So I am not doing NaNoWriMo because I'm concentrating on revising my middle-grade sci-fi novel, Invasion. And writing some on my current WIP, Rosalita, a YA urban paranormal.I have gotten some fascinating feedback on Invasion from two first-rate agencies with permission to resubmit after revisions. And from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, and its sequels.The … Continue reading No, No Nano
Well, I am not going to "win" Nano this year. I am at 37,611 and that is where I take my stand. That's a lot of words, and I have made tremendous progress on two separate projects, but STILL have not finished either one. One is a revision and I completely rewrote the last seven … Continue reading The Death of Nano
I'm starting to crank it up, I must say. It's getting easier somehow, even though in places I'm saying stuff like and then they all talked it over and decided what to do and then they did it. A new character leaped into the fray and now we're racing to the end. I actually may … Continue reading 45,000!
This is a slog. I just wrote a thousand-word information dump, which is of course toward the end of the novel and should be artfully interwoven into a riveting narrative much earlier. Whatever. The words are there. And I actually think I need to have a bit more of this historical sweep before I move … Continue reading 40000!
Last night I sprinted and wrote 3,752 words to reach the magical, mythical midway point. The last scene I wrote I like. It was scary in the Alfred Hitchcock "suspense is waiting" sense. And the very strange think is that focusing so hard on Interminable somehow unblocked a bit of my brain and this morning … Continue reading 25,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Broke the 20,000 mark last night. I'm a bit behind and will have to hustle to reach the mid-point (25,000) by tomorrow. Possibly do-able.I finally got them into some action again and that goes a lot faster. This is actually easier than it may sound. The whole trick is sitting down. Once I start to … Continue reading 20,000!
Well, my YA fantasy novel that I've dubbed Interminable is coming along nicely. I broke the critical 10,000 mark last night. Right on schedule, no more, but (hoo-ah) no less. And I sneaked out a scene last night that actually made me cry. Dogs, of course.I kind of like Interminable, but it's typical of my … Continue reading 10,000+ and counting
It's getting more painful the longer I push. I've written 60 words this morning. I've also done the dishes, paid my bills online, checked all my e-mails, washed the dog's dishes, am gazing longing out the window at the leaf blower (the county starts its first annual leaf-sucking rounds in our neighborhood tomorrow). I'm looking … Continue reading Word 5190
Started today on a brand new novel--a young-adult fantasy. Feels quite strange to be back in YA after a couple of years on two adult novels, one of which is in its seventh draft, and the other just beginning a third. I may cheat and work a little on the second adult novel but for … Continue reading Nano ’07