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My First Contemporary Novel??

As I have spent these last few months concentrating on college, one thing I haven’t stopped thinking about is my stories. I always have ideas written down, and some never get fleshed out into a real story. A few weeks ago I went over some old story ideas from about a year ago. Although I cannot recall the exact words from this single paragraph idea, I can at least give you the main details.

To start: it’s about a man who is a single father to a baby girl. He lost his wife while she was giving birth and this leaves the man devastated, of course. The story follows his journey looking after his daughter alone, grieving about his wife.

Now the idea came from a sad news story I watched on YouTube about a year ago. I’ll put the link below so you can see for yourself.

https://youtu.be/4aHNcAst8vU

The story of Jared Buhanan-Decker really touched me. I cried after watching that news story, my heart aching for Jared. It made me realise that life is truly precious and that it really should be cherished like you cherish a diamond. Live every day like it’s your last. You never know when it will really end.

I had doubts with this story for many reasons. How was I going to make this into a story? There’s nothing to make it into something readable. I’m not exactly experienced with Contemporary novels. I’ve only ever read one in my life and I did actually enjoy it. Maybe one question I should ask is: How do I write a contemporary. Some that I’ve found are very descriptive, talking about emotions which is certainly not my style. But I’m going to try it. I’m determined to. It’s coming out of my comfort zone, but I can do it.

One of the most stupidest writing advise I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘Write what you know’. If I stuck to that piece of advice, I would be continually writing crappy fantasy stories. I wouldn’t even touch on the subject of Contemporary. I would never do it. However, break them writing rules. Writing rules are made to be broken. Don’t listen to them. Write what you want to write, don’t write what you know.

Going back to the story, I’m planning it right now and I plan NOT to rush it. I want to take it steady, make sure that I know exactly what to do with it. Plan the story well, outline it well and write it. I’m not rushing it purely because I have never written a Contemporary story. But writing this story will be an adventure and I plan to bring you, my reader, along with me.

I have nothing much with it yet, only that one of the subplots in the story is very musical based. The main character plays guitar a lot and sings heartfelt songs. I always create a private playlist on YouTube for my stories, including songs that I think relate to the story itself. One of the songs is Jared Buhanan-Decker’s wife singing a cover of a song called ‘Jessica’ on a guitar. After hearing her sing this song, her voice sounded like an angels and now she really is an angel. I’ll link the video below so you can see for yourself. Of course this song made its way into the story playlist. I think I might do a post with all the songs in this certain playlist.

https://youtu.be/h5D-ucAsQOc

The point of this post is: come out of your comfort zone. If your comfortable writing Horror and Fantasy stories but you really want to write a Contemporary or Lit Fic but have never written anything like that before, go for it! You only live once, do something with it. Write that adventure story. Write that Fantasy novel. Just do it. Make your dreams come true.

Yes I quoted Shia LaBeouf.

Lydia Xx

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Writing Update

Last post was just a general update as to where I was, why there hadn’t been any posts for MONTHS since April. This time, this update is all about my writing. I plan to write updates like this once a month, perhaps at the end of each month, updating about my writing, talking about projects and current works in progress. Yes this post is on the middle of September, but that’s no problem of course. 

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I was talking about my current project ‘Not In My Name’. I have been constantly working on this project, the plot constantly changed, the characters constantly changed, everything kept changing. I can’t explain why , but I started to lose interest in the story and lost motivation too. I have left it to one side for now. It could be months. Or perhaps years until I go back to this story. I have no idea what to do with it at all. It’s just shelved for now. Later on il decide whether I’ll continue it or scrap the idea altogether. Right now, the future is undecided.

While I have been gone, I recently got a new boyfriend. One thing we certainly share in common is how creative we both are. He really enjoys art and is always drawing and thinking up new characters. These characters that he has created are, in fact animals, or mythical creatures, meaning dragons. At some point, I should show you his drawings cause they are pretty cool. His two main characters are a dragon called Kenvetai and his wife, a Fox called Foxina and just randomly, I started writing about these two characters, about how they actually met, which my boyfriend had named ‘Love At First Night’. I finished this story in less than a month because it’s not too long. Around 7,500 words at least and only 5 chapters. This story was the best I’ve ever written, in my opinion. The characters were actually 3-dimensional. They had personality! I could see them and hear them clearly in my head. All the characters actually felt real to me. And, of course, my boyfriend absolutely loves what I’m writing about Kenvetai and Foxina.

So I have lots of new characters and lots of new stories that I’m currently planning. I will talk about this more in depth in different posts. Like, a post purely about Ken and Foxina so you guys can meet them properly. Another post about all the stories that are currently in the planning stages. Especially a post about what it’s like to write a story using nothing but animal characters.

I hope you all enjoy my return to my blog and I’m just happy to be back! There will always be a new post on Saturday, every week.

Until next time! 

Lydia Xx

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Update

I think I owe big appologies to people who read this post. I have broke my laptop so I’m hoping that at some point it can be fixed. But until that point, blog posts will be written on my phone. I’m also back at college for my 2nd year so I have to concentrate on that too. 

But, something good, I will attempt to post something once a week. Everything will either be reading or writing related. Mostly reading of course. I have lots of posts planned so you’ll be greeted with lots of new posts on a Saturday every week. Let’s all hope I can stick to this schedule.

So, with that, I’ll see you in the next new blog post!

Lydia Xx

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Updates and apologies

This should be a point where I apologise. I have not been active at all. College work has recently picked up a lot and I have been concentrating with that. On top of college assignments, I went through a breakup over a month ago, after being in a relationship for a year. But I have a lot of blog post ideas, as I have been writing something completely new that I would love to share with you. As summer is on its way, expect a lot more posts for you all!!

Bye bye for now, my lovelies!!

Lydia Xx

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A New Idea

Not exactly a blog post, but an update. If you will.

So today, I had a new idea for my blog. Lately, I picked up a lot more on my reading, so I have lots to say about it. That set a light bulb off in my head.

A post  schedule will go something like this: Wednesday will be a reading post. Saturday or Sunday, there will be a writing post.

Does that sound good? I hope so.

So my reading Wednesday will have lots of things, such as book reviews, what I am currently reading etc.

Writing Weekends will include my project updates as well as lots of writing related posts which I hope you will all enjoy.

Until next time, my lovelies

Lydia Xx

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Writing

I created this blog to document my writing process for all of you that even have the time to read my blogs. Though I am not good at it. I may try to do frequent posts, but I’m not sure how that will work out. We’ll just have to see. I may have abandoned this after the first post, but WordPress at one point wasn’t working. Now it is working! Which is a great start! So I hope to get this show on the road!

Lydia Xx

 

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First blog post

Guess this is my first blog post. (Hence the title.) So this is my writer’s blog. I plan to do book reviews, NaNoWriMo, book stuff, all of that. So I hope that some of you enjoy all of that. I can’t say I won’t be great at all of this. But I hope to do well at all of this.

Thank you! And goodbye!

InspiredWriter, out!