Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nanowrimo

I cannot believe that November has arrived again. I participated in National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) from 2005-2007 (in which I won) and now it is already 2010! I think it is time to take advantage of this time of year again.

I will admit, I am not going to do the tradition start from scratch route. I am on the Chapter 5 in the rewrite of Kin and I need to keep going. If I wrote 50,000 words in Kin, the rewrite would be complete. I am doing my own goal because this Nanowrimo is a great motivator. There is just something about being in over your head with a bunch of strangers. This year my two critique partners from Stone Circle will throw their hats in the ring, too.

There are a three tips that I can give for Nanowrimo. You might have to find your own way, but these have been working for me.

1) Just keep writing. Don't edit. The point of this is to get the words out. You can edit later. Don't like what you wrote and want to start over that paragraph? Space down and start there. Don't delete it. You can delete later. Key point: Write now. Other stuff later.

2) Ever write until you come to a road block? When you come back later, you might still be at a roadblock. To help minimize this from happened, stop at a point where my mind is still working. Write down a few notes for the next day and when you come back, you can just pick up and get more words out.

3) Keeping your daily word count is important. If you know you can't write a day, make sure you distribute the difference somewhere. Maybe you have more time Saturday, or maybe add a few hundred words the rest of the week. Know your goals. I use Google Calendar to record how many words I wrote in that particular day. It is amazing to see how much you can do in one sitting sometimes.

I will share my progress each week on the blog. I really am hoping to have Kin's rewrite complete. If I am lucky, I will have an excerpt to share at the end of this process.

Good luck to all of those that are taking the challenge. If you ever thought of joining in on the fun, there is still time to string some ideas together for the first sit down on November 1st.

Another thing is I want to wish everyone a Happy Hallowe'en! I had a great time last night with my critique group. We have a storm system coming into town and the lights went out. Two of us had horror stories so it really fit the mood when we lit candles to go over our writing. Maybe we will have to make this a yearly thing!

Natasha

Monday, October 18, 2010

What to Be

Halloween is my favorite holiday and autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the costumes, the creativity, the chill in the air, the rustle of the leaves, the haunted looks of the houses in our neighborhood, soup, and even the moon. I have spent hours standing in line for haunted houses and the Haunted Hayride as a kid. I remember the smell of the hay and the hum of the tractor as we go through the woods, waiting for something to happen.

I like to dress up, but I can do it any time of the year. I have my Jedi, Corellian, and my Kaylee costume ready for conventions. This year we decided that we would go as Lois and Clark. We watched all the seasons of Smallville over the past year and are now caught up. We are on the fourth season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman right now. It seemed appropriate for us to dress up as the two main characters. I have really come to admire Lois Lane (who sometimes reminds me of myself). I have the outfit almost all ready for us to wear next week, but it poses lots of questions. Which Lois should I be? I am very fond of Erica Durance's Lois Lane so I am leaning a little bit towards her. Joey is all about classic Clark (with the glasses). All in all, we will have fun (and post pictures!).

It is hard to believe it is that time of year again. I can't wait to see what everyone else will be wearing!

Natasha

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Cream Part of the Oreo

I am waiting for a phone call from Sharyn November to go over my critique since she didn't make it to the convention this weekend. So, I think that I will hold off on my full review of the convention. Instead I decided to focus on one of the things someone said at the convention.

A good way to become a great writer is to read, read, and read. It is the number one piece of advice that that I hear over and over again from all authors. One question that is asked over and over is "What about when I want to become published, what is something I can do?" Read new authors. Find out what editors, agents, and publishers are looking for by seeing what is the latest in their catalog and see where people started.

Over the past few years, I have been reading tons of new authors or author's first books. I don't know what the attraction is, but it is just something that I have been attracted to. I follow lots of authors on Twitter and a few are on this very list. They are all so amazing.

Here is a list of the authors and their first books that I have read over the past few years that I can definitely recommend. Some may have published more since so be sure to check them out and a few you will probably recognize.

Natasha

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