I write stuff.

J.M. Riley

J.M. Riley

I write stuff.


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Tidying Up

Tidying Up

I recently read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, an informative book on organizing by Marie Kondo. In recent years, I have aimed towards creating a more minimized lifestyle by parring down possessions, but my success was rather mixed. I experienced both success and failure on […]

Plotting and Pantsing

Plotting and Pantsing

As we near the close of NaNoWriMo 2016, I finally feel as though I have wrapped my head around my writing style [took me long enough]. I’ve tried pantsing and I’ve tried plotting, and while they’ve lead to successful NaNo’s for me in the past, […]

Dear Words

Dear Words

Dear five thousand extra words,

I know it may be asking much, but your sudden yet magical disappearance would be greatly appreciated. Your existence is currently making my life somewhat more difficult than is necessary and I’ve decided to write about three hundred more words just to tell you this.

Listen, I hate to have to cut you out myself because, well, let’s face it, I feel like I need you. And you and I both know that no one wants their feelings hurt. You may be five thousand words too many, but I truly feel like you belong right where you are! The problem is that I just can’t have you around right now.

I am truly sorry to say this, but I really need you to go. It would be better for both you and I, our future, and the possibility of you returning one day. In fact, I can confidently say that the sooner you leave, the more quickly the chance of your return will come. If I decide to pursue a further degree or even expand my dissertation into a book, you’ll be welcomed back with open arms.

But for now, let’s just make this easy for both of us. If you leave, we can remain friends. If you decide to stay… Well, let’s just say I’m hoping it doesn’t come down to that. And for the record, it isn’t you. It’s the word count. It is always the word count.

I hope this doesn’t affect our friendship because I know I will need you in the future. Whenever writer’s block comes around, I hope you’ll have my back. I’m sorry it didn’t work out and I hope things will be better in the near future.

Sincerely,

Your friend, the verbose writer.

Thoughts on Working or Writing Through Self-Doubt

Thoughts on Working or Writing Through Self-Doubt

I have been working diligently behind the scenes as of late, ignoring my blog, Twitter and Facebook. As I put my head down, working on projects that were important as they were income-generating, I struggled with something that has often been capable of holding me […]

It’s Been a While

It’s Been a While

Hey there, It’s been a while since I have last been here to update my site. I apologize for it being so long between updates. I work full time and so I haven’t had as much time as I would like to work on my […]

A Quick Update

A Quick Update

Well, hello there. It seems that I have neglected this space for some time. Sorry about that.

NaNoWriMo is done and I needed to take a bit of break before I decided it was time to delve back into the 50,000 word monster that I created during the month of December.

It has been 10 days and the time away has been refreshing. I am ready to get back into it.

My book is quite a mess and so I am going to have to do some restructuring before I can even think about editing. But you know what? I am totally fine with that. I am looking forward to leaping back into this project. A bit of a break was just what I needed.

Progress

Progress

I recently discovered this awesome progress bar widget and I thought it would be fun to do a quick update with the progress of my various projects. Fantasy Novel NaNoWriMo 2014 Short Story Overall, I am behind on my NaNoWriMo project this year, but it […]

A Quick Note

A Quick Note

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, so I won’t be frequenting Twitter and this space as often as usual. I hope to check in with weekly updates. If you’re participating this year – good luck. If not, happy writing either way. See you on the other side.

Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo 2014

Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo 2014

I write quite regularly. Even with my job I try to hit a minimum wordcount each and every day and I like to think that I do quite well at it.

Despite writing x amount of words a day, I write without deadlines. This means that I can tend to spend an endless amount of time working on my novel ideas and stories because I do not have a set date for when they need to be “finished.” NaNoWriMo is a great way to give yourself a set date. On November 30th, one should have a “completed” novel (or at least a significant chunk of one).

I’ve been playing around with an idea for an historical fiction novel for some time and even though I’ve invested a year into my fantasy novel, I think I’m going to take a break and try my hand at NaNoWriMo this year, giving my second novel idea a chance.

In preparation, I’ve been doing quite a bit of research and so I’m going to use these last two weeks or so to try to outline this one in advance (I typically write, outline once I have a feel for the story, and then continue writing).

If you feel inclined to join me on my NaNoWriMo adventure, you can find me here.

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

1. I am now 2/3rds of the way through finishing my first book and I think I’m going to have to take some time away from it before I begin editing so that I can come back to it with fresh eyes. 2. I have […]