Important Announcements


First of all I want to announce that I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNo for short). I was on the fence about it this year and was not sure if I had the time to dedicate myself to this venture.  Once I looked at how much time I spent on things like Twitter and other small sites, I realized that I could easily have the time to slap 1600 words a day on a page. After all,  it should not take more than two hours, Right?

I did participate in Show Me Your Lits this week.  It was great to have 90 minutes to write on a prompt and then read and do a quick critique of everyone’s work.  I ended up with a character sketch, more or less, of a man who lives in the darker side of life.  I’ll have to learn more about Nick and find more of his story.  I have a feeling that he will end up in Reform Row sometime soon.

I have only written about 500 words this week on Tyger’s Eye.  But I can catch up on 2500 words easily between tonight (no kids) and tomorrow. I have changed my mind on working on it the rest of the month.  Tyger’s Eye Will now be my NaNo project. Starting at 15,000 words I will be adding another  50,000 to it by the end of November. With that word count I should have the novel, if the word count was anything like Dragon Masque, by mid-December. Not sure if I will start on edits or continue with the series.  I will decided on that later.

“Find Him” will go back out today.  A few tweaks and I will try to find it a new home. 1 for #3ForMe for this week. I still have one submission out from last month.  2 rejections. 😀

I will post my #FridayFlash later today.  I think I will use my piece from Show Me Your Lits.  Make a few tweaks and then post it this afternoon.

My biggest announcement I have saved for last. Both of my boys are going to participate in the NaNo with me.   They have a young writers program and apparently some of my writing habits have rubbed off on them. We discussed things like characters, setting, time, plot and synopsis of a book. In fact, my oldest could not wait and started his last night! He was surprised at how quickly a notebook page was filled.  My youngest is taking a bit more time and doing an outline. I can already see the arguements:  what is better in writing? Pantsing or Outlining?

😀

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9 responses to “Important Announcements

    • Thanks Aaron. I think that boys realize that this is hard work, but so enjoyable. They both like to nit pick story lines so this is perfect!

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  1. WooHoo on all of the above.

    On the pantster thing…I’m a pantster on most stories but a planner on others, depending on how much world building is involved. So I guess it depends on the writers personality as well as the personality that the story has…and they DO take on a life of their own. lol

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    • I might have a set of things that must go on in the book, but I don’t always know how to get there. I tend to let the characters take their own path. It makes the journey of writing much more fun.

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  2. Hi Shadow, I am in the UK and hadn’t seen this advertised anywhere before. It’s a daunting task I don’t think I would manage 50,000 words in a month, it’s taken me ten years to write my first 2 novels! But I take my hat of to you and anyone taking part, best of luck.

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    • Well, it’s not really about the word count, but about getting words on the pages. It’s about several writers all over the world sharing experiences and cheering each other on. I probably will not make that 50,000 but I will hit quite a bit of it. That is what counts, why not sign up? At least get a taste of it. It is alarmingly fun! lol

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  3. I’m glad to hear that you and your boys will be participating in Nanowrimo. I’m looking forward to it too. I’ll be sure to encourage y’all along on Twitter. 🙂

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