“The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.” -Nolan Bushnell
Need a gift idea for a writing friend, or perhaps you want to treat yourself to something special? I’m getting myself in the holiday spirit (and I want to continue to do my part in Paying it Forward) by donating my time to hard working writers everywhere. For the months of December and January, I will be offering 4,000 words worth of story consultation and/or editing for free. It doesn’t matter if you are already a current client of mine, or someone who wants to try me out for the first time. Just fill out the form below to ask for your 4,000 words for free, or send me the name and email address of the person (in the ‘This is a gift for…” box) you want to gift the 4,000 words to.
It’s December! Already? Where did November go? It might be that I was so busy writing I just didn’t notice the time passing, or perhaps someone sped up time with a mysterious blue box and forgot to send me a message. Who knows. All I know is it went by way too fast, but even despite the speed in which thirty days flew by, I still managed to reach my NaNoWriMo goals. Well mostly.
At the end of October, I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo unofficially because I needed to bridge a huge gap in my third draft. To make a long (and boring) story short, I ended up cutting out about three quarters of Blood Feud (moving the cut parts to books 2 and 3) and adding back in seventeen chapters worth of information. I did this massive change after a lot of consideration, and wonderfully, brutally honest input from a few of my beta readers. I did this in the hopes to slow the story down and give the characters a chance to grow more fully. I think it boiled down to me trying to rush the story in my anxiousness to get it all down, but at least the sequels (books 2 and 3) to Blood Feud are practically written already. Well mostly. Ha ha ha… Anyways, that was my goal for NaNoWriMo to finish bridging that gap.
I am sick as a sewer rat so this week's update is going to be brief.
I've touched on this topic in previous posts, such as The Importance of Being Beta and Where Is The Love?, but I'll say it again. It really behooves you to participate in the writing community. Writers have a great sense of paying it forward.
This is a subject I haven’t talked about much lately, but it’s certainly been on my mind as I work through the third draft of Blood Feud. The twists and turns my story takes sometimes even baffles me. I then wonder if that’s a good thing. Maybe this story is getting too complicated, or maybe I just haven’t thought things through enough. So then I go back to the drawing board to see how to untangle the twisty plot strings, and hope I don’t make an even bigger mess. Sound familiar?
It’s the time of year when the weather gets cold, the days get shorter, and the leaves become a brilliance of color. It’s a time of pumpkin carving, hot chocolate, and ghost stories. And it’s also time for NaNoWriMo to begin again.
I’ve been taking part in NaNoWriMo on an unofficial capacity for the last four years. I say unofficial, because I don’t follow the regular rules of NaNoWriMo, which requires a newly plotted novel to write on. I usually use pieces of work I already have in progress. For one year I wrote on four different short stories I had in the works. The other two years I worked on already started novels. This year I will be working on completing the third draft of my novel Blood Feud.
A catchy tile isn’t it? How to get your work rejected. It’s a great way to get a writer’s attention, and it certainly got mine as I checked the list of panels Context offered this year. I knew right away that if I didn’t attend any other panels (and I didn’t, ran out of time), this was the one I wanted to do. Sure I’ve had my fair share of rejection letters. What writer hasn’t? It’s the accepted gauntlet all writers must endure as a rite of passage. Mostly, I wanted to attend to see if science fiction writer Jack McDevitt had anything new to say that I hadn’t already gleaned from the stack of rejections letters I’ve managed to accumulate over the last few years. I’m happy to say, this panel didn’t disappoint. It gave a lot of useful information, which I am now passing on to you. Enjoy.