A Light…

Now that life has begun to settle down a bit, I have been able to find the inspiration to write again. I have been pushing my way through my YA novel and at last count had about 26,000 words typed up–which puts me at about a quarter of the way through. I also discovered this pretty nifty new app on my iPhone. It’s called Post-It Plus and what it does is organize your hand written post its onto a board on your phone through pictures. It makes it easy to carry around the various post it notes that are on my bedroom wall for when I need to reference them while writing elsewhere.

I had forgot how much I enjoyed writing about these characters until recently. I think my favorite character in this series is Henri. I love writing the scenes with him in them because i think that he has a lot to offer the story. He will ultimately have this underlying turmoil about him that will let you see a different side of him. My plan is to have the first few chapters of book two be from his point of view. of course, I am getting a little ahead of myself with planning that out. I need to get through this one first!

Every time I see my word count climbing higher, I get a little more excited and I see that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel shining a little brighter.

I leave you tonight with a quote:

“You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry, but do not give up!” –Unknown

Le Sigh…

I can not believe that another month has gone by. It has been a crazy, whirlwind month, but I am happy to say that I have, somehow, managed to get some writing done!

I am still in the process of trying to get a new job. I have now met with human resources and turned in all of my documents that are needed as well as getting finger printed. In the middle of trying to gather up all the documents that I needed, I found out that I would be moving–and I only had one week in which to get ready.

Somehow, in a week, we managed to pack up our entire apartment, clean and ready the new place, gather things like a new drivers license, my high school diploma and my birth certificate and I was still able to get some revisions done and some new material written!

Of course, to top everything off, once we were moved in and started to get settled, I attempted to turn on my computer and it was a no go (not to worry though, I have ALL of my writing saved in like three places!). When I realized that the computer was somehow not communicating with the monitor, I made my way to Google. After a couple of searches I came to the conclusion that my video card was probably the culprit. I then went to sites like Geek Squad and other local computer repair places, but quickly discovered that fixing the video card would likely cost me as much as it would to just buy a new tower. (My computer is custom built and only cost about $220 six or so years ago.)

Remembering that a friend of mine had been the one to build it got me to thinking. If he had put it together piece by piece, how difficult would it be to just replace the one piece? It couldn’t be that hard. So, I sent him a text asking what kind of video card I would need. He was miraculously able to pull the receipt up on his account and give me the exact part number and everything.

From there I started to research video cards. I ended up finding one at Tiger Direct for under $40! I picked it up on my way home from work and then You Tubed some videos on how to remove and how to install. It took all of about twenty minutes and I had the new card installed and working! I am so proud of myself!

Now I can finally start the task of typing up the stack of handwritten pages and editing them as I go. I will feel much more accomplished when I can finally say that my first draft is complete! Things are starting to look up every day now, though. Words and scenarios are coming more easily to me and I can see the end in sight. I know exactly what I want to happen and I have found little plot twisters to place in book one that will be used in book two. This is one of the most exciting things. I want to be one of those authors that is able to subtly add in all the little clues that when you finally get to the twist you are like, OMG! All the signs were there! Of course it was so-and-so! 

Now that everything on the home front is starting to settle into a semi-normal routine, I am hoping to get a lot more writing done. Publication will hopefully be in my very near future!

Been a while.

Wow, has it been a while. I can’t believe that it has been almost a YEARsince the last time I posted something.

So much has happened in that year that I don’t even know where to begin. I guess the biggest thing writing wise is that I put my main novel on hold because I hit a block and I started a new one.

My newest work is almost finished–well, the first draft is almost finished. I have about eighty percent of it done and then I’ll have to get to editing.

Lately, though, I haven’t been writing. Sometimes I will feel like writing, but I just can’t seem to find the inspiration to do it. That might have more to do with what is going on in the rest of my life though.

Potential new job (I’ve gone through this interview–which I was told was one of the best they have ever seen. Now I am just waiting to hear about the next step), there is also the potential that we are buying a house. We haven’t worked out all the kinks on the house front, but we are in serious decision mode. It will be best if we do it before I get the new job, but we will see how all that works out.

Mostly, I’ve spent a majority of my time working. I’ve taken a few trips in this time too. My big road trip was in October and I’ve made several Disney trips too.

What I need to do, though, is get focused and get writing. I NEED to finish this book and start my edits. I can’t wait for the day when I can say that I have officially published.

Research and attempting at re-focusing

Earlier in the week I found myself at another stand still in the writing process. It seems that some weeks I just want to forget about the fact that I am attempting to write a novel and just lay around the house and actually read one that is already written. So, this past week I did just that. I read two novels in two days. 

Maybe that’s what I needed though, because I started the third in the series, but inspiration to write finally struck and I’ve gotten three to four chapters written in the past few days.

Today, though, I keep going back to researching. And it seems like every time I research something, I end up off distracted on some other site saying to myself, “How did I even get here?”

At any rate, I have about ninety percent of my novel planned out, it’s just getting it down on paper and then typed up that proves to sometimes be a problem. Because of that I have stopped writing in order. Instead I will skip a few chapters ahead and write what will happen there and then go back when I feel like I can write the missing pieces. I feel like I need a giant story board on my living room wall with each chapter printed out and pinned up in the appropriate spaces.

Of course, that is not an option, so I’ll just have to keep doing what I’m doing. Maybe a trip to Kinkos is in order though. I can print everything that has been written and edited thus far, stick it in another binder and have a physical copy to refer to as I fill in the gaps…

Re-Write…

Writing a novel is both less and more challenging than I thought it would be. Most days I am really lucky and the words just flow right out of me. Sometimes I can’t even get them written down fast enough! But then there are days when I just can’t seem to write a single word that I like.

 

Recently, I decided that I don’t even like my first few chapters tone wise so I am completely re-writing them. Which isn’t a bad thing. I’d rather my work didn’t sound like a four-year-old wrote it, even if it is YA fiction. So, now I have undertaken the task of re-wording all 120+ pages that i have so far–only to probably re-do it again at least twice before it is finished.

 

I’m also a “writer” in the true sense of the word. I physically write everything down on paper and then transcribe it as I go. It’s just the way I work best, I can’t do the whole type out everything as it comes to you. And I usually re-work everything at least twice before it is actually added to the novel file. :-/ My roommate told me that I should avoid throwing away my original, handwritten manuscript of the book. “What if you make it big?” he says, “People would pay A LOT of money for it. Look at J.K. Rowling.” 

 

I highly doubt that my work will be even an iota of what Ms. Rowling’s work is, but would it be a good idea to keep my hand written notes and first-drafts? Even if it is just to read over and re-draw ideas and inspiration from? I got to thinking about it and I figure, “What will it hurt?” So, one of my many tasks  for the day is to hit up Walmart/Target and get a binder and some sheet protectors so that i can start saving my “written” work. Who knows, maybe one day some crazy person will really fall in love with my book and they would be interested in seeing the notes, seeing where Mara and Henri were born–which was on the pages of five-hole-punch-paper while working in a hospital. 🙂

Trucking right along…

I essentially have approximately thirteen chapters of my novel written. Eleven of which need to be typed up, nine of which are nearly complete. Everything is first draft of course, but I feel very accomplished right about now. And I know where I want it to go from here, complete with possible sequel.

I don’t know what happened to me these past few days, but I have been super motivated to write and I am loving it.