divawriter (divawriter) wrote,

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Long Time No Post!

Wow, I can't believe it's been since April that I posted a blog entry.  Time goes by fast!  On the writing front, I am struggling a bit.  My current WIP is very slow going, and I'm finding it so much more difficult these days to find time to write like I want to.  I think my biggest problem has been Summer.  With the kids out of school, we are no longer on a set routine like we used to be.  Has anyone else had this problem too?  Now that my boys are back in school, I'm hoping to set aside more time.  I'm about 24,000 words into my current WIP, and my goal is somewhere between 50 and 60,000.  Needless to say I have a ways to go.

Part of my struggles also have to do with work.  My business is booming right now, which I am not complaining about, but what it means is that I am exhausted almost every night.  And the idea of trying to be productive after working a 10 hour day is a daunting one at that.  But, I must keep trudging along, no matter how long it takes me.

On a totally different topic, I ask you this.  What kind of writing drives you? 
A friend asked me the other day how I decide what to write, and if I follow my morals with my writing.  After really only a few minutes, I had my answer.  I write what I like, regardless of my morals...somewhat. ;-)  Writing is an outlet for me to express myself, like it is for many others.  I write what I'm passionate about, because after all, if you aren't passionate about your own writing, then how can you expect anyone else to be? 

I write YA, and in my first project, I was careful not to use too much swearing, and you can forget about sex.  Although there were several angsty moments between my characters that I could have easily lead to other things.  With my second project, it's totally different.  My MC's about as frisky as a frat boy on Sorority Rush night, with a mouth that would put sailors to shame.  And it's a girl.  So, my spectrum of interest is fairly broad, although there is one phrase that I won't use, mainly because I just don't feel comfortable, and that is "Oh my God!"  Even now I find myself apologizing to God for even writing it!  I will use OMG, just because that could interpreted as being "gosh" instead of the alternative, which I prefer.  My Catholic guilt just won't allow me to use the "other" word.

So, in essence, my morals do play a small part in my writing, but generally speaking I let my mind, and my characters take me where I need to go because really, I'm just along for the ride.

I'd love to hear other opinions about morals and writing.  It's so nice to be able to find the time to post an entry after so long! 
Tags: morals, ms, writing, ya
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