Tag - Writing

New Year, New Home, New Goals

We’re finally in our house!

  • The Kitchen!
  • Dining Room!
  • Living Room!
  • Master Bedroom!
  • Ensuite!
  • Tupperware!

(Do you think I have enough Tupperware? Probably not…)

We moved in on December 30th, so we got to bring in the new year in our new home. I am currently writing this in my half-setup new office! Woo, first time home owning!

Anyway, now for something not as exciting… I failed at my 2015 goal of finishing a full first draft of a novel. I know, I know… LAME! But I did get further than I ever have before, so that’s something right?

But now it is 2016, and I am setting the bar even higher! (Then, even if I don’t reach it, I will probably get further than I did this year. That’s my problem… Not setting the bar high enough!) This year I am going to PUBLISH my first book. Crazy, I know. I’m going to dive right into The Tree of Eternity and get this book DONE. New year, new home, new (lofty) goals!

How am I going to do this? I’m going to write. And edit. And write. And edit. REPEAT. Until I am done. Then I am going to put it out into the world and see what happens. Oh, and start writing my next book (Which will be the first of a trilogy that I am super excited about!).
I better get to work!

What are your goals for 2016? Comment below so I can stay on your case 😛 (And please stay on mine!)

NaNoWriMo

Ack! I must write ALL THE WORDS!

NaNoWriMo

Day 14 of the A to Z Challenge is about National Novel Writing Month! (Click here for a list of all the topics)

As you may already know, I am currently participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. Which is basically the same as NaNoWriMo except I get to choose my own goal (25k words) and I can work on whatever I want (meaning it doesn’t have to be a brand new story which is good since this story already had about 10k words written before April 1st!) So, I am currently writing the rest of the first draft of Obsession. I really hope I can finish by the end of the month, but we shall see!

I first heard about NaNoWriMo on the third or fourth day of November in 2010 and right away started writing a novel. That novel (which only got to be about 25k) will NEVER see the light of day. It was horrible. But it was the furthest I had ever gotten writing a novel, so that was quite an accomplishment even if I didn’t reach 50k.

Since then I have participated every year, but only once have I won and it wasn’t a true win because I was a NaNo Rebel. I wrote back story, short stories, and character sketches for a novel I had started but never finished and managed to reach the goal of 50k words. That was in 2013 while I was also a full-time student. By the end of the month, I was so worn out that I felt like dying yet I then had to start studying for final exams!

I’ve also participated in almost every Camp NaNo since they begun! And I tend to do better with those. This probably has to do with the fact that I can set my own word count goal, but I think it is mostly because of the Cabin system. I have a few people that I am always in a cabin with (if they are participating that month) and we even have a thread on the forums each November for the main event. It is such a great community of people that participate in NaNoWriMo and it truly inspires me to write my butt off.

I don’t think I would have nearly as many incomplete first drafts if it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo! I know that sounds lame… Incomplete drafts… But an incomplete draft is better than no draft at all!

Here is too many more months of literary abandon! And too many more incomplete drafts (and hopefully a few completed ones!)

Writing Resource? Writing Excuses!

I already wrote about Brandon Sanderson, but I purposely left out the podcast he is a host on so that I could talk about it here!

Day 5 of the A to Z Challenge is about the podcast Writing Excuses! (click here for the full list of topics)

Writing Excuses

About three years ago, I discovered that Brandon Sanderson and two of his friends (Dan Wells and Howard Tayler) do a weekly podcast on writing. I was stoked but I didn’t want to just jump in in the middle, so I started at the very beginning and started my way through the 15 minute (or so) clips. They’re about everything from characterization to plotting vs. pantsing to conventions, and everything in between.

I am still behind. I know, I know. I really should catch up!

Now, they have added another host to the podcast, Mary Robinette Kowal, although I have not yet listened to many of the episodes with her yet. (Yes, I am that behind)

Basically, Writing Excuses is a great source of information and anecdotes from successfully published authors. And, not only that, but at the end of each episode (except in the first season), they say a writing prompt to get the listeners writing instead of just listening.

I also just really like their catch phrase…

Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.

Do you listen to Writing Excuses? Because you should!

What serial style writing resource do you go to for advice or inspiration? Leave a comment below!

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