Tuesday, November 25, 2014

25,000 words!

I am SO behind. Why is it that whenever I try to do NaNo that a giant train wreck of things conspire to thwart me? Writing must be my divinely-ordained profession, because Satan and his minions sure seem hell-bent on throwing monkey wrenches.

My computer is making ominous "last gasp" noises, we had to replace our car, spouse has so few students that we are making decisions like "pay the power bill or buy food?", our oldest cat has developed hyperthyroidism, and the well house roof is in danger of rotting through. And let's not talk about holiday stuff. Still, winning this is not impossible, just hard. I'm not giving up just yet.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

NaNoWriMo: day 5

A bit of a slog today, only 1,200 or so words today. Part of the blame lies on finding out that our car is utterly not worth fixing, and so we are sans vehicle (a good, reliable one, anyway) for the time being. Boo.

Oh, well. Yesterday I jammed and got my average way back up to where I'm in good shape. Yay me! Yesterday, by the end of the day, it was an ugly pile of words. Today it's slowly starting to take the shape of a novel instead of a pile of word garbage.

Someday it will be a first draft!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Day two: NaNoWriMo

I'm a bit behind but I WILL catch up. Tomorrow is another day etc.

Also: this is my first serious attempt at going full-tilt at a novel, and HOLY EXPLETIVE IT'S A PILE OF POO so far, but I guess that's normal.

Just keep swimming just keep swimming just keep swimming....

Friday, October 31, 2014

Last day before NaNoWriMo

I feel your panic, marmalade cat.
...and I'm kind of terrified. Am I ready? No. Is anybody ever really ready? I vowed to Be Prepared like a good little scout, but I'm way behind. Today's goal is to sketch out fifteen more scenes. I banged out fifteen yesterday, and that will give me thirty scenes/chapters which is a good place to start. They will no doubt be shuffled, re-worked, and some of them scrapped and/or replaced before it's all over, but at least I'll have a framework to start hanging words on.

Still kind of scared.

Tenting with panthers
...and I just realized we missed Elanor's birthday on the second! I'm a terrible mom!!!! Yeah, she's "just" a cat, but that's still lame. She's my youngest and will be my baby for a long time. Happy second birthday, Spook! May the coming year bring you many more (safe) adventures.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pre-writing: backstory

Pre-writing and all that it entails is actually a lot of fun, for me, anyway. To learn more about pre-writing in general, check out a couple of great podcasts from the Writing Excuses team. I love doing research and am one of those people who can take an hour to look up something in a dictionary because of distractions that lead down rabbit trails. The internet is even worse: global rabbit trails!

The guest post today over at Kristen Lamb's Blog is all about creating backstory as part of your pre-writing. Piper Bayard gives us license, nay, orders, to backstory the heck out of not just the main characters in our writing but pretty much everybody who walks across the stage and has a line. I can see this as a series of great warm-up sessions, but it's also just a really great way to get your characters and world fully realized. If anybody struggles with plotting like I do, this kind of world-building is going to help a LOT, because the more you know about the people and places of your creation the more naturally events and decisions are going to flow from your fertile imagination.

At any rate, it's another way to play "God", and writers are nothing if not control freaks.