The Writer’s Diary – 03.10.19

The tea is freshly brewed, the laptop fully charged – it’s time for the first update as a part of my weekly ‘Writer’s Diary’, where we take a closer look at my writing journey.

Every Sunday I’ll be talking about what I’ve been working on, and what my plans are for the following week. Sometime’s I’ll share some of what I’m writing, whether that be characters, worldbuilding or even the occasional excerpt.

What I’m Working On

It’s been a rough couple of weeks where my fiction writing is concerned. I’ve been working really hard on Etsy stuff and preparing for the opening of my shop, all while writing blog posts and fine tuning Alyssa Lost in Space. There hasn’t been much room for actual writing, though I did do a bit of plotting for the first episode of Peculiar Casebook.

For some clarification, Peculiar Casebook is actually a novella serial I’ve been planning for a while about a time-travelling detective and her android partner. I decided the best way to tell the story would be in seasons with novella length ‘episodes’. It’s been an absolute blast to plot and write (even if it’s only been sparingly at this point), so I’m really eager to get the first episode finished soon!

What’s Up Next

For the past month I’ve been trying to outline a fantasy mystery short story, and I’m just getting really fed up with it. I want to get it done this week for sure so I can call it done and put it aside for a while. I’m not the most familiar with short fiction, but it’s something I’ve always been interested in and the best way to learn is to do, right? I’m completely stumped on how to go about ending it in a satisfying way so I’m just going to go for it, and maybe the best way will reveal itself as I write. If you have any advice for this, let me know!

I also really need to finish the outline for the first episode of The Peculiar Casebook so I can get that written this month. At this rate it might leak into April’s Camp NaNoWriMo and I was hoping to start something totally fresh before I jump into Far North edits. That doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case. There’s just never as much time as you wish there was. The start of April is going to be a lot of revision prep, including going over the first draft, fleshing out characters and worldbuilding and putting together a revision outline. After that I’ll be spending a good chunk of time back in that world, so the next 6 weeks are the best time for me to crank out some new material.

Now it’s Your Turn!

I’ve told you what I’m working on and now I want to hear from you! What have you been working on in the past week? What do you hope to finish in the next seven days? Let me know in the comments down below!

Author: Alyssa Flynn

Alyssa is a writer of fantasy and sci-fi, a certified geek, and a blogger over at Alyssa Lost in Space. She is currently writing her first novel which she plans to self-publish in Fall 2020.

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