The End

Thanks to NaNoWriMo and my new “resolution” to get up earlier, I have finished the first draft of my Mythological Romance!  During November, any time after about 4am, if I woke up, I got up.  I pushed myself to go downstairs in the dark and start typing away.  It worked!  Not only did I hit my goal for the month (over 50,000 words), but the habit seems to have stuck!  I’ve done it multiple times now through December and Sunday, I wrote “The End”!

As difficult as writing can be, I realize that it’s the easiest part.  Now I have to start the 2nd draft and edits.  I’m excited and looking forward to making this story the best it can be, but I’m nervous because I get distracted so—-squirrel!

I hope NaNoWriMo was great for everyone that tried it this year!  And even if you didn’t hit 50,000, any added words you got onto paper is more than you had in October!

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NaNoWriMo Eve

Everyone ready for NaNoWriMo 2016???  Can you ever be truly ready for November’s Writing Contest?

YouTube vlogs, articles, podcasts – I’ve done it all.  And I realized only about a week or so ago, that October is unofficially called “PrepTober”.  I didn’t realize how much prepping you could shove into October for NaNo.  So I crammed it all into that last week!  Makes sense, right?  Strangely enough, I actually did a pretty good job getting ready.  I took last Friday off of work, sent the kids on the bus, and spent the next four hours working on my outline.  It turned into a 5 page, detailed outline of my plot and I’m super pleased with it.

I’ve moved away from working on “category romance” and this story will focus more on mythological fantasy/romantic elements theme.  I’m nervous and excited and ready to go and want today to last forever.  A little of everything?  Sounds like me.

NaNoWriMo is a contest to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  My manuscript is slotted for the 75,000 mark, so I’ll need 2,500 words a day, not the 1,667 that is required for NaNo.  I feel like I’m pushing it, but why not reach for the stars?

How are you all doing getting ready for tomorrow?  Do you outline or jump in feet first on the 1st of November?

I’ve decided to check in here throughout the month.  I’m hoping this will help keep me accountable!  So I’ll see you all soon!

GOOD LUCK ALL!  WE CAN DO THIS!!

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The Year of The Writer…

2016 will mark my year as a Writer.

Well, that’s my goal at least.  After finishing NaNoWriMo a “winner” with my latest manuscript, I decided that if I can do that, I can do anything I put my mind to.  Maybe not anything.  But I’m going to try, nonetheless.

So this year, I’ve thrown myself into the writing community and made myself believe that this year…will be my year.

After revitalizing my writing website, joining Romance Writers of America again, finally signing up for my closest Chapter (GSRWA) and obtaining my first critique partner – I’ve taken it a step further.  I’ve joined the Rose City Romance Writing chapter as a Golden Rose Contest Judge.  I’m excited to judge a writing contest and learn myself what others are doing in the same genre as me (aside from published novels).

I’ve also reached out to my chapter and offered my volunteering services as well as getting ready for the WOTS conference in October.  Aside from all of that, I’m opening myself up and letting some friends read my finished story now, which was always hard for me to try and do.  The fun part is I’m getting a lot of positive feedback.

Hopefully, that will be enough to get me through any bad feedback that comes my way 😉

So February will be rather busy, there are multiple contests coming up besides the one I’ve decided to judge.  I’ve entered the 2016 Great Expectations Contest with my “first draft” which I now wish I’d waited to polish before sending in, but I literally found the contest the day entries closed 🙂  Would be happy with just a little feedback though!

My family has been amazing through January.  I can’t thank my husband enough for all of his help and patience while I’ve submerged myself in writing.

My friends and coworkers, I owe my gratitude as well, since they end up sort of forced to hear me talk about writing 40+ hours a week!

It’s the people that surround you that lift you as a writer, thankfully, I’m surrounded by the best!

Now moving onto working on my synopsis – if anyone has some great advice on how to do these, feel free to contact me!  I’m researching and studied the best I can and so far, I’ve come across a REALLY great site that I think has helped me more than anything so far:

Kathy Carmichael: USA Today Best Selling Author – check out all of her workshops and printable worksheets on synopsis!

I’ll be examining her website today to learn as much as I can!

Alright, off to write I go…thanks for reading today!

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Editing & Drinking Starts Now…

NaNoWriMo is over.  The Holiday’s are over.  It’s the start of a New Year.  The Seahawks are on their way, thanks to the mishaps in yesterday’s below freezing game against the Vikings.  And I’ve made a resolution.  A promise to myself that THIS is the year.  I’ll do everything I can to become published this year.

The first thing I did, literally Jan 1st was re-join Romance Writers of America.  Whether you write romance or not, this association will boost your skills and desire!  The next thing I was determined to do is find a great critiquing partner, again I was able to find her from RWA’s critique partner matchup program.

The next thing I did was join my local RWA chapter, Greater Seattle RWA and put their February writing workshop on my calendar!  Done!

Finally, we got a new kitten yesterday.

Which has absolutely nothing to do with writing.  But she’s adorable and I wanted a photo other than a writing one for this post 😉  Meet Miss Scarlett Overkill (From Minions…how can you say no to the cutest twins in the world when they are excited to name their first kitten?)!

But back to my resolution.  The last and final step to obtaining my goal this year?  Edit and write.  Edit and drink.  Edit and write and drink and cry…

Obviously, I can’t reach my goal without ACTUALLY writing.  All the classes and workshops and partners in the world, won’t help if I don’t WRITE.

So I started this weekend.  I read through the manuscript I’d finished in November and …it’s not horrible.  It’s not GREAT, but it’s not trash.  It gave me three big concerns, but now I know where to start with editing.  Flow is a big issue for me, I think I shove too many “big words” in there and it causes the flow to slow to molasses.

The second thing I worry about is that I haven’t made my characters likable enough at the beginning.

The third concern I have is that I seem to “dump” info in the beginning chapter.  And whether it’s too much info or just not a smooth flow, I can’t be sure.  But it will be something I want to work on over the next few weeks.

That being said, I have to start.  Editing is one of the scariest things to do for me, but if I don’t jump in head first, I won’t reach my resolution this year.

Go Hawks!

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You Won!

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Yeah!!!  NaNoWriMo is officially over for 2015!

Did anyone get to or above their 50,000 word count goal??

This is the FIRST year that I’ve made it through, I wrote just over 50,000 by the 24th.  What a feeling of accomplishment!

The excitement is carrying on as well, I immediately set aside that manuscript and started another, almost 10,000 words into it so far and I’m shooting for a Jan 1st goal.

Then I’ll be working on the Jan / Feb “Now What” months on my first one.  If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s another event through NaNoWriMo.org that works you through your Nov manuscript to get it edited and polished for the next step.  For a

Great job fellow writers!  Even if you didn’t hit 50,000+, any writing you could get into a big holiday month, before another big holiday month, is AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT!

Keep writing!!!

Recommended Writing Sites

Here are a few sites I’ve come across while researching and prepping for NaNoWriMi that I thought I could share you all of you.  It’s just a quick list of ones I’ve “pinned” to my browser to read over and over!

Jami Gold’s Writing Tools: Killer Resources for Drafting Our Story

Jami Gold’s “Worksheets for Writers”:  Story Planning Worksheets (Out of all the worksheets I’ve come across, these are GREAT and set up with “formulas” to help mold it to your story!)

One Stop For Writers: One Stop For Writers is a powerhouse online library like no other, supplying writers with inspiration, education and unique description resources.  (This is a subscription site, but they do have “free” resources as well that I have enjoyed browsing).

Noisli:  Improve focus and boost your productivity. Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary: OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word.

The NaNoWriMo blog is always a great resource as well!

I’m hoping the more I scan and read from these sites and others along the way, that in a little over two weeks, I jump for that goal of 50,000 words in November!!

Good luck fellow writers!!

Back from the Dead

Well, not dead per se, but life.

It’s funny how life gets in the way of the things you used to enjoy doing.  But I think I’ve blogged about that in the past, so we’ll look toward the future.

I’m going to have another go at NaNoWriMo 2015 this coming month.  I didn’t do horribly in the past, but I never was able to follow through the entire month.  Mostly excuses.  This year, I’m going to try again to force the perfectionist in me to stay deep in the depths of my soul while I frantically write before she breaks her way through again.

I’m dabbling now in a different genre, instead of the romance or erotic I have in the past – I’m attempting murder thrillers now.  Which is (pretty much) entirely different than romance.  I mean…mostly.

Over this last year, I haven’t written much of anything.  A page here, a page there.  Depressing really.  I can recognize my two biggest problems though.  1. I read “between the lines” when someone tells me my writing is good.  “It’s good, but try this…” means why are you EVEN trying?  Idiot.  “This is great, but you should try writing in present tense…” means it’s cute you think this could go anywhere.  — I really need to stop showing anyone anything, write and finish for ME…and then worry about others.  That is the number one rule I want to get myself to abide by this year.  2.  Time management.  I have twin 5 year olds now and they are a BUNDLE of energy.  I work 4x10s, run a small home based business the rest of the time.  And am trying to stay in shape better this year.  So my time — well, let’s just say if I am going to get ANYWHERE in November — I need to figure out what is going to decrease and where I can increase writing time.  Do I get up earlier (than 4:45am)?  Do I stay up later (than 10pm)?  Do I write during lunch periods, and lose biking/running time?

Yes, time management – I’ll have to figure out my commitment and what I want out of NaNo.  Maybe an extra half an hour in the morning would get me started?  I mean, hey, I’ve written 430 words in this blog already and it’s still the beginning of my day!

If you haven’t checked out the NaNoWriMo world, start with their site: NaNoWriMo

There’s so much information there and help to get your started, push you to finish or just feel a part of the larger team of writers!

Feel free to connect with me!  Become a buddy (member: “Blushingwriter”) and we can help each other stay focused!

Thanks for reading!