So. Way back in November, I decided to write a novel. Y’know, for NaNoWriMo. I actually didn’t end up writing said novel, instead writing an outline for a different novel, but that’s not important. The important part is, I decided to drag my younger siblings in with me on the wonderful craziness of NaNo. One brother decided to write a Minecraft fan-fiction, while the other made up a story about a can and a ghost who ran away from their home and the cat’s cruel master. Neither finished their story, but considering their age, I think they both wrote a decent amount and I was very proud of the fact that they at least tried. (I’m also happy to hear that one of them plans to finish his novel this up and coming November.)
Then came my little sister. She’s younger than the two boys, yet she’s always loved telling stories. Never written them down, but certainly told them verbally enough to practically be an expert. Or, well, as close to expert as an eight year old gets. I convinced her into joining NaNoWriMo as well, and she wrote a story about a dragon who got lost and has to find her way home, with the help of a friendly cat. (It amused me greatly that two of my siblings’ stories had cats in them as one of the protagonists…now I’m tempted to add a cat into one of my own stories, just for the fun of it.)
She completed her goal of a thousand words and finished the story, on about the 24th of November. The story was awesome.
As you can probably guess, considering it’s like the opposite time of year as November, I just helped her finish editing it. It’s even more awesome now. I love it. She had quite a few spelling and grammar errors (including switching back and forth between present and past tense, using comma splices, and so on), but she is only eight, so I helped her fix them up.
Now it’s pretty much finished and she’s even illustrating it with little sketches of some of the scenes.
I’m the proudest older sister there ever was. And also…one who’s kind of discouraged in herself.
I haven’t finished a project since last May. That’s nearly an entire year ago. That was a story I believe I mentioned in an earlier post about my lack of motivation, which is now back in the outlining/figuring-out-what-in-the-world-is-going-on-here stage. Or, er, the drawing board, I guess. I’ve got so many plots holes…
But that’s for another rant. Anyhow, there are a few excuses for my lack of finishing anything. I lost both my uncle and my grandmother in June, and since then, there’s been enough family drama to, well, fill an entire soap opera. Or three. But right now? After all, that was way back in June.
I’m…not really sure. I just feel stressed. I’d like to blame school, but we’ve actually figured all of that stuff out. I know what I’m doing the next two years of highschool and maybe even a vague idea of what comes afterwards. No need to be stressed. Yet…I keep feeling stressed out.
It finally occurred me that it’s really the writing itself that’s the problem. I can still do most of my creative process. I can outline, I can brainstorm, I can even do some world-building and some sort of character development (I’m not very good with that part yet, unfortunately, without doing discovery-writing….which is weird, since I’m more or less an outliner at this point…hmm.). But whenever I sit down to write, that’s when I get stuck.
Turns out, I can’t seem to get into the story. Any story. I’ve got five of them, after all. (Or was it six?) I’ve found I can still, occasionally, write random scenes here and there, but nothing important and nothing that actually goes anywhere. I tried writing a new short story, too, and that didn’t work either. I tried just sitting and writing nothing, I tried switching to a notebook, and I even tried taking a break from writing altogether and coming back later. No matter what I do, no matter how I try, no matter even which story I work on, I can’t seem to lose myself into my writing anymore.
So that’s what the problem is. That’s why I’m completely stressed out about any of my writing and avoiding it.
I also…have no clue why this is the case and what in the world to do about it.
Gah, so this post turned out far more complain-y than I intended…I had really just wanted to talk about how proud I was of my sister. Heh. So, yeah, there it is. Anyone have any suggestions of what to try? And anyone else have awesome little sisters?