Current project

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Alright so here’s to motivate me, I’m at 57, 647 words, one and a half spaced it equals 159 pages… its saturday the 29th of May 2010 (that bit may be very important if i get distracted)

The goal at the moment isn’t to stress about words but content… ok i shouldn’t be stressing at all. What i want is a finished manuscript that i can set aside, let cure nicely, then put about editing.

Of course in the curing stage there’s another idea begging for my attention that i just HAVE TO turn my attention to soon or i may well go mad.

So lets see how hard i can work this current project.

Double the pages by this time next month?

If i make a month 30 days then it’s a total of 1921.5 words a day…

That sounds like a challenge!

Update 3.6.10

So it’s been 5 days and right in the middle of those 5 days i received my R for Kemla so now i’m editing Kemla and typing out this new one… so here’s where i’m at:

168 pages and 61 043 words.

3396 words in 5 days…

I’m disappointed but i know i’m putting a lot of time into the other story so i’m not giving up.

7.6.10

4 more days, lets checkin…

186 pages and 67 834 words

thats an increase of…

18 pages and 6791 words (divide that by 4 and we have 1697 words a day – closer than my last checkin and just under my goal.)

 13.6.10

Which is 6 more days and before i even look at my computer i know i’ve frozen up. Another R for Kemla has me in another tail spin of editing and whats more … i’ve picked up the modern witch books again and begun editing them too. A final re-read before trying to find an agent for them. So i’ve Kemla who i’m picking to pieces trying to find someways, everyways, to make them better better best and i’m re-reading another series so even though this project is begging me to work on it i know i haven’t achieved a lot of work.

189 pages and 68 663 words…

Which is an increase of 829 words in 6 days.

Now i knew that was coming. A dismal effort.

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Character explorations

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So you’ve just introduced a new character. Is he or she (or it) someone important to the story?

As well as all the usual stuff (such as giving your character a name) your character needs a past.

Here’s an exercise: Take the very moment you introduced your new character in the novel and write that scene from their point of view. What’s your new characters first impression of your main character? How do they feel, how do they think?

Here’s another Activity: Now take a moment from your new characters past and write it down from their specific point of view. Need inspiration? A year ago in your new characters life – what were they doing? A situation between your new character and their parents or best friend – is your new character moral and mature or young and devious?

Why? Each character in your novel is important, they need to create a part of the story and they need to be unique in some way from the other characters you’re working on.

That and when you need to jog your memory about details in your characters life it helps to have notes.

Enjoy

Acrostic Poems

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Most of the time, most of us, when writing fall into  a pattern. We begin a lot of sentence with the words ‘I’ or ‘She’ or we find ourselves saying ‘all of a sudden’. This is a great little activity i use to break up the pattern in my writing and it’s nothing like the acrostic poems we used to do in school.

Simply type down the page, the very page of your novel that you’re working on now, a word. It could be your name, your main characters name or the first thing that pops into your head. Now every time you start a new sentence or paragraph you must begin it with the letter in the word that you’re up to.

Example: SNOW… there’s a vowel we don’t usually start a word with and a lot of consonants…

Somehow i wasn’t as convinced as my sister, i know i should have been able to trust her but trust came hard in my family. It was something that shattered constantly. The house echoed with the sound.

Never the less i followed her and i kept following her. ‘Just a little further’ she’d call out and we’d walk on for a few more hours.

Owls eyes glowed in the trees when we stopped. I wanted to scream at her, we should have been in bed, asleep and with full bellies. She’d kept such a cracking pace that i was simply too busy trying to catch my breath to say anything. yet.

Where!’ i began and cut myself off, it was amazing. A little grove, a pond and thousands of fireflies. i’d heard of them before but never seen them and this was something more than little glowing bugs. The light reflected off the waters surface, the tree’s hugged in close to the scene as if they too were watching. I closed my mouth, i didn’t need to say anything.

So you see it has nothing to do with the word you choose, unless you want it to, it’s all about challenging yourself with an unusual combination of sentence beginnings.

Enjoy

Timelines

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*** Warning, spoilers may follow ***

Different people utilise different writing tools in different ways

in this instance i need a timeline, you can make one before you start writing or you may never want to make one, my problem is that my frantic typing has me already jotting down the climax… my works not ready for the climax yet. i still have characters i want to introduce and there’s that love interest i want to develope.

But each chapter meshes in with the next just the way i want it too, i can’t simply go back and add a chapter.

So here i am, writing out a timeline. A simple line across the page will do. Note each chapter and give a description of what happens in that chapter. I find it helps to be scholarly about it.

For example name your characters and what your reader would see happening… ‘this is where i make so and so look nasty and horrible and reveal their true nature.’ ‘This is an important development in such and such’s journey.’

Now i can see visually where i skip over bits, where more room can be added and where the story suddenly goes off in a different direction.

Enjoy

Going mad just waiting

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Ok so it’s only been a month since i sent off my manuscript ‘Kemla’ to an agent. it’s not the first time I’ve sent in a manuscript but it is the first time I’ve sent in this manuscript and to this agent and …. Argh!

For a few days at a time i can easily forget about it… then i remember and I’m wondering.

I’m imagining my little envelope sitting on a desk, i want to imagine that it’s on a nice mahogany desk and someone’s working at the desk and at any minute the envelope will be opened.

Truth is for all i know it’s not a desk at all it’s a shelf full of ‘i’ll get to it oneday’ items and it’s gathering dust just waiting.

and waiting…

Sounds like my diet – ‘I’ll get to it oneday’

I wish i could just peak in on it, the envelope that it… my manuscript, just to see where it’s ended up and what the world around it is doing…

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