It’s the first of June, and the first Wednesday of the month, making today Insecure Writer’s Support Group day! Woot!
I’d hoped for less busyness in May, but that wasn’t the case. I faced urgent application changes at work, health problems at home, school events and overdue assignments, birthday parties to attend, and none of that includes the stuff I had planned for myself. Despite all the demands for my attention, it was a surprisingly productive month for this year’s goals.
Back in January, I set my only writing goal as “Finish something. Anything.” I’m happy to report that I’ve completed that goal! Of course it’s not one of the big projects like Book 2 or the companion novel, but I did write a short story comprising 6K of utter ridiculousness. It was unfinished when I handed the first 4K to my critique group, and I had the pleasure of getting accused of lying about it being a rough draft. Granted, it wasn’t without fault. I clearly don’t know squat about horse equipment because I got that all wrong. But my critique group enjoyed it for the most part, to the point that I flipped off Troy when he suggested I give up writing my big books and just stick to short fiction. Of course, Dani didn’t like it, though, but I expected that. Admittedly, I even chuckled to myself once and said aloud, “Dani hates time travel,” and kept on writing, throwing in dialect (which she also hates) and non-English words without proper context (which annoys her). I don’t have any plans for this short story, but there it is regardless.
The other goal I’ve made progress toward is learning Blender. After watching a YouTube video about using 3D models to help in 2D art, I cracked open the software and started sculpting, using the linked video as my guide. That led to other searches, such as “how to make curly hair” and progressed toward my ultimate goal: character figurines from my big books. Within a couple of days, I had a decent start to a Derek face.
Over the course of 2 weeks, I poked and prodded my digital clay, exploring the different tools at my disposal, and spending a few of those days venting my frustration as I tried to overcome problems I encountered when trying to join objects. I also deviated from my pictures toward more realistic, and masculine, features to arrive at the current state. Once I had Derek, I took the head/torso sculpt along with my gained knowledge and started on MaTisha. Within 2 days, I produced her current form.
Compare it to my digital paintings:
I’m starting with just the bust with the intention to 3D print them and place them in my office like marble Greek statues. Someday, I may do full body and make posed figurines, but I’m not so ambitions to aim for that this year. I need to figure out remeshing and texture painting first. I plan to sculpt Cameron, LaTonya, and Cera as well, all of which are protagonist POVs in my big books. My coworker commented I could make my own chess set, though I don’t know how I’d go about identifying the different pieces as my characters. Still, it’s a neat idea, and one I’d entertain.
IWSG Question of the Month – When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start?
AH HA HA HA HA! Keep writing to the end? Have you met me–the squirrel who has taken a decade to write book 2 in a series? Clearly I don’t adhere to forcing myself to stick to one project. I’ve only got the “I’m going to freaking finish this series” motivation that keeps me going in spurts. I get back to things when my brain ignites because I haven’t seen much success in forcing myself to do something when the vision isn’t clear in my head. I am still actively working on book 2, and that’s good enough for me.
Have you dabbled in digital sculpting before? How are your goals coming along? Do you keep yourself writing to the end?