My W.I.P + Updates on Uprising// Why I Create Series Part Two

by - October 10, 2018



If you aren't sure what this series is about, or just want to read the posts in order, be sure to check out Part One

I only meant to take a week-long break from Uprising.

Turns out it's been a month.

September 3rd is when I last opened the document, when I last looked at the words, the story I've been crafting for five years now.

Today is October 4th.

And as I look at the pages, I feel weighed down. I'd even say beat down.

These words, this story, has followed me around for a long, long time.

Yet recently, I can hardly bring myself to write anything, let alone edit Uprising.

But I made a promise to myself to start this month. That got delayed with me being under the weather. But, as I look at this book, at this story, I know there's more to be written. I know I can bring more to the table.

Here I sit, writing this post when I should be editing.

The task of fixing Uprising has been chasing me away for far too long. I've felt uninspired to do anything related to writing. And this feeling has been stalking me for months. So, how do you think I'll get myself out of it?

By forcing myself to take a little time every day to write or edit something. I have to. Inspiration isn't coming back to me. I have to bring it back. I can't just sit here and expect something to happen. I have to work for it. And that's something we all need to remember. We have to work for what we want. It's not going to be handed to us.

Updates

I promised updates on Uprising, so here it is.

I have not really touched my manuscript. Maybe it's fear of not doing it right. Maybe I burned myself out pushing myself so hard. But the end goal is to publish before I'm twenty. Time is ticking so fast.

You may be wondering when my goal publishing date is. Well, friends, my goal is to publish in the spring of 2019. What month, I have no clue. The first book takes place in summer so what better time to publish then when the weather is heating up once more. (Not that it's actually cold right now, but I'm pretending it is for my sanity.)

So, my goal is to finish editing by the end of this year and start planning things a little better with blog tours, releases, and maybe even setting up my book for pre-order. (That's so exciting and freaky to think about.)

I have some goals I want to complete for this book, but that will be covered in next week's post, which is conveniently about setting goals for your creation.

So, this week's question is:

How long have you been working on your current project?



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  1. I hope that you'll have a productive rest of 2018 (wow, that sounds ungrammatical, xD). And I CANNOT wait to read your book <3 <3. So excited for you!

    I've been working on my current project for about....eight months? I've actually been writing for about half the time, but I've been thinking about the idea for awhile, trying to flesh out the plot + characters, etc.

    <3 <3

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    1. Thank you so much!! <3 <3

      Wow, that's awesome! I can't wait to hear more! <3

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  2. You've got this, girl! Keep working hard towards your goal!

    I have had the idea for my WIP for a while now, but am just starting to plan/write it! It's exciting, yet at the same time, scary because I have never ever tried to right a BOOK before! :)

    Have a great day!
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Thank you so much!!! <3 <3 <3

      It can be scary, but you know what? It's also quite freeing. <3 I look forward to hearing more about it when you're ready to share. :D

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  3. I feel you! I'm currently burned out and haven't worked on anything in so long... Hopefully October will be productive for both of us.

    So excited for your book, girl! <3

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    1. I'm starting to have inspiration again and I'm so EXCITED! I pray you find your inspiration soon! <3 <3

      Thank you so much, girl. That means so much!! <3

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  4. Hopefully you can feel inspired again . . . you can do this! You are such a talented writer. :)

    I’ve had the idea for my current WIP since August of 2017, so a year and two months ago. I didn’t actually start writing it until April of this year, so technically I’ve only been writing it for six months.

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    1. Thank you! My inspiration has returned and I'm so excited! Thank you so much. You are so sweet! <3

      Oh wow, that's awesome! Hey, you've been writing it in your head since August 2017, so good for you! <3 Keep up the awesome work!

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  5. I haven't worked on my current story either, so I understand how your feeling. I'm sure you'll get it back, it just might take a little bit.

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    1. I finally have my inspiration back and I'm so excited!!! Thank you so much! <3

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  6. dude don't be discouraged. I've been working on my current novel for...one and a half years on and off. Seriously. I've gotten majorly stuck and put it down for 8 months one time, and I'm picking it up again for nano and completely rewriting it. It's a story that just won't let me be. Don't feel bad if you have to put it down for a while...its not going anywhere. you got this, girl xxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much. My inspiration has returned and I'm excited to keep moving forward!

      That sounds awesome. You've got this! I can't wait to hear more when you're ready to share. :D

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  7. So happy for an update (even if it’s not much of one)!!! I feel your pain. Sometimes I don’t feel like writing or editing. But it’s gotta get done or it’ll NEVER be done, if that makes any sense.

    I’ve been working on my trilogy since 2015, I believe...

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    1. Totally makes sense and I'm learning that right now. But inspiration has returned, so I'm excited!!

      Oh wow, that's awesome! Keep it up! <3

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  8. Umm....I’ve been working on my WIP for like...maybe a little under a year? Idk, it feels like i’ve had this idea in my head forever.

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    1. I know how that feels. It always seems like our books our in our heads forever because they stick with us so tightly. XD

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  9. I'm sorry you're feeling burnt out, it's honestly such a horrible feeling, I hope you recover from it quickly! <3

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  10. I've come to the same realization with editing for my fairy tale retelling WIP - I can't just wait for the inspiration to magically appear again and watch YouTube vids or whatever while I wait. I've gotta get back into the work, and once I've taken that step, then the inspiration will come. But we've gotta take that step first, faithfully and patiently.

    You can do this, Ivie! Let's be editing dragons. Let's, uh... breathe fire into our stories rather than allow ourselves to get burned out! *trying to be cleverly metaphorical and failing* XD

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You inspire me!! Keep fighting the good fight, my friend. <3

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    1. Very, very true. I am learning that a lot right now. :D

      THANK YOU!! YES LET US GO RAID THE "VILLAGE" OF EDITING!! XD

      You inspire me so the fact that I inspire you is so flattering. <3 <3 <3 YOU TOO FRIEND! <3

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  11. Don’t stress yourself out too much, Ivie! Rough patches happen, but don’t be scared of going back to writing that story. You have lots of perseverence and I know you can finish it. I can’t wait to read it and see how much hard work you’ve poured into it! In the meantime, hang in there. What you’re doing is amazing. <3

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    1. Thank you! That means so, so much to me. I can't wait to finish it all off so everyone can see it. :D

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  12. Oh, wow. I totally think you are amazing for striving to overcome your lack of inspiration! You will get it back, I know. Just don't let it beat you down, because your words are amazing ;D

    My project technically started when I was 18. So that's about four years ago? I hand wrote the first draft of what is currently book three. Then I "texted" the second draft of book three into a document on my phone. Draft three was one of the first things I typed on my laptop. Last year, before NaNo I finally decided to write the rest of the series; two before and three after the book I'd already wrote. This last year I've been rewriting each of the six books, including the book I wrote years ago. I now have four and half of them in decent condition. And one of my best friends is nagging me to finish the last two NOW. I think she likes them . . . ;D

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! That means so much to me. <3 <3

      Wow, you've had some serious dedication to your book. That's awesome. Keep it up! <3

      Having support from friends is awesome. I feel so blessed to have support from my online friends because my friends in real life know I write, but I don't want to tell them my pen name. It scares me to do that, so they don't know much about this part of my life. XD I enjoy keeping my two lives separate. :D

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    2. wow, to have two separate lives sounds so surreal ;p

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    3. It sometimes frustrates me, but I do it for privacy and safety. Even if I trust my friends, the more people who know means the more chances my pen name could get out there and I don't want that. So that's why only my family knows. XD

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  13. I've been working on Cursed since the start of September (outlining in prep for NaNo). I hope you're able to achieve your goals!

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    1. Wow, sounds awesome! I hope you are able to achieve your goals as well! <3

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  14. So, I can't believe that I didn't comment on this one *laughing at easily distracted self* Anyway, I've been working on A Winter Dark and Deadly since the end of December, so almost a year. And in that time I've written two complete drafts of other books, published two books, republished one, and written innumerable words in other WIPs, so let's just say that the reason it took so long was that I was a little distracted XD

    And my current writing WIP Of Gold and Iron, I've only been working on since about July, before then this story didn't even exist- it wasn't one of the many stories gathering cobwebs in the dusty attic of my brain. I'd say I'm making pretty good progress on this story- unlike A Winter Dark and Deadly.

    And Time of Trepidation... well, I would rather not say how long I've been working on that story because it would involve uncontrollable weeping.

    P.S. Let's say about three or four years and leave it at that.

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    1. Some W.I.Ps take more time. Others take less. I know some of mine take longer than others because sometimes, when you're with a story for a long time, you grow bored and go slower. I think its awesome how much you've accomplished in this amount of time. I'm so excited to see your writing career continue to grow. <3

      Haha, I know how that feels. 😜

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