Saturday, 29 December 2012

Editing my novel

Hello lovely readers,

It's been awhile, and in that time, I've been editing my novel.
 (Well as much as time allows for.) For the first time in the making of albatross, I'm using a plot chart. And it's for the edit. It helped me pick out mean little plot wholes from the Alligator's mouth. So far I've found that  my main character has to find out my other main character's a murderer earlier on in the story, and I need to further develop a couple of character relationships. You might think that's characterization, but if I don't fix these issues the plot is all weird so really it's plot doctoring.

I've also found that wearing black snake skin print heels (fioni) help me write. Rather, they make me feel like I am ready to write. It's like wearing your favorite shirt or watching a good episode of star trek can make you feel good and empowered. Boom; my heels. And my tight jeans.

Well, that's all I've got write now >:D

Friday, 30 November 2012

Nanowrimo-The final day, waiting for my best friend to finish

Dear lovely Readers,

This is or was the final day of nano, depending on where you are. While I've already finished, I am now waiting for my best friend to finish up. I know she can do it! and I know I'll be up until 12 A.M. waiting and keeping tabs on her progress.

Congrats to everyone who has finished! I'm mentally high-fiving you!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

NaNoWriMo- Day 25, The type up and finish

Dear Lovely Readers,

Last night, at 8:32 pm, I finished writing my novel.
Am I done yet, though? No. I'm not. The work is not over until the write-up becomes the time up and the words are in for the count.
However, last night, holding the end in my hands, I felt elated. Also, kind of like, I couldn't believe these past days seem like forever, and that they were really so short. Then it was like, well I'm glad I'm not actually done until I actually publish my novel, which involves months of editing. :) I don't want to be done in the land of Albatross just yet^^

Before the month started, during the prep period,  I read up a bunch of articles on how to go about doing NaNoWriMo, what kind of prep work should be done, what are the benefits of doing NaNoWriMo, and all of that. If I could pick out 3 things to say I've learned from this experience,they would be:
1. To trust myself as a writer
2. Commitment
3. and lastly,  I've learned a lot about my writing styles. For example, I have a tendency to develop minor background details, then dash into extravagant in the moment details.

Being my first year, I don't have a whole lot to say for pearls of wisdom, but there's something I read in one of those articles which was 'Write the story you would want to read,' that I think is a good start! Also, I'd tell the newer wrimos to experiment, invent, and destroy. (EID) Ha, look at me trying to come up with a fancy acronym for something I totally just made up on the spot!~  Back to that, though. Experiment with your characters, invent a full profile for them, and if they aren't working out, destroy or change the parts you can't stand about them. (You don't have to edit parts to do this. I didn't.) My playwriting teacher calls this 'Transformation."

Yeah, you know, I think I'm going to do this again next year. In the meantime, I've got more work to do!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

NaNoWriMo-Day 20, Finding my end, and the last 11 days

Dear Lovely readers,

Right now I'm feeling a mixed feeling kind of shape or collection or something of fear, pressure and excitement.Wait- Isn't that called...Nope, had it, but I lost it. Now sitting at 40,132 words and 11 days left.

Tonight, this very night; This wonderfully raining, lightning zapped black abyss staring in at me from outside my window;  I finally figured out exactly how my novel is going to end. I found out the final connection of my characters, and my final sequence of events that make you go' well, that escalated quickly.' At the same time they fit. Surprise! :D one of my characters is a murderer! :D Isn't that great? Ha. Bad, twisted joke there, sorry^^'

Yeah, so, ouch-11 days left. This brilliant pain in the ass ending, and 11 days to get to 50,000 words, but guys even though my initial goal was 50,000 words, I just want to finish. I want to end it, and be like YES! and be satisfied when that 11th day comes. That's my fear-Can I finish it? The next things that have to happen in sequence are about a page each, the next three things anyway. The ultrasound with one of my characters, more creepy poltergeist moves, and a huge state of confession.

But, I need to! that means, watch me and quote me, every spare moment, I will be writing. Creating. Determining the futures of my little creatures I am god to and so yeah-
back to writing, it is!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

NaNo Day 14, the skipping past of 25,000 words

Dear Lovely Readers,

I haven't been allowed much of a time slot to write in this blog, so-here's some maintenance work.
3 days ago, on day 11, I succeeded the 25 k mark. Half way through the word count!
Everyone who is right there with me, or already past that and further, Good Job you guys!

In reflection; (In regards to the 25,000 words.)...

I remember the planning stages, 14 days before we all got to writing, and I was worried about all these tiny details- Yes, it helps to have those little details at hand, but also, I've found it's a lot more fun to come up with aspects of your story on the spot. You know, leave it to the moment kind of idea.
     I remember day 1, thinking 'Oh yeah man, I did it. I did my 1667 words. eat that.' Then, I came back to it the next day, and the next day after that. With over 6000 words, and the biggest surprise to me was whereas I didn't really know where I would be right now-and still don't- the beginning was the easiest part, and now as I'm in the middle, I'm just thinking of the ending.
     The first thing I'm proud of myself for in regards to where I am sitting now, it's that I'm still in this. I know it's Day 14 right now, and tomorrow my world could crash when I attempt to write the next word, and I can't do it- as tomorrow is the official month half-way mark- BUT, I've stuck with it. I've done it routinely, and keeping a consistent routine can be something that's really difficult for me.

As for today,

My grand, superior hope is to proudly climb the summit to 32,000 words. I'm sitting at just a few hundred after 29,000, so approx. 3000 words today. I'm starting now.

Ok, bye guys, have a good day and thanks for reading!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

NaNoWriMo- 11 days in

Dear lovely readers,

How is everyone?
First off, I want to apologize that most of these little blog entries aren't as substantial as maybe they should be. (Don't always have a lot to do with NaNoWriMo, etc.) From now on, I'm going to do my best to bring them back to the central topic, and then, if there's enough time, the extras.

Today is day 11, and I'm celebrating this 11th day with a mandarin orange, tea and more writing. This morning I went back and read the first three paragraphs I had written what feels longer than 10 days ago. (Don't worry, I didn't edit, although I was really tempted to!) I started 15 minutes ago, and have only written 251 words so far, but tonight I'm going to do the unthinkable I think and write at least 3000 words. But first, I'm going to re-read some auto summarized bits of my story on word, and relocate the direction my novel is actually going in. I'm a tad lost right now, I'm not going to lie.

Well, I haven't been using a flash drive to save so far, but that's got to change because my laptop just doesn't have the mental capacity to keep saving so much. It's not doing so well, it's gotten slow. This is entirely problematic. So tomorrow, I'm going to see my brother-My second family computer genius- and see if I can borrow one from him. Some of you might have panicked at the first statement^^' Worry not, I've been consistently emailing myself the attachment of my novel. Every night.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

NaNoWriMo- Day 9 post-

Good evening, or morning, or afternoon lovely readers,
How's it going?

So, it's day 9, DAY 9. Leaving, approx. 21 more days to finish writing a novel draft. It's almost crazy to think about. The whole month of writing seemed crazy, actually- That's gotta be half of the reason I'm doing this, lol. Here I sit, with my tea, and my cat.