How long is my Chapter?

While doing NaNoWriMo this year, I found I have become way more involved in the challenge. I blame Twitter and Facebook. Darned social media. It’s taking over the world, I tell ya. But don’t listen to me, I’m just getting old and technologically inferior. Also, I am easily distracted by the new and the shiny.

So since whenever I am not actively writing my novel or directly interacting with my family I tend to be on one of the social networks having a conversation with someone, I have noticed that one of the biggest concerns this year is: How do I know how long my chapters should be? And how do I know when my chapters end and begin?

Fortunately, this month’s issue of The Writer has a little blurb review of a book that seems specifically designed to help with that problem. “Write Your Book Now!” by Gene Perret has the answers. πŸ˜‰ In it, he explains how to get writing, how to keep writing, and a bunch of the technical stuff like how exactly do you get your chapters in some kind of logical order. He really gets that no one (unless you have super magical powers, which he does not address) writes a book at one sitting. We are all writing our books in pieces and chunks. With this book, he helps us create it and put it all together.

And isn’t that what creation is all about?

(Now, off I go to try to put some more pieces together in my crazy-pants epic fantasy…)

NaNoWriMo Continues to Try Eating my Soul

Ouch.
It’s seven days in, I’m hovering around 20000 words (out of 50000, it’s kind of a game), and I am so tired. Unfortunately, I let my alligator mouth write checks I’m not sure my hummingbird butt can actually cash. I’m involved in a big old word war with a different area–it’s all in fun, but pride is on the line–and I am nowhere near where I want to be with this novel. I need my word count higher, and I need to stop panicking about where my story is going.
And I need to get my word count higher. Did I mention that?

And now, it’s time for bed, before I fall asleep on my keyboard and leave a long line of random characters. Good night, World!
πŸ™‚

Decisions, Decisions…

I’m about to start a whole new novel next week. I’m just not sure which one to start. The one about a hitchhiker, the girl who loves him, and the demons? Or the second novel in my two-book (oh, please, only be two books long) fantasy series?

I need to figure this out over the weekend. While I’m starting the new one, I’ll also have to edit the others and continue to find freelance assignments. Craziness.

Need brochures written? Press releases? Craft books? I’m your girl!

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜‰

Read-a-thon Update

So after much distraction (two kids, three cats, one very needy husband), my finished Read-a-thon books are thus:

Demon Fish (very informative and well-written)
A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe (that one almost killed me)
I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River by Henry Winkler (awesome book by the Fonz–who kind of looks like my dad; weird)
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn (very good light read)
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (2d time, so that’s kind of cheating, but it’s just SO good)
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (love him!)
and finally…
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

I’m hopeful that next year, I’ll be able to prepare ahead of time for the Read-a-thon. That way, I’ll have a stack ready to go. And I’ll have been able to prepare my family ahead of time like I do for NaNoWriMo, so they won’t be expecting me to be on Earth. πŸ˜‰

Thanks for all of your support while I was reading like a crazy person!

First Post in my Personal “Post A Day” Challenge

Hello blog!

I’m sorry. I’ve been horrible again, haven’t I? I’ve left you alone again for too long. But here’s me, telling you that I am prepared to write a blog a day throughout the month of October (and hopefully through the end of the year, but NaNoWriMo may make these posts extra short in November).
I hereby promise that I will write one post per day through the end of the year. Even if it’s just a little bit of ridiculousness.
I promise, little blog, it’s not you. It’s me. But I’m going to fix it.

Love,

Me

Write or Die

I love Write or Die. It is the most convenient way to break through a tough spot in my writing. …And since this is National Novel Writing Month, I am all about spitting out 450 words in 10 minutes or less. πŸ˜‰ Writing without over-thinking every little thing is the fastest way for me to figure out what I am going to say. (It also keeps the inner editor and the ‘Angel in the House’ very, very quiet. That is a very nice feeling.)

Also, the ‘consequences’ are hilarious. πŸ˜‰

Keep writing, keep living!

NaNoWriMo 2009

Just in case any of you were wondering, yes, I did complete 2009’s National Novel Writing Month.Β  Hooray!

It was one of the most liberating, frustrating, and enjoyable things I have ever done.Β  I wrote a novel–beginning to end–in one month, and it turned out rather well.Β  Yes, I was surprised by that, too.Β  I took an idea that I got from talking with a friend of mine, and from a tragedy that happened to someone I knew.Β  It was not an auspicious start to a novel, but it turned into something fascinating, and slightly trippy, and wonderful–despite its mood whiplash.

Also, I tried out a creativity exercise that I had read in Writer’s Digest’s Creativity Workbook.Β  It came out at the absolute perfect time for me.Β  I love writing exercises, and I try to do several each week.Β  This one involved writing down six “To Do” lists for one character, to better flesh out the character.Β  He turned out to be one of my favorites.

The scary part now is editing.Β  Lots of typos show up when I have been writing 3000-5000 words per day…

NaNoWriMo Day 15

I have officially crossed the hump–25,504 words for NaNoWriMo! πŸ™‚ I’m hoping to get another 4,496 throughout Sunday to reach my goal of 30,000 for the weekend. …I’m going to need a lot of hot chocolate and buttered toast…

In case you were wondering, this is why I haven’t been blogging as much as I wanted.Β  Perhaps by the end of the month, I will have more interesting things to say. πŸ˜‰