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Can WriMo, Has November

Writing Pants CoverBe prepared for NaNoWriMo!

Part of my regular writing routine is the National Novel Writing Month.  I talk about it quite a bit.  My novel, Stealing the Wolf Prince, is a 2006 NaNoWriMo winner.  Traditionally, people start to prepare for this breakneck approach to writing a novel in October.  I’m no exception.

It took me two years to win NaNoWriMo and this article, available on Amazon starting October 1st, is the tale of how I overcame my inner editor and personal stumbling blocks to earn the title novelist.  Novel writing is not for the feint of heart.

Writing by the Seat of Your Pants was previously published in Art & Prose Ezine.

Add it to your GoodReads list here!

Sweet Justice

Sweet JusticeExclusive Sneak Peak!

I know I promised a peak at Kiss from the Deep but a publisher I’ve been keeping an eye on has a submission call for super hero stories.  So I’m dusting off Sweet Justice for editing.

I wrote Sweet Justice for the National Novel Writing Month in 2013 and to the let you see the mock cover I made using stock images and the Amazon KDP cover creator.

Blurb:

Between secretly spying on her employer, heavy office flirtations with the mail clerk, and an unhealthy obsession with super hero news, Justice thought that things were finally going her way. As the ChemPharm research facility exploded and demolished months of undercover work, Justice took some comfort in the arms of Ultraman as he whisked her away from the blast.

When a drunken midnight calling card meant for Ultraman attracted Blaze instead, Justice has the chance to tell off the lab saboteur. Only instead of searing jibes and insults, sparks start to fly between Blaze and Justice and his abrupt departure leaves her confused and angry.

Will Justice be able to pick up the pieces of her destroyed project? Will Justice have to choose between the super hero and his arch nemesis? And what about the mail clerk who fills out his dress shirts just right?

Read the opening excerpt:

Continue reading “Sweet Justice”

Dusting off An Old Draft

First Draft Kiss from the DeeKiss from the Deep

In 2011, I won NaNoWriMo with Kiss from the Deep, an urban fantasy romance.  Like all my drafts it went into hibernation for a bit and I got it out last week.  I’ve since read the entire MS, made notes, stuck post-its, scratched my head, and formed a game plan.

My goal is to get the novel all cleaned up to find a publisher before the end of the year.  I think with my current schedule that’s something I can accomplish.  Stealing the Wolf Prince is still being edited so that will be a priority, and I do intend to attempt NaNoWriMo again this fall, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t aim high and torture myself.

I hope you all have a great weekend, hopefully next week and can share chapter one.

NaNoWriMo Winner Goodies

One of the things that I always enjoy browsing is the Winner Goodies offered by sponsors of the National Novel Writing Month.  Last year I took advantage of the discount on Scrivener after my win. This year I was really looking forward to the book analysis offered through The Book Genome Project.

I submitted Stealing the Wolf Prince, my 2006 winner.

 

My book is classified as an EDBK:

One of the most prevalent personalities, EDBKs are found mostly in fiction. They appear most often in Mystery, Thrillers, and Romance. These works place a premium on plot and character development, and engage readers with their easy use of dialog. They tend to use rich descriptive passages, and their text is welcoming and easy to consume. They strive to engage the reader early, and keep their characters active and moving.

 

(E)xpressive: Your book contains more dialog between two or more characters than most books. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an example of an Expressive writing persona.

(D)escriptive: Your book in very descriptive, more so than the average. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy is another example of a Descriptive writing persona.

(B)reezy: Your language tends to be easier to read and more straightforward than average. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is an example of a Breezy writing persona.

(K)inetic: Your book contains more physical motion than most books. The Lost World by Michael Crichton is an example of a Kinetic writing persona.

I can get a more in depth analysis if I want to spend the money but I’m happy with my free report for now.  Back to writing for me!    I have a short story to finish.

NaNoWriMo WIN

 

I took the day off from work to finish this year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’m sure glad that I did because I had gotten a little bit behind with some family emergencies and holiday fun thrown in for spice this November.  But Sweet Justice is written!  Now to let it sit.  I have some short story ideas I wanted to explore and I think that will be a great way to keep writing but not committing to anything major.  I’d like to keep things light this December.  I have gifts to knit for little people.  As with every year, I’M SO GLAD TO BE DONE!  And I look forward to it again next year.NaNoWriMo WINCamp NaNoWriMo runs a couple times in the summer.  I’ve never participated.  Perhaps I will in 2014?  Totally depends on my schedule at the time.  After writing 8k words today, the 5 day novel doesn’t sounds so absurd either  *kicks self*

Week Two

I’ve made it through week one and I’m right where I need to be as far on words.  Week two is where I really start to doubt myself.  At this very moment I am thinking that I might not have enough story to make it to 50k.  I’m also thinking that my premise it too weak or my characters are lame…  You name it, it’s probably rolling around in my brain.  Week two is about determination, more than any other week I think.  I have to get out of my brain as much as possible and just write.  I might see if I can find some writing sprints to participate in.  Those always help.  Remember, NaNoWriMo is meant to help you get a rough draft, not a polished prize winning novel.  🙂

Productive Weekend

As of last night, my NaNoWriMo novel hit 6k words.  I managed 2k words a day, not a bad start.  I know that there is a least one NaNoWriMo participant who has already reached 50k and that’s just nuts.  In fact, there is another challenge that I recently learned about a competition called The Five Day Novel.  Now, I like a challenge but even I am not that crazy.  I’ll stick with a 30 day novel, thank you!

Day One

Today marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month.  Although I know some people have already been writing since midnight, their time, I am not one of those folks.  I have a day job and kids.  I’ll be writing this evening and hope to get about two thousand words.  Like most people in the beginning of this craziness, I’m going to try to write as much as possible so that when mid month hits and I get the blahs I have a cushion.  I’m also hoping my outline helps me.

Good luck to all my fellow participants!  Keep track of my progress by checking out my NaNoWriMo page or just glancing at the word widget on the right.  🙂

Hello Sweet Justice

 

scrivener corkboard screenprintSo, this is my novel as it was outlined and input into Scrivener.  It’s hard to believe that those 17 note cards will get me to 50 thousand words by the end of next month.  I wouldn’t be surprises as things evolve, the number of chapters increases.  I’m sure that some of the characters will develop a mind of their own.  They always do.   But if I stick to this game plan or keep  it as current as I can, I’m pretty sure I can rock this out with minimal head desking.

I added the word count widget from the NaNoWriMo website to the right, so you can check my progress any time.  I’ll try to blog as often as I can.   4 more days!

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