Monthly Status Report
So far, it seems like 2020 is a good year for consistency, but a bad year for actual productivity. I’ve been spending most of my “writing” time on critiques and podcasts, learning and absorbing rather than doing. But I think it is all good, and useful. I think I do alternate between fallow and fertile periods, and I know I will come back to a fertile period when I am ready. I have the luxury of a day job, but at the same time, I do want to get back to it.
That said, I have a new desk with more filing cabinets (really just a board on top of the filing cabinets), and so I am looking forward to getting back to my main revision now that I have all that extra space!
Optional Monthly Question
Every month, there is an optional question you can answer. I like them because they usually allow me to share more about myself as a writer and as a person in a way I might not have thought of myself. So, here is this month’s question:
March 4 question – Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
I feel like I have, but of course, as is often the case, I can’t think of one right now. I know in the first draft of the novel I am revising, I had two long “scenes” that I had to cut about personal things. But they were things that didn’t really belong: how I put together a jigsaw puzzle, and how I like to make my ramen. Both were long pointless passages of exposition that had nothing to do with the story, and really didn’t even give much character to my character.
I can’t really think of anything else at the moment, but I might add Mr. So to my cozy series. Mr. So was called Mr. So because my dad’s first name started with S. He is a personal family elf during Christmas time. I can’t remember all the traditions around Mr. So, but I could see adding a kind of house-fairy to my cozy series. Maybe not related to Christmas.
I think this could add a lot of flavor actually!
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Natalie Aguirre says
Hopefully you learned some things that will help your writing by attending the podcasts. Hope you get back into your writing this month.
Thank you! I feel I have learned a lot.
Adding a house fairy sound perfect. 😉
Anna from elements of emaginette
Thanks! It sounds like a good idea to me, too!