Writing, writing

DebE —  May 25, 2011 — Leave a comment


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571 words written yesterday. 721 today. Not too bad considering I had a grumpy baby over most of the two days – leading to erratic sleeping (i.e. writing, for me) schedules.

I use a programme called yWriter to put my story together. It’s nice because I can work scene by scene. It makes it easy to throw lesser work to the side (I almost wrote “less than awesome” forgetting that I am still only on 1st draft here! All of it is less awesome than I hope to make it by the time I finish!).

How’s this for some stats: I have written a total of 29,661 words that I currently intend to use. 49,815 words, if you include the stuff that I have marked as “Unused”. Woah! I write a lot of crap. Luckily, you guys don’t have to read it! And, that’s not including all the stuff that I wrote using Word, before I discovered yWriter, and threw out. I still have a lot of that, too. And then there was the hand-written stuff I started with. No wonder it takes so long to write a novel!

One thing I have learned during this process… the difference between a published writer and someone else is dedication and determination. I bet nearly everyone can think of a story they’d like to read. But just how much do you REALLY want to read that story in your head? Yeah? That much, huh? Well, then… write it! Yeah, maybe not that badly, huh? OK. That’s cool.

One thing that really motivates me to keep writing “Weapons of the War” is the fact that I came up with my main characters, in a weird kind of mashed-up version, way, way back at high school. Yep, something close to 14 years ago. I was a teenage girl, so I created a male character who had the same power that Llewella has in this version. I wrote a few pages of story for him – he worked in a more contemporary setting, kind of like in a modern comic book. It was just for fun and nothing came of it. I wouldn’t have a clue what I did with what I wrote back then.

Wow, I can still see some of the images I had in my head back then. Man, he was sexy…

Anyway, I went on from high school to do my science degree and post-grad. I did a lot of writing over those years, in the form of lab reports and essays and such. Oh, and doing scientific drawing.  I’ve always loved writing. I’ve always loved drawing. But, you know what? I REALLY love creative writing. And I REALLY love sketching people and animals for creative reasons. And so, I am fighting to recover years lost, really. And, in the back of my mind, I have this 14 year old character saying “Tell my story”.




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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