging. πŸ™‚ Do you have a mentor figure in your stories?

                    Anytime! I think that can help! πŸ™‚ How many characters do you want to draw πŸ™‚

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                    • Thanks, I’m just drawing whatever I feel like, with no pressure to make it good or anything πŸ™‚

                      Leo can teleport to the end of a street at first, not far at all, and only to places he can see. If Amal can open portals, it makes sense that as her power grows, she could learn to teleport through them πŸ™‚ I love the idea of superpowers that grow in strength and you could have lots of funny moments with opening portals in the wrong place πŸ™‚ I do love mentor figures, but my characters don’t really have them, they tend to fumble around blindly until they find the right way to go πŸ˜›

                      I at least want to draw my main characters, but there’s quite a few of them so it’ll probably take all month at one a day πŸ™‚

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  4. I finally got to Alaer in one of my works-in-progress! I’d been waiting so long to get to my beautiful new ocean planet! (This is one with the two men who are asexual partners and desert the army together; eventually, they end up sailing through a portal into a new world). I did a moodboard for Alaer too, with some pictures I got from other people, and some digital art of my own! (I’m usually no good with moodboards).

    Oh … I’m trying to spend a good chunk of time on Twitter every day to see if I can get something finally going and MARKET my novels. Social Media is tiring, and I have been letting my blog mostly lapse, but I hope to get back into posting some things this month! (Actually, I have an article I may post today or tomorrow; if not then, next week I think).

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    • That’s awesome, congrats πŸ™‚ As well as being fun, moodboards on Pinterest are apparently helpful for marketing too, especially if you link some of the pictures to blog posts. I love collecting pictures for my stories πŸ™‚

      I find social media pretty tiring too, and it’s hard to decide which platforms are worth doing and how often. I’ve discovered one author on Twitter, but mostly just made friends with other writers πŸ™‚ The way I mostly discover new books lately is via sites offering free review copies (Voracious Readers and Hidden Gems) but they cost authors money and I’m not sure if it’s worth it. Good luck with marketing πŸ™‚ I never thought it sounded easy or fun!

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      • Thanks for sharing that info. At the moment, I just have Twitter. I love my moodboards when I make a good one – I love art – but I’m not very good at making stuff I find satisfactory that’s larger than single pieces πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m in awe that you can tell in advance that you need to take a break. I just crash and vanish for months or years on end. Your way is definitely better!

    Enjoy your break and I hope you find that spark and it sets you on fire.

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    • I’m honestly surprised too, with Tumblr or fanfiction sites I often vanish, sometimes permanently, but with WordPress I’ve been more aware of when I’m burning out. Hope you’re doing okay, I can totally understand the need to disappear sometimes πŸ™‚

      And thanks πŸ™‚ It’s going well so far, in that I’m thinking more about writing at least!

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      • That does sound like progress!

        I’m actually writing again for the first time in ages. I just started a new WIP and it’s shiny, new, and a total mess. Fun times. I almost feel bold enough to start venturing back online…

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  6. A longer break is just fine, Louise, and who knows, it may be just the ticket. Writing is hard and I can relate to the lure of distractions. It’s why I write first thing in the morning… otherwise, I’m like a squirrel! I hope you find your routine, your writing happy place, and your story unfolding just the way you want it to.

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  7. That’s awesome! A fantastic drawing strategy, my friend. GO LOUISE! πŸ™‚

    That’s still neat :). Does he use teleportation often?
    Good idea πŸ™‚ Maybe I could have her start by only being able to open portals to spy and then learning to go through them? πŸ™‚ Haha for sure – it’d be fun to have her open one in the wrong place and surprise Matt while he’s reading a comic (and she’d yell “Boo!” and scare him XD). Are there any older sibling found family relationships in your stories where they’re not a mentor but kind of are someone the characters look up to? It’s fun to write them fumble though lol

    You can do it! You got this. Feel free to share your artwork with me :)! Best wishes. I believe in ya.

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    • I lasted three days of drawing in a row xD Apparently doing anything daily just becomes a chore to me, so if I’m going to make anything a habit I need to find a routine I can handle. I’m thinking two days on, two off or something!

      Oh yeah Leo uses his powers all the time, to get to work mostly – he’s too poor to afford the bus so it’s handy! That’d be cool, for Amal to learn to use her powers to travel through portals and scare Matt xD I think the closest I have to found family/older sibling is Mordred and Morgana, as she adopted Mordred and he looks up to her a lot πŸ™‚

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      • It’s hard to make a habit of doing things daily, so no problem :). I think your idea sounds good. 2 days on, 2 days off is less stressful. πŸ™‚ Do you draw in a sketchbook and do you plan to post it on your blog one day as well?

        That is useful – has he used it to go to concerts too?
        Haha yes, she has a very loud sneeze too, so she can def open a portal and scare Matt with her sneeze (not sneeze at him but just how loud it is will scare him, even if she’s sneezing away from him lol). She definitely sees him like a little brother, so I can definitely see her using the portals to scare him on purpose lol.
        That’s cool!! Is Morgana’s name inspired by literature? I’ve heard the name before. Is Morgana very patient with Mordred too :)?

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        • Yeah I don’t think I’m the type of person who benefits from a daily habit, instead of making me productive it just stresses me out! I have a sketchbook, but probably won’t share the 3 drawings I did this month as I didn’t put much effort into them.

          Oh I didn’t think of that, I imagine Leo would probably sneak into concerts and stuff, he’s more neutral or chaotic good than pure good, so he does bend the rules sometimes πŸ™‚ Haha sounds like Amal and Matt have a fun relationship πŸ˜€ Yeah Morgana, and Mordred, are from Arthurian legends. She’s quite patient for the most part, but she’s kinda stoic and seems uncaring too!

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          • Yeah, that can definitely be stressful. Has this month been less stressful? And no worries. I hope you had fun drawing (that’s what matters most) :).

            Haha that’s cool. Has he snuck into parties? Amal and Matt def do have a fun friendship/sibling bond. Matt looks up to her and they have fun banter and they share a lot of interests.
            Aw does Morgana show more of her kindness to Mordred or does she appear stoic to Mordred as well? Your characters are great :).

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            • Yeah I think it’s been less stressful, taking a break is nice, but part of me feels guilty for being so unproductive. Guess I’m just not used to slowing down! Drawing was fun though πŸ™‚

              I’m not sure he’s that into parties, he’s more of an introvert πŸ™‚ I love it when characters banter and share interests πŸ˜€

              Morgana’s kind to Mordred in private but very stoic otherwise, he’s used to it though πŸ™‚ Thanks, yours are awesome too!

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              • Society also has expectations about productivity and seems to tie in productivity with joy, etc. So that may be another factor. I can relate though. I’ve had days where I haven’t drawn and I beat myself up for that. And I have beaten myself up over not being productive, so what you’re feeling is understandable. But, I’m glad taking a break has been good. We all need a break sometimes, and most important thing is to take care of yourself. I support you and am glad you had fun!

                That’s cool. My MC Matt is introverted too lol. Amal would teleport Leo cookies if he wants some :).

                Aw that’s cool. Morgana is kinder in private then. I like characters like that – ones who act tough or stoic in public but are kind in private :). Thank you!

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                • Yeah that’s probably it, I need to shake society’s expectations πŸ™‚ Aww don’t beat yourself up, you’re doing great, and whatever you can πŸ™‚

                  Haha yes Leo has a huge sweet tooth, and would love cookies πŸ˜€ Do any of your characters love sweet things?

                  Same, I need to start planning her and Mordred’s timeline, and my other characters, because I think I might’ve figured out what’s wrong with my story finally πŸ™‚

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                  • Yeah it’s hard to shake the expectations. Have you been taking more breaks recently? How have you been?
                    Thank you very much πŸ™‚ You’re right, I need to be grateful for what I’ve done and been able to do. Thank you :).

                    Haha nice! Does he have a lot of candy on Halloween? My MC Matt and SC Selina definitely have a sweet tooth. So does my SC Dani. They all get very excited for cookies, especially because my SCs Emmanuelle (Selina’s GF) and Nikki (Dani’s GF) like to bake them and cupcakes lol :). Though the latter two will sometimes get annoyed because Selina and Matt and Dani will eat too much of it and not leave enough for them or anyone else lol XD.

                    You got this. πŸ˜€ I think it’s great that you may have figured it out. You got this! I know you can do it :).

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                    • In addition to a blogging break, I also took a break from everything else, or as much as I was able to that isn’t essential, to recover from the huge burnout my MA caused. I’ve decided for November I’ll ‘write’ 10 hours a week (writing words, but planning counts too) to see how I feel about it. I’m still not blogging until I’ve finished a first draft, but at least yesterday looking through all my notes and adjusting a few things in my plan actually felt good rather than like I was forcing myself πŸ™‚ It helped our internet was down for an entire day! I think I’m getting there but it’s such a process and I had to drag myself away from pushing myself too hard and doing Nanowrimo xD Hope you’ve been okay too πŸ™‚

                      Leo’s more likely to wait until after Halloween, or other holidays, when all the holiday themed candy is reduced and get it all then πŸ™‚ Haha nice, Emmanuelle and Nikki must be bothered by the others constantly to bake more cupcakes and cookies πŸ˜€ If I were them I’d hide some to eat later so I didn’t miss out on my own cooking!

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  8. That’s great that you’ve been taking a break from everything. Has the break been helpful? 10 hours a week is a good plan. (And planning definitely counts) πŸ™‚ Have you handwritten notes or do you type them? I’m glad you’re not forcing yourself and taking it easy too :).
    Haha wow what caused the internet problems? And are you doing NaNo this year? I’m not doing NaNo but am hoping to finish my fanfic this month.

    I’m doing okay, thank you :). Haha that makes sense. Amal would drop off candy for him though hehe πŸ™‚ She loves spoiling people. And yes lol, Emmanuelle and Nikki do sometimes get annoyed by that. And Nikki tried hiding cookies in a bag with the word “Tomatoes” on it, but it didn’t work. Her niece and Dani both found them LOL. That’s a great idea! They should definitely hide a stash of cookies and cupcakes so that they can enjoy them :).

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    • My break’s been super helpful in sorting out my priorities, but it got to a point I was feeling too lazy, hence the 10 hours a week πŸ™‚ I type and handwrite depending on if I have a pc to hand or not and my mood, but deciphering my handwriting is a chore πŸ˜› How about you?

      First our company had an issue with their internet line, which led to over 24 hours no internet, and after that there was an issue with our line which lasted about 36 hours! Bit of a nightmare but seems sorted now and was very helpful to kickstart my writing as there were less distractions πŸ™‚ A part of me really wanted to do Nano, but the more sensible part of me, who said it’d be a really bad idea, won for once, so I’m not. I know right now sorting my notes and my plot is way more important than forcing 50000 words. Good luck with your fanfic, what’s it about? I’ve started writing Loki fanfiction, but I’m only allowed to do that in my free time as my ten hours a week writing is reserved for original stories only πŸ™‚

      Amal is awesome πŸ˜€ Haha shame Nikki’s plan didn’t work, that’s clever of her πŸ™‚

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      • That’s great. I keep wanting to take a break, but each time I do, I end up doing more work or getting sidetracked by other project ideas. Was it hard to step away from writing and other things at the beginning of your break? Haha I find it hard to read my handwriting and I get somewhat impatient with it, so I just type lol.

        Wow! I’m glad there were fewer distractions though. Do you usually use your laptop daily? And I’m glad that you’re choosing to prioritize your mental health. And yeah it’s no fun forcing words out. Did you join NaNo before? My fanfic is about my MC Matt meeting Ms. Marvel (not Captain Marvel-Carol Danvers but Kamala Khan). And Matt – THe Vigilante of Light – is a comic book hero in Ms. Marvel’s universe and Ms. Marvel is a comic book hero in his universe LOL. It’s fun πŸ™‚ What is your Loki fanfiction about? πŸ™‚

        Aw thanks! Amal: *gets you a cookie* *Gets you the drink of your choice as well*
        Lol yeah, that was a good idea. But Melissa got too curious. And Dani always tries to nab what Nikki makes lol :).

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        • I hope you’re able to take a break soon πŸ™‚ It wasn’t hard at all for me, because the writing I was doing, I was only doing because I was forcing myself, and even then I was doing so little stepping away from the obligation to write was a huge relief.

          Yeah I’m on a laptop daily, which is probably a bad thing. I used to try to have a ‘laptop free’ day each week, but I couldn’t stick to it. I’ve done Nano three times in the past, and written 50000 words each time, but those words were all scrapped because the drafts were so rough, would need far too much editing, and in one case I realised the plot wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it too. I’ve come to the conclusion rushing writing doesn’t work for me. Have you ever written 50000 words for Nano? That’s awesome, do you plan to post it once you’re done? I’m trying to write a Loki fanfic based on the show where Loki reunites with Thor, but it’s early stages and more planned than written right now. I think I need to watch the show more to get the characterisations right πŸ™‚

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          • Thanks πŸ™‚ I’ve been taking one this week. It’s going well. What kinds of things did you do to relax during break? Was it mainly biking and taking it easy?

            I don’t think I can have a laptop-free day. It’s hard lol. Maybe you can have a laptop-free day once a month? That’ll be easier :).

            Yeah, I’m not a fan of how NaNo doesn’t encourage editing generally. It makes editing more painful later on, I guess. I haven’t really tried NaNo for writing. Too stressful. I once did an editing NaNo though as I had to add words xD. So a reverse NaNo :). I don’t think I’ll post it. Do you usually like to post your stories? πŸ™‚ You got this. You can also try watching the movies with Loki in them :). πŸ™‚

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            • Glad your break is going well πŸ™‚ Mostly I focused on getting back in shape, so exercising, trying to sort the garden out as it’s an overgrown mess, and lots of video gaming πŸ™‚

              Ooo a laptop free day once a month might be an idea, I think I could manage that easier πŸ™‚

              Exactly, everything I’ve ever written in NaNo is a huge mess xD For me it’s only useful for getting the worst ideas dumped out of my head, like my original draft of my Merlin story which I started for Nano a few years ago. It was absolute garbage, but at least it helped me figure out what direction I don’t want to take the story πŸ™‚

              I haven’t posted fanfic in a really long time, but I’m thinking of posting these ones if I ever finish them, and maybe some of my Yugioh stuff too. I think it’ll help me feel productive to say I’ve finished a story and posted it, even if it’s short πŸ™‚ I watched Thor 1 & 2, Ragnarok is next πŸ˜€

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              • Thanks! πŸ™‚ That’s a great plan! How’s gardening going? And cool. Are you playing more RPGs? πŸ™‚ Have fun exercising.

                πŸ™‚ Cool. Let me know if you try the laptop free day per month =).

                Lol aww yeah, it’s just a massive rush to get words out, no? I’m glad that it did help you figure out the direction that you didn’t want to take though. Was editing very stressful after NaNo?

                That’s a good plan. Where do you plan to post it? (Here or Wattpad?) Nice. Hope you enjoy Ragnarok – how did you like Thor 1 and 2?

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                • Gardening is going slowly, we let it get overgrown so there’s lots to do πŸ˜› I haven’t played an RPG in ages, still mostly playing Dead by Daylight πŸ™‚

                  Will do πŸ™‚ And Yeah, Nano is just a rush for words that might not even be good. I didn’t bother editing after as it was easier to write the whole thing again, that’s how bad it was xD

                  I’d probably post on Archive of Our Own, personally I think it’s the best place for fanfic πŸ™‚ I actually liked Thor 2 better than Thor 1, which is a pretty unpopular opinion apparently πŸ˜›

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                  • Hehe do you slowly trim the overgrown plants? What kinds of plants do you like to grow?
                    That’s awesome. πŸ™‚ I need to try more RPGs.

                    πŸ™‚ Oh wow lol. Yeah NaNo puts too much pressure for quantity and not quality. Did you do Camp NaNo before? (it allows flexibility for goals).

                    Nice. Are people friendly at Archive of Our Own? :).
                    Haha yeah I think I heard that too, though people tend to dislike both. I was less critical of films when I saw THor 2 lol. What do you like most about it? :). πŸ™‚

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                    • I generally let the plants get so out of control it’s a nightmare to sort. I haven’t really done anything since we moved here 6 years ago so everything planted, and it’s a lot of tall bushes, is from the past owner. They did leave us a plum tree, an apple tree and a pear tree though πŸ™‚ Eventually I want to get rid of all the big bushes and put in a wood bark border around the grass, but I can always find better things to do than yard work πŸ˜› Do you have any outdoor space?

                      I’m so picky about RPG’s, but my absolute favourites are Star Ocean 3 and Tales of Vesperia. Kinda excited as there’s a new Star Ocean game coming soon.

                      I’ve done Camp Nano a few times too, sometimes successfully. I enjoy the flexibility but I tend to overset goals πŸ˜› Have you participated?

                      People were pretty friendly when I last posted on Archive of Our Own, and we even had a Flash/Arrow group for a few writers. That was 5 years ago though and I fell out of touch with everyone. It’s a fun site though πŸ™‚

                      I think I liked Thor 2 for all the Loki moments, if a film has fun scenes with my favourite character I tend to be biased πŸ™‚ I’ve definitely seen worse films though!

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  9. Haha you are still more dedicated than me. I don’t have motivation for yard work, so I don’t really do much on that end. Do you plan to hire a gardener to maintain (or get rid of) the bushes? The trees are awesome πŸ™‚

    lol so do you like fantasy RPGs usually?

    I have not lol. I’m not great when it comes to sticking to writing goals. Maybe it’s because drawing has kind of taken over my life ever since the pandemic began. Is it weird that I’m so wrapped up in drawing and only occasionally and not consistently writing?

    That’s cool! I’m sorry to hear that you lost touch but am glad that you had fun! Did you co-write any fanfics with the writers?

    Haha yeah there definitely are worse films. Marvel films, with the exception of Eternals (which I actually think was fine; it had structural issues, but I don’t think it was as bad as critics said it was), are typically films with positive reviews and generally, even the worst Marvel films are better than the bad DC films lol. What’s the worst film you’ve seen? I think mine is Batman and Robin – I saw 20 minutes of it and felt it was so bad that I changed the channel lol.

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    • I think it’s less dedication more worry the neighbours will complain if I let the bushes get so high xD Nah, I hate paying people to do things I can do myself, so I’ll just take my time πŸ™‚

      Fantasy or Sci-fi RPG’s mostly, although really it’s the large cast of characters and their fun interactions that make a game good for me πŸ˜€

      I think it’s good you draw so much, I wish I could πŸ™‚ For me I haven’t done much creative at all since the pandemic started, although I’m not sure if it was because of that or the MA. Maybe both. Honestly until things get back to normal-ish I think the only thing we can do is do what we love to keep ourselves sane πŸ™‚

      Everytime I try to co-write anything it goes terribly wrong, because there’s always people who work harder than others, and people like me who struggle with time management and work at a snails pace. It’s fun to brainstorm ideas as a group but getting anything done has always been near impossible. Maybe I haven’t found the right people!

      I’ve not seen Eternals, or heard of it, is it worth seeing? DC films are not so good, true. I’ve avoided most of them because of bad press. I think the only recent one I saw was Wonder Woman. I think I saw parts of Batman and Robin too, but not the whole thing. Last of the Living (a zombie apocalypse film) was probably the worst film I’ve seen. Wasn’t keen on Book of Eli either, but that was less terrible and more forgettable.

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      • XD Why would the neighbors complain?
        Haha you still are more dedicated than me. But it’s great that you take your time.

        Nice πŸ™‚ Are there sci-fi RPGs that you recommend? πŸ™‚

        That’s understandable. I think the pandemic has taken a toll on most people and your MA sounded very stressful. So, it might be both. But yes, definitely keep doing what you love πŸ™‚

        That’s understandable. It’s not easy collaborating with others. Hard to find the right people. Have you had a CP before? I haven’t because I don’t think I’d write enough. I sometimes beat myself up over that.

        I’d say it’s worth it – just know that there are structural issues like lots of flashbacks and probably too many characters. BUT, I still like it. I like the storyline. I enjoyed the worldbuilding and the fantasy nature of it all. I also like the cast and philosophical questions it raised. And I love the characters.
        Yeah, I think that ever since the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, DC has been very up and down (more down than up).
        When did you see Last of the Living?

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        • If the bushes get too big they start to block out the neighbour’s sunlight, plus it gets really hard to cut the bush without the branches falling over the fence into the neighbour’s garden!

          Star Ocean Till the End of Time is one of my favourite RPG’s of all time, and it’s sci-fi too. Some people hate the twist near the end but I thought it was pretty awesome πŸ™‚

          Yeah the pandemic seems never ending, although hopefully the new variant is more mild as the early reports seem to suggest. At least I’m back into writing again, I wrote 4000 words in the last couple of weeks πŸ™‚

          Exactly, I find it hard to find the right people too, same for CP’s. I feel like they’d have to be good at writing and understand my genre and story well too. I also find it hard to share my work until I’ve edited it lots as one of the most frustrating things about university was sharing things I hadn’t edited and having things pointed out that I’d change myself in editing anyway! I think I’d also struggle with writing enough to have a CP, having to write a certain amount each week would add too much pressure. Try not to beat yourself up, what you do is enough πŸ™‚

          I’ll see if I can watch the Eternals then, I always find characters more important than anything else and as long as I love the characters I could watch them doing anything πŸ™‚ I saw Last of the Living years ago, but it still sticks in my mind πŸ˜›

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          • That makes sense. I can see why they would get upset. Do any of your neighbors have branches that grow long and fall over into your yard?

            That’s neat! I’m glad you have fun with it. Is it a scary twist?

            Yeah it feels so darn endless. But I am glad that the variant seems mild. I just hope people will not get complacent. AWESOME JOB on writing so much! Go Louise!! πŸ™‚ Is this for your main story?

            Yeah, it’s important to find someone who knows the genre well. Where have you found CPs before? Oh wow, so they made you share your work early, before you could edit it, at the university? I know what you mean, I would find it difficult to write enough to have a CP. Do you think a CP is required? I know it’s ideal, but I’ve heard some writers say it’s necessary (I don’t know if it is, especially since I don’t have the time commitment). But I really appreciate your encouragement. You are kind :).

            Cool! Well the Eternals characters were pretty cool. I hope you enjoy the film if you see it. πŸ™‚ The characters have a range of abilities. It’s awesome and I love their personalities.
            Lol it was probably memorable because of how bad it was Lol (Last of the Living)

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            • Nah our neighbour’s gardens are so neat and tidy compared to ours, with no out of control bushes πŸ˜›

              It’s more of a weird twist than scary, but the kind that makes you think πŸ™‚

              Thanks πŸ™‚ This was for my Merlin story, although I’m in a bit of a slump again today on that project and thought of a new idea I kind of want to write too!

              I’ve never had a CP before, I’m more of an independent writer who enjoys figuring out my own ideas and stories, so I don’t think they are necessary for everyone. I think if you are confident, the most important thing is an editor to do a final pass on a story. Although if you think you need it you can hire a developmental editor to help with story and plot issues, but beta readers can do the same thing for free, usually in exchange for helping with their stories. There are plenty of resources online to learn about writing too πŸ™‚

              Yeah at uni we were sharing weekly, and with that turnaround there was little time to edit much. I found it a frustrating process as I think there’s no point sharing something for feedback unless I’ve got the story to the best I can manage by myself.

              Eternals sounds awesome πŸ™‚ Spiderman is out today too, so hopefully I’ll see it soon! Yeah some bad films are really memorable xD

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              • Lol well bushes are no fun to maintain, so I don’t blame you for putting it off haha.

                That’s cool! I like cerebral conclusions. πŸ™‚ Sounds awesome.

                Aw, don’t push yourself too hard. πŸ™‚ And all progress counts. You got this.

                I feel better. I kept hearing that a CP is needed. Like you, I am more independent. I sometimes will ask betas a lot of questions, but generally, I like to determine my own ideas.
                Which resources would you suggest (do you think videos about writing are good)?

                Wow. That is super frustrating. I’m sure there must’ve been feedback that you would’ve found on your own, right?

                Yeah it is cool πŸ™‚ I heard it’s coming out on Disney+ in January. So you might not have to wait long to see Eternals.
                Yessss πŸ˜€ I saw Spider-Man! It was good. But, I have to admit that I didn’t quite like the ending as much. But, I love the film. There’s more I want to say. If I do say it though, it’d be a spoiler lol.
                Let me know when you see it and we can talk about it via email :).

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                • Thanks πŸ™‚ These past two weeks have been particularly hard with all the Omicron news, and I’ve not worked on my stories for at least a week. I decided in the end to take the holiday season off and start again in the New Year πŸ™‚

                  I’m glad you feel better πŸ™‚ Most writing advice is best only followed if it’s suitable to you, with the exception of spelling/grammar basics πŸ™‚ I liked Beginnings Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress and Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown & Dave King. I found both books get to the point with little waffle and are good basic guides πŸ™‚ I don’t watch many videos on writing as the advice is sometimes conflicting and it’s hard to tell which is good advice.

                  Nice, I’ll have to watch Eternals when it comes out πŸ™‚ Did you see the Hawkeye series? I haven’t yet but think I want to. Glad Spiderman was good, endings are hard to get right. I’m hoping to see Spiderman after the holidays now but when I see it we can totally talk about it πŸ™‚

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                  • Yeah the news makes it rough. I’ve been staying away from the news the last few days. Taking a hiatus of sorts. I think it’s great that you’re taking a break. You’ll be refreshed when you begin again :D. You got this.

                    True. We all have different styles and the only rules are to write and to follow the basics of spelling/grammar, no? Cool! Is Nancy Kress’ book about story structure or a different topic? The self editing boo sounds great too πŸ™‚ Good point about videos. I guess each person who makes the videos just discusses about what works for them.

                    πŸ™‚ Eternals comes out on Disney+ in mid-January, I think. πŸ™‚ I did see Hawkeye. While I felt the ending was a bit rushed, I really liked the show. But, I recommend watching Endgame and Black Widow before watching Hawkeye as it will feel more emotionally impactful if you see them both. Have you seen them?
                    I thought about it some more and I can see the case for the ending, though it may not please everyone (for No Way Home). Great movie though. πŸ™‚ And that sounds good. There will be fewer people in the cinema too, so it’ll be even safer to go see the film. Enjoy! :).

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                    • I think I need to stay away from the news too, there is so much uncertainty and I hate it, but I feel like I can’t look away. I’m slowly feeling like writing again though, although I’m more drawn to another new story idea. I wish I could focus on one thing sometimes!

                      Nancy Kress mostly talks about structure, the best way to begin a story, like first line, paragraph, chapter etc, what to do in the middle, and how to end. It’s a good basic guide πŸ™‚

                      Yeah that’s exactly how I feel about videos, people share what works for them πŸ™‚

                      Nice, I’ll have to catch up on Endgame and see Black Widow then. I watched Infinity War as I wanted to see Loki, however brief his appearance, but didn’t see Endgame. Yeah No Way Home is doing very well I hear, and I definitely want to see it. I hear it won’t be on Disney Plus for a while so it’ll have to be at the cinema πŸ™‚

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  10. That’s understandable. What usually makes it hard for you to look away from it? (Curious so that I can help you). For me, it just got to the point where I was overwhelmed and too busy, so I had to push myself to stop looking at it.

    Awesome! I think I need this guide! One of the people who beta read my story said that I need to make improvements on the story structure, so I look forward to reading. (I agree with the beta too; and it’ll be good to learn). I’m curious if she talks about this issue (and feel free to provide feedback on this too): How should we denote when someone speaks in a story? When I wrote my initial drafts of my story, I often wrote “He said” “She said” “They said” etc. But a beta told me that I overused them. So, I nearly eliminated them and went with something like “Jessie bit her lips. [Insert dialogue here]” (i.e. Jessie bit her lips. “What are you doing?”). But, when I look at books, I see a lot of “he said”, etc. So, I’m not sure what the right balance is. Does Nancy Kress talk about this? (And I’m curious what your thoughts are on this too).

    πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Endgame will shine some light on the Loki show too. Not too much, but it gives some context for how he ended up messing up the timeline lol. Eternals kind of spoils The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Endgame, so you may want to watch Endgame first (It’s spoiling of Falcon and the Winter Soldier is much more subtle). No Way Home might be on Netflix first πŸ™‚ But yes, you may want to see it soon to avoid spoilers lol. If you do, try to pick a time where there won’t be too many people watching. Maybe a weekday morning? :). Stay safe and have fun.

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    • Fear of missing out on something important is the main thing, especially in a pandemic where rules could change suddenly. If you have any ideas on how to look away from the news that’d be great πŸ™‚

      I found it very good for structure πŸ™‚ Before I’d just waffle from scene to scene without really thinking about the purpose of the scene or where I was going, and I used too many irrelevant details πŸ˜› Honestly I think dialogue tags (he said she said) are personal preference. I dislike them and avoid them where possible, preferring to use action, but my tutors said I overuse action and could just write the dialogue without he said/she said or the action! I guess it’s about finding a balance πŸ™‚

      Yeah Endgame will be our next movie night film. We got a popcorn maker for Xmas too which is awesome for snacks! I think I’ve seen Winter Soldier, maybe? Is that the Captain America 2 film? Yeah Netflix has the other Spiderman Films, although we’ll probably see No Way Home on Tues/Weds in a couple of weeks as I have two for one cinema tickets on those days πŸ™‚

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      • That’s an understandable concern. It’s hard to keep up with the rules and once we try to follow the news, it hooks us in, no? I’m sure the government should list the rules on their site, right? Perhaps you can just go to the webpage that states what the latest rules are and then only check it once a week? Or, you could try setting time limits to how much news you see a day or a week. Another idea is to take breaks, like maybe one day a week where you do not read the news. Or perhaps a combination of these ideas, like you’ll check the news, but only every other day and only for, say 30 minutes? I hope these ideas help. Let me know if you have any questions.

        Haha I can understand that. I put in a lot of irrelevant details too (like which finger on which hand a character was using to point LOL) and didn’t think about whether a scene would drive a story forward. So Kress provides great advice about this too?
        And, like you, I try to avoid dialogue tags (i used to use them more often, but now I try to limit them). Wow, I didn’t know there could be too much action and not enough dialogue tags. But I agree, it is about finding a balance πŸ™‚

        Nice! When do you plan to watch Endgame? πŸ™‚ Do you usually have movie nights on weekends? Yes, Winter Soldier is the second Captain America movie – hope you enjoyed it :).
        That’s a good plan! There aren’t too many people in the cinema on Tues/Weds πŸ™‚ Do you plan to go in the morning to avoid crowds? :).

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        • Checking the rules on the government website is a good idea, and one I didn’t think of, thanks πŸ™‚ I’ve decided to try and check the news once a week, it’s difficult, as I keep reaching for my phone when I’m bored, but I’m trying πŸ™‚

          I think it was the Kress book that mentioned the usefulness of scenes, I’ll have to check! Yeah I think it’s the visual artistic side of us that wants to know which finger points etc, because when drawing you have to think about hand positions and stuff like that, but in writing it’s less important πŸ™‚
          I didn’t know there could be too much action around dialogue either until my tutors mentioned it. Apparently it’s called ‘overusing beats,’ which was initially confusing as I had no idea what it meant xD

          We hope to have movie night tonight, we usually pick one of my partner’s days off during the week πŸ™‚ Although I’m wondering if we should continue our original plan of watching the MCU films in order rather than jumping straight to Endgame as I’ve forgotten what happened in half of the films and missed seeing a few I think! We’ll probably go shopping in the morning and cinema in the afternoon to rest after walking around a lot πŸ™‚

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          • You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ Yeah, it’s best to not check too often. πŸ™‚ How have you been? Has checking the news less helped?

            Nice. I look forward to reading Kress’ book.
            True. The artist in ourselves makes us focus on the details. But you’re right, with writing, we just need to focus on what’s most important, right? (What moves the story)
            Haha are beats plot points? I never really understood what ‘beats’ meant lol. I didn’t know there was such a thing as overusing beats.

            Nice. Which movie did you both pick? Yeah, you may want to watch the other films. I hope Infinity War wasn’t too emotionally painful since so many characters died.
            That’s a good plan. πŸ™‚ Be sure to go though in an afternoon with not many people in the theater.

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            • It was so hard not to check every day at first, but by the time the end of the week came around I didn’t want to spend too much time on it as I was busy lol. It definitely helped πŸ™‚

              Beats are the little bits of action around the dialogue (Stupid name for it if you ask me :P): So like ‘he ran a hand through his hair’ followed by dialogue. They were right, I do overuse them, and I write my dialogue often without adding details of setting too.

              Iron Man first, gonna watch the MCU in order again πŸ™‚ I just hate Loki died in Infinity War 😦 At least he’ll hopefully be back given the show!

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              • Happy it helped! πŸ™‚ Have you been busy with writing or other tasks? πŸ™‚

                Oh lol. Why do they call it beats? Not a good name IMO haha. Thanks for the clarification. How often should dialogue tags be used? It gets confusing about how often we should use action beats and dialogue tags. Also confusing about when to show and tell lol.

                Cool! I hope you enjoy it. You’ve got a long journey – 25 movies, I believe haha. Did you see the show? I forgot. :).

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                • I’ve been gaming and hanging out with my partner as he took holiday from work, barely been writing at all again!

                  I’m not sure how often dialogue tags should be used, as I still probably overdo it xD I think so long as it doesn’t break the flow of the story it should be fine to use as many/few as you want. The rule I follow for show/tell is tell when you want to move a scene on quickly and details aren’t important, show when you want the reader to feel emotion behind the scene πŸ™‚

                  Yeah there are lots of films πŸ™‚ I saw the show, can’t wait for season 2!

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  11. For some reason, it wouldn’t let me like or reply to your comment, so I am writing a new one here. That’s awesome that you’ve been gaming and hanging out with your partner. How are you two doing? No worries. Most important thing is that you’re doing well πŸ™‚

    Haha yeah it’s hard to balance. Yeah, that probably is best – to see if it affects the flow.
    That’s a good rule! πŸ™‚ So telling is more effective for moving things quickly? πŸ™‚ Like for a quick action scene?
    And good point. Def more effective to show emotions.

    Yeah πŸ™‚ I can’t believe I’ve seen nearly all of them lol πŸ™‚ But I’m glad to have. Did you see Eternals? πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for season 2 for Loki.

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    • No worries πŸ™‚ We’re doing good, focused on weight loss and health at the moment! Hope you are doing well πŸ™‚

      Yeah telling is great for quick action scenes, as if they need to happen but don’t add much to the plot, too much detail would slow down pacing πŸ™‚

      We’ve not been watching as much lately, so haven’t seen Eternals yet either. So much to watch, but we keep watching gaming content on Youtube instead πŸ˜›

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      • You can do it! Go Louise! πŸ™‚ What kinds of exercising are you doing to help with weight loss? I want to lose some weight as well.

        Thanks! That’s a good point. I bet a really extensive paragraph would kill momentum then haha. Thanks again for your insight.

        Haha which gaming channels do you watch? I’ve watched videos on how to beat Starcraft missions when they got way too hard lol.

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        • I’m doing an hour of beat saber on the VR 3 or 4 times a week at the moment as it’s still too cold to cycle. It seems to be working well so far πŸ˜€ Losing weight is hard though as I’m also trying to eat less but I get hungry too much!

          You’re welcome πŸ™‚ Yeah writing is tricky, there’s so much to consider and it can be overwhelming. I think I need to step back from editing as I go and maybe just write the story and edit later to speed up my process!

          I watch Dead by Daylight content creators mostly as they can be very funny πŸ™‚ I’ve never played Starcraft, what’s it like?

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          • That’s awesome. Is it tiring after a while? Or is it more moderate?
            Yeah I feel you. I prefer to eat lots of snacks. But, I think I gained weight from the snacks :). I wish you the best.

            Definitely. I was helping a friend with her story (beta reading) and it was a challenge. Writing can be such a pain sometimes and is rough. But we do our best and yeah- it’s a good idea to just write and edit later (and I support you).

            Cool πŸ™‚ Starcraft is a strategy game. You have to gather resources and build up armies (and they all take up resources). You have to expand too in order to get enough resources. You have to be fast enough or else the enemy will send in armies to destroy you. It is a fun game. But, it is frustrating also. Do you enjoy strategy games :)?

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            • It was tiring at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. I think I overdid it as I’ve hurt my hip though! Yeah snacks are dangerous, so tasty but so easy to put on weight πŸ™‚

              I find beta reading really fun, but writing and editing my own stuff is harder. I’m trying to plan the entire story well before I write it, but as I keep changing things it’s hard. I’m hoping now I’m on the final version of the plan and can actually start writing πŸ™‚

              Oo sounds fun πŸ™‚ I’ve played similar strategy games before like Civilisation and Heroes of Might and Magic but will have to check Starcraft out too πŸ™‚

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              • Aw I’m sorry to hear that you hurt your hip. You okay, Louise? Hope you’re feeling much better. And haha yes, snacks – it is so easy to give in and eat them.

                Yeah it is harder to motivate yourself to edit. I haven’t edited my story for two years because of lack of motivation. You can do it. I know you can – Go Louise πŸ™‚

                Yeah it’s fun. πŸ™‚ I like the original Starcraft best though. The graphics aren’t as good, but still great for its time. And, it’s fun. Enjoy :). πŸ˜€

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                • I’m okay, although my hip still hurts. I think it’s bursitis which can last up to six weeks though! I like marshmellows and cookies best, what’s your favourite snack?

                  Honestly sometimes I find rewriting the entire thing easier than editing xD Thanks, I’m sure you’ll move forward with your story soon too πŸ˜€

                  That’s cool! I’m still playing nothing but Dead by Daylight but it might be nice to pick up something different one day πŸ™‚

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                  • Aw I’m sorry to hear that. I hope you heal in sooner than six weeks. Does it hurt less?
                    YUMMY πŸ™‚ Do you have a favorite type of cookie? I like chocolate chip cookies most πŸ™‚

                    Haha that can be easier :). I hope so too. I might start my complete rewrite of my SFF story sooner though lol (I had written 144K but it was aimless, so I stopped and will be starting again on it this yr) :).

                    Nice! Yeah hope you can play Starcraft πŸ™‚ I believe that the original two games – Brood War and Starcraft 1 – are free to play. πŸ™‚ Are you watching shows as well? I’m watching Samurai 7 :).

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                    • So do I, six weeks is so long! It hurts less I think, and walking seems to make it feel better for a bit so at least I can still exercise πŸ™‚ Chocolate chip cookies are the best, but I can’t have them often because dairy free isn’t as cheap.

                      That’s exactly what I did with my Merlin story! I wrote like 100K+ words, but it was going nowhere, other than lots of little random adventures that were fun but didn’t advance the plot, so I started over by making a new plan, and this time I’m not writing a word until my plan is finished so I don’t end up in the same position πŸ™‚ Good luck with your complete rewrite πŸ˜€

                      Oh nice, free to play is awesome πŸ™‚ The most recent thing I watched was the live action Cowboy Bebop: I enjoyed it more than what I’ve seen of the anime, but most people disagree xD I might watch Stargirl as it’s on Amazon Prime and apparently is one of the best CW shows. What’s Samurai 7 like?

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  12. Yeah, that is a while. Glad that it is hurting less and that walking helps. Are you walking more? Aw yeah it’s rough when it’s costly. Hopefully there will be a cheaper version one day.

    Oh wow, yeah I brought in too many characters and it dragged. Didn’t get anywhere, and I too had lots of random adventures. When did you start writing it? All the best πŸ™‚ We got this, Louise. πŸ™‚ :).

    Yes πŸ˜€ I hope you can play it soon. Haha really – the live action is better than the anime? Wow. What did you like more about it? (I think the criticism of it may also stem from how one can never adapt a show/movie etc without losing some details and it’s hard when one grew up and have great memories of a show and then see an adaptation that is different. But I’m just guessing at why some liked the anime more). Ooh nice πŸ™‚ So Stargirl’s free on Amazon? πŸ™‚
    Samurai 7 was about villagers who recruit samurai to help them fight off some robotic samurai that have been oppressing their village and taking their food and women. It’s an adaptation of the movie (Kurosawa movie) Seven Samurai. :). It’s good, but not the best. πŸ™‚ (the anime).

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    • Thanks πŸ™‚ I still have a bit of pain but I think it’s getting better! It’s been very windy here so I haven’t been able to walk much.

      The idea first started when I did work experience in London, I was inspired by the tube journey and the story snowballed from there. That was April 2017, and I’m a little shocked how long I’ve been working on it, I didn’t think it was that long xD How long have you been working on yours?

      The anime was darker, had less character development for the bad guys, but was more a personal journey, I think. My issue with it was, in the anime they killed the MC at the end, and obviously for me that’s a big no-no. I was hesitant to watch the live action because of that, but the MC lives, so I liked it much better πŸ™‚ The anime fans think the live action ruins the ‘deep message’ and story to have him live though. Yeah Stargirl is free on Amazon, but not the other CW shows as far as I know πŸ˜›

      Nice, sounds interesting πŸ™‚ I like samurai shows, although I think Kenshin will always be my favourite πŸ™‚

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      • Ouch. Glad you’re feeling better though. Have you been able to take it easy too?

        Hope the wind calms down soon.

        That’s neat! It’s interesting how our stories can be inspired by something that we can take for granted or everyday occurrences, such as commuting :). And haha well I’ve been working on my main short story since 2018 (June, IIRC – or earlier). But I took a break from it in 2020…So, it’s been 2 years since I last touched it. I also started my superhero SFF novel in 2016…but stopped in 2019 or so.
        I need to edit the former and rewrite the latter lol…

        Interesting. I wonder why they had less character development for the bad guys. Would you say the anime wasn’t as deep? I want to watch the anime. And wow, that’s sad that they killed the MC at the end. I’m intrigued. Do you plan to watch Stargirl soon? Yeah I had to pay for the other CW shows on Amazon – but I ended up watching on there because the CW site has a bunch of ads if I try to watch it there and they repeat often so I got very, very annoyed at that lol (and decided to pay to watch them on Amazon Prime).

        πŸ™‚ Yeah it’s a good show, but unfortunately, there are some huge character deaths. Kenshin is my favorite too. :).
        Did you watch the entirety of Kenshin?

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        • My hip seems better but I may’ve overdone it and hurt my shoulders playing too much VR. Next week I’m taking a break from VR I think πŸ™‚

          Thanks, I think the wind has finally calmed down! We had three storms in a week and one blew half the roof off the arena in London! It wasn’t as bad where we are, but enough to be loud and scary.

          Yeah I get the most random story ideas whilst travelling, I miss train journeys because I’m always most inspired by them!

          Nice! You’ve been working on your stories for as long as I have πŸ˜€ I’ve also been working on them with breaks in between too, mostly because when I did my MA I didn’t have time for them, which was weird given it was a writing course!

          Most fans say the anime is more deep, but I wonder if it’s a nostalgia thing, because I tried to rewatch it and couldn’t get into it. I’ve never seen the whole anime as I found out about the MC dying and stopped watching! Our Amazon Prime ran out and we’re not renewing so it’ll be a while before I see Stargirl now. We can’t even watch things on the CW site from the UK, ads are annoying though. I use adblock for Google Chrome but it doesn’t always work 😦

          I don’t think I saw all of Kenshin either, so many things I should probably finish πŸ™‚

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          • Glad it seems better! Sorry to hear that your shoulder got hurt. Hope the break helps you feel better πŸ™‚ Best wishes πŸ™‚

            Anytime. Yikes, that is really scary! Glad the wind calmed down. Hopefully it didn’t blow too much dust around. Hope the wind stays calm now that it calmed down.

            Aww yeah I can see why that would lead to stories :D. Have you come up with ideas while riding your bike?

            Yeah I guess we are similar with how long we’ve been writing :).
            Did the writing course have restrictions on stories you could write? (Curious because you worked on it during breaks).

            Interesting. I haven’t seen it. I need to watch it. How many episodes did you see?
            Are you not renewing Prime because of costs? And yeah that is annoying. I am not sure where you can watch it. And another annoying thing is that, sometimes, the websites won’t let you use them or watch videos if you have the adblocker on.

            Aww I didn’t see the third part of Kenshin either. I need to :).

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            • Thanks πŸ™‚ I’ve been cycling instead, which is fun! I often think of stories then too πŸ˜€

              The wind has calmed down now, thankfully, and we had no damage. My sister had lots of issues with her house though and needs builders to fix it!

              The writing course didn’t have restrictions, but I didn’t want to submit my best ideas to workshops or as assignments. I didn’t have time to dedicate to the stories that mattered because I was too busy trying to do assignments.

              I only saw a few episodes of the Bebop anime, so I was never that invested in it. Yeah prime is expensive, generally we only have it when we get offered the free trial! With the amount of annoying ads on the internet I love adblocker. Unfortunately some sites make you disable it now!

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              • That’s awesome! Is your hip feeling better too? Glad you’re able to think of stories while you go bike riding. Be careful and don’t get distracted though :).

                That’s great. Glad you had no damage! But sorry to hear about how your sister will need builders to fix it/had issues with her house. Hope it won’t be too costly…

                Understandable. I’m sure it must’ve been super hectic. It must feel more relaxing now to be done and having to go at your own pace instead :D.

                I need to watch the anime. πŸ™‚ And yeah prime is expensive. About 14.00 a month here. I guess it must be that much or higher in the UK… And it is annoying how some sites won’t allow an adblocker. I try to avoid them lol but I can’t avoid all those sites.

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                • My hip is fine some days, others it’s kind of a dull ache. Hoping that means it’s getting better πŸ™‚ I don’t mind thinking of ideas whilst cycling because if I need to write something down it’s easy to stop and do it πŸ™‚ When I’m driving on the other hand it’s a nightmare as I have to try and remember stuff!

                  She’s having to put off redoing her patio to pay for damages, which she isn’t happy about, but at least it’s not unaffordable πŸ™‚

                  Exactly πŸ˜€ The pressure of the MA was the worst part, but honestly most of that came from me because I’m a perfectionist and was trying to make everything perfect. Writing felt horrible when I was trying that hard though and I think it made my stories worse. It’s nice to be able to write at my own pace and not worry about getting it right fast or first time πŸ™‚

                  Wow prime is expensive there! Here it’s Β£8, cheaper, but we’re on a budget so we alternate between streaming services depending on what we want to watch at the time xD Same, and any site that won’t let me look without disabling adblocker I leave and find another site!

                  Hope you’re having a good weekend πŸ™‚

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                  • Aw I hope so too. If it persists for too long, you may want to see a doctor about it. But again, I hope the dull ache means that it is getting better :).
                    That’s cool. Do you keep a mini notepad on you? πŸ™‚ (I think I must be the only writer without a notebook lol – I get too impatient to write them down lol). But yeah, I imagine getting ideas while driving would be a pain lol. You’d have to pull over so often to write them down lol.

                    I’m glad to hear that the damages aren’t unaffordable :). I wish her the best :).

                    Awww I can relate – I am a perfectionist and I push myself really hard. It’s rough. And yeah, the pressure can make things worse. But I’m glad you’re able to write at your own pace now. Also glad there’s way less pressure. πŸ™‚ I believe in you too :).

                    Wow, Prime is much cheaper in the UK! Lol, which streaming services are you switching between? I know what you mean – I avoid many sites that refuse to let you use them without turning off your adblocker. Ads are such a pain. They’re even more painful when they take up most of the page lol. It’s much more peaceful to view YouTube without ads, no? πŸ™‚

                    My weekend’s going okay. How is yours? πŸ™‚ Take care. Have fun πŸ™‚ And I hope your hip feels all better soon, my friend :)!

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                    • It’s honestly probably my own fault it still hurts, I’m terrible at sitting still and resting and keep exercising/doing yard work/chores etc xD

                      I used to use an actual notepad but now I use Google Keep Notes on my phone to type notes when I’m out and about. You can have different tabs for different projects and it saves me writing stuff up later πŸ˜€ It’s better when I’m driving with a passenger as I can make them write stuff down!

                      Thanks πŸ˜€ And being a perfectionist is hard isn’t it? Trying to switch it off and not push myself so hard is my main goal this year πŸ™‚ I need to remember to write at my own pace, even if it’s slow!

                      Yeah Prime isn’t too expensive, we’re switching between Netflix, Prime, and Disney Plus at the moment πŸ˜€ Yeah some ads cover the content and those are really bad, also the sites that auto play videos! Youtube is a nightmare for ads without ad blocker, especially when listening to music as it’s an ad every two song videos!

                      It’s sunny here today, which is nice! Enjoy the rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

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  13. lol maybe you can take some time each day to relax then? (A short time)

    That’s cool. How do you like Google Keep Notes? Sounds useful. I’m not used to writing down story ideas, but I might need to eventually.

    You’re welcome. You are awesome. Being a perfectionist is quite difficult. Best wishes with overcoming perfectionism. I’m trying to also, but haven’t been successful. I guess it will take a lot of time to overcome this after being a perfectionist for years.

    That’s cool. So you usually bounce between streaming services? Ads are annoying. I dislike how so many news sites have auto play videos. I prefer reading to listening/watching news, so that irritates me. I don’t know why they insist on having autoplay videos. I agree YouTube is a pain without an adblocker. Have you had ads in the middle of a song? I’ve had several of them in a video that I was seeing and that really annoyed me a ton lol.

    Nice πŸ™‚ hope the weather stays good in your area and hope you have a great weekend also. Take care :). πŸ™‚

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    • I’d love to if I could figure out how xD My mind is always working and I always have to be doing something.

      I love Google Keep Notes, best part is it’s free too and easy to copy from notes to word documents etc πŸ™‚

      Thanks, you too πŸ™‚ And yeah it’s tricky. I’ll get there eventually but it’s hard to know where to start when trying to ditch such an ingrained thing like perfectionism!

      Yeah we usually pick streaming services based on what’s released that’s interesting. Like Netflix for Stranger Things and Disney for Loki πŸ˜€ Same, those autoplay videos drive me insane! Thankfully I never get ads in the middle of songs on Youtube but some videos have way too many ads!

      We had a rainy day yesterday, which made our windows dirty, but it’s sunny again today. It’s been mostly nice so lots of biking πŸ˜€ Enjoy the rest of your week!

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      • Haha maybe you can try meditation? That may help a little.

        Nice πŸ™‚ Do you need an Android to use it? πŸ™‚ I need to look for it πŸ™‚

        Thank you πŸ™‚ I think my perfectionism is what’s making it hard for me to write and keep going. Lately, as I mentioned in a different comment, I’ve found myself wondering what I want to do with writing and feeling frustrated with how hard it is. I felt discouraged and wondered if I should just give up. I wondered if it would be worth it, especially since my goal is just to publish (I don’t really plan to market or seek a following, I think my goal is just to hit a milestone of publication). Part of me definitely wants to grow as a writer, but part of me just feels so discouraged and is perfectionist. How have you been doing in your efforts to ditch perfectionism this month?

        πŸ™‚ Understandable. Do you plan to use Disney+ to watch Ms. Marvel? The trailer was released.
        Haha yes YouTube gets way too many ads and it’d be annoying to have interruptions by ads throughout a song. I’d be upset.

        Cool πŸ™‚ Have fun biking. Stay safe πŸ™‚

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        • Maybe, I used to try meditation when it was sunny, but I’m less able to sit still if it’s cold πŸ™‚

          I don’t know if it’d work on iPhone, not much experience with those as I’ve only had Android. It’s super useful though πŸ™‚

          I had that same issue with perfectionism and writing. The only thing that helped was a long break and when I returned not putting any pressure on myself and writing for very small amounts of time a few times a week. I too really only want to publish, and if I have even a few people enjoy my stories that’d be awesome. I’m going to market a bit, but I’m really only writing it for me, because it’s a story I want to see that isn’t out there already πŸ™‚ Sadly for us perfectionists, writing is one of those things you get better at with practice, but practising can feel demoralising because we want it to be perfect first time and you can get stuck in a negative loop where you don’t improve but don’t want to try because it’s not perfect. Very tricky to deal with, and I think the only thing to do is try to let go of the need to get something right first time. I’ve been doing okay so far, trying to accept changes and edits as good for the story and not as a negative thing πŸ™‚ Keep at it, if it’s something you enjoy πŸ˜€

          I think I’ll watch everything when I get Disney+ again, including Ms. Marvel, it’ll be a lot of fun to catch up on everything πŸ™‚

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          • There are ones you can do indoors (sitting ones) πŸ™‚

            That’s cool. I guess I should use it. I haven’t really taken notes for stories lol. Is it weird that I don’t do that or use a notebook? (I always feel like an outlier writer b/c I don’t use a notebook, don’t keep a ton of pens, don’t drink coffee or wine, and don’t listen to music while writing).

            That’s great that you decided to not put pressure on yourself and write at a relaxed pace. So I guess your goal is just the publication milestone also?
            I’m glad you’re focusing on writing just for yourself. A lot less pressure and more freedom by writing for yourself. πŸ˜€
            So true. It’s a catch 22. You can improve with practice, but yeah, it definitely feels demoralizing, especially when there is a lot to fix. How did you get yourself to let go of needing to do something perfectly? Glad you’re doing okay :). I do want to improve, but yeah, like you said, I also feel demoralized (and unlike many others, I don’t want to enter into writing contests or submit to anthologies either). I try to improve from beta reader comments, but haven’t worked on stories extensively in a while. But, I’ll try to keep at it.

            That’ll be fun. Have you seen the trailer for Ms. Marvel yet?

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            • Oh nice, I’ll have to look it up πŸ™‚

              If you can remember things, not using a notebook is fine πŸ™‚ I only use notebooks/keep notes because if I don’t write something down right away I forget. I don’t drink coffee either (I prefer tea) and listening to music whilst writing is far too distracting πŸ˜€ (I have too many pens though!)

              Yeah, it’d be nice to make money from writing, but I don’t want to force it and I think if I had that pressure I’d feel like I had to write lots of books a year and they’d be bad quality. If I write for myself and people like it, great πŸ™‚ But I’m not going to write to trends or to please other people.

              I’m still working on letting go of needing to do stuff perfectly, but it’s so hard. If I come across more advice I’ll let you know, but at the moment I’m just trying to force myself not to proofread excessively πŸ™‚ I have no interest in contests or anthologies either, partly because it takes my attention away from the stories I care about, because it’s usually short stories, and partly because the stories I write don’t fit neatly into little genre boxes like contests and anthologies seem to ask for. Improving with beta readers is way more fun because you can work on whatever story you like πŸ™‚ If you work on any stories and want a beta at any point let me know πŸ˜€

              I’ll have to look up the trailer for Ms Marvel, I hadn’t seen it yet πŸ™‚

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              • πŸ™‚ The Calm and Headspace apps might have some good free ones πŸ™‚ Enjoy.

                For story ideas, I’m able to remember them pretty well :). Understandable to forget if you don’t write something right away though. Do you write long notes? Or just brief ones? I am glad we can relate in many ways. πŸ™‚ I love tea! (Do you like English Breakfast tea? I forget lol). And yes I find that listening to music while working on a story is distracting. And lol I could probably use more pens. I use them to darken drawing lines :). I often run out of ink lol when I do that though.

                I feel similar to how you feel. I guess the thing with me is that I don’t really want to make money (or much of it) from writing. I like drawing and writing for free. But I agree, it’d be nice to make some money from it. But, like you, I don’t want to force it. I also feel that, like you, my books would be bad quality if I had that pressure. πŸ™‚ I support you. I feel the same way – I want to write for myself and I don’t want to worry about trends or pleasing others. Sounds like we both have similar writing goals :).

                Sounds good. Working on not proofreading excessively is a great step. πŸ™‚ I’m happy for you.
                That makes sense – with anthologies or contests, there is much less room for flexibility/creative control. And I didn’t think about that, but you’re right – contests and anthologies have rules for genres and it can be limiting.
                So true! πŸ™‚ Much more creative control and flexibility when we improve via beta reader feedback :). I’ll definitely let you know. Thank you very much! πŸ™‚

                Here’s the link to the Ms. Marvel trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9EX0f6V11Y
                I think it’s gonna be more of a YA show/def on the lighter side and probably more intended for a younger demographic. But I’m looking forward to it :).

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                • Ooo nice, thanks for the recommendations πŸ™‚

                  That’s awesome, you have a better memory than me! Sometimes I write quick notes with keywords if I have less time, sometimes I write entire scenes. I recently hit the word limit on Google Keep notes xD I keep my phone by my bed to take notes if I wake up with ideas!
                  Same πŸ™‚ I usually just have basic tea, but I tried earl grey recently and it was okay too. I used to have a really good pen for going around the edges of drawings but the ink ran out so I can relate!

                  Yeah exactly. My mum was like ‘oh you should write what people want to read and you’ll sell loads.’ But I don’t want to do that, because what the majority likes, I often don’t and I’d be bored writing things I’m not interested in. I want to find my niche, a group of people who like similar things I do, and write for them, no matter how small the market might be πŸ™‚

                  Nice, looks awesome she’s very relatable too, I also spend too much time daydreaming πŸ™‚ I honestly prefer YA or New Adult as it’s often more fun!

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                  • Anytime. πŸ™‚ Let me know if you try it and if they work for you πŸ™‚

                    Haha I guess my memory is okay. It can be easy for me to forget things at times, but with story ideas, I guess I have a decent memory. What’s the word limit for Google Keep? lol Nice that you keep your phone by your bed. Do you record notes on your dreams :)?

                    Cool! I like earl grey πŸ™‚ – do you add honey to your teas? What kind of pen did you use for inking?

                    I know what you mean. I would feel stressed if I had to write what I’m not interested in and I’d get bored as well with that. I’m really glad you’re both staying authentic and doing what you enjoy, my friend. πŸ™‚ Do you plan to be a full time writer or write on the side?

                    πŸ˜€ Yesss she’s relatable in many ways πŸ™‚ I definitely relate to her love of superheroes and daydreaming – and if they include this in the show, her struggles with identity (it was something that was discussed in the first comic) :). Yesss – I think this one will be a lighthearted and fun show πŸ™‚ Do you plan to get Disney+ again for June? :).

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                    • That’s good πŸ™‚ If I can’t write a story idea down I have to repeat it over and over in my head until I can, or I’ll sometimes forget. It’s 20000 characters, which is a lot but apparently I write a lot of notes xD
                      I don’t often have dreams worth noting down, but sometimes if they’re good story ideas I note them down πŸ™‚

                      I sometimes add maple syrup to drinks, but not honey. I also have a caramel chocolate fudge syrup which is really nice πŸ˜€ I had a really nice ink pen with a thin point, kind of like a felt tip pen but for precision lines πŸ™‚

                      Yeah I can’t imagine not writing exactly what I want to πŸ™‚ I’d like to write full time but I dunno if I’d manage to as I can’t focus for a whole day on writing. Plus I’m not sure if I’d earn enough to either. Too many variables I think to be a full time writer.

                      Yeah June seems like a good time to get Disney+ for Ms Marvel, and I can catch up on all the other stuff I’ve missed too πŸ˜€

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  14. Haha that sounds rough (repeating it again). I’m glad writing notes helps! I guess you must get a bunch of story ideas every day. πŸ™‚ Did you have to delete some notes to write more?

    Nice πŸ™‚ Well I’m sure you’ll be able to create a fantastic story from your dreams.

    Yum! How does it taste with maple syrup? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ You have awesome syrups :). Did you use the ink pen for art too?

    Yeah I imagine it would be rough if you could not write what you want to. Yeah writing full time would be rough. I wish you the best with your career though πŸ™‚ (whatever career you pursue, I’m rooting for you) :).

    Nice! Yes Ms. Marvel as well as Moon Knight then πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :).

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    • Yeah it is, and sometimes I still forget xD I usually get ideas often and have to transfer my notes to word documents to make more room πŸ™‚

      Maple Syrup makes it takes great πŸ˜€ But I love anything sweet! We have amazing syrups, 0 calories too πŸ™‚ I usually only use the ink pen to outline pencil drawings so they scan better to pc!

      Yeah I don’t think I’d write at all if I couldn’t write what I wanted to πŸ™‚ Thanks, you too πŸ˜€

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      • Haha have you ever repeated a note more than 5 times :)? :)And that’s good. Is it easy to transfer to Word docs?

        Sweet :). Do you like corn syrup or maple syrup much more? I too like to use ink pen to outline pencil drawings; they show up better when inked.

        Me too. I’d feel like I’m being forced to write and not feel true to myself. I’m glad we can relate to one another πŸ˜€ Thank you :)!

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        • Yeah I often have to repeat notes more than 5 times, the more the better to help remember! You can log into Keep Notes on pc and copy the notes to Word, so it’s really easy πŸ™‚

          I don’t think I’ve had corn syrup before, not sure it’s something we have here. Maple syrup is great though πŸ™‚

          Same, writing doesn’t feel worth it if I can’t write the stories I want to write. You’re right, it doesn’t feel true to myself to write things I’m not interested in πŸ™‚

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          • lol No worries. That’s cool. All you need is a Google account, correct? πŸ™‚ I might use it.

            Maple syrup is better. Corn syrup is labeled as maple syrup here, but maple syrup is better – especially Canadian maple syrup. :). Have you had gold syrup?

            I feel the same way, my friend. If I can’t write what I want, then I will probably be unhappy and stop writing altogether.

            I’m glad you’re staying authentic. πŸ™‚ You are awesome πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :). Best wishes. :).

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            • Yup, you can access Keep Notes from Gmail, there’s a little button on the right hand side of my emails for it πŸ™‚ I have so many notes, from to do lists to story ideas.

              How odd, I never realised there were so many different types of syrup! Haven’t heard of gold syrup either xD Our maple syrup is gold coloured though πŸ™‚

              We shall stay authentic writers together πŸ˜€

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              • Sweet! I should use it then πŸ™‚ How long have you used it?

                lol there definitely are. I know a Canadian friend who told me about it. And Canadian maple syrup is better than corn syrup lol. That’s neat that the maple syrup you have is gold. Is it from Canada also, my friend :)? :).

                Yes, we will πŸ™‚ :). How is your writing going? :). I started a new story last week.

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                • I started using Keep Notes whilst I was in uni, so a while now πŸ™‚ The only drawback is I have a ton of paper notebooks that I barely use anymore because Keep Notes is so much easier xD

                  I think our golden syrup is made in the UK, but I wonder if the idea originated in Canada?

                  I finally finished the plan for my Merlin story yesterday, 33 chapters πŸ˜€ I want to do a bit of extra planning like character and location sheets, and look over the plan once more, but then I should be able to start writing πŸ™‚ I also started a new story idea recently, a superhero one! What’s your new story about?

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                  • Awesome πŸ™‚ Has the program improved since you began to use it? And lol are the notebooks collecting dust?

                    Interesting. Maybe πŸ™‚ I need to try syrup in the UK πŸ™‚ I need to have pancakes the next time I visit the UK πŸ™‚

                    Cool! Great job, Louise πŸ™‚ Kudos!
                    You got this. What’s your superhero story about?
                    My new one is about how Matt and my MC Naeema met. But I keep changing it up lol. Two of the storylines I created didn’t work. Now, I’m trying a third – cyborgs attack Matt and Jen (Matt’s close friend and Naeema’s BFF) while they’re having lunch. They kidnap Jen. And, he rushes over to Naeema’s Earth (Jen’s from another Earth but is visiting Matt on his Earth) to save Naeema (but she’s not a damsel in distress either – she can hold her own in a fight and is an engineer who comes up with ideas quickly) :). And I hope to have Matt and Naeema work together to find Jen. :).

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                    • Nah Keep Notes has stayed the same, and yeah my notebooks are all in drawers, haven’t used one in ages!

                      Yeah try it next time you’re in the UK, I love our maple syrup on pancakes πŸ™‚ Although the pancakes we make at home are far different from the ones I think you have in the US, ours are very thin!

                      Thanks πŸ™‚ I found a plot hole in my plan already but I’m sorting it. Also my dragons are demanding more of a spotlight! My story is another hero/villain romance with a redemption arc. Apparently I like those at the moment! Nice, your story of how Matt and Naeema meet sounds awesome πŸ™‚ It’s always fun to experiment with different ideas. I love how you have a multiverse too πŸ˜€

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                    • Cool! Well it helps to have it stay the same. That way you don’t have to start all over with learning how to use it or worry about major changes. πŸ™‚ What do you like most about the maple syrup in the UK? I absolutely want to try it! πŸ™‚ Wow – I wonder why the UK pancakes are much thinner. I really want to try the UK pancakes πŸ™‚ Do you like waffles? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

                      You can do it. I believe in you πŸ™‚
                      lol do you have a lot of dragons? πŸ™‚ That’s cool. I think redemption arcs can be done really well. What kinds of things have your hero and/or villain done that they seek redemption over? :)Thank you so much. It is fun to try multiverse meetings and to experiment with different characters, including two who are somewhat polar opposites – Matt is impulsive and anxious (lacks confidence) whereas Naeema is calm and confident. Careful also. But they’ll become fairly close friends. :D.

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  15. Yup πŸ™‚ Honestly I hate it when technology changes, it’s a pain to learn to reuse. WordPress has changed blogging so that’s gonna be hard when I go back to it!

    Maple Syrup tastes so good, even though it’s bad for you xD I’ve never had American Style pancakes either, but ours are very fluffy and yummy despite being thin πŸ™‚ I don’t like sweet waffles much, but potato waffles are nice!

    Thanks πŸ™‚ I think only one of my stories doesn’t have a dragon, but only so far xD Knowing me I’ll add one at some point like I did with my Merlin story, which went from 0 dragons, to 1, to 2 πŸ˜› My villain in one story is a criminal art thief with a sketchy past. I don’t think he’ll ever change the stealing, but killing people he wants to atone for because Leo doesn’t like it πŸ™‚ I love opposite characters, kinda like Kaz and Inej in Six of Crows, really close but so many differences!

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    • I agree. It is annoying and frustrating. What did they change? I haven’t blogged in a LONG while, and I don’t have plans to, so I’m not sure what has changed. You can do it and I believe in you.

      XD Yes. I wish it wasn’t bad for us lol- but I would love to have it more. And wow, British pancakes are fluffy even though they’re thin? AWESOME :). I didn’t know about potato and sweet waffles. I just know them as….(drumroll) waffles LOL XD. What would you say is the main difference in taste?

      Anytime! And lol do you think a dragon will make a major appearance or a minor cameo in your tale? And lol what were the dragons like in the Merlin πŸ™‚ story? πŸ™‚ Were they nice? The villain sounds intriguing. Sounds like he and Leo will have a lot of conflict. πŸ™‚ Oh yeah, Kaz is – if I remember correctly from the show – more serious and pragmatic and cautious, right? I remember Inej wasn’t impulsive per say, but not as cautious and more willing to help those in need in spite of risks. Is that correct? I think it’s wonderful to have opposite characters -it’s fun to write them and the dynamics (especially disagreements).

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      • They added a new system or something, using blocks of code? I’m not even sure what it is or how it works lol. I’m thinking of coming back to it soonish, but wanna get my health settled first, sort the garden and get other to do list things I’ve left for ages done!

        Yeah I love our pancakes πŸ˜€ The waffles I have at home are made of potato and fluffy and yummy. I have no idea what sweet waffles are made of, but I tried them once at a meal with friends and hated them xD Do you only have the sweet ones?

        I think given the story currently without a dragon is heists and superpowers, there might be a cameo with a dragon on an art piece or something, but no actual dragon. I haven’t fully plotted that one yet though so who knows? The dragons in my Merlin story are pretty cool, but they argue a lot xD

        Oh yeah Leo and Blaise will have a lot of issues to work through before they get together πŸ™‚ And I need to make it realistic that they bond too! Yeah Kaz can come across as heartless whilst Inej is very caring, and he’s an atheist and she values her saints. Opposite characters like that are great fun I agree πŸ™‚ I’m rewatching Shadow and Bone at the moment, and find myself liking Alina a lot more this time around xD

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        • Strange. Wonder why. Take care of yourself. πŸ™‚ Do you have a lot to do in the garden? Best wishes πŸ˜€

          Do you like French toast as well? I wanna try English pancakes and the potato waffles. They sound good. Lol the sweet waffles don’t sound good. I’m not sure what kind of waffles I have lol. These are the kinds of waffles I usually have: https://www.leggowitheggo.com/en_US/products/waffles.html

          Cool! That sounds fun. What kinds of superpowers do your characters have? The cameo would be nice. πŸ™‚ You got this. And LOL what are the arguments about? :).

          That sounds like a good story. Will they become close?
          You can do it. πŸ™‚ I’m excited to hear about how you get their bond to be realistic and where you take them πŸ™‚ for the story.
          Oh yeah. I forgot about that. Inej is very compassionate and caring. Kaz is caring deep down though right? πŸ™‚ (I think he cares deeply for his crew but usually just has a scowl on his face XD). And oh yeah, you’re right, Inej is a person of faith. :). Opposite characters are intriguing :). What do you like more about Alina from seeing the show once more? πŸ™‚ :).
          I remember people loved Kirigan but I hated him (he is very well written and very well acted, but I dislike how manipulative he is- he’s a character I love to hate lol).

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