Monthly Archives: December 2009

NaNo ’09

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So for the 3rd year, I participated in November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal is to write 50k words in the month of November. I was successful with my Young Adult Sci-Fi attempt in hitting just over 57k words. I found it to be a real struggle at times, but I’m falling more in love with the story and the characters as I’m trying to finish it.

I hadn’t been planning on participating since I was still working on a NaNo Fantasy novel from two years ago, but I was struck with an idea while in the shower one day (where I get some of my best ideas for some reason…) and figured I’d give it a try. I’m definitely glad I gave it a go. Now I just need to keep up the momentum and get the story completed!

Please, kind readers, feel free to leave comments kicking my ass and yelling at me to get writing.

In the beginning…and beyond

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Once upon a time, there was a young girl of 8 or 9 and her IBM computer with the green screened monitor. With the help of that technology, she plunked out short stories about a rambunctious (although she certainly didn’t know that word at that age…) girl who innocently enough kept getting into troubles.

As the young author grew, so did her stories. They ranged from stories about silly little girls, to a group of young kids living in a post apocalyptic world, to teens with a death god as a friend, to a girl who shot fire and currently, to a teen anxious to prove herself and save those she loves.

There were several years in the middle where no writing happened, short of school papers and notes passed to friends. A life changing event occurred three years ago that brought the author back to the world of prose. She needed an escape from life and found it in writing about the lives of others. Others she could control (or so she thought until she found that characters tend to have a mind of their own).

In addition to creating worlds and playing with imaginary lives, the author decided to document her process and other random ideas and information she came across so that perhaps it might help or inspire other writers out there.

Will it work? Time will tell, but while we’re all waiting with bated breath, let’s get on with it, shall we?