Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Unfortunately, I have lost the text file due to a computer crash, but I am lucky enough to have a printed copy. My plan now is to spend some time re-typing the manuscript back into the computer. While I'm typing I hope that inspiration will strike and I'll do some editing at the same time. This is all new to me, and I hope I'm going to learn how to edit as I go through this process. If I ever hope to have a finished novel, I must do this.
A little on the novel. The novel was inspired by the song "The Old Apartment" by The Barenaked Ladies. I just love the lyrics, as they tell a story themselves. I find music to be a great inspiration for writing and I usually have a certain playlist that I use for each NaNo novel that I write. I'll publish my 2005 list tomorrow so you all can see where my musical mind was in November of 2005. Until tomorrow, check out the Barenaked Ladies video below.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I knew this would happen sooner or later. I can no longer complete a NaNoWriMo writing session and I think I know why.
This past June I attempted Camp NaNo with some of my writer friends. I could only get 15,000 words out before I just plum gave up. Camp NaNoWriMo is held in June or August and is the smaller cousin of NaNoWriMo held in November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month. It is suppose to be a fun way to get a novel (or novella if you are counting words) out of the writer's head and on to the page, ready for editing. But I have failed yet again.
I have lost my desire to forcefully push words out of my head, through my typing hands, and into my open office document. One month of hard writing, ignoring the dishes, and being grumpy for lack of sleep has finally lost it's appeal. And why is that? After more than 11 attempts of going through this crazy writing process, I have discovered that I have a hard time completing the next step. I have a hard time with EDITING. And I'm fairly sure it's because the NaNo novels are pure crap writing. Not nearly polished enough to even be considered a first draft. They are more of a zero draft.
One of my NaNo novels has a good chance at becoming a finished product. The story is good. It keeps me amused enough that I could see myself spending countless hours editing the heck out of the sentences to get them worthy of publishing. But my major problem is I have a hard time getting down to editing. Oh sure, I know what needs to be done. It's sort of like an overweight person who knows how to keep a food diary, and how to exercise, but she just doesn't do the work to lose the weight.
So what is holding me back? Is it fear of success? Fear of failure? Fear that I am not a good enough writer and that I'm wasting my time piecing together enough words to form a complete novel?
And there it is: my greatest pet peeve. Wasting Time.
The funny thing is that the more I procrastinate about editing my work, the more time I am wasting. So in truth, I am doing the exact thing I hate most. This realization has given me new motivation to get moving on my novel projects. No more NaNoWriMo. From now on it's all about editing. This next year I am going to prove to myself that I can complete a novel and it will be worthy of publishing.
How are you doing with your writing?
Friday, May 27, 2011
The cool thing about this Kindle cover, is that Jennifer created a "real collage" and then sent me the scanned image to create the cover. I feel this adds a very personal touch to the work. I loved doing this work and I can't wait to get to more of the same.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I’ve created this blog to document as I go along. I expect I may go off on tangents, as I have many artistic interests that sometimes get in the way of writing. For instance, I am a graphic designer by day, and even though my book is not fully polished (nor fully written for that matter) I am dreaming of what kind of cover I am going to design. I see that many ebook authors are trying to save money by creating their book covers themselves. Since many do not have graphics training, some of those covers are, to say the least, ugly. With a capital “U”. And some are very good. I hope that mine will be in the very good category. We will have to see.
As for the topic of my novel, I have chosen a classic story to retell in my way. I love the theme of Cinderella and that is what I’ll be taking on for this novel. I kept thinking about the earthquakes in Japan and the problems they are having with the nuclear plant, and I kept thinking that if I had been exposed to fatal amounts of radiation, and I only had a few months to live, what kind of book would I like to read to help pass the time until death? That is the book I am writing. My own feel-good book that would satisfy the happy side.
Wish me luck. I’m sure this is going to be a learning process.