Summer is Here…

Its been a while since I’ve posted and I apologize for that.  Work has been so hectic.  Even though I haven’t been blogging I try to keep up with the other blogs I follow and read any new posts. Bloglovin is a blessing in that regard.  Everything in one place.

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Some good news:

I got accepted to Graduate school! The acceptance came late and I applied so long ago I actually thought I hadn’t gotten in.  But I was pleasantly surprised about two weeks ago and in addition to work, writing and being a mommy (at nights I tend to crash after reading my son his bedtime story) I’ve been trying to sort out how I’m going to make this all work.  I applied to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.  I have friends who have attended college in Canada and all of them have good things to say about the place.

Some days I honestly think I’m a crazy person for trying to do so many things at once.  But if I want to make things happen I have to go for it.  No procrastinating.

How has summer 2014 been for you so far?

Writing personalities…

I came across this post on Pinterest about writing personalities. The pinner had gotten her results based on an assessment done on her writing. I thought this was pretty interesting and looked into it further.

The information is from Lulu.com.  The website says this about it:

“The Helix Review analyzes your writing against more than 100,000 bestsellers cataloged as part of The Book Genome Project. See into your writing in ways you never thought possible, and gain new, invaluable insights for better marketing and selling your book.”

Getting your writing personality results is a paid service so if you don’t mind dishing out the funds it would be interesting to find out how yor work is classifed and the other well-known authors that write similarly to you.

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A little pep talk…

Some writing quotes to get me (and you) to keep on writing.

Thought this one was funny since there are so many books dedicated to “how to write a great novel”.

Some days I have to do this.

Some rules to follow if you really need it…

And always remember…

Camp Nanowrimo

Where should I begin about Camp Nano?

The short version is I didn’t meet my word count goal and with just a few days left, I definitely won’t make it to 30k.  I wrote close to 10k words and couldn’t go any further.

Now for the long version.

I started off pretty good but just fell off along the way.  I’m starting to wonder why that is since this is basically what happened the last time I attempted to do Camp Nano.

My problem seems to be the fact that I keep going over what I have already written and fixing things.  I can’t just write and put off editing little things like bad spelling for later.  I have to fix it.  I see that little red line and I can’t not go back and make it go away.

The other reason could be that my story probably wasn’t ready yet.  My outline was incomplete and needed more developing but I thought at the time that I had enough to give it a shot.  Obviously that was a bad idea.

But I learned a lesson.  I won’t say I will never try Camp Nano again or never attempt the November Nano.  I will however make sure I am alot more prepared and that I am ready to start writing.

How has Camp Nano been for you? Please share.

 

 

 

What’s in my bag…

On a daily basis I keep asking myself what do I have in my purse that makes it feel so heavy.  Then I go through it and find that despite the weight, I think I need everything that’s in there.

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A quick snapshot of what adds the weight to my bag (not the best pic but I’m working on it).

In addition to the girly stuff (i.e. hand lotion and chapstick), I carry around these things all the time:

1. My Kindle

2. A notebook and pen or pencil

The Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction book was a Christmas gift to myself and I’ve found that it has sparked a few ‘aha’ moments with my new project.  I’ve highlighted the crap out of it.  Plus I reread it and still find things that gets a new idea going.  Even though I have a Kindle I decided to buy the physical book because a book won’t lose charge or possibly crash on me and I won’t have to wait til my son finishes playing Elmo’s number game to read it.

What do you keep in your bag/purse?

Learning a lesson

 

I subscribed to the Writer’s Digest magazine on my Kindle and got the newest issue today.  There was a good article on creating conflict for the characters in your book.  I’m not going to list all the points made but here are the two that stood out to me:

1. Give your character dueling desires.  This is basically what works well in romance novels, at least to me, where the main character wants love but to find and keep that love they will untimately have to go against some committment that they previously made.

2. Put your character’s convictions to the test.  The MC believes strongly in something but to make the story work you will have to force the boundaries of those beliefs.

I’m working on the outline for a new project and the articles in the magazine have helped me think alot about going deeper into the story and not picking up just the superficial drama and possible conflict.

What lessons have you learned in your attempts to improve your work?

 

Brave New Worlds

I have been tossing around some ideas for a new story for a couple of weeks now.   My first manuscript I wrote without any outline whatsoever.  This time I have outlined a good majority of this new story idea and I must say its going pretty well.  I basically write down whatever comes to mind and then go over it later in the day, fine tuning my original thoughts.

It has been working out well so far.  I have alot of ideas for my characters and even did some world building.  The one concern I had is that I might be too involved in my outlining and not sitting down to write.  However, I have given myself til the end of the month to complete my outline and start on the first draft.

This new project is more science fiction and my characters aren’t all human.  I’ve toyed with the idea of getting concept art to give me a better visual of the main characters. The only problem is I have no idea where to find someone to do this.  Fiverr has been a resource for other projects but I have yet to find anyone who has portfolio samples that catch my eye.  The search goes on…