Recovering From the NaNover

Another year, another NaNoWriMo gone by. On the NaNo website it says that there were over 310,000 participants from all over the world (596 regions), though I’m curious as to how many crossed the finish line (if anyone can point me in that direction, please do). But even if someone wrote only 10,000 words, that’s still 10,000 more words that they didn’t have at beginning of the month. That’s something. I’m also curious as to how the process went for others and what they do once they’ve finished. Editing is certainly as personal a process as the writing part is. This year was COMPLETELY different than when I wrote my first NaNoWriMo (INTERGALACTIC) novel two years ago. In 2011, I had been mulling the story and characters over...

The Next Big Thing Blog Crawl

I was tagged to do this blog hop by Tod McCoy, missed the deadline, but was determined to do it anyway, because I said I would. The thing is, I honestly think there is nothing more boring than talking about one’s W.I.P. I warn budding authors not to do this on a daily basis. You’ll tire people. So, unless a) I’m at an author’s reading and everyone in the audience is just dying to know what said author’s next project is, or b) I am in a writing group/workshop and the subject of conversation is my W.I.P. I try to keep this kind of thing under my hat as much as possible. But, hey, since he asked . . . 1) What is the working title of your book? INTERGALACTIC: A Pop Space Opera 2) Where did the idea come from for the book? From one my own...

Weekend Workout: Prepping fo NaNo (or not)

I still haven’t decided whether I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year, which begins, according to the ticking clock on their website, in 19 days, 12 hours, and 42 minutes, and 30 seconds (29… 28… 27…) Regardless of whether you are going for NaNo 2012, starting a new project, or editing an old, I cannot stress enough the fabulousness of the Sequence and Beat Sheet. It is both inspirational and practical. I used to be much more of a “pantser” when it came to writing, but being organized beforehand has done wonders for my writing process AND saved heartache while editing. I posted about this last year before NaNo and wanted to do so again for those about to begin. So, pardon the repeat post, although it has been edited...

Weekend Workout: Reversal of Fortune

AuthorSalon.com is an intense virtual writing workshop through which, having done your due diligence, the organizers of the site present your manuscript and pitch packet to their agent and publisher contacts. It’s a fantastic concept, and it’s a lot of work. Work you have to be willing to do as a writer. One of their requirements is a Plot and Conflict Outline, and as much as this sounds like homework, or strikes terror into your heart, it’s a great way to see how well your story holds together. For instance, do you have escalating complications that get in the way of your protagonist’s exterior goal? Do you have a major reversal en route to the climax? These are things that were drilled into me during my screenwriting program, and things I have taught in my...

Weekend Workout: Not Supposed (a Real Live Post)

Don’t you dislike the words “supposed to?” If I always did what I was “supposed” to do, I certainly wouldn’t be having as much fun. On the career front, I am “supposed” to be working on Book Three of Faerie Tales from the White Forest, which is being released Fall 2013. Thank Cheese* for small presses who can publish books on shorter notice. It’s not that I don’t want to finish it or won’t or think I can’t, I just had this other story nipping at my heels like a pack or wererats and could no longer ignore it. I’ve been totally immersed in the White Forest for the past 5 years, filing away other shiny ideas. Those ideas hung out with each other, made friends, and eventually came knocking. They got too rowdy to ignore. I had wanted to write a YA sci fi novel. I had...

Last Leg of the Blog Tour and Weekend Workout

There are four more stops on my blog tour on four great blogs. Reviews, Interviews, and Guest Posts. Guest Post Today (May 11) on 4 AM Writer I love Kate’s enthusiasm for all things writing. Review/Interview Saturday, May 12 on Dead Houseplants I snorked my coffee when I *got* that blog title. Oh, how I relate. Guest Post Monday, May 12 on Just Deb Deb is a great supporter of children’s writers and is a writer herself. Interview on Wednesday, May 16 on Morgen Baily’s Writing Blog One stop shopping for reviews, interviews, guest posts, podcasts, flash fiction and more. And now to the Weekend Workout… I’m in this odd in between writings stage at the moment. I still have not finished my Character – Action Workout series, but...