Showing posts from March, 2013

Trusting the Process and Self Validation

I've always been a person who needs external validation. I need someone to tell me that my decisions are good, that the things I've done I've done for the right reasons, that everything I do is ok. In other words, I need permission to change my mind.

For example, when I make changes to my WIP, I feel like I need to tell someone about it and get their feedback on my decision.

That's a super simple example. A deeper one would be asking a certain member of my critique group, who I look up to (I think it's because she's a strong, independent woman), if a change I made in one of my characters still works. Or sending her a text message to get validation on a route I decided to take with one of my characters.

The text conversation left me feeling confused and insecure about my WIP. It made me think I needed to think more, which would mean putting off writing.

This is where my blue mug comes in handy. My blue mug has the phrase "trust the process" on one side…

Thankful Thursday - My Critique Group

I am breaking away from my norm and leaving the horror genre. Just for the book I'm currently writing (which is actually a trilogy, so for the next three books I'm writing - unless I can wrap it all up in two books, which would be nice).

I didn't know how I felt about this, because I love to tell people I write horror. The looks on their faces when I say that... it's priceless. If you know me, you know I'm a sweet innocent looking person. But if you REALLY know me, you know there's a dark and twisty person inside there who loves to come out in my writing. Especially when I write horror.

Anyway, as i said, I didn't know how to feel about this because I'm so used to writing the dark and twisty stuff. But the members of my critique group have shown me that it's okay for me to do something different. And honestly? I think fantasy is where I belong.

The first 13 pages of my new WIP were critiqued on Tuesday. My critique partners had great things to say a…

10 minutes

I have ten minutes left to my work day so I thought I'd swing over here to the old blog-a-roo and post a little update.

I have just over 8,000 words written on the new manuscript, tentatively titled Sikati. I'll update my webpage when I get a chance with new information on my current project.

I've come to the first difficult scene in the book. It probably is going to end up not being difficult at all, but I have this silly fear that I won't do it justice.

So what to I say to this fear? I say, to hell with you, fear. I'm gonna write the shit out of this scene and it's going to rock! And even if it doesn't, I can always add to it, take away from it, and flesh it out to make it even better!

So, that's what I'll be doing this evening after making FishHubby dinner (he might be getting sick so I told him I'd take care of him). I'm gonna write the shit out of that scene.

Damn straight.

Peace and Keep Writing!

Claire L. Fishback

Regular Postings

Me again. Wow, two in one week? What kind of crazy is this!?

First an update on the writing front - I have nearly 7,000 words on my current WiP! Woo Hoo! Last night I wrote for about 1.5 hours straight. Some of it was tweaking what I'd written before, but a lot of it was new stuff. I'm super excited about this story and this project.

I also submitted the first 13 pages of my new book to my critique group. We'll see what they think of it. I've already made it better, and actually started reading it myself from a critiquers point of view. It needs work, his I know, but it is also a first draft. It can only get better from here.

So, I've been thinking about incorporating regular posts throughout the week. Like Thankful Thursday would be one of them. I would choose one thing I'm thankful for and write about it.

That's the only one I've come up with though, and, as it is, it's tough enough to post regularly so we'll see where that goes. Maybe I'l…