Soooo so happy. Today was my last day of work for the year. Very happy to have two weeks “off”. On those two off weeks I plan on writing. My progress right now:
Had an interesting day. My main job called me after work to say there may be an opportunity in the new year. The problem is that it will be a big commitment for not so much money. But it will be more money than what I have now which is needed. The commitment and pressure though will be immense, and I have this thing where I need my life to be balanced. I do like to have time to come home, relax, not worry, spend some time with my family and at the moment I’m enjoying writing at night. I’m also trying to get fit and healthy (ugh, again). I don’t think I would want to stuff that lifestyle up for any amount of money.
I would do it for writing. If I had to, if I could, I would write day and night and hibernate to make my dream come true.
My current day job is not my dream.Read More
I’m just going to pretend there hasn’t been a two year gap since my last post :D
It’s almost Nano time again! I have not planned a thing yet. I like to plan, it is easier for me to just sit down and write when I don’t want to if I have planned something. Somewhat easier.
In other news, I finally got myself a tumblr thingy. I don’t know if I’m doing it right.Read More
In my WIP, one of my main characters is a blacksmith. I know shit all about blacksmithing. So I need to research.
Enter Felicia Day who interviews a real life blacksmith. Yes, I’m watching this for research. Honestly.
The internet is fantastic, I’m so glad that I am living in this age (even if I do often dream about the past and fantastical worlds). One valuable resource out there is Scott Ashton – a former student of awesome writer Brandon Sanderson. He is putting up on the web Sanderson’s lectures. Check out his website. Here’s the first part of the first class –Read More
Starting a story, code named Shift. I’ve only written just under 2000 words so far.
They are 2000 very shitty words, but it’s my first draft and I just want to get the basic skeleton down on paper. I very much under write in first drafts and have to come back later to add in the description to make the stories come to life. That is why my first draft’s goal is 50,000 words. I’m thinking that the final draft will be 80-90k. I already have notes as to how the first two chapters need to be fleshed out more.
I’m also doing something a bit different so far. I have no plan. I like working to an outline. Right now I’m not, I’m just writing. Just a bit of an experiment. However, I can sort of feel how I soon will need to write out some kind of rough outline.
It would be nice to have a draft complete by September. Fingers crossed. Keep working on it Carlie, do it!Read More
Nanowrimo is almost here. And for the first time in a long time I plan on doing it.
For those who don’t know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. What happens is for the month of November, a whole heap of people commit to writing on average 1667 words a day to complete a novel of 50,000 words. Quality isn’t needed – or perhaps even wanted here! What matters isn’t even telling a coherent story. It’s all about just getting the words down.
But it is a great exercise that can be tailored to what ever your goals are. It could be great, for instance, for finally finishing a piece if you are one of those people who start many things but never finish. Or it could be great for getting a writing rhythm, teaching yourself to write a little each day.
November isn’t a particularly good month for those of us in Australia because typically it is exams month at university. I know personally for the past couple of years I had be either too busy with exams or in my own personal journey (mostly Japanese language learning) to take part in Nanowrimo.
However in 2003 I took part and won (you ‘win’ by writing those 50,000 words) with my badly written young adult adventure which I can’t remember the name of right now, as it is hidden away on one of my external hard drives.
Nano (as it is called for short… haha) has certainly grown since that time. Now, unless I get an extremely demanding job or something before November, I plan on taking part this year. My story… no idea. Well I have some ideas but I haven’t really developed them at all yet.
One thing I have been reading through but not actually doing is Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways course. You can see a bit of the beginning stages of the course on my post called Breathing Again. It’s a fantastic course, I recommend it whole heartedly to anyone interested in becoming a novelist. In the least, it has made me a more mature and sophisticated novelist.
My plan is to use the HTTS course to help plan for my Nanowrimo novel. While I am not really expecting much from my Nano novel, I am thinking it’ll be a fun project and I really want to get more into the HTTS coursework. So my plan for October is to do some planning for Nano.