Editing Enough Said

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I keep telling myself this. I was surprised today when I began editing my novella that it had been a whole year since I had touched chapters six and beyond. Wow.

I guess I was afraid! LOL. I did spend a few days on the first five chapters throughout the year. Hopefully, I did not over edit but I read through them and I like what I have. I don’t know if others will but as long as I do right now that is what counts. At least that is what I tell myself. 🙂

Once again, I waited until the last-minute to finish editing before I tackle the next part of the series, novella #2. It might actually be a longer book. We will see how much extra I end up with this next month. Those filler words tend to sneak their way into the book before the end of the month deadline. 🙂

I have a good feeling that I will get this accomplished this time.

Even though, I may not pick the pen up much over the year I am constantly thinking of the plot to the book. I do jot down notes so not all is lost on the writing. When I finished the first book I knew something was missing and it was not coming to me over the last few years. I knew when I felt the words rolling out on the screen today the missing part has been found. 🙂

I did start writing the second book a year ago and why I feel better about it is beyond me. I have always been a bit backwards though. LOL.

I am going to try my best to stay busy the next few days. Social media will not interfere I tell myself, over and over. 🙂

Happy writing! I am off to make spaghetti! 🙂

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I Did It Again

I signed up for NaNoWriMo!

I have never won a November challenge. The last few years I have not accomplished writing even ten percent of the 50,000 word goal.

The only time I won was the April Camp challenge. I was determined then unlike the November ones. I don’t know if it is because of the holiday time so lots of distractions or what the reason is. But I am going to give it another try. Why not. Plus, I don’t like to give up. I say every year I am not going to do the November challenge but then I sign up. 🙂

20151020_084323(My photo writing this blog in my new teeny tiny comp book.)

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The first novel in my series of books to write has the basic bones it just needs some more “fluff” to make it fun and interesting.

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I am not sure if I will ever be able to write several books in a year. This first book has taken me since 2012 to write. I have the second book started but only a few chapters done. It is the book I signed up to do the challenge.

When I edited the first book I shrunk it from 50,000 words to about 25,000 words. There was a lot of extra stuff that made no sense. I was laughing when I read it, it was that absurd. 🙂 I imagine I will be more of a short Novella writer instead of a full novel writer.

Cheers to everyone doing the challenge!

Time to eat breakfast, waffles with peanut butter on it. Yum! 🙂

Creative Cave is Coming!

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The beginning of my creative cave!

I am excited. I think hubby is too so I can get everything out of our bedroom. 🙂

I think it will spark me to write and do my art more.  🙂

My writing is coming along with the first novel. I have not begun the second novel yet for NaNo but that is OK. I feel really good after doing the edits on the first novel which had me dragging my feet for so long. It is already giving me more ideas for the second one. I know I will still have to do polishing edits but at least the structure is better than when I wrote during NaNo a few years ago. I kept putting off the edits because I was not happy with the story line. Of course, I shaved so many words out, it is now a mini novel. LOL

I think that will be ok. I like reading long and short novels so I hope others will too. 🙂 I may not be cut out for writing long novels, at least not yet. I think in time I will become better because I have read lots of new author books and they have really blossomed from their first book.

I think I want to release them close together so trying really hard to get it done. Perhaps in February and then April. This story is a trilogy so part three will be wrote after the release of the first two. The third may take a little longer but definitely be released in the Fall. 🙂

My goal!

If I do not write another blog before Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Art Every Day Month

I came across another challenge from a fellow blogger, Art Every Day in November.

I signed up!

The rules are pretty relaxed. You can create a piece every day for the month, week, or one for the month. It is to encourage creativity. A neat challenge.

I find when I do creative projects whether it is around the house, my scribble journal, or scrapbooking I tend to write more. It seems to spark the creativeness in me.

I thought why not another challenge along with the my NaNoWriMo challenge. Crazy huh. 🙂

I see it as a break from the writing, especially when writer’s block shows up. Sigh.

If you would like to join along, here is the link! Art Every Day Month!

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Happy creativity whether it is writing or art! 🙂

Try try try

me two 005I am going to try it again. I joined Camp Nanowrimo for April to write my novel. I am staying with the 50,000 words even though this challenge one can set any number of word count. I did get me a T-shirt for the challenge hoping it will be my “muse”. Hey anything helps. 🙂 I wonder if I need to wash it everyday…:)

Of course, I won’t wear it everyday.

After I took this picture, I chopped all my hair off. I guess I needed a change to write this novel. Or could it be I was bored with the long hair. Or really wanting that warm weather to show up.

I went back into my novel for the first time since January and ended up scrapping a whole chapter. It sounded really ridiculous. I have been doing research on writing a novel to get me more prepared. At least that is what I tell myself, though I think it is just another way to put off writing. 🙂

I am going to achieve this. It is my dream. I have wanted to write a novel since I was a teenager. I just got side tracked the last 25 years. I feel the timing is right. I just got to get past this block in the story. I know what I want to write, just need to put it all together somehow, some way. 🙂

Yes, I have a good feeling about this. Now if the sunshine and warmth would come out I could go write in other nice places without being trapped at my desk area. I think that would help.

I think the groundhog lied. 😦

Halfway through NaNo Land and not even close.

It is definitely proving to be a difficult task for me to write this novel in thirty days. It is not because of time, but because of what the heck do I write next in the story line.

I know I am not suppose to worry about the editing but I just can’t seem to stop that.

I really want the novel to be a hit, and I think that takes in my non writing experience, way longer than thirty days.

There are so many reasons that are adding up to not finish. The big one being next week when it is Thanksgiving, time with family and friends. I knew it was coming but just couldn’t get the words down to make up for not writing next week.

I am not giving up til the last minute but it is so not looking good. I can say this, the task has gave me the get up and go that I needed, so it has accomplished something.

I so want that finished certificate.

I am breaking out the Seagrams, maybe words will flow.

Second day bomb!

I thought maybe the day was going to be great. It turned real quick to the downside, so needless to say no writing, as of yet.

Why does the youngest kid of the family have to be the most stubborn? My young one decided last night to not do his homework, so he got his TV taken away, and he continued with being stubborn. I had hoped he would get up this morning and want to do the homework, no such luck, and in fact, he refused to go to school! Even when hubby got involved.

So he got not only his computer taken away, he got his birthday party taken away today and was bored all day long. If you can’t do what you are told then the fun stuff has to be taken away. Really sucks though that it is his birthday. We told him he had to earn it all back and he still really isn’t getting it.

What did turning 10 all of a sudden make him into the devil’s child? Wow, I can now tell my oldest, 21 year old daughter that she has been surpassed by her baby brother with stubbornness. I just hope he doesn’t surpass her on teenage year crimes.

I still have only 300 words wrote for my NaNo novel. Grumble.