Hope Leigh Becker

Pagan mom wife and writer

slacking

so I just haven’t been doing any writing – all my focus has been on meditative art. I’ve been zentangling and quilling a lot lately. I’ll get back to writing as soon as I feel inspired.

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given up?

Not much to report – I’m currently fighting a nasty crud, so I’m not really doing any writing. I feel as though I’ve given up. I’m not sure where to go next in my revising process so I’ve kinda stalled out. I’ll figure it out because I really really want to publish this book.

writing update

I’m busily plugging away at my Chrolli fanfic. I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow, Sunday at the latest. It’s going pretty well. Not my best writing, but it’s a piece of fanfic so I have to admit my expectations are a bit lower than with my novels. I really just hope that folks enjoy it – that’s all I really want. It’s nice to have a little freedom and just write for the sake of writing rather than worrying if it’s good enough for people to buy. Now that I’m revising my first novel, I realize how much pressure there is for writing for marketability. I’ve enjoyed writing this piece, but I’ll be glad when I’m done and it’s out there for people to enjoy. I have to stop writing now, I’m going a little cross eyed. 

update

Well I’ve been busily editing my first novel, a young adult book about a boy and a dragon and their lives together. I wrote this book for my first Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) in November of 2012. It was really the first thing I ever wrote and I love the story, so I’ve been revising like crazy – I’ll probably come close to rewriting the whole thing. I used the story I’ve written to plot out what I wrote and now I’ll rewrite making changes to the plot where I think it’s necessary. It’s an exciting but scary process. I often just want to throw up my arms and give up, then I remember the response of my friends who’ve read it and I decide that my characters are worth it. So I’ll keep plugging away.

I’m my own worst critic so editing and revising are hard for me. I just get caught up in what doesn’t work and feel like I have to do it all over again – I guess I’m a bit of a perfectionist. My characters just speak so loudly to me and I want to give them their voice – you know?

I’ve taken a bit of a break from editing to write a short fan fiction about a German soap couple I love. I’m giving them the happy ending I think they deserve. The one the show they are on seems to be avoiding. Hopefully it will be well liked by the fans at our next celebration weekend. Fingers crossed – I’ve been working hard on it.

Anyway – that it’s for now. I’ll try to update more often or at least write about my writing projects a couple of times a week.

Writing

I have another blog where I write about my spiritual and physical journey, but I wanted a place to share my writing; that’s what I’ll do here. I’ll be doing writing exercises and sharing short stories that sort of thing in this space. My goal is to post a couple of times a week here.