Project 10K (P10K) October 2016

The Writing Badge for October
The Writing Badge for October

The Editing Badge for October
The Editing Badge for October

The I Met My Project Goal Badge
The I Met My Project Goal Badge

The I Had Other Things To Do Badge
The I Had Other Things To Do Badge

You’ll find the rules and a gallery of earlier badges on the Project 10K Page.

October

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

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Fiction University: NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel

Source: Fiction University: NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel

There’s some great information in there. Check it out. I’m still undecided if I should do the NaNoWriMo this year. I’m having a massive attack of ‘why do I write at all?’ self-doubts. I know it’ll pass, but when? If you consider to go for it, that site will be helpful.

Project 10K (P10K) September 2016

The Writing Badge for September
The Writing Badge for September

The Editing Badge for September
The Editing Badge for September

The I Met My Project Goal Badge
The I Met My Project Goal Badge

The I Had Other Things To Do Badge
The I Had Other Things To Do Badge

You’ll find the rules and a gallery of earlier badges on the Project 10K Page.

It’s time for reporting in again. How did your writing go in September?

1. Did you meet your writing/editing goals?
2. Did you have fun writing?
3. Did the P10K help with motivation?
4. Anything else you want to tell us?

Continue reading “Project 10K (P10K) September 2016”

About Writing and a Giveaway

If one of you would like to have a Scrivener discount, please comment on this post from today through Friday. If there are more than one entries, I’ll give them numbers, and let a random number generator make the draw.

What is this about? Last November, I participated in NaNoWriMo and dutifully hacked 50+K words into my computer. I learned a lot: my plot sucks, my characters are ok, world building is difficult, and where was my plot supposed to go again? Anyway, as odd as it sounds, I’m still not discouraged and keep editing, and editing, and changing pov, and replotting, and…

One of the perks of NaNoWriMo are discounts, free memberships, and other gimmicks from their sponsors. One of these sponsors is Literature and Latte, a company that sells the program Scrivener. Continue reading “About Writing and a Giveaway”

NaNoWriMo: I lost my mind, please send back when it flutters by…

Oh yes. I am crazy. I know it. Now you do, too…

Here I am, too busy to write a proper blog. Too busy to even read and comment on all the Friday Fictioneers’ entries in some weeks, and now I signed up for NaNoWriMo where I am supposed to come up with 50,000 words throughout the month of November. Crazy.

I’ve done it before. Under a different handle. I wrote my 50K words. I felt triumphant. I had written the fantasy novel of all fantasy novels, I was a genius. … — … (I even sent the thing to my beta reader who uttered some friendly sounds, cough, “you may have something there…”). To say it directly: that novel, back then in 2011, was total and complete crap. I haven’t looked at it once ever since.

And now I want to do it again. With the idea that’s been running around in my head for over a year now. Should I not be afraid that I’m going to ruin my idea by producing another 50K of unspeakable nonsense? Yes, maybe. But this time things are different. Apart from a pretty good idea, I actually have an outline, something I didn’t have in 2011. I know the last sentence, which is important for me, because that way I know where I’m going. I have conflict, maybe even too much. I have characters, and scenes appear in my mind, ready to be written down. I just have to sit down and actually write it. Which I don’t do, because I am busy. But with NaNoWriMo, I’m going to kick myself, and then I’ll write. As well as I can…

Friday Fictioneers helped me with fleshing my ideas out. While I didn’t post much about the actual story, I often wrote short snippets about the back story. I know where my fictional world comes from, I know where I want it to go. The rest is up to the muse.

Last time around I didn’t connect with anyone on the forums or in writing groups. I don’t have much time for forums. I know though that several fictioneers participate. Wanna hang out? I’m gah_learner on the NaNoWriMo site…

And: I plan to still do the weekly Friday Fictioneer story. Should be do-able. I’ll be completely insane by the end of the month, but I bet I’m going to have fun. Writing like mad and surprising myself with what the muse came up with while I didn’t look is one of the best things about writing. It’s the writing magic… Onwards.