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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!

The NaNoWriMo Game Plan

NaNoWriMo starts in less than two weeks!

To prepare, I’ve created an outline using Holly Lisle’s Professional Plot Outline course, available for $.99.  Since I’ve never actually outlined, I figured I would consult an expert resource.  Now I have my whole novel plotted out, down to the scene, from beginning to end.  The course even pushed my ideas further than originally anticipated to new and fun plot devices.  I am hoping that a complete outline will prevent writers block and keep me on track the whole month.

The next step, I will be adding all my scenes from the outline and sticking them into Scrivener.  I bought Scrivener last year after my NaNoWriMo win with my winner’s discount and promptly forgot about it.  A writer friend, Jonathan Fesmire, mentioned he enjoys the program so I watched the start up video and updated my program.  Scrivener has this neat note card feature I can put all my plot points into.  So where ever I pick up writing, I’ll know where I am and where I’m going.  I could probably write the novel backwards, but I’m not that masochistic.

I will also be using the ‘research’ file system where Scrivener saves your files/images/sound bites IN SCRIVENER.  So it’s all at my finger tips when ever I need it.  I will be using this Character Chart for Fiction Writers to really flesh out my characters.  It’s seven pages long and asks for things I don’t normally think about.  It will stay right next to my writing and I can pull it up with a click or I can even use the two pane option and write while looking at it.  This way, my characters wont have eyes that change color through out the book.  My previous method of keeping a notebook isn’t ideal for me.

That’s the game plan so far.  For being a pantser in the past, I feel that’s pretty good.  If you are participating in the NaNoWriMo, what are you doing to prepare?

Review: Symphony of Light and Winter

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Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason.

Erotic Romance Novel

I had the honor of reading this book before it was published and I knew that it would see print by chapter one alone.  I was attracted to this book because of it’s title since I am a reformed band geek and the subject matter did not disappoint.  This is listed as an erotic romance novel for a reason, the heat gets cranked up fast.

Linden hadn’t seen Cyril in ten years but when he walks back into her life again under the guise of a potential patron for the symphony, sparks begin to fly.  The hitch is that Linden thought Cyril was dead and he has no memory of what happened and thinks she stole something very valuable.  

I’m pretty good at guessing the ending or guessing the next plot twist and every time I thought I had things nailed down, I was proven wrong.  This whole novel kept me guessing form beginning to end.  That’s a rare thing indeed.

I highly recommend you buy a copy of this book if you like paranormal romance.  You will not be sorry.  If you don’t believe me, just check out the star rating on Amazon.  I am not alone in my opinion!

Countdown to NaNoWriMo!

2013-Participant-Square-Button It’s October so the countdown to NaNoWriMo has officially begun!  The NaNoWriMo website has been revamped, the new web badges are out, and people are flooding  back to the WriMo forums.

This year, I will be writing a contemporary sci-fi romance novel called “Sweet Justice”.  I’ve had the idea for a while now and I’ve been working on outlining it mentally for over a year.  Now, I’m working on outlining in a more fixed form, I’ve got myself a bullet point list of events.  Start to finish.  I feel all organized…

Since I’ve been writing nothing but fantasy romance, I decided to mix things up a bit with modern day super heroes, arch villains, and a damsel capable of fending for herself.  No distress here.  Should be fun to see my heroine struggle between THREE love interests!  Mwa ha ha!

And behold, I have written a 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?

Tell Me My Fortune

IMG_0794[1]My husband and I enjoy Thai take out almost every Friday night.  They always throw in fortune cookies along side the napkins and forks.  I very rarely eat fortune cookies.  The few that I even bothered to crack open normally have some silly phrase that we jokingly add ‘in bed’ to the end.  Now I suppose that could be said about the fortunes I have pictured to the left but they mean a tad more to me.

The fortune on the top reads ‘You will obtain your goal if you maintain your course’ and I received this right about the time I decided to seriously consider publication for my novel.  I was in full edit mode and getting frustrated and questioning everything I was doing. This came at just the right time to seal my conviction.  I thought that it was very fitting so I kept it at my desk and I refer to it when I’m frustrated.

Just this past weekend, I cracked open another cookie and received the fortune on the bottom which reads ‘Your fondest dream will come true within the year’.  That’s rather specific and again right on target with what I am trying to do.  I am trying to get my novel published and I guess you could categorize it as my fondest dream.  I used to think that I was a patient person but I’ve never had to wait to hear from publishers before.  It’s almost torture.  So this fortune came at just the right time to soothe my nerves and reassure me.  It now keeps my first fortune company at my desk.

I hope that it’s true, although I know that they are random.  They arrived right when I needed them, lets hope that they are correct.  I look forward to seeing my novel in print.

Or winning big in the lottery.  That’s my fondest dream too.

One Outlining Method

A friend of mine found a method for plot outlining a novel called The Snowflake Method.  You basically take one concept and expand upon it until you have a whole novel charted out.  It’s a concept that I never thought of before and I thought to myself, that’s nice but I don’t think I can use that based on my current creative process.  There is no one method that works for everyone and that is just fine.

I found myself with some downtime and decided to nail down certain things in Northam, the fantasy world my current works take place.  Things are getting too long and complicated to rely on going back and looking so I started an outline of how magic worked in my setting.  I started with the broadest concept of magic and started to break it down into its many points, adding types of caster, types of magic, sub types of magic, etc.  I’m not going to tell you what I devised, you will have to read my novels to figure that out, but when it was done I realized that I had used the Snowflake Method.

I guess without even realizing it, something I had read about maybe a month ago was still rolling around in my brain and I found a practical application for it.  Since most of my story ideas originate from dreams I’ve had, I am not certain it will work for plotting but it has other application.  I’m sure that I can use the technique for outlining other things in the setting.

So I thought that I’d share the article I found in hopes that you can find use for it.  Like I said, not every method works for everyone but knowing your options will help you devise the method that works best for you.

My Pinterest

I’ve purposely avoided Pinterest since all I heard about it was how it sucked hours of people’s lived away.  By that description, it’s a very scary thing and I didn’t need to risk my time.  A good friend of mine, Renea Mason, who has a very smexy new book out right now that I highly recommend, pointed out that one might be able to use Pinterest as an inspiration board.  

So I’ve done just that, I’ve created boards for every story I plan to write.  Some are finished and seeking publication, some are nothing more than a vague idea I dreamed up.  (Literally.)  Feel free to check out my boards, 😉  I don’t have boards for every idea , just the ones that I found images for.  The boards will expand as I find more appropriate pictures.  

I hope I don’t get sucked into some time vacuum and wake up decades later…

Already Planning for November

So, I am already planning for the NaNoWriMo in November.  Even though I will have an eight month old baby, I’m going to try!  I was originally going to pass this year but I’m so used to participating that it would feel wrong not to try.  We’ll see how well I do in a few months.

I’m going to be writing a story idea that I got from a dream I had about a woman who falls in love with the super villain on accident.  I’m not going to into to much depth right now, it’s only the beginning of September, I’ve got some time.  There will of course be a few plot twists and nothing will be as it seems.

If you’ve been with me a while,  you know that I’m a pantser.  What’s that?  I write by the seat of my pants.  😉  But this year, since I know I’ll have distractions, what with my little ones, I’m working on an outline.  *gasp*  It’s only 74 degrees in Hell today.  😉  Yes, an outline.  The mere act of writing down my events had actually helped me add depth to my characters.  Can’t all be that bad then huh?

I’m hoping with an outline, it will help me keep on task and give me a better chance at completing the competition.  I like winning the NaNoWriMo.  It makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.  I’ll be getting most of my words in on the weekend and I’ll need a clear vision as to where I need to go.

I’ve also been doing ‘research’ and watching super hero movies a lot.  My favorite so far is Mega Mind but I’ve watched the new and shiny and the old and campy.  No cape will go unfurled, no mask unsecured.   😉  All for the love of writing.

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