#WatchMeWrite… “hail the pumpkin king”

You guys. I am finally doing it. I am finally writing it.

Aaaand you have no idea what I’m talking about, so here’s some background: a year ago, I started throwing together images on a Pinterest board called hail the pumpkin king. There was no rhyme or reason to it, other than that I was living in 100º weather in the middle of October and was missing the cool autumn weather I’d grown up with.

Long story short, it turned into a storyboard. As most things in my life tend to do.

Now, after a year and much harassment from wonderful friends who kept seeing me noncommittally pin more things to the board, I am finally writing it. It’s a fairytale about a girl named Winifred and the magical king of autumn who lives in the woods. Happy October.

Sooo. #WatchMeWrite.

My friend and fellow writer/Figmenter E.R. Warren (whose work you should ALL READ) posted this awesome video on her blog the other day. Basically, she recorded herself writing a chapter of her ongoing project, reasoning that if visual artists can make Work-In-Progress videos, so can writers.

I fangirled all over that. As I do. Because it was awesome. Obviously.

It’s no secret that writing is a solitary activity. It’s rare that we find something that we can do together as writers, short of co-writing a book.

So another long story short, I made a video, too.

I’ve already shared it on Twitter, but I’m posting it on my blog because a.) I love seeing other writers’ processes, and b.) I recorded myself writing an excerpt of “hail the pumpkin king,” so if you’re at all interested in my WIP, here is a teaser-thing, in which I go berserk over fonts and reveal that I cannot spell “equivocate.”

And now I’m gonna tag other people/bloggers shamelessly, partly because I’m excited and nervous and feel basically like (as Miss Warren put it) I’ve just invited the world to take a good long look at my underwear drawer, but partly because I’m always curious about other writers’ processes. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no real “right” way to do what we do.

Which is sort of what makes it so crazy.

So without further ado… Watch Me Write “hail the pumpkin king” in full screen and it’ll feel like I TOOK OVER YOUR LAPTOP.

Watch Me Write


I nominate author and blogger Danielle Shipley, and Figgies Lydia Albano, Laina Van Wingerden, Hannah Rachel, Pseudonymus, Jackie S. Falcon, Starflower, Queen of StarlightArabella Starr, and Savannah Cowan. Write or revise, but hit record!

And if you’re a writer, please join in! And if you decide to make a vid, post the link here in the comments. (Here’s a link to how to record your screen). I solemnly swear to fangirl all over you, too.

Samantha Chaffin

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20 thoughts on “#WatchMeWrite… “hail the pumpkin king”

  1. macfordd says:

    This short story looks SO good. And I loved this video! What a cool way to show your writing process. I liked seeing the music you chose, too, because I’m always looking for good writing playlists 🙂 I definitely want to try this!

  2. jarofsomething says:

    I’ve been keeping track of your “hail the pumpkin king” board on Pinterest and I’m so glad you’re finally writing a story for it! (I can’t wait to read it and I’m so glad I got to get a little sneak peek of it in your time-lapse video, hehe.) The whole idea of making a video to show different writers’ way of writing SO interesting (I’m so glad E.R. Warren posted a video about that, it’s so cool!), and I’m definitely going to try it soon. 🙂

  3. deshipley says:

    Serious question: How do you get a recording of your screen, like that? Because this is a super cool thing, and I would very much like to make good on my tag … but I don’t have the first clue how.

    Also, LOL-ing at the “underwear drawer” line, because part of me is still a 9-year-old.

    • samchaffin says:

      So screen recording on a Mac is really easy – open Quicktime and hit File, then “New Screen Recording.” Then I imported the vid into iMovie and sped it up by 800%. Using Windows is a different story, and the only way I’ve seen is to download free software like Jing (http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html) and do a “screencast”. I hope that helps… I use a Dell laptop at work, so let me know if you have questions. I’ll try to figure it out with you. Haha

      Also, I’m pretty sure we’re all 9-year-olds at heart. That’s a thing.

  4. Christina says:

    Oh gosh. This video is FLAWLESS. I love the way you fiddled with the fonts and left Pinterest open – and please, please tell me we get the rest of that short story sometime. I’m so happy you’re writing it finally (because I’ve been obsessed with that Pinterest board ever since I first saw it) and the little sneak peek we got was so deliciously creepy.

    Wonderful video and wonderful writing! Also, thank you so much for the tag! I’ll be doing it ASAP 😉

    • samchaffin says:

      Yayy!! I do fiddle a lot with fonts. It’s a habit I’ve had since I was a kid, using my first laptop. My old creative writing professor made fun of me on multiple occasions for using weird fonts in my short story submissions. Haha

      And yes, I would love to upload the story to Figment, depending on how long it gets, haha! 🙂 I can’t wait to see your vid!

  5. Alyssa says:

    Thanks SO MUCH for tagging me; I’m working on it right now ;P And I want more of this story. NOW. (I already stalked the Pinterest board twice looking for tidbits.) And if you took over my laptop, my WIP would be a thousand times better 😀 😀

    Interesting how you fiddled with the fonts! I used to do that for creative writing homework, but now I just stick with TNR. *shrugs* To each writer her own!

    And also: BATMAN.

  6. thejaneite says:

    Please let this become a thing. Like, we could get our favorite authors to do them…pester them on twitter…I could really get behind this. YOU ARE SO COOL!!! I was reading along and freaking out because of how cool you are; I don’t think you have any idea. I’m figuring out the deal right now to do it on my PC; I’ll be making one ASAP. Ughh. Just so cool. I’m dying. I can’t even x all the white girls in the world.

    • samchaffin says:

      YOUR THING IS SO AWESOME. 🙂 I totally in love with it. That song you used is perfect for the tone of the story, too. I’m basically just freaking out over this in every possible way.

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