A Dumb Story

Here We Go…

So I realized that I haven’t really talked too much about my writing on here lately. I can’t really say that things haven’t been going well, but I guess they haven’t really been going all that great, either.

Ever since I got stuck with my novel Cybertra back in July for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’ve been kind of stuck on all of my writing. I’ve been trying, but I don’t really know what to do with myself.

I went on vacation for a week in July and that was one whole week that I didn’t write. I played Pokemon instead. So that also slowed me down a bit, too. But I can’t complain because I think I needed a break from writing for a little bit.

But when I came back from vacation I realized that I really needed to get back into the swing of things. I have three young adult novels completed, why aren’t I editing them? I have three other novels started, why aren’t I finishing them?

Kris and I went to Barnes and Noble together last week. I took out my laptop and was beside myself. What was I supposed to write? I had no idea. Kris found a cool writing prompt app on her phone in which we both downloaded. She wasn’t too sure what to write, either, so we each picked a prompt. Mine was, “Everything is ruined because…” Again, what was I supposed to write about?

In the end, I wrote a small short story that was about four pages long. I’ll post it on here tomorrow. It was probably the dumbest thing I had ever written in my life. I wasn’t too crazy about the way I had written it, the story line was kind of weird, and the characters were just…odd. It certainly was not my best work.

But it was soon after that that I began to write again. That same day at Barnes and Noble, I whipped out my Hunter & Comet story and wrote a little bit of that. Then, for some strange reason, I got into the mood of writing one of those cliche high school drama novels. I have a couple of ideas for those and ended up starting one. It’s called Union Academy. I have no idea what the plot really is…it’s just one of those drama stories where things never seem to go right for a group of high school girls.

The time we went to Barnes and Noble after that, the latest time we’ve gone, I ended up writing that. And I got a good chunk done, too. So I think I’m over my little writer’s block. Not only that, but I actually started editing Hunter again.

It just goes to show that whatever writing you’re stuck on, just write something, anything. Even if it’s terrible. And it will help.

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12 thoughts on “A Dumb Story

  1. Hi Rachel, I was wondering what writing prompt app you and your sister downloaded. I loved all the sprints and writing prompts during NaNo, but I’ve had trouble finding them the rest of the year. They really helped me to think outside the box whenever I got stuck in my story, even if I didn’t end up using it.

    • The app I have is for my Samsung Galaxy SII (I don’t know if the phone makes a difference). My sister found it through the Play Store (not the app store) and it’s simply called WritingPrompts. We just typed in “writing prompts” and a picture of blank lined notebook paper appeared.

      I hope you can find it, it has a lot of cool ideas. It gave my sister and I a new idea for a novel. 🙂

      • I have an iPhone, so it might not be available, but I will try just searching writing prompts 🙂 I follow a couple on Tumblr, but they aren’t updated very often, so I usually am looking for other options. I loved the short story, by the way!

        • I’m sure you’ll be able to find something. 🙂 Since you have an iPhone, search “A Novel Idea.” The picture is blue with a book opening up on it. It’s a great app where you can plan novels, scenes, characters, ideas, etc. I live by it with all my novels.

          Thank you. 🙂

  2. “…whatever writing you’re stuck on, just write something, anything. Even if it’s terrible. And it will help.”

    This is inspiring! Advice taken. 🙂

    And yes, just like bethamania, I’m also curios about the writing prompt app.

    • Thank you. 🙂

      I copied and pasted this from the other comment (so you don’t think I sound like a robot lol) The app I have is for my Samsung Galaxy SII (I don’t know if the phone makes a difference). My sister found it through the Play Store (not the app store) and it’s simply called WritingPrompts. We just typed in “writing prompts” and a picture of blank lined notebook paper appeared.

      I hope you can find it. 🙂

  3. Exactly. You’ve got the idea. If you are a writer, write, even if it is editing a story, you’re still writing. Writers must write, stupid, phenomenal, or indifferent. Just write!! Best Wishes!

  4. I can’t go to a bookstore to write. I end up buying books instead….and then reading them. Which sort of makes me put off my writing even more. But congrats on getting over your writer’s block! 🙂

    • Lol, thank you!

      Yes, every time my sister and I go to BN, we usually tells ourselves we’re not allowing to look around and/or buy anything until we’ve written something.

  5. Great advice. I was just having this conversation with a friend last night that it is helpful to sit down and write every day, even if it is for fifteen minutes. Writing is an art and it takes practice.

    • Exactly. There are days where I just want to quit and give up, but it’s just one of those things that you just have to keep plowing through.

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