30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Days 9 & 10

Yes, I’m doing two days today instead of one. That’s because I was so busy yesterday I totally forgot to post about NaNoWriMo and my writing project. It had crossed my mind I could write two separate posts and try to pass one off as having been written, but I couldn’t. I am trying to build a rapport, one of trust and mutual respect with a flavoring of ideas and events we both enjoy. I can’t do that if I lie, and the time stamp would easily make a liar out of me. So, I’m merging the two posts into one…

Monday, 9 November

I wrote 3,550 words bringing my overall total on that day to 34,836. I’ve begun tweaking the formatting of the chaptters as I write too. I made the paragraph indentation too wide in the first 8 chapters using a one inch indent. I’m going to fix those chapters while continuing on with the standard half inch indent from now on.

There wasn’t a write-in scheduled for today by anyone so completed my writing for the day and began researching how to make a simple loom for when I start learning how to weave. I’ll also be able to use if for macrame I do believe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday, 10 November

I wrote 3,538 words today bring my total for my project to 38,374. I made notes on where I want to add a scene and where I want to split the chapter into two separate chapters. It will help things to flow smoothly and no slow down too much. I’m not happy I didn’t write more, but there’s still time for the additions I have planned once I get the initial goal reached.

I missed today’s write-in because I was busy doing research on industry in the 1930s in New York. I like to have some reality woven into my stories. It gives them more depth, I think. Anyway, I was reading and taking notes, forgetting all about the write-in until it was over. There’s a replay, but the live show is more entertaining and helpful.

I did fix the formatting on the first two chapters – it was niggling at me to do so. I didn’t want to forget to do it and end up with a mess like I’m dealing with in regards to Crimson Knight.

That’s all for today folks, I’ll see you on the flipside so don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 8

I didn’t do as well with today’s word count. Every word count is a chapter in my book by the way. At this point, I am developing the main part of the story. Today’s chapter isn’t one I’m completely happy with so, at the end of the event, I’ll be working on it until I am happy with it.

Today’s word count was 2,931. That brings my total word count to 31,286. This is the best year I’ve had since starting NaNoWriMo years ago! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been seeing people in the chats for the write-ins as well as the discord channel I host for my writing buddies talking about not”feeling it” about working on their projects. Some are very far behind, some not so far behind and some, burning out early.

I’ve been counseling not to stop writing; stop writing on your project. Just for today or just for a few minutes – whatever you need – just don’t stop writing. Writing every day needs to be a habit. It also doesn’t have to be project related. It could be a poem, song lyrics, a list of things you need to do – things of that nature. As long as you scribble something down every day, it’s a win-win situation.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 7 – End of Week One!!

I had such a great time with yesterday’s virtual write-in on YouTube hosted by staff of NaNoWriMo I had a great day writing today! ๐Ÿ˜€ I wrote 4, 366 words which has brought my grand total up to 28, 355 words!!! The total for the event, as I may have mentioned before, is 50,000 words. My own personal goal is 60,000 words. I’m a bit over halfway there with the first and almost halfway there with the second, Considering this is only the first week, I’m doing a magalicious job!!!

I may even have time to do the editing and cover art and publishing before the end of the year!! It would be beyond fabulous to have a book published in time for Christmas!

Wish me luck and lollipops I get to my goal soon! Good luck and lots of lollipops for those doing the event with me!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 6

Today was a good day to write! I got 3,881 words written in a little over an hour. I only work on my novel for an hour a day to keep from stressing out. Stress is bad for a writer and can cause us to write nothing but junk that we’ll have to waste time deleting later. My total is now up to 23,989 ๐Ÿ™‚

At 3pm Central Time, NaNoWriMo is hosting a virtual write-in using YouTube and Facebook Watch. I’ll be on YouTube. I’ll post an update on my writer’s page on Facebook tomorrow. I’m only posting there on a weekly basis so I don’t get distracted. There will be virtual write-in events tomorrow and Sunday as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to them to join in the conversations and to see if I can get a new idea or two. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope those of you who are participating along with me are meeting your goals or, at the least, are still enjoying the event! Drop me a comment below and let me know!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 5

Today was a really good day! I got 3,833 words done bring my total up to 20,108!! The general goal is 50,000 words, and my personal goal is 60,000. I see myself hitting both goals by the end of the month even with me being away from home for 12 hrs a day due to my new job starting on 16 Nov. It’s in a town 2 hours away from me, and I will commute until I can afford to move.

Ever since I began this event, I’ve been attending the virtual write-ins hosted by the staff of NaNoWriMo. As I have, I’ve noticed other videos about writing I hadn’t seen before. One video that reached out to me was done by two members of AutoCrit. AutoCrit is an online editing service with an app that has limited services for free. It’s like Grammarly in that regard but more geared towards novel writers than Grammarly is.

I watched the entire video and now, I want to watch more of the videos put out by them. Deciding to do NaNoWriMo this year has been beneficial to me thus far. I’ve found a couple of new writing resources that are greatly helping my writing now and will help on future projects.

Check out NaNoWriMo yourself! Also, check out AutoCrit to see how it can help your own writing.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 4

Today wasn’t as productive as the last couple of days have been. I did 3,668 words and brought my total up to about 16,200. This is far ahead of what the site has so I’m pretty pleased about it.

Thing is, I’m a bit worried I’m not filling the scenes out enough even though “telling” isn’t as good as “showing”. The way I set a scene right now is pretty minimal, and I’m not sure if I need to add more. I want to try to leave a lot to a reader’s imagination, but not leave them guessing. It’s a conundrum.

Good thing is, once the event is over, I can do more work and have a beta reader or two check things out before I move forward with my plans to publish.

I can say that despite my small issues with my own writing, I’m enjoying the event immensly. We have several virtual write-ins scheduled for Friday through Sunday coming up , and there are more for the rest of the weekends of this month. We kicked off with two webinars featuring staff of the NaNoWriMo organization as well as a couple of published authors. They were all fantastic, and I can’t wait for the next one!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 3

I’m still going strong!! I added 3,721 words and brought my total up to just over 12,000 words!!

I just completed Chapter 3 of the novel, The Inbetween, and it’s coming along nicely. I am checking and double checking formatting to make sure every chapter, every line, matches. I am hoping for a better result the first time than I had with Crimson Knight.

I am writing between 8am and 9 am Central U.S. Time for now. When I start work, I’ll have to shift to late afternoon because of my day shift at work. I’m sure I can keep up the momentum, for the most part.

Right now, I’m doing some light beefing up and editing work on the chapters. As I go on, I may be adding more and changing more. It depends on how the story moves me. I am not even sure of the ending yet. lol

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

30 Days of NaNoWriMo – Day 2

Today was another fantastic day!! I manged to get 4,800 words done!! Woot!!

At this rate, I’ll have the 50,000 word goal reached long before the end of the month. I’m actually aiming for 60,000 words myself. I’m confident I can hit that goal before the end of the month as well.

Now, I’m starting a new job which will keep me away from home for about 12 hours a day. I’m going to do my best not to let this keep me from writing on a daily basis. It’s a habit I desperately need to cultivate. Practice makes permanent, and I really need to keep practicing.

I plan to self publish the novel I’m working on too. It’s in its final stage so it won’t take much to do the final tweaking and get it published with the Kindle platform. Yes, I’m going to use Amazon again even though the book creator is a bit of a pain to work with. I need cover art before I do anything so I may go with someone else eventually, I don’t know yet. I need to focus on getting the novel done first.

I hope everyone has a great day and see you on the flipside; don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Golden Knave Update

I am up to 10 handwritten pages so far on Vice’s side of the story. I am planning to write another two pages in a bit. I have a new surge of energy on this project, and I’m not going to stop again until it’s complete this time! I have DIY MFA to thank for that!

For the next two weeks, I’m planning to write four pages a day on weekdays and six to eight pages on the weekend. If I do this successfully, I’ll work my way up to six pages during the week and ten on weekends. I have to make sure I can work this around my work schedule during the week. I don’t want to get stressed out and end up with a mess instead of a good story.

I am making changes since I began my second draft. I’ve come to realize I was afraid to write Vice’s side of the story. The first draft is more on Rajinstorm than on Vice, and Vice is the main character. I made the POV more from her than from him because I wasn’t comfortable writing him. I had created him, and it had taken me three times to get him to be happy with what I was doing with his personality and style. Now, I’m making a conscious effort to change the POV to him where it’s supposed to be. This means developing him further, letting him become more three dimensional like Kitya is. Writing from the female perspective is easy since I’m female. Writing from the male perspective is proving to be a bit harder.

Still, I think I’m off to a good start and will keep working on it. I’ll have to find at least one male beta reader to make sure Vice is believable, but I’m sure I’ll be able to when the time comes.

That’s it for now. I’ll post another update next week.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

DIY MFA – Writing Site

I just got done with Day One of a two-day Writing Sprint being hosted by DIY MFA, and I had a lot of fun doing it. In fact, because of the event, I’m back to working on my novel, Golden Knave. I haven’t written in months, but this event inspired me to get back to it.

DIY MFA is a site hosted and run by Gabriela Pereira. It’s core is Write with Focus, Read With Purpose and Build Your Community. Its purpose is to give writers the education and community a traditional MFA would give them without having to go to school. They have courses you can pay to take, but they also have lots of free resources that are very helpful.

Podcasts – I’ve never been big on podcasts simply because I haven’t gotten much use out of them in the past. MFA Radio is a podcast hosted by Mrs. Pereira, and there are over 130 of them so far. I didn’t see anything in the current list that grabbed me so, I decided to go to the very beginning to see what nuggets I might find there. I have listened to the first 6 podcasts so far, including one very interesting interview. I plan to listen to more as I get the time.

Writer Igniter – this is the best feature, imho, of this site. It’s a writing prompter that goes one step further than regular prompts. You actually press a “shuffle” button, and it randomly chooses four elements for you to write about. These elements are : character, situation, prop and setting. The first one I ever got was: Olympic Bronze Medalist Gets Fired Briefcase Full of Money New Orleans Restaurant. I wrote a short story using this prompt. You can use the prompt for any length of writing and any form of writing. There a thousands of combinations so each prompt is different and shouldn’t repeat.

Articles – there are lots of articles on writing and on reading. Reading as in what is useful to you for your writing. There are also interviews and guest writers so, there’s lots to read and learn from without taking a class.

I have just begun to discover things on the site, and I plan to keep going back to it every day if I can.

I strongly suggest you sign up for the email so you can get the Starter Kit and find out what it’s all about. If you’re a writer, you won’t regret finding this place!!

http://www.diymfa.com

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!