There are very few things as painful as having to cut a 6,000-word-long story down to under 3,000 words. Still, sometimes it's necessary. Editing and proofreading things has become almost as prevalent in my life as writing itself - I'm in the process of going through two novels for two different friends of mine (which I'll … Continue reading Learning to edit
It's been a crazy month! But it's been a month of new experiences. In my last post, I mentioned that I was doing a lot of research about the writing world. Well, I now have something to show for myself. Red Line Magazine has graciously accepted and short listed my submission to their 'Conflict' issue, so … Continue reading The Feeling – and a Short Story
Since I came across great sites during my adventures in the writing world, I thought it might be good to share them with you, since you might find them useful, too!
I JUST WON NANOWRIMO 2014! I didn't finish my novel... far from it, really, but I'm still proud that I managed to finish a day early (well, two days early - I just finished at around 1 a.m on the 29th so it counts as the 29th but in my head it's still the 28th!) … Continue reading I won NaNoWriMo 2014!
Help! I'm almost at 35,000 words and my characters haven't even begun to unravel the mystery of my novel (and neither have I, for that matter. I still don't know what happens in the last third of the story, and this novel has no title and therefore no excerpt posted on my profile). This came unexpectedly, since … Continue reading Things to feel happy about when your plot is too big for your word count
At day #12 of NaNoWriMo, I'm quickly realizing the words that I seem unable to spell correctly no matter how many times I write them. It's absolutely ridiculous. I know how to write these words -at least, some part of my brain must know, because I correct myself every time- but no matter how many times I write … Continue reading Seven words I constantly misspell
[Please just ignore my progressively less eloquent post titles... I can't even name my novel. I need help.] It's the sixth day of NaNoWriMo, and my word count is at 8,676 right now, which is a good number... my goal for today is 10,002 (at least), so I should be fine. Yesterday, I discovered that it is … Continue reading Progress… and constructive procrastination, maybe.
It's the 31st of October, which means that tomorrow I will begin a 30-day marathon in which I intend to write 50,000 words (or more) and complete a new novel. So I suppose these last less-than-24-hours are for me to admit a few things to myself (and to you). 1) I have about two chapters … Continue reading Pre-NaNo Confessions
I was shocked when I realized that my FMC was, in my head, a young, Caucasian, blonde girl with a slender body. The main underlying theme of my novel is about prejudice and oppression! It's amazing how the media brainwashes us to immediately think of that sort of character in a leading role. I'm appalled at … Continue reading Writing diversity without propagating oppression
Apparently the genre I'm planning to write is science fiction alternate history mystery. Which rhymes, and sort of makes me wonder if it's really a genre or if it's more of an awkward combination of words. Also, a friend just told me that the genre is officially called dieselpunk... but I just found retrofuturism, and now I'm confused... so I might … Continue reading Ten strangely related things and one convoluted genre