Writing In Chaos

Good evening everyone, hope your day (and week) is going great 🙂 Today I was at home all day and just tried to catch up on a few blog posts (I missed so many, sorry guys). It was so fun to read your posts and enjoy this time just for that ❤

After a few people DM me on twitter and emailed me the same question “How do you find time to write? I am starting this temporary feature of Writing In Chaos. Once a week I will share my most loved tip of how to write while your life is not as relaxed and organized, as you wished it to be 😉

So let’s start 😀

Find Claim The Time

Life… Life can be so hard, chaotic and stressful. Writing while all of this is going on around you is even harder mentally, emotionally and even just to “find” the right time to write. I can tell you from my own experience that “finding the right time” is hard and almost impossible to find.

I learned that there is no ‘right time’ for writing.

Now I will say this and this is the honest truth for me… I can’t edit while I’m stressed out. I can always blame my illness that can’t handle stress at all, but I am not doing that. When I’m stressed I just can’t sit down and edit (it’s that simple). Editing takes way too much from me, unlike writing.

So before I will run with my thoughts too much, making this posts even longer, lol, I will go back to my post title 😀

So… How do you write while living a chaotic and stressful life?

The short answer, you can’t! (But wait…)

The right answer here is… Relax! 😀

Learn to relax for just a little while and then write.

You need to find 1 minutes, or 5 minutes (the place doesn’t matter right now, it can be even in the bathroom, lol) but you must bring yourself to breathe and relax.

With all that is going on in my life right now and this blazing heat, I can’t edit a single word but I can find those little moments and write. I call it freestyle writing. In this type of writing, you take 1 minutes or more and start writing on whatever comes to mind (I mean… whatever).

It can be about your day, an object in front of you, a word that jumped into your mind, a place you dream to go or a person. Anything goes, just write. Learn to enjoy those little moments that are only yours and even be creative at these moments. it’s not about your family, work, friends or shopping, only you with yourself.

I guarantee you will feel free once you do it and if you love writing or creating, you will find these little moments more and more throughout the day. But for now, try and do this even if it’s only once a day for 1 minute, 5 minutes but no more than 10 minutes.

Time

When I first started, I felt too stressed and way too overwhelmed with everything and sadly I gave up almost everything just to able to do what I needed to do. But giving up the writing (even for a few months) was too hard emotionally and I couldn’t find the time (I was very annoyed by this).

So I started this freestyle writing just for 1 minute here (in the car while I was stuck in traffic in hell heat), 1 minute there (while I was in the shower, lol) and slowly it grew to 5 minutes here and there. After a while, it was even more. Now… Now I have a full story completed (no editing yet, lol) and I wrote it while life was more hectic and chaotic than ever.

126,420 words in 2 stressful month 😀 For me… This is beyond awesome 😉

So don’t guilt yourself to write and just take that 1 minute (here and there) to only write, imagine, or even record… some of your thoughts, some imaginary world or character, some type of little plot, or a blog post ideas.

The important thing here that you claim this time for your craft, knowing that this is just yours to be creative and write (or draw, play or blog…anything goes). You will be amazed what you can accomplish with only 1 minute and even more with 5 minutes 😉

Don’t try to find the time but claim the time 😀

That is all for this little tip, hope you are all having a wonderful day and maybe even a creative one 😀
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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{P.s. Sorry for the long post}

Behind The Writer + An Update

So it’s Wednesday, I hope you are all having a good day and your week is nice and relaxed so far 🙂

I will start with the update first, as I have a few things I want to share with you 😉 Most of you might know that my mom is going to a retirement home and we found the perfect place for her (that she mostly chose) and I know that she loves it. At first, she was going to enter today, but after we did some paperwork and talked to some people she will enter on the 1st of July 🙂

Both my mom and I were very stressed out about all the things we needed to accomplish by today, so I was very stressed to say the least, lol. But now that she will be entering only in two weeks, there is time to do the things more slowly (yey us).

As for JuNoWriMo, I have done nothing! (well… almost nothing). So I will take that as a small failure, but after all that is going on, I am not stressing about that. I guess there is time (or no time, lol) for everything.

My Newsletter that was meant to go out on the 20th this month will still go out, but by the end of the month like the 28th of June. If you haven’t signed up yet, go here and sign up so you won’t miss June Issue ❤

Okay… Let’s get back to our Wednesday Behind The Writer 😉

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For this week I wanted to share with you what motivates me to write, only this time with the small twist of writing with a short term memory loss 😀

You know how they say that when you write something, take a little space from it when you are done and come back later with a whole new fresh look on it. Well, writing with a memory loss is something like that, lol, but a bit more challenging 😀

So after a few trials and errors, I found the right things that help me feel motivated to write, even when I can’t remember what I am writing about, lol.

The day before:

You wrote a lot of pages and chapters (or just a few lines) and before you leave it, write a few things somewhere where you will see it the next day 🙂

Write down the key points of what you wrote so far and what you think you want to write the next day and how your plot is going to go.

Write down to read what you wrote the day before (only). Do not read the entire thing, just what you wrote the day before. If you read the entire book (if you had been writing for a few days or month) every day, you will never be able to move on with your writing. So read only what you wrote the day before and write little notes (if you have any).

The next day:

Before you start writing do some free writing, just to let your mind get used to the word flow and the writing itself. do that just for a few minutes to let the creative juices flow.

Then read the day’s before work and write little notes (I always see things a bit differently, but so far it was for the better).

Read the key points of the story.

start your writing according to the key points. The story and the characters may change as you go, but after you read the entire book, you see how those changes came for the best and didn’t hurt the plot at all.

Before you go to sleep do the same as you did for the day before 😀

During this time, I tend to read a lot – much more than usual, lol, don’t know why but it helps me a lot with my writing and keeps me inspired.

Sorry for the long posts guys, but I hope it wasn’t overbearing and even though I have written about a very specific subject, I still think it can be implemented in other areas. I think what is extremely important when you have a memory loss is to stay organized or keep your thoughts organized.

So write everything down!

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Friday Musing

Musing

It’s Friday Y’all,

I hope you are having a nice Friday and a start of an even better weekend.

For this Friday Musing I just want to share a few changes that took place that inspired me, so let’s start 🙂

I saw Karen’s video were she answered a few Q&As and I loved all the answers she gave, but there was something there that really struck me –  routine. Now I am a very routine kinda girl, but it’s so hard when life just keeps pushing me out of that routine, lol. Karen said that no matter what, she knows how her day will be, every day. Now maybe to some, that may sound a bit weird, but for me, especially with my illness and that summer is coming (the worst season ever for my illness, lol), I need this kind of routine. Just wanted to say, thank you Karen, for that ❤

Okay… Why I am telling you all this? Because that single line she said inspired me to change things to make it much easier for me, especially with things that I can control 😀

This brings me to changes 😉

For my blog, I have already started 2 series that I looove…

Friday Musing (on Fridays).

Behind The Writer (on Wednesdays)

I love these two and I am very excited to share more on both series 😉 But I need more structure here, lol.

I will do all my writer/author/monthly on Mondays.

I have a lot of awards/tags just waiting for me, lol, so I will post them on Thursdays.

This will give me the structure I need and I will still have a few days to play with and this makes me even more happy that I can do all the things I want such as blogging, writing, home, fun? and other things, lol ❤

Before I will finish this post I really wanted to say thank you! Thank you so much for all the people who signed up to my newsletter 🙂 I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate it. Wow, sorry for the long post, lol.

What made you smile this week or inspired you? I can’t wait to read your thoughts 😉

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Behind The Scenes

Recently I got two emails asking about my writing process, but wishing to stay anonymous.

The post got a bit too long so I cut it into two posts. The first one is here and I hope you will enjoy this one as well.

Question: “What do you do when you sit down to write, but nothing comes out?”

Answer:

Believe it or not, but this happens sometimes to everyone and that’s ok.

The first thing You need to do is: Don’t Panic! LOL. Relax and breath, don’t think the worst of you or your writing.

The second thing is, take a piece of paper or a notebook (I love the A3 white papers) and a pen or a few with a highlighter like I do. Start writing down whatever comes to mind. This is the “fun and games” part of your work, enjoy it. Write down anything, even if it’s your to-do list, a doodle or anything that you want to clear out of your head (even if it just how frustrated you are right now), anything goes.

Once you did that, you will feel lighter. As if your mind is thinking clearer and better, now it’s time to start the real work.

Take another paper or continue on the same paper you had before. Brainstorm a bit of what do you want to write about, or maybe what would you love to be reading (books or posts), but you haven’t found anything or found little on that subject. I call this ‘lighting the spark‘. You start with something so small, but this little thing can spark an idea for your post or even for your future story.

Don’t think too much, just write down any word, anything. Soon enough you’ll see that these random things you wrote down are actually a start of something. Maybe an idea for a post or even a few sentences of the posts. Maybe it’s a scene from a story played out in your head, just waiting to be written.

Slowly you will get used to thinking of ideas and plots and stories. Soon your head will be so full of them that some will fade, just because you didn’t write them down in time.

Hope this was helpful in any way, to you and to others who read my blog 🙂

How do you come up with ideas? Do you brainstorm, or just start writing? Share your thoughts 🙂

Thank you so much for reading ❤
Galit

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*** If you have any question you would love to ask me about writing, life, blogging or anything else just write in the comments and I will try to answer them all in a next post 🙂

Behind The Scenes

 

Recently I got two emails asking about my writing process, but wishing to stay anonymous.

Now I have done a little series on that and you can find them all here, but I thought as it is a new year and my daily writing routine has changed a bit, I thought why not do another post (or a series) on the subject.

The post got a bit too long so I cut it at the second question, lol and I will post it next time 🙂

Questions: “How do you start thinking of ideas for your writing or your blog…?”

Answer:

Well, this will sound a bit cheesy, lol, but if we are talking about a book idea, I mostly get them in some sort of a dream or a sudden thought, I write down the dream and see the idea of a story being planned out in my head.

Sometimes I am thinking about books I liked and what I liked about them and suddenly plots start to form and as I write them down, more and more details will rise up.

Now about blog posts, it’s a bit different as I don’t get the ideas from dreams, lol, although it would be cool. I get my ideas from thoughts about things I would like to read more about on the internet or I read a post of someone else or an article and it made a little spark inside my head and that spark of an idea will be turned into a post.

Note: No matter if you are writing a blog post or writing a book, just take a piece of paper and a pen (I know it’s old-fashioned but they work) and write down whatever comes to your mind.

If it’s a blog post just write down what do you want this post to be about? Writing, beauty, food?

Then write what do you what to say about the subject you chose. Maybe tips that you know helped you, maybe a how to post. There are so many things that may come to your head, just write them all down. Soon enough you will have tons of ideas and many posts in your draft or drafts of stories on your computer (like me, lol).

Hope this was helpful in any way, to you and to others who read my blog 🙂

How do you start to write a post or a story? Do you have any hacks to helps you start?

Thank you so much for reading ❤
Galit

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*** If you wish to see more about this type of series or Q+A, I would be happy if you let me know.

 

Book Update

 If you missed my post about my book update I had done before, you can click here.

I keep pushing this post further down my draft folder (don’t know why), but I thought it was time to write this post, as I do have lots of changes and I did tons of work.

Word count so far: 60,000 words, give or take a few (not counting yesterday and today). I love to round up my writing, no real reason to do so, but I like it.

Pages: 250 pages.

OK! Let’s dive into the book (a bit):

I promise to keep this short 🙂

As I said in my first my post (link under the picture), my book is set in a futuristic world very similar to ours. It’s a cross of Science Fiction, Dystopian and a bit of romance.

I am now at a point in my story where my Hero has had his Fun & Games (It’s a beat from save the cat) and is now deep in the Midpoint beat.

At this point, Jack (my main character) is tormented by many imaginary and real sights while fighting to breathe due to the lack of good breathable air. This pushes him close to death, without him even knowing why. Without getting into specifics, that I can’t write here (sorry), I can say that this takes its toll on him and from here on out there is a very visible transformation that occurs.

Here Jack will feel a lot of anger, loss, and confusion, but that’s ok. This will help him grow as a person and gain the strength he needs in order to fight his enemies (in Act 3).

Because there are two major plots in this story, that are running alongside each other throughout the story, there are a few bad guys here, but there is that one guy who makes the leap and becomes more horrible and motivated than the others.

In this midpoint of the story, Jack will soon find new friends while trying to find his old ones.

The bit of romance (<3) I have in my story will start to unfold, and Jack will struggle with it, a lot!

I love writing this story…

I love how the story keeps me more excited about what comes next. I know it sounds funny as I am the storyteller, but there are some details that I don’t know, even though I have outlined my story, sometimes my characters do surprise me and the story goes on a side road for a bit. I love it when it happens because this way I get to know more about my characters and their world through their eyes and their appearance.

I had a few struggles with the story…

At first, I had a bit of a struggle combining the major plot lines together smoothly.

At first, I had like 2 stories, lol, that should work together, but they didn’t. It took me awhile to understand where is the right line to mash them together.

Now, my major struggle is showing my antagonist (villain) the way I see him in my head. So to solve that I am building him from the ground up, lol, I’ve created a folder that is just about him 😀 There in notes, I put all the details I can think of so I will know him as I know myself.

I don’t know if this sounds crazy or not, but it helps me a lot.

If you have any suggestions for a great antagonist, please share them in the comments, I would love to know your thoughts on this 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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January Update

Wow, January is almost over.

This month was so hectic with so many things happening. Sorry for me being MIA, things just got a bit too busy than I thought it would be. Planning to post more after the weekend ❤

New buy

I searched a lot for a new writing desk and finally, I found the perfect one, It’s all in boxes right now waiting to be built. I wanted my own space, a place that is not the living room or the kitchen, just my own writing place. It will be in my spare room where we have our closets and laundry, but there is enough space to fit a great writing desk.

Still looking for a good chair and I hope to buy one soon.

I also bought a cute little lamp as well, can’t wait to organize my desk ❤

I hope that hubby will build the table this weekend and I will post a few pictures on my Instagram and maybe even here.

Sugar-free January

My sugar-free month is going great, I didn’t have any sugar at all this month. I can’t say it was easy… It wasn’t! I will not do that in February, lol, but I will eat real food (no junk) even if it contains sugar in it. I will not eat sweets at all, but food like smoked salmon (I miss it, so much) I will eat even if it has sugar in it.

My only advice to anyone who thinks of trying to lower their sweet intake is to do it slowly and drink lots of water or green tea, it helps a lot.

Editing

I was planning to edit one of my books I have already finished writing The Adventures Of Biloby The Wizard

The editing is not going well, so far. I guess I can’t-do two things at the same time. I will try to set time at weekends for the editing, but I haven’t worked on a plan for that, yet.

My writing

My writing is going good, but not as good as I wanted it to be at this stage. I am planning to push harder (much harder) in February. My average was about 5K (5,000 words) a day at the beginning of the month, but as the month progressed, my average went downhill. Now I write about 3K a day.

My plan for February is to push as hard as I can. I know I can do better with my writing.

So far I write mostly in one sitting and sometimes maybe two for about 4-5 hours total. But now I plan to write in one sitting at least 5K for 4 hours, take a small break and sit for another 2 hours (at least). I am planning to be less in social media and will close my phone more (it helps a lot).

Will continue to update you all as I go on 🙂

Two most important things I’ve learned this month about my writing

  • My difficulty this month was time, I did learn how to put my time to better use and set a huge block of time for my writing. It still needs a bit of tweaking though, but that’s ok. I will learn how to balance home with writing, I just need a bit more practice 😀
  • I’ve learned to put my writing first. It’s a work in progress, but I am doing much better at taking time for myself.

That is all for now, a new Book Update will be on the weekend.

Have a great weekend full of relaxation and creativity ❤

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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My Writing “Secret”: Part 3

We’ve reached the final part of my writing “secrets” and here I tell you a few thing about writer’s block. I sometimes get writer’s block, but it happens mostly when life gets too emotianl or too eventful and I am blocked out of my creative juices.

What’s Is a Writer’s Block For me?

For over 8 years I wrote my first try at a Fantasy novel series. I completed 3 books and started on the forth of that series. I wrote a lot, researched, edited and pushed through every little block I had.

Then the most horrible event happened, this event changed everything in me and how I write, I lost my usb flash drive and I lost all of my writings, all my notes, everything I had written was lost (I didn’t backup up my writing but now I do).

I was devastated to say the least. I wanted to stop writing. I got a huge writer’s block that I couldn’t get out of. It was as if a black hole had swallowed me whole. I saw nothing!

It felt as if my imagination had dried up completely, and I could never write again. I was so heartbroken that I even stopped writing a journal, a diary or even read a book, I just stopped.

Writing these words about my lost work still brings me to tears, even now.

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So How Did I Come Out Of It?

Well… After awhile life got a bit calmer and I returned to my drawing or doodling and slowly my imagination started to kick in and I doodled more. I started to write poems and lyrics to my own melodies and soon after that I went back to journal my thoughts.

Writing, sadly, didn’t come easy at that point. I would go to my laptop, stare at the white screen and after a half an hour I closed the laptop. I couldn’t write anything that relates to a novel.

Now that I knew that I can see things again, I went back to reading books, lots of books. I ate those books one by one, so fast… It felt as if my mind and soul is craving for them as if I was hungry for years and years. I read 6 books in a week on average. I was thirsty for words, new places, exciting characters and I continued to read, until I was full (if that sounds even remotely rational).

From then on I picked the pen and started writing, and I never stopped, yet. It’s true that there are points in life when events are too demanding and you cannot write, but when I have a few moments to myself I sit down and write. No matter if it’s only a sentence, an idea, something that will motivate me to go on, to dig deeper into the new world I have created.

This is what keeps my motivation alive, keeps me pushing through it all and transforms both my writing and myself to a more professional level, so I could be the author I know I can be and share my writing with my readers. This is what keeps me motivated to work harder, write more, write better and accomplish more as an aspiring author.

That is all guys, we reached the end. Hope you enjoyed these 3 parts and I hope it wasn’t too long.

Do you get writer’s block? How do you get out of it? Share if you want about your writing process 🙂

P.s.

If you missed part 1 or part 2, just click to read what you missed.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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My Writing “Secrets”: Part 2

How I write?

Wow, this is very hard to put in words, lol, but I will try.

I start to write as soon as I can in the morning, usually after my morning routine, and I also love to write at night when everyone is asleep (2am-5am).

The ideas of the last 3 projects I mentioned in part 1 came to me in my dreams, seriously, they kept hunting my dreams; they didn’t let go, not until I would write the story down. Not all stories come to me in this manner, but most of them did, lol.

After my morning routine, I sit at our kitchen table, with a few papers, pens and markers. I start writing whatever comes to mind, even if it’s just about my daily life (letting the creative juices flow). It takes me a few minutes to get into the right focus, in most cases I doodle a mind map of my story, I write random things as well (names, places, short plots and other related things).

This takes me about an hour or so and by then I have a good idea of how my story will unfold. At about 11am I grab my laptop and start the real writing. I open my favorite program called DARK ROOM, stare at the black screen for a moment and start jotting down all that I can think about that relates to my story, chapter by chapter and page by page, I love the flow of writing as it just pours out, forcing its way to be written.

Later I go to the couch, lay there with a pillow on my back and my laptop on my thighs. I look a bit at the story and what I wrote so far. I try my hardest not to edit a word (I learned that from doing NaNoWriMo) and write freely without that editor in my head.

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I heard that lot of people love to go to coffee shops, but sadly I can’t afford to sit down at a café and write there for hours. So I listen to the café noises online or to the rain (Rainy Mood), any white noise that will not cause a distraction is good for me.

I love writing when I am alone, don’t know why… There’s something very safe in that, but I did write in a café as well and there is something very unique in that, it’s like you are alone but not. I wish I could do that more but I am very happy writing at home as well, in the comfort of my home and tons of coffee, lol.

At about 3 pm I stop and go on with my to-do list or other things I need to do that day.

I am a very passionate planner, I plan everything, lol. I use a simple planner that I love to doodle in and decorate, I write everything I need to do in my life and everything I need to accomplish in my writing (I also use my phone’s built-in calendar, so that I’ll have a backup for my events), But when I plan my work as a writer, and now a blogger, I try to plan it in more detail so I will know what my next move is. I write in the corner of the planner what I am about to write next in my story, an idea for a blog post or ideas about my novel, anything that could keep me away from the writer’s block. If you plan what’s your next move will be, next time you go into the story, you will have a point of reference to go to and avoid getting writer’s block.

If you missed Part 1 Just click to go and read it 🙂

Sorry for the long and don’t forget to share how’s your writing routine.

P.S. I found a great article about writing routine.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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My Writing “Secrets”: Part 1

I always loved to read about other peoples creative process.  So I wanted to share with you mine, As I promised a few posts ago (Click here), that I will share with you about my projects, so here it is.

I started writing this post and I couldn’t stop. I wanted to share with you a lot of information and the post became too long so I divided it into 3 sections, hope you’ll enjoy reading them, just as much as I enjoyed writing them ❤

So… What am I working on? You might ask…

I really love to have a few writing projects (or other types) at any given time, I get bored very quickly and lose momentum if I only work on only one thing, I like the variety and that I can change things depending on how my life is going or my mood 😉

I have 3 major projects I am currently working on and a few small ones:

  • A Science Fiction standalone novel (this one came as surprise to me, but I love it) which I am working hard to finish and hopefully after proofreading and editing I will send it out to the big world in hopes that it will grow up nicely ❤
  • A YA Romance standalone book, this book as well is a bit new for me (the genre I mean, lol).
  • A Children’s Fantasy series, here I am at the editing stage of the first draft 🙂
  • I really want to re-type the books I’ve lost (more details in part 3), I still have them printed out (most of the work)but I need to re-type them and there are tons of papers there 😦
  • I have a few post ideas for this blog and other blog-related ideas, that I will share with you slowly.

Why I write?

I wrote a blog before but it didn’t click right. With this blog, I feel more connected to the people and to the large community of WordPress.

Over the years I’ve learned so much about writing and life, but about the writing, the learning was amazing for me.

I changed so much as a person because of my writing and I’ve changed my style as well, in fact, all these new and old changes were the things that gave me the courage to start this blog, to finally share bits of my life and even share more about my writing.

Writing for me is like air or like the morning coffee, I just have to write. No matter if it’s a book, a journal, a diary or a blog. I have to put the words down on paper (or e-paper, lol).

No matter how much life is getting hard I still believe in magic, in people, but mostly I am a strong believer of expressing your individuality in any way that may help you or even help others. This is the main reason why I write and why I believe, with a full heart, that I am a writer and that I was meant to share my words.

I started to write as a child, building worlds and characters. Some stories were meant to be just stories and some helped me to deal with hardships in my life. Writing kept me sane when everything around me collapsed, it helped me keep memories better and in the past few years, I also learned to share and make my writing more public… Just taking the risk and sharing scared me a lot, it still scares me.

That’s it for part 1, it’s still long I am sorry for that… Hope it wasn’t too long, lol.

More to come… Part 2 and Part 3 🙂

Have a great day & Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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