Two booms and a huh?

So I had two booms and a huh? moment today. If you don’t speak ‘Jessica’ you’ll have no idea what gibberish I’m spouting, and since only three other people that I know of speak ‘Jessica’, let me explain…

My first boom was learning Scrivener today.

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I looked at a few tutorials, thought blah! and just jumped on in. Well colour me delighted when I learned it’s fairly intuitive and not so hard to use (at least the basics). I’ve outlined my entire Guns of Perdition outline and completed some character profiles but most importantly, I got through another couple of chapters, which leads me to the second boom.

Over 4K words written in today’s session.

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Maybe it was the new writing platform, maybe the planets were aligned just right. Maybe it was the mix of subtle writing music playing from my speakers drowning out the gratuitous violence coming from hubby’s GTA V session, but something inspired me and the words flowed. Then however, came my huh? moment…

I looked over some of my already written chapters and wondered, ‘is it any good?’

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I mean, how do you know if your writing is any good in the early stages? Maybe I should seek some Beta readers / feedback on some early chapters before ploughing through and finishing the whole darned thing. Yes, this is mostly just insecurity and self doubt talking but I kinda would like to know.

So I’m throwing the questions out there; how do you know if your writing is any good? When should you seek Beta readings? Or, should you go on blindly and have faith in yourself?

So that was my day. Boom boom huh. That puts me in mind of a song…

Boom boom huh. Boom boom huh. Boom boom huh.

Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise
Playin’ in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo’ face
You big disgrace
Kickin’ your can all over the place…

22 thoughts on “Two booms and a huh?

  1. I know that ‘Huh?’ feeling – I’m struggling with it right now! But I think with a first draft you’re meant to just blast on through and not worry if it’s bad – no one’s going to see it, and you can always sort it out later when you do your revisions and edits. If it’s flowing, it sounds like you’re on the right track. I DREAM of 4000 words in one session – I’m lucky if I can squeeze out 500.

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  2. Jessica, I can’t say anything on writing fiction, so I’ll proceed to stating that I’m a Queen lover and to congratulate you on your over 4K written words. Keep going! If the “gratuitous violence” helps, just write.

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  3. Welcome in the Scrivener gang – once you get the gist of it, it really improves productivity.
    As for the question “how do you know if your writing is any good in the early stages?”…
    The public, tough guy, Clint Eastwood sort of answer should be “if you’re a writer you know.
    Now, quality is subjective, and obsessing about quality can cripple you.
    There are ways to test the quality of a text. For instance, you read it aloud and hear how it sounds, or you let it rest for a while (how long, you decide) and then re-read it.
    Betas are good for finding typos, character that changes name between chapters, and for telling you where the story sags, but they are not good for quality because you want to find your quality parameters, not theirs.
    But it is always a relative quality, and you must keep that in mind.
    Basically, you are never satisfied with the quality of what you write, but you come to accept a level of “enough quality”, and work one story after another to improve that level, raise it.
    Or something 😉

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    1. Thanks Dave; I really appreciate the advice and yes, I knew it deep down… I think I was just having a moment. 2 rejection letters for short stories arriving on the same day didn’t help. But, it’s a new day so heave ho, off I go.

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  4. Great productivity, Jessica. Keep going and don’t let doubt get in the way. Most writing “experts” will recommend writing the whole first draft without back tracking or editing. Just get the story out there – especially if you have an outline – you know where you’re going, which is awesome. First drafts are supposed to be crappy; they are word-vomit. Don’t worry about whether it’s “good” at this point.

    I used beta readers after draft 8 or so as I don’t want to waste anyone’s time commenting on things that I know are lacking or are likely to change or get tweaked anyway. When it’s as good as I can get it, I ask beta readers to show me my blind spots. Beta readers are precious so use them judiciously. 🙂 Happy Writing!

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  5. Boom boom huh, that happens to me during NaNoWriMo, which is the only month I have discipline to write 4,000 words in a row, so great work on that. 😆

    I try not to worry about the quality when I write a first draft, because I find I’d go back and change some of the earlier chapters after writing the later ones! I think it’s more important to write the first draft first, and then let my inner editor work when I’m in editing mode. 😀

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  6. Doubt can be a tricky thing, especially during that first foray into the story. I tend to agree with D. Wallace Peach. A rough draft isn’t meant to be perfect, it’s just a starting point. I know some authors like to bang one out in a hurry, while others do a lot of their revising as they go, but it’s all a matter of what works for you.
    I often like to give myself permission to “do it wrong. I promise, I’ll get it right later, but right now I may need to do it wrong.”

    Out of curiosity, what do you consider “writing music”? I’m always in the market to trade recommendations.

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    1. It depends on what i’m writing at the moment (writing music this is). I have a standard set for generally dark / sad fantasy (which is what I mostly write) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7LXXSOrYoU

      But at the moment, my magnum opus is a… well I can’t classify it as a particular genre, but it has a definite Western theme (with supernatural mythological creatures and biblical elements) so i’m loving this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0jDZBOQ94M

      YouTube is great for long strung together pieces of music to help get you in the mood.

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      1. Thank you. I’m always eager to learn from others.
        I’ve always been fond of soundtracks; both movies/shows and video games, but lately I feel like there’s a new genre of music, soundtracks that don’t have a source, other than the band. A few I’ve enjoyed include Nervous Test Pilot, Audiomachine, Brunhuville, Demented Sound Mafia, Future World Music, Ivan Torrent, Really Slow Motion, Soundcritters, Two Steps From Hell, and Thomas Bergersen…if you’re interested. After all, only fair, since you were kind enough to share 😛

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      2. Hahaha, I was going to suggest Audiomachine and Brunhuville as two of my favourties but wasn’t sure if you’d be into it! I’ve written a whole bunch of graphic (that’s images not gore) fanfic pieces to the game Skyrim and have a lot of these guys’ music accompanying as a soundtrack!

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      3. Recommendations can be tricky, but I like to remain open and grateful. What I “like” is very subjective, but there’s nothing wrong with respectfully disagreeing.
        I’ve also gathered an odd assortment of singles from similar musicians who, for some reason, only created 1-3 songs that really popped for me.
        Brunhuville was a recent random discovery, for which I’m very grateful. The music is so powerful, particularly Dandelion.

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