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A New Novel Approach

How are you doing? What have you been up to this month? I’ve been working on a novel and I feel like I’ve established how I’ll be writing novels, or at least the next few, when I’m free falling without an outline.

This month for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m working on a new novel. Camp NaNoWriMo is a challenge that happens in April and July. You set your own goals, whether it’s page number, word count, or hours written. And you can work on whatever project you want. It’s the much more laid back version of NaNo. And since I could make any goal I wanted, I decided to see if I could push it to 70k.

Seventy. Thousand. Words.

In one month.

I am often a very optimistic lady. And I like to stretch myself with my goals. I like to make things challenging. I like to try hard to get there. If I don’t make it, I’ll end up with a nice clutch of words regardless. That’s how I’ve looked at this challenge.

I wanted to write two novellas in April. One for Blood Roses and the other was going to be an erotica based off of the short story I started on here, but didn’t finish Just One Night. Two stories that I had good ideas for that would be relatively “easy” to write, which is why I decided to just discovery write them.

Meanwhile, the story decided to morph and shift into something that I didn’t even know was brewing up there! It’s a fun one. I’m having such a good time writing it. I’m tapping into ideas that I haven’t explored before, but that I’ve been interested in. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

That’s not to say that I’m giving up on Blood Roses and Honeysuckles or the the cozy mystery. Not at all. The plan now is to publish the three of them by the end of the year.

So keep on a lookout for those updates.

Like I said, this month, I’ve been working on the new story, which has shaped into more of a thriller than a cozy. I’m totally discovery writing it. I wanted to have freedom for it to go any way possible and to see what would happen. I didn’t want to be hindered by any expectations for the story.

What I typically do, when I’m writing a story this way, I’ll start the story and do a lot of word sprints. I’m writing down the first ideas that I have, learning my MC as I go along.

After I write a few chapters, generally speaking, my brain will start to throw scenes that are out of order. Ideas that do not fit yet, but are intriguing. I write them all down. I use Scrivener, so I can move the ideas around. I have a file that I’ve called “Spare Scenes.” That’s the catch-all shop where I put all of those spare ideas.

As I’m writings, I often have questions that I need to answer so that the story will make more sense. Those questions, I type in the document and make them red and increase their font. At some point, I take all of those ideas and add them to a different file. I labeled that: RED Questions. I paste them into the file and then I add which chapter I pulled it from so that I can go back to look at the context. With these questions, I’m able to figure out what I need to research, what isn’t work, what I need to build up in the beginning so I can give my readers a good path to follow.

After I’d written about 15k words, I moved things around so that I could

Then I’ve been having chatting sessions with my Mathmagician. I told him the story because telling the story out loud helped me to hear what I missing. It also helped me to know what I really enjoyed. And this book discusses cryptocurrency, so I talked to him about that aspect and what I need to research. It’s really helpful to know what I don’t know.  Does that make sense?

Like I said, this month, I’ve spent a lot of time doing writing sprints. I’ve also been hosting them on my channel where I’ve co-hostd with a friend. The last one will be this Thursday 4/26  at 7 p.m. EDT on my channel. Below are the videos that I’ve already hosted. You can retroactively write with us.

With Amber Craft:

With Alina Popescu:

With Clare Kauter: 

This first week of Camp NaNo went by like a flash for me. I started off with a bang, but then health-related issues popped up and I wasn’t able to write as much and be as productive as I wanted to be. I had to remind myself that I can’t measure my progress and my health by other people’s standards.

This was my latest vlog for Week 2. I talk about my writing process, I ask you a few questions, and I added some fun edits that do include flashing lights. If you’re sensitive to that, you may want to skip the library section of the video.

 

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Thanks so much for spending some time with me. I’ll be posting more often, now that I’ve moved my blog and I can actually access it.

 

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month? Or are you working on something? Let me know in the comments.

 

Aloha y’all!

 

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When Procrastination Strikes–the NaNoWriMo story

I haven’t told you guys much about my NaNoWriMo manuscript, because it’s been collecting proverbial dust. Can Microsoft Word docs collect dust? Would it be a dustbyte? (You know, like a terabyte, or some other kinda byte…right?)

(Oh man, the jokes just get worse people. That’s why I generally write things that make people cry or creep them out.)

I figured it was about time for me to bring it up again. I can’t go on pretending like it didn’t happen. Or that I forget about it. That’s the thing about procrastination, you do other things, EXCEPT for the thing that you really want/should to do. Instead you’re doing the other things. Maybe the reluctance is out of fear, confusion, anxiety or just plain orneriness. While you’re doing those other things that you’ve decided have “priority” like cleaning out the fridge or watching that marathon of The Big Bang Theory…you’re still thinking about the thing that you’re avoiding. At least that’s how it works with my treacherous brain. Those of you have that ability to just totally push it out of your mind, I salute you. ::tips hat:: And I ask that you teach me your ways.

Please? I’ve got wine. And cookies. (Procrastinators love wine and cookies.)

You know how you do something silly? And you record it and you put it on YouTube? And then you’re all like, “Whatever, YOLO.” And then you immediately think, “Oh hell, I’m glad I only thought YOLO and didn’t say it out loud.” And then you say it to your boyfriend while making stupid hand gestures, because it gets on his nerves and YOLO?

No?

Ok cool.

Asking for a friend.

Here’s my latest video where I talk about this manuscript. I think I’m over procrastinating now. Plus I have a dandy new shirt.

Is there something that you’ve been putting off for a while that you’re taking on in this new year? Let me know in the comments!

 

Aloha y’all! 

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Reflections in writing

Here’s the thing about writing that no one tells you: It’s as emotionally taxing as it is rewarding. When things are going well, you feel like you can soar. Your words are unstoppable locomotives into the imagination, your reader’s mind the station where your ideas are headed. Those days are brilliantly intoxicating, keeping the writer going and sustaining us like life’s breath.

Then there’s those other days.

When the words are terrible. They’re the train that was derailed and broken on the of the tracks, rusting in the hot, unforgiving sun. They have not only destroyed the (potential) reader’s mind landscape, but the writer’s as well. Every single one of those words count. They have meaning and impact. They’re a piece of the writer that has been shined up and offered. When the writer feels the piece is horrible, that’s when those bad feelings happen.

So I made a vlog about it. I talked about how I was feeling- I was in the mud of it guys. The terrible feelings were welling up inside of me and I couldn’t be as bright and happy as I try to be. I like to give a happy light to writers (and readers) who check out my videos, in hopes that the light will make their day brighter.

But this day, my light was burnt out.

However, with the mercurial nature of the writer, that stuff can change in an instant. Or at least with me, it was in a 30 minute word sprint after the #writestuff TweetChat. Suddenly, something *clicked*. Words fell into place. And my light was back. (It doesn’t take much people. Just a breakthrough of mammoth proportions in the form of less than 500 words.)

That’s it you guys. The journey of a writer’s emotions in two short videos. I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments if you can relate.

 

Aloha y’all! 

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