Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deadlines

Just set up an edit of my second draft with Taryn. It MUST be in her hands December 12th. 

So you maybe asking 'how much do you have left?' Well, I have 17 chapters marked and ready for edits, 4 I need to cut and replace, and 3 or 4 new chapters plotted out. 

I know it sounds like a lot, but I can usually handle three chapters in an evening. 

So from now until Dec 12th, if you see me playing online, ask me what I've edited that day. If the answer is none, you have my permission to yell at me, show me pictures of zombies or read passages from twilight...whatever it takes to get me to sign off. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diving into NaNoWriMo

So this year, I decided to involve myself in the NaNoWriMo community.  So much is said about the camaraderie in the forums, so I thought I'd give it a try.

So far I've gotten amazing complements on my synopsis, my title, and my ideas.  I've been able to help out others with names and critiques and as a happy little surprise one amazing artist drew a character sketch of Rose for me.

This sketch was done only from the brief description I gave of her in the first chapter. (Which is posted as an excerpt.)  I was really impressed by how close it was to my imagination of her.

I'm also being interviewed for a blog spotlighting NaNoWriMo writers.  I'll post the link to that when it's up. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New cover and a new plan.

Ok, so the cover was bothering me.  It was VERY Twilight.  If you like Twilight, more power to you, but my book is nothing like Twilight, so to have that connection made would be a mistake.  So, I did a little work and came up with this.


I really think this conveys Fantasy more than the last one, but still feels very pigeon holed to me.  I'd really love to be able to shoot a cover...and have control of every aspect right from the start.  NaNoWriMo's twitter account challenged everyone to make a post-it note sketch of our covers.  I came up with this. 

Warning: I'm a writer, not an artist.  We can't all be Christopher Paolini and do both. :) 


Anyway...It's not like the cover matters, because I'm not finished with the second draft yet.  Covers can come later.  First things first, editing.

So once again, I find myself a NaNo rebel but I'm finding my form of rebellion is common AND people have figured out a formula for it.  Since the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50K words, it can be hard for people editing to win since...ideally...you've got most of your words written.  The formula that has been suggested for editors counts 1 hour of editing as 1k words...then adding the number of new words you've added (not subtracting any words you cut) and that is your daily total.

This means, if I can edit two hours a day, I can achieve my word goal this year. 

Well, that is all for now.

Oh, one more thing.  I messaged Taryn to seen when she'll have an opening for editing.  I'm hoping to be able to get this second draft to her ASAP. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

So my editing has definitely not gone as quickly as I wanted it to, so I've come up with a plan.  Last year NaNoWriMo was the kick in the butt I needed to get the first draft finished...so I figure it'll do the same for my second draft.

For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  The idea is for thousands up people to sign up and help encourage each other to complete 50K words in 30 days.  Last year I didn't make it to 50, but I did manage 29K and it was the push I needed to finish.

So, my plan this year.  I am edited up to chapter eight.  Starting November 1st I will edit (or write) one chapter a day.  This will edit the remaining 25 chapters and 5 new ones to replace chapters I cut.

I need all of the encouragement I can get on this.  For the month of November if you see me online or out somewhere, ask me if I've finished my chapter for the day.  If I haven't, tell me to go do it, then ignore me.  I will finish this draft by December 1st.  If you help, who knows, you might get a signed first edition. :)

So, on to something fun.  It is said that NaNoWriMo writers are more likely to succeed if they have a cover for their book.  I tried the art forums, but its hard for them to make something if they don't have a feel for the story.  In the end I decided to try my hand at it.

This is what I've come up with.  It's just an idea.  It feels a little too twilight to me. What do you think?