Switching Up Your Writing Process and Thoughts on Radish Fiction | Writing Video Wednesday

Today I’m talking about switching up my writing process with Radish fiction.

You can watch the video here.

And here’s the transcript:

Hey everyone, it’s author, Sara Crawford, and I have a writing video for you today.

So today I’m going to talk about how switching up your writing process can sometimes help you get unblocked. So I was recently approached by the mobile app called Radish. It’s a new serialized fiction app where people can read short sections of a story (one chapter at a time) on their phones. And different chapters are released every week. It’s becoming a big thing.

So I was approached by this company to write for them. Meanwhile, I’ve been having a lot of trouble with Book Three in The Muse Chronicles. I think I’m just putting a lot of pressure on myself and you know I feel like it has to be a certain level. I’m very concerned with how I’m going to end the trilogy.

So I thought since I was approached by this company and it looked really interesting that I would start a vampire story over on Radish using a totally different process for this vampire story then I’ve ever used before. Usually, my writing process goes something like: write 100 pages, throw it out, make an outline, forget the outline, make another outline, write another 100 more pages, and then rinse and repeat like eight times and then finally maybe somewhere six months to a year later, I will have a draft that I’m ready to show people.

So right now I’m doing the complete opposite. I’m writing a chapter of this story using a lot of just familiar vampire soap opera tropes that I’m a fan of. And I’m just posting it. I’m making sure that it’s the best that it can be. I have a couple of other people, you know, just kind of looking it over and then I just post it up there. And I’m really sure how it’s gonna go. But I have the first two chapters up. Actually, by the time I put this video up, I will have the first three chapters up and then I have new chapters going up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

So I guess my point in this video is that if you are feeling stuck with a project, maybe try totally changing your process. Maybe even work on something else, and that will help you to get unstuck because I find what’s happening is that I’m having all sorts of ideas with what to do with Book Three in The Muse Chronicles because I am just sort of giving myself the freedom to write this vampire story.

I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself to make it this deep, literary thing. I’m just writing. It’s a lot of fun. I’m kind of borrowing from The Vampire Diaries. I’m borrowing from Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. I’m borrowing from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I’m borrowing from some Southern gothic books that I’ve read and just a lot of general YA paranormal romance. And just good old fashioned soap opera tropes that are so much fun to write, and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

So if you do want to check out Radish, I will leave a link to my story. You have to read it on the mobile app. So you can’t read it on your computer, but that’s kind of the whole thing with it. I think they are still looking for additional writers so you know if they don’t approach you, you have to go through this whole application process, but you should definitely do that. There are a lot of different writers on there, and it’s kind of growing. And there is really just a voracious kind of reader in this sort of 18 – 25-year-old range who just likes to read a lot on their phones and it’s like a big thing.

So yeah, that’s all I have for you today. What do you guys think about this sort of serialized fiction? Do any of you have any experience with Radish? I would love to hear about it. Or tell me about your writing process. Have you ever tried a completely different thing and it’s helped you with writer’s block? Let me know down in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more videos about writing. I usually do a video about writing every Wednesday, and sometimes, on Fridays, I do videos about music, and lately, I’ve been doing some daily vlogs as well. Those are a little bit shorter and just me on my phone kind of talking about things that I’m thinking about. So thank you so much for watching, and I will see you in the next video. 

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