It is #NaNoWriMo, and all of a sudden these evil little Plot Bunnies are attacking me. In the past 16 days I have started not one, but THREE new stories on top of the 13 I have already been working on! Yes, the other day I finished one that I have been working on for the better part of two years but still! The total is now 15 and I have a feeling it is not going to get smaller, but grow before the month is over.
Not that time…yet! In less than 48 hours #NaNoWriMo begins and authors everywhere make reservations for psych wards come December 1st.
So what is everyone doing for this year’s novel? I am somewhat cheating. For the past two years I have tried focusing on just one novel for the whole month, but have never finished them by the end of November. I came very close (two or three words! 😡 ) to finishing during one of the #CampNaNoWriMo’s but just couldn’t do it. I run into never ending writer’s block for that book and focus on other WIP’s. This year I am just focusing on writing 50,000 words period. I got the idea from my friend Zoe Ambler who did this during #CampNaNoWriMo, I can work on all of my WIP’s and still meet the 50K goal.
So Good Luck to everyone!
Chapter four of Finding Family is up, just thought I’d pop in and ask how ya’ll are liking it? Anyone? Anyone like it? Bueller? Bueller?
Just curious, keep in mind it is the rambling of a crazy person. I will say that chapter five is not ready yet, but I do have a week to work on it. I know what happens next I’m just having some issues getting it to write down just right.
Which brings me to Camp NaNoWriMo July, I don’t think I will participate this month. Mainly because I’m not sure what story to work on and none really have a definite number of words. I’m going to keep writing, just not super focusing on a particular story.
In general life, I’m ok. Um in a few days, possibly take a week, I should figure out a health issue I might have. Personally, I don’t think that it is a big deal, so no worries I’ll be fine either way. At the same time, it is kind of a big deal, but I don’t want to worry too much until I find out how it goes.
Camp NanoWriMo is coming up and I am preparing…as much as I can. I have decided to work on “An Author’s Romance” AKA “The Right Time to Write History.” So I went to the campsite and put in my information, but I am unable to post my cover because it is bigger than a megabyte. 😦 And I love this cover!
I recently went to Fiverr and had two cover drawn up as I have never had a professional create one for me and honestly I was drawing a blank on the cover design myself. So I picked two of my works in progress and sent them to a designer and she came back with these.
TPaV- An artist with minor psychic abilities, is used to being beaten and manipulated by men. After a night out with friends, she thinks she has found the one, but he is just lonely after ditching his psychotic twin sister, for a murder free life. She comes to her senses, a little to late and leaves him to find herself.
AAR- After a night of drinking, an Author submits a short story to a writing competition. Winning a trip for two, she packs up her sister and heads to Scotland the home of the ancestors. Once on family property the two take a tumble through time to 1501 and land in the middle of a feud. Meets a Laird, escapes death and finds a family she never thought she could have.
So…week two is done, yay! (heavy sarcasm BTW) I’m only close to 20,000 words and way behind schedule, because I am second guessing the plot. I have a bunch of little conflicts, but not one BIG catastrophe life-ending one. I have no clue what to do for one or how to work it in. Kidnapping seems to be a theme in my writing, why I don’t know, and I don’t want to do it again. There are two villains with a confusing third, and main two are working together. Kidnapping the heroine just doesn’t sound right. Plus as I’ve said, I’ve done it before.
To Paint a Vampire, obviously has vampires. One kind of good, one bad, and one jerk vampire hunter. The BV is trying to corrupt the GV, but he wants to find a mate to share his life with. Too bad for him he sets his sights on the ex girlfriend of a psychotic VH. So the small side issues are set, but what can be done as the major problem? I’m thirteen chapters in and can’t introduce a whole new set of paranormal, like has been one of my thoughts. Well I could, but then I would have to find ways to integrate it into the first part without throwing everything off. I could go the Twilight route and introduce a Head Coven who oppose the changing of a VH’s ex girlfriend but then I would have to establish an entire hierarchy and while not a bad plan, not one I really want to do. I could put the heroine on a quest to find a cure for vampirism but not sure how I would introduce the thought or what it would be… still a viable option.
If I can’t find a major problem, what’s the point of the book? No major threat to the couple then it is just mediocre and not good. I don’t want it to be another regular dime store romance novel, I want it to be better. Be worthy of more. Too much to ask?
I better go, my seal is judging me from his perch for not working on my book. I’ll keep you posted on where it goes, without spoilers hopefully.
Week one was nice, my official count is up to well over 17,000 words. The first ten chapters are completed, chapter 11 is under way and the last two chapters are under construction.
Going into week two, I feel as if I have hit a road block. First, NaNoWriMo is a time to turn off your inner editor and just write. Well guess what? My inner freaking editor doesn’t have a shut off valve!!! I have this nasty habit of editing as I go and do it without realizing. Second, I chapter nine was good, ten ok and eleven is feeling like total crap. Chrissy, my MC, is off in a corner falling apart and Drake (L.I.) is hiding in his coffin. Villian #1, Sasha, is up to something but not too forthcoming, and villain #2 (Ben) has gone off the reservation.
This always happens, the closer I get to the middle it’s like my brain decides to melt and I have to shift stories. At least until this jar of juice refills. However if I switch stories during November, I feel as if I am cheating on my story and wasting time I could be spending on the month’s progress. So what the heck do I do? Put it on the back burner to avoid crappy writing? Or keep going and screw up my book? Yes I could keep going, and somehow, something good could come out of it. But at the same time I could screw myself over by thinking something I wrote while half asleep at four in the morning on no sleep, is a great idea. Or I could put it aside for a bit and possibly not finish my goal.
Honestly I don’t see why we couldn’t be able to have the choice to focus on two or more novels in a month. We could up the word goal 50K (or something) for each novel we plan on undertaking. I mean I can’t be the only one that burns out on one story at some point in the month am I?
Am I really the only one that burns out when focusing on just one story at a time? Does that make me a bad author for wanting needing to focus on more than one piece at a time or am I just insane?
1. How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?
This is just my second year.
2. How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?
I’d seen it everywhere, on the internet and even on tv. Decided to check it out.
3. What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?
Naturally Luna. My first NanoWriMo and my first (and only so far) werewolf novel. I didn’t finish it during November, but I had made it over halfway. I just got too busy and lack of inspiration for that book.
4. Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.
Vampire meets girl, changes girl to save her and she doesn’t deal with it well.
5. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Just keep writing!
6. Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?
Nope, too early for me to do that yet.
7. What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?
I don’t really have a big inspiration because my ideas tend to come out of nowhere. I guess you could say life or my crazy random brain.
8. Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.
The first paragraph from the upcoming To Paint A Vampire (this year’s NaNoWriMo project):
The two-story ten-bedroom mansion was gorgeous, two big bay windows on either side of the dark wood front door. Light grey stone created the huge structure with a small awning to protect the owners cherry Mustang. Sadly the vast green lawn was missing a bit of color to soften the harsh look of the yard. It was just a big green slab with nothing to break it up.
9. Why do you love writing?
I don’t know if I love writing as much as I have the need to write. I have to write to clear my head or I think it will explode. I do love to write because it is cathartic and I get to share my stories, but it is also a necessity for me.
If you’re also doing NaNoWriMo this year I’d love to read your answers to these questions! Let me know what you’re writing this yea!