Saturday, 25 April 2015

#WatchMeWrite [6]: Still revising Winner Takes All

Hey everyone! So four months into the year, I've got some ideas for spicing up (pun not intended) the takeout on this blog. Answer 8 simple MCQs for improved future food!

And now, onto your regularly scheduled takeout ...

#WatchMeWrite is a campaign started by E. R. Warren and Samantha Chaffin, wherein writers record their process, speed it up, add music, and show it to the rest of the world. Here are all past #WatchMeWrite videos!

Last month, many of you seemed excited to see my revisions process, so here's another video of me revising! (Okay, I didn't really have a choice, since I spent the entire month revising. Ha, I'm so funny.) This month's revisions were a lot more difficult than I'd expected -- it took me 45 minutes to revise 5 pages, so I sped it up by a lot here, a whopping 15x.
Also, minor problem: I'm running out of Star Wars music to use. Okay, that's not so minor. Hopefully, when Episode 7 rolls around this Christmas, I'll have a couple more tracks to use -- but in the meantime, what music should I use? It's up to you guys!

Psst, a heads-up: I think this round of WTA revisions is nearing its end (even though I'm revising the first pages in the vid, ahaha), so newsletter subscribers will be receiving a very special invitation in about two weeks. Don't miss out on this and join the mailing list — I probably won't put out an open call on the blog for this!

Help! Suggestions for #WatchMeWrite music tracks?


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16 comments:

  1. Multitasking by listening to "My Heart Will Go On" at Gossiping with Dragons and turning down the Star Wars to watch the video, then spooning dry oatmeal into my mouth and fangirling at all the little changes I see being made. :')

    #WatchMeWatchYouWrite

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    1. That sounds like a good song to write to, so I shall check it out. Your multitasking skills are to be envied, though :D Those little changes are thanks to you, so fangirl over yourself :)

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  2. As usual, it was fun watching you write. :) For music, you could try other soundtracks that you like, like Interstellar, Inception, etc. The Theory of Everything has a lovely soundtrack, too!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, and I'll be sure to keep them coming! I have yet to watch The Theory of Everything, but it sounds fabulous and I shall. Interstellar has been raised below as well, so chances are I'll go for that next time!

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  3. I admire that you are sticking at the revising! I have never made it that far. I keep getting distracted by new shiny ideas xD

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    1. Thank you, Opal! I've finished polishing a manuscript only once, and never got to querying it, so you're not that far behind :D I find it more effective to let the new shiny ideas stew and see if they'll remain shiny, at least for myself :)

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  4. That was entertaining. :D I kept pausing to read your writing (oops), and I must say you write like a pro! I've never been able to write a whole novel before, let alone edit it, but maybe I'll give it a go (idk I'm feeling inspired).

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! And you're too kind :) No oops whatsoever; that's about the highest praise I could hope to receive. And I'm glad I managed to inspire you; as they say, I aspire to inspire. May the words be with you!

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  5. *hands you chocolate for revision fuel* Another awesome #WatchMeWrite video. :D And, ooh! I have ALL THE MUSIC SUGGESTIONS. (Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. ;))

    In no particular order: anything by Tchaicovsky (though some of his stuff might be a bit too sugar-and-spice for you, he also does some very grand and magnificent things), the Interstellar soundtrack (actually, make that allllll the Hans Zimmer), the LOTR soundtrack, Carol Rosenberger's Disney instrumental adaptations, etc.

    I'd add more, but I don't want to overwhelm - although, you know you're always welcome to ask for suggestions :D

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    1. *munches chocolate* Hang on, you've just made me hungry. Let me grab food and come back.

      Okay, first of all, I'm so not surprised. I actually do write to parts of Swan Lake, but it's insanely hard to get my hands on the tracks. And allllll the Hans Zimmer sounds good -- someone suggested Interstellar above as well, so that'll probably be it. And I've been writing the last two chapters to the Lothlorien theme XD

      I most certainly will!

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  6. The video didn't like me and didn't play, so I'll just go sulk in my corner and whisper mean things to my computer since obviously it is to blame. LIFE IS UNFAIR. *ahem* Also editing is killer. I've spent like hoooours on a page before. Mostly just staring at it, crying, thinking of a career as an Oompa Loompa or something instead of a writer.

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    1. Oh, dear. So sorry about that. I'll remember to put a "open in new tab" link next time -- I would totally use Youtube or Vimeo, but one has horrible quality and the other doesn't like me.

      I don't think a career as an Oompa Loompa is too bad. There's lots of chocolate. But the paralysis is why I use #WatchMeWrite, because I don't suppose anyone would want to watch me staring at a page and moving the cursor up and down :S

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  7. Revising can take forever...I'm on the fourth draft of a short story and it's only just starting to come together (I hope). If you're looking for new music, Inception has a great soundtrack. Good luck with your revising; your videos are always so much fun to watch!

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    1. Right, I saw your comment on Heather's blog! I tend to draft long and spend some more time on that, so by this time the major pieces are here. We'll see if they're the right major pieces, though :D

      I'm glad you like them! And argh, decisions; 2 people have voted for Inception and 2 for Interstellar! Both Hans Zimmer, though XD

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  8. Your writing is fantastic! Well done Alyssa.

    Revising your wring can be terribly tedious sometimes, trust me. I get it. But in the end, we gotta do it right? I mean, as long at the outcome is a good, well written novel, I don't mind revising.

    P.s-i nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog. Hope you enjoy doing it! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! And yes; I've heard a quote that says good novelists aren't good writers, they're good rewriters. I'm trying to learn to love revisions myself :D

      Thanks so much for the nomination! I look forward to doing it :)

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