This was a holiday week here in Japan and I actually got a fair amount of writing done, including one really nice stretch where I wrote about a thousand words in a sitting. It's been a while since I've been able to get in that kind of flow state where words came readily, and it was a real pleasure. And oddly, it was while writing a fight scene, which are usually a challenge! Now I just have to figure out how fade-to-black I want the ending (the final challenge, a a difficult one for me).
I hope your first week in May went well! What are you working on this week and could you enjoy writing it or was it a struggle?
I got a bunch of fic writing done last week! Well, a few hundred words--for me lately that's pretty good! I think what made it feel good was that even though it wasn't a lot, I got into the flow of it and it came naturally, not like I was forcing words. It's made me look forward to getting back to the piece instead of fretting about it.
What's on your plate this week? Was writing a pleasure or a pain?
My nonfiction piece got published, I'm so delighted! And another is almost ready to go for another outlet! I definitely couldn't stand the stress of freelance writing being my regular income, but it's been an interesting (in a good way) experience.
I was actually re-reading some of my fic last night--I don't tend to re-visit my work at all once I've posted it, but now and then when I get a kudos or a nice comment I'll go back and re-read. Usually it's a pleasure--I'd forgotten how dark and bleak my stories had gotten after a major character ship for one member of my OTP, but they're still good stories. And then there are the stories that have become dated--I wrote a few stories enjoying the angst of the fact that Clark and Bruce couldn't have a legal wedding in 2007 and now they seem like quaint relics, which is a special kind of happiness to re-read.
When was the last time you re-read completed work of yours, and what did you discover when you did?
My next article is written and languishing in the editor's inbox! This freelance writing is for the birds--I like being able to post when I want to so I can be timely! On the other hand, the Ringer has a serious editorial staff and I have to admit every change they've recommended to my writing has been useful and made the pieces better, so that's nice. I've submitted pieces places where they don't edit at all, and that always makes me uneasy! Please edit my work!
I'm off to work on another piece. I never would have expected nonfiction would end up being my preferred genre! How is your work going right now and what stage is in? May you post something which makes you happy this week!
Aw, my most recent essay got rejected (and after they said it would be printed, too!) The editorial staff got a little leery of how I was talking about race--it was an essay about a black female athlete, and obviously having to overcome extra obstacles because of that is a big part of who she is, so I felt like I couldn't talk about her without talking about that. If the editorial staff were uneasy about it, it's just as well it didn't get printed, but I'm still sad about it.
Back to the drawing board, I guess! How have things gone with you this week? Hopefully less rejection and more success!
What was your writing challenge this week? I'm so rusty that plotting is not coming easily to me... for a while now I've been doing recaps of other people's plots and I've lost the ability to concoct my own! I had to go back and add a plot element to some earlier scenes so the later ones would work (literally a piece of Kryptonite), but hopefully it'll bump along better now...
I finally got so far behind on everything that I couldn't bring myself to post for a while, I was just too embarrassed! But I have gotten a little written here and there, and I've been hoping everyone's writing is going well.
What's been inspiring you writing-wise? I watched WandaVision, half of the first episode of Superman & Lois, and will probably watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier too, but so far nothing to inspire me in ficcish ways (which is fine! Sometimes it's nice to just watch a show). In comics canon, I've enjoyed Superman on War World quite a bit of the flash-forwards we've seen. I hope you've been able to relax and write and enjoy life!
--What is your most recent POV character's greatest fear?
Oh, that's pretty easy for Clark--I feel like the animated JL series gets it exactly right that his greatest fear is somehow getting mind-controlled or turning evil and running amok. It's why him giving Bruce the Kryptonite ring hits me so hard, that he trusts Bruce to keep his greatest fear from happening.
I've started working on another non-fiction piece! November and December are always rough, but the online magazine pitched me another idea and I couldn't resist it. I'm trying to get it done by Monday but that might be optimistic... How are things with you?
--How does your most recent POV character react to criticism?
Honestly? Clark shrugs off most criticism unless it's by someone he trusts and respects. I can't imagine you last long as a superhero if you take criticism too much to heart, because no matter what you do people are going to have criticism!
I'm seeing a lot of people working on Yuletide and I miss doing exchange writing so much! Maybe next year... Are any of you writing for an exchange?
--How does your most recent POV character react to praise?
Oh dear, Clark isn't keen on it at all, to be honest! It makes him uncomfortable and he's likely to fly off just to avoid it. Bruce is much the same, actually--a lot of him disappearing on Jim Gordon is being eager to avoid any awkward compliments for things he feels like he probably didn't do quickly enough anyway ("Praise for catching a serial killer after 7 victims instead of after 5 is extremely inappropriate.") I may be projecting a lot there, though, as praise is extremely difficult for me and I can't imagine taking it well!
I hope all is well with you and you're safe and productive and have much to be thankful for this week!