My Cup (of Ideas) Overfloweth!

Rosalind AllenAnother month has begun, and I haven’t finished my Novella yet!  Eeek!  Not far off finishing though, just need to get them through the next part and then it is the end.  I have one beta reader / critiquer lined up already – if anyone else is interested in a 1920’s based Romance, please let me know.

NaNoWriMoAnd while it is October, planning is starting on my NaNoWriMo story.  NaNoWriMo?  National Novel Writing Month – it is the original 50k in 30 days challenge.  It is the northern hemisphere version of SoCNoC, and it is what conceived the original concept of SoCNoC.  So, I am writing another story, this time I have to crack the 50k word limit… Hmmm, could be interesting, as I haven’t been able to write 50k since 2011!  But I like a challenge.

And the ideas are just coming thick and fast!  I started writing a story year ago – I think it was not long after I originally finished the Chrystias story, about a Huntress.  She was kidnapped while out hunting one night.  While I liked the idea of her hunting, I wasn’t keen on the kidnapping thing, so another idea sprung up – which lead to another idea and another idea.  And now she is a half breed, rejected because of her deformity, which is actually what makes her really cool.  I would like to make this story a trilogy, so have to have plenty of action, but also finish the story with enough for a second one, but they are all stand alone.

Editing-wise I haven’t really got anything on the go, although I have Cursed Love going through the Critique group at the moment, and had some awesome feedback.  I love getting feedback, positive and negative.  Fortunately it has all been positive lately, which is great.

Its currently the school holidays, and I have this week to myself.  I am hoping to make productive use of my time and finish Whose That Girl this week so I can get editing on that in December, because then I have a couple of months to fix any problems and get my beta readers / critiquers to actually get their comments back to me.

So I guess I should be writing, and not mucking around on my blog…

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10 Day Writers Blogging Challenge – Day 6

10-day-write-blog-challenge-daily6Profile 4 Writing Websites / Blogs that you read regularly

Make this tougher by only profiling community or larger websites, dismissing blogs of your writer friends (only for now!). Profile websites that you get information from. For brownie points, add how you read them (feed reader, newsletter updates, emails, on-site?).

Hmmm, 4?  Bit of a push, but will see what I can find.  First the one I really love, and subscribe to is The Other Side of the Story  I get an email every day covering topics such as writing characters, learning new techniques, point of view etc.  I love this site because it sends me regular emails (about 3 a week) based on the blog that Janice Hardy has on her site.

I would be rather remiss to not mention KiwiWriters.  Have I mentioned before how much I LOVE KiwiWriters?  They have a fabulous new site, which has monthly writing challenges, blog posts from regular contributors, forums where people can connect up and they have a presence on facebook and twitter.  What more could a kiwi writer want?  I am the administrator of this site, so I get to see most of the content before it goes up  🙂

WoW or Women on Writing is another cool site with lots of interesting articles on writing and they have a facebook page with links to the articles they produce.  They also have competitions and interviews with other female writers.  I tend to follow this more through facebook than through any other feeds.

websitesThe last site I recommend is NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month (which is November).  The NaNo site gives you information on writing challenges coming up for the year, a forum for you to enter and discuss all sorts of writing conundrums, pep talks and just general socialness for writers during the month of November.  NaNo is something I intend to participate in this year, so only just recently signed up, but loving what I am seeing already.

So there are four sites I visit a lot about writing – but I also visit some other very interesting sites that may be of interest to you too:

ProWritingAid – this wonderful site helps you to analyse your work, find out where there are faults and just pick apart anything that needs to be picked apart (overuseage of certain words like was), uses of cliche’s, sentence length indicators, grammar.  Wonderful little site.

Storytoolz – a busy little site, that has also analyse your work, but on a more basic level.  Also has a plot generator, word count widgets and readability function.  Useful if you need another conflict to throw at a character.

If you are a NZ Historical writer, a wonderful resource is Papers Past.  I could live on this site permanently – I love the prose and the bias of the early journalists.  Just about every paper ever published in New Zealand has been scanned and uploaded to this site.  Lots of wonderful articles and news events to research here.

4!

One of my goals for the last couple of months has been to plot out a paranormal romance

story I have whizzing around in my head.  Well, I can tell you, there isn’t just one… There are  four, yes FOUR of the bloody things all vying for my attention.

So a couple of days ago, I got out one of my precious notebooks (remember, I’m a notebookaholic, and it hasn’t diminished one little bit!) and I started plotting out these 4 stories.  And so far, I have actually had some success.

They are tentatively titled “Curse”, “Shunned”, “Earth Spirit” and “Time Traveller”.  Doesn’t that just make the creative juices flow.  And yes, apart from Curse, I pretty much have the others plotted out and I suspect, if I put a little effort in, I could write one next month,  but that all depends on Christmas plans etc.

That is why I like SoCNoC, and NaNo,though I haven’t participated yet.  It is one month (30 days) of intense writing, a chance to focus and that is my goal for the month, to write. When I don’t have that pressure, I don’t feel the need to complete the story, and I hate it when I have a story that lingers (hence Bloody Gothic Novel).

So if anyone else is planning to write for a month in December or January, let me know, because I could certainly do with a writing buddy.  Failing that, I will just have to wait until June 2013.

Anyway, having the 4 stories out of my head hasn’t really helped.  I now have fragments of dialogue floating around now too, which is frustrating when you are trying to plot out one story and a piece of conversation floats in, so you turn to the story, write it down, then another piece comes to you, so you go to the story and write it down.  I guess the madness is slowly coming back, perhaps I will be writing in no time at all.

Doing 50k in a month

Some of my writer friends are stunned that I can write a novel in a month.  They don’t understand how I could do it.  I guess it is hard work, but it can be done.

I like to write, I love having the tight timeframe to work in also, and SoCNoC (or NaNoWriMo for the northern hemisphere) is a great opportunity to write solidly for a month.  Basically I have an idea that I want to work with anyway, and would have gone as far as to plan it out chapter by chapter and down as far as key scenes.

From there, it is a case of working out the numbers.

There are 30 days in June, if I am going to write every day, I need to write 1666.66 (or to make it easier 1667) words per day.  If I type 35 words per minute, I can type 2100 in an hour, so basically an hour a day of solid writing will accomplish this task (and if I do 2100 words per day for 30 days, I will have 63000 words.

But I have a son, two step sons, and a husband, so weekends are out.  And one of them is a long weekend for Queens Birthday weekend, and as it turns out, the Tuesday afterwards is teachers only day at school, so that is 10 whole days out of my schedule – Yeah nice aye!

So number crunching time again – 50k divided by 20 days = 2500 per day for the days that I can write.

OK, little more than an hours typing – but if you are passionate enough about the story, you will keep typing until you find a natural place to stop.

As of yet, I don’t really know what I am going to write… that is still to be decided, but whatever the decision, I will be looking forward to writing it.

Another reason I can do 50k in a month – most of the stories I write are fantasy based, I don’t have to worry too much about the location, the characters, the setting, themes etc.  If I was writing a historical novel, it is a different story, but I have recently blogged about this.

So writing 50,000 words in a month is achievable, it just takes discipline, courage and above all, a really good storyline!