November 30, 2009 at 4:00 am (Writing)
Tags: Castle, making changes during a rewrite, making sense of your manuscript, manuscript, NaNoWriMo, Oregon Trail, River crossing
Note to Self: When the manuscript’s own author can’t figure out the progress of the scene during a rewrite, it’s time to make some changes.
On a completly related note…WOW is my “Typical river crossing along the Oregon Trail turns high action and fraught with dangerous, unexpected obstacles” chapter turning out to be a good one!
To all you NaNo’s out there…you’ve got one more day. Totally enough time to get in a couple tens of thousands of words
PS. Castle is on tonight. For those of you who haven’t discovered this show with good writing, that happens to be ABOUT writing…check ABC at 10:00pm tonight.
November 23, 2009 at 5:00 am (Writing)
Tags: Castle, historical novel, NaNoWriMo, rewrites
Step back people!
I’ve reached over 20,000 words for my rewrite.
It’s a monumental day.
Only 90,000 more to go. (Wow, those historicals sure are long huh?)
If you need me I’ll be writing.
For those of you doing NaNoWriMo…get busy! November’s almost over!
And for everyone else, Happy Monday.
(Of course it’s a Happy Monday–Castle is on tonight!)
November 18, 2009 at 5:00 am (Writing)
Tags: alternate drafts, alternate versions of manuscript, hoarding, rewrites, saving drafts
I have a confession to make.
Though I try, I simply cannot throw words away.
Nope. Can’t do it.
I have draft after draft all saved on Bessie (my incredibly old but still limping along computer). I have “Alternates to X Draft” filled with beautiful prose, but not so good it made the final cut.
When I’m troubled by a particular passage/sentence/paragraph I save every version, then torture myself by revisiting it later, polishing it up, then changing my final draft to whatever I’ve just whipped up.
No wonder my rewrites are taking forever!
November 16, 2009 at 7:59 am (Writing)
Tags: distractions during writing, rewrites, writing goal, writing schedule
I’ve recently found that life has a way of sidelining a writing schedule.
And by life I mean anything from sick kids to a really great show on tv (speaking of which, you’ll find me watching Castle tonight at 10pm), to a sudden unexpected interest in football and you “just have to see one more play”.
I’ve found the way to power through these distractions is to acknowledge sometimes your schedule will fly out the window, and sometimes you can manage to find a ten minute block of time to get a few paragraphs reviewed.
As long as a writer is moving forward, and not languishing doing nothing, you’ll reach your goal. Maybe not when you’d hoped, but you’ll get there!
November 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm (Family)
Tags: poems, sick kids, Swine Flu, twins
Roses are red,
My posts have been lacking.
I’ve found it hard to be creative,
While two four-year olds are hacking.
Roses are Red,
I’m definitely not blue.
Just got the word,
IT’S NOT SWINE FLU!!!
Roses are Red,
The eagle is landing
Whoever thought sick kids,
Could be so demanding?
Roses are Red,
Mommy knows best
Sometimes the best medicine,
Is a nice long rest.
Today is Veteran’s Day…thank a soldier and their family for all they do for our country.