Looking Ahead

NanoWrimo is over. Do not get hung up on whether you “won” but instead take the time to celebrate the effort.

For me, November’s event was about adding fresh words and perspective to an existing work. It was also about shaking off my non-writing funk and jumping back on the writing/editing horse. Like school, writing is one of those things, that can be kind of hard to focus on when dealing with the daily hustle and bustle of work and family life. NanoWrimo provided the opportunity for me to reinvigorate my passion for writing words.

I hope this same passion was reawakened in you.

Looking ahead, my new goal is to have revision for this book done by January 1st. Yes, I am solidifying a date in hopes it will help me from dragging along.

Things I learned from NanoWrimo this year included:
1. Revisions done in different locations can offer a needed boost.
2. Writing partners are key to my motivation.
3. I have so many ideas and stories to share, that I really want to develop a better way to manage all the crazy in my head:)

What did you learn from Nano?

Looking to the Future

I did not win at Camp Nanowrimo.

It’s not like I went in thinking I was going to win (okay maybe a little) but the more practical side knew better. My practical side recognized that I had recently started an internship while embarking on my final class. My practical side recognized that I had kids starting school, household obligations, and when it came down to it my internship was tiring me out (in a good way). So I got some writing done but I did not win.

But, its okay. It was actually eye opening.

What I lacked in the expected word count, I made up for in finding was to get re-energized and re-focused on my writing ambitions. I read as much as a could, I chatted with some great cabin mates, and got to craft the beginning of a great story. But the biggest thing I learned was not to give up and that writing is a long process.

So with this revelation in mind, I am now back to the story I feel like I have been revising forever – my NA SciFi piece. Why? Because I really love this story and we are not done yet. I want to get this story in fighting shape and send it out so it can truly be a contender. Thus, it will be my major September project – Cycles – The Revisions.

In the mean time, I plan to rest! I am officially finished with my program and now have an MPH! I am going to eat, read my friend’s blogs, drink, watch tons of TV, and read things on my nook. Then in September, I start the word war again.

What are your future writing plans?

February Goals: The End!

Earlier this month I set several goals in regards to a book I was revising. Without further ado, here is how it turned out:

  1. Wrote 4381/6000 new words. I originally set a goal of 6,000 new words thinking that would be needed for my story. Well after deleting, character development, and world building I came in under 6K words – and I’m fine with that. I never wanted to push the words and I feel comfortable with where my story is.
  2. Researched agents for query. I followed #MSWL on Twitter and that was super helpful. I am eager to begin the process sometime in March.
  3. Send novel to Betas/CP. It is going out today!!! Can you envision me doing my happy dance:)

I hope you all were able to reach your goals in February. I am looking forward to drafting a new project in March, so don’t forget to check in on me!

Revisions: Knowing When To Stop

I simply got tired of looking at my book. I kept looking at the words and waiting for some situation to present itself (or some character to whisper in my ear) – and nothing happened. That is when I knew there was nothing else for me to do.

I feel that we often keep writing and force ourselves to write things that are not good. These words add nothing to the story and are just things that will get cut because they confuse the story or simply just weigh things down. It’s easy when trying to obtain certain word counts to try to push ourselves and add things that are not organic to the story we are telling. If you are not writing a love story, don’t try to force a kissing scene on the reader out of the blue. I mean does this even fit with your high energy police drama!

After examining each chapter and looking at each character, my story told me it was time to let go. It’s at this stage of revisions where you release it to other eyes. From there you make changes and then after reconciling all viewpoints, take comfort into sending it out into the world.

Good luck on your writing journeys:)

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