Monday, October 22, 2012

Nanowrimo

So for the last two years I've been doing Nanowrimo, but this year I'm doing Nanoedmo instead.

What is Nanowrimo you ask? Well Nanowrimo is a month-long novel writing challenge put on by the Office of Letters and Light (one of the only places I would absolutely LOVE to work and never consider a day work) where people all over the world sit down and write.  The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  Now, 50,000 words is not a very long book.  My book was 68,000 words, most YA books are around 60-70,000 and frequently longer.  Many books are over 100,000 words.  But 50,000 words is a starting point.  The point of Nanowrimo is to write these words and then not editing them until after you have written those words.  Editing while writing works for some people but for most (me included) it slows down the actual writing and then writing doesn't get finished.  Nanowrimo is basically positive peer pressure to get people to continue writing and reach their goal.

More importantly, what is Nanoedmo?  Nanoedmo is the novel editing version of nanowrimo.  I wrote the book, now it's time  to edit it.  I have a very hard time editing, and it takes me forever to edit anything.  So instead of starting another novel (which I did in June with Camp Nano) I'm going to continue editing the one I already wrote so maybe I can pay off my student loans sometime in the future.

I love Nanowrimo.  My freshman year I did it by myself, but even though I wasn't hanging out with other writers in real life it made me feel so much less alone.  Freshman year was unbelievably hard for me, and connecting with other writers online made me feel less alone.  Sophomore year I got to hang out with some super awesome writers on my campus.  On the first night, when the clock turned to midnight we all sat in a circle on the floor of the library and wrote together, and it was amazing.  It was one of the most amazing feelings I've ever felt.  I had an anthropology class pretty soon after that and we discussed the concept of communitas.

Communitas is a concept in anthropology and other social sciences where it describes the feeling of being one with the people around you.  My professor's example was being at a protest for a cause you really believe in and feeling solidarity with all the other people at the protest.  My thoughts immediately went to the feeling of sitting in a circle on the floor in the basement of the AU library and feeling like my soul was merging  with those half a dozen other people's souls.  I can't really describe it, I can only encourage you to sit on a floor with other writers and just write.

But this year since I've already written a book, I need to edit it.  And I need motivation since I am so damn lazy about it.  More important things get in the way, like homework and studying and tutoring and SHS, and Phi Sigma Pi, and being absolutely terrified of life to come because I am 20 years old and that is pretty much what being 20 is like.  So Nanoedmo, please rectify my editing issues!

Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's About Time

I know it's been quite a while, and I don't have anything new to report except that junior year at college is hard.  It's a lot of work, and that leaves little time for writing.  So I think I'm making a resolution this year to stop going online late at night and reading blogs and wasting time on, well, IWasteSoMuchTime.com.  Instead I'm going to try to get to bed at a reasonable time at night, so I can get up earlier in the mornings so I can write more.

Being twenty, being a junior, being a second semester junior, it's terrifying.  It makes me think about graduation, and grad school, and jobs (I'm a tutor this year), and life after the safety net that college provides.

I've accomplished a few things since my last post.  I turned twenty, got a driving permit, came to my junior year, planned a floor/building event, made new friends, got caught up in someone else's drama, accepted new brothers into my fraternity, and wrote several papers.  I also read Looking For Alaska, How To Kill A Mockingbird, and The Vinland Sagas.

I've done next to nothing for the book, except finished editing chapter 5.  Now I have to go back and work on my second rewrite of chapter 1, then continue forward.  I've also been planning out the second book.  Originally I had planned it to be a trilogy but now I'm thinking it's more of a diad.  I went hiking and sorted out a significant portion of the plot.

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

One Week

One Week.

That's how long until my birthday.  I turn twenty this year.  When I was a kid twenty seemed so old.  I thought I'd have so much more figured out by now.  I thought I'd be in school for medicine or veterinary medicine.  I thought I'd be able to graduate a year early.  I thought I'd be at school in Vegas dealing blackjack to pay my way, or in Mississippi right across the street from the ocean, or in New Orleans.  I thought I'd be in a sorority.  I thought if I wasn't dealing blackjack I'd be slinging drinks in a biker bar.  I thought I'd be tattooed.  I thought I'd be getting married within a year.  I thought I'd be published.  I thought I'd be so much further along in life than I am now.

I still don't think twenty is young.  But I don't know how much I could possibly have figured out.  I just decided in the last week or two that I want to focus my career toward teaching history not forensic anthropology.  I haven't finished revising my book let alone published it.  I'm nowhere near getting married.  I did go Greek, but in a coed fraternity, not in a sorority.

My love story isn't an epic sweeping half-tragic tale that carries me across continents and screams at the top of its lungs; it doesn't conquer everything terrible for me.  My love story is strong.  It's quiet, but steady.  It gives me the strength to conquer the terrible things myself.  It is my epic; it carries me from day to day.

My life isn't what I expected it would be at this age. I don't have that much figured out.  It's still a good life.  I'm pretty happy most of the time.

Being twenty scares me.  Don't get me wrong, I'm embracing my twenties.  I can't wait.  But like most things I'm really excited for it also terrifies me.  It's a milestone, and like most milestones I haven't achieved as much as I wanted to by the time I'm reaching it.  But I think that's okay for now.


I need to remind myself of this all the time.  I'm not a superhero.  I'm not a prodigy.  I'm just me.  Jeanni.  


Stay Tuned.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Rewriting

Guys, writing is hard.  And rewriting is hard.  But second rewriting is way harder.  I'm having a really hard time working on the second rewrite of Chapter 1, even though I finally figured out how to fix it.  Fixing is hard.  But guys, it's also something else.  I've written this chapter.  I've rewritten this chapter.  I've outlined it and changed the outline.  I know this chapter better than the back of my hand.  So redoing it AGAIN is making me dig my heels in and scrape my fingernails down the wall.
Ouch.
It hurts.  And it's hard.  But I'm  gonna do it!  I promise!  One day you can all read the book.  Granted that probably most people reading this either stumbled upon it randomly or are my mom.  And she's already read the book.  Hi mom.  But one day.

This chapter hurts.  Almost as bad as that time my friend almost broke my nose falling on me or my dog twisted my wrist running to my dad or I slipped on wet grass and bounced on my knees twice moving out of my first dorm.

I'm feeling so stressed out with family stuff and being responsible for taking care of my parents and my grandma and my dog.  I've been having a lot of oxygen escaping the room moments.  If you watched Pushing Daisies you know what I'm talking about.  I feel like my life is flashing by and I'm not going to get to do the fun stuff.  Right now my mental escape is a diner/bakery/barkery.  Whenever I'm out and about in my town (this is the first time I've referred to it as my town not the town I live near) I see empty spaces, there are far too many empty spaces by the way, and I think 'My diner could go there.'  To get overly psychoanalytic, I love providing joy to people and bringing it into people's lives.  Food and baked goods and books provide that joy.  So since I'm having all that trouble with the book, what's left is food and baked goods.  But it's been well over a hundred almost every day for the last month in rural Missouri, and as such baking is out.  Hell, cooking is almost out.  But not fun cooking, it's whatever uses the least heat.

Also I've been feeling things even more strongly lately.  I always do when I'm here because my stress levels are higher when I'm with my family than when I'm at school in DC with just my friends and my frat brothers.  Sure, I have school there, and I'm still writing.  But that's the kind of stress that gives me motivation.  This kind of stress makes me want to curl up in a tiny little ball and cry.

Stay Tuned.

Monday, June 25, 2012

On Hold

I'm blocked on Delia's story, so I've decided to put it on hold.  I need to edit Serendipity before the school year starts since I won't have time then.  I hit a great idea on how to fix the first chapter, and it's very exciting.  I'm hoping to have it edited and ready to submit when I go back to school in August.

Hope everyone's doing well with Camp Nano!



Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Update

Guys, my writing mojo for the day just never showed up.  I was even at an exciting scene.  Know why?  Because Storybook released a new version and now I can't get my file open properly to see my outline.  I have the actual writing backed up elsewhere, and most of the outline handwritten, but that is frustrating.

Right now I'm up to 22k and change, so today won't be much of an update.  I'm tired and kind of sick, so I'll count today as my day off and feel better tomorrow.

Stay Tuned.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Camp Nano Days 6, 7, and 8

So, this is a three-day update.  I missed my 2k/day goal yesterday by about 800 words, but it was okay, if it doesn't come, it doesn't come.  I'm trying to be zen about it, especially since I'm also trying to revise Serendipity.  It's hard, I never realized how hard revising was because I've only ever revised short stories.  Short stories are still important to me, but they're not my baby the way that Serendipity is.  My family's also in a little bit of a transition period right now, so my dad's home all the time before he starts a new job next week.

I completely fell for my story's main couple in today's scene.  They're not a couple yet, they don't become a couple until the very end of the outline, but they're flirting and they've got a lot of romantic tension.  They're cute.  I wasn't sure it was going to work but it totally is.  I'm getting so excited for them as a couple now!  You know that way you get giddy when you watch your favorite tv show and you have this perfect couple (*cough Naley cough*) and you rewatch the times when they're becoming a couple and you just...squeal and smile because you can see their perfection as a couple?  That's what I'm getting with these two.  I get so excited for this story in general and I'm getting SO excited to write more of these two.

Meanwhile from my inspiration file:




Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Camp Nano: Days 4 & 5

I'm kind of liking this every two days check in.  It frees up some more time during the writing craziness.  So yesterday I put off my writing.  You know how writers who are also parents have to wait until their kids are in bed before they start writing?  Well I have to either write before mine get up/get home, or after they're at work/asleep.  As you can probably tell I'm not talking about children.  I live with my parents and grandmother and they're as much of a handful as three small children.  When they're awake it's "JEANNI! Water the flowers!" and "JEANNI! Make your grandma some lunch!" and "JEANNI! Hand me that remote that's two inches from my hand but oh I worked so hard last night and can't move, even though I came home five hours ago and slept!"  (Confession: That's mostly my dad.  But my mom can get in the way of writing and my grandma's 84, I have to watch her carefully to make sure she doesn't fall.)  I tried waiting until after my parents were both at work and my grandma was asleep, but by then I just wanted to sleep, so I only got out a little over 1200 words.  Not pleasant friends.  But this morning I went back to my early morning sploonage and it worked wonderfully.  Over 2200 words.

Day 4
Day Total: 1,237
Novel Total: 6,147

Day 5 (so far)
Day Total: 2,257
Novel Total: 8,404

Now I have to be honest, I did some pre-nano writing on this book.  Exactly 2,746 words worth.  So while my nano total is 8,404, my actual novel total is 11,150.  I'm going to continue only counting my nano total these posts since these are to keep track of my progress during nano, but my final total will be added up at the bottom.

Also, I tried out writing in Write Or Die (the web app) this morning and HOLY WOW!  Guys!  Guys!  I wrote the first 1154 in 37 minutes and the second 1103 in 36 minutes!  The threat of Write Or Die eating my words, or playing Banana Phone while making my screen all red and angry REALLY motivated me.  I am officially swearing by it.  From now on.  Swears made by Write Or Die (WoD) are holy.  Almost as holy as swearing on fish finger and custard or crossing my hearts and hoping to regenerate.

Good luck!

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Camp Nano Day 2 & 3

Day 2 (Also known as the day of the Failure)
Day Total: 212
Novel Total: 2,879
Break downs so far: 0
Break downs expected: 3+
Major plot changes in the last 24 hours: 0

Day 3
Day total: 2,031
Novel Total: 4,910
Break downs so far: 0 (amazing considering the previous day's 212)
Break downs expected: 3+
Major plot changes in the last 24 hours: 3

I had to rewrite the ending of the book entirely on my outline.  It was a lot of work, which is probably what ate up so much of my wordsmithing abilities on day 2.  But I'm not worried.  This is my third Nano.  I've already completed one novel.  I can do this, although my brain actually thinks I cannot.  I can, I have.  Breathe.

How's everybody doing?

Stay Tuned.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Camp Nano Day 1

So far today I've written 2,226 words.  I don't intend to write more, though I might later if the mood strikes.  I also had an idea about the ending and am now changing that.  So that outline work will probably take up most of my afternoon.  Then I want to try to edit some more of Serendipity in the evening.  I plan on living June in three worlds: Sister Psychic, Serendipity, and you know, the real world.  But the real world is no fun.

Day Total: 2,667
Novel Total: 2,667
Break downs so far: 0
Break downs expected: 2+
Major plot changes in the last 36 hours: 1

Relatedly, have you all heard about June Sploon?  It's a Camp Nano style challenge by Rachel Hawkins (author of the Hex Hall trilogy) but instead of 50k in 30 days, the goal is a pace of 2k/day M-F all of June, resulting in 42k.  That's a lot of words.  Does Camp Nano sound too intimidating?  Try June Sploon, fewer words, weekends off.  Caveat: More words per day required to finish at 42k.

I'm combining June Sploon with Camp Nano for a Camp Nano 2k/day frenzy.  Fun times friends, fun times.  I'm anticipating at least two breakdowns this month, as my recap shows.

Originally I had considered writing in Storybook for this book.  That's not happening.  The platform just doesn't feel right for me.  It works amazingly well for holding my meta documents and sorting my scenes once written, but not so well for actual writing.  I'm going to be bouncing between OmmWriter (very similar to CreaWriter, but just different enough that I do prefer it.  It's freeware, which is the best kind, and it has an awesome distraction free background PLUS a wordcount at the bottom that disappears while you're writing) and Write or Die the web app version.  The desktop version is only $10 but I don't know yet if I like it enough to buy it, plus $10 is a lot for an unemployed college student.  If anyone has tried the desktop version and thinks it's GLORIOUS please let me know.  I'm considering it as a use of some birthday money.    OmmWriter is where I wrote large chunks of Serendipity, as well as CreaWriter.  They're both great softwares but I like OmmWriter just a little more.  Will that keep me from using both?  Not at all.

How are your Camp Nano journeys going?  How are your wordcounts?  Do you have a wordcount dragon breathing down your neck?  I do, her name's Kera and she's a lovely shade of purple.  If I don't feed her words she starts chomping away on my keyboard.  In real life though I have only me and the peer pressure of knowing how many other people there are doing Camp Nano and doing it well.  Peer pressure, sometimes, is a good thing.

Stay Tuned.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Camp Nano

It's almost here guys!  All has been quiet on my front because I've been in and out of the revision and planning caves.  Revising Serendipity and planning for Sister Psychic.  It's been an exciting few days and we're looking at an even more exciting month.  I've developed a schedule I'm trying to stick to which incorporates my personal goal of 2k/day, swimming 20 laps in our pool, and revising at least 3k/day on Serendipity.  It's over 75k, but I've already finished the first two chapters.  Of course, chapter 1 always needs more editing, it's the first thing that hooks in your readers.  And it needs at least one beta reader, but that'll all happen after June.  I'm aiming to get at least half the book edited through June, then dive into the edits again after a week of in the beginning of July.

Tomorrow is June 1.  Tomorrow begins Camp Nano.  Tomorrow I start writing Sister Psychic.  I've outlined the whole book, but it's not very in depth.  I keep having ideas for deepening the outline, which will hopefully all wind up in the book.  If not, then they don't.  I'm still not crazy about the way the book ends, so maybe that'll change.  But that'll happen as it happens.

Are you excited yet?  Get excited.

Stay Tuned.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Camp Nano Prep: Research Trips

I recently changed where my story takes place.  Not by much, it was in Herculaneum, a small town near me, and now it's in Crystal City, another small town near me, but one I know a lot better.  I made this decision because of a research trip that I dragged my mom on today.

Normally my research trips are little jaunts to the library to peruse the folklore section.  I pull out books of old fairytales from Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world.  I flip through collections of folklore from various parts of the country, and read Norse, Greek, and Roman mythology.  But today's research trip was a bit different.  Today I went to see if the town where I planned to house my story fit the town I pictured.  Granted, I've never been to that town, even though it's ten minutes away from my own.  But I expected it to be more similar to my own town than different.  Well.

Turned out Herky was a good bit smaller than my town and quite different.  We didn't see any businesses, though we only went down a handful of streets.  The high school looked awesome, way nicer than mine was (though mine was in NY not MO) and I love the Blackcats as a mascot.  We started on one street, thought it would turn into another, and wound up back on the highway because, woops, you need to keep left on that fork to hit main street.  Fun fact.  So we went back around the highway and took Herky's main street around.  Then it was closed for a while so we had to turn and go down another street and had a little adventure.  A stranger on a riding mower waved at us.  When we passed the police station my mom, ever graceful under pressure, suggested that if we're lost we go in and ask for directions; she also suggested that telling them I was writing a fantasy novel set in their town and needed to research might result in us being put into a jail cell.  (Can you read the sarcasm when I say my mom is graceful under pressure?  Cause she's really, really, really not the person you want with you in a crisis.)  We found our way back onto the highway, don't worry.  Then I stewed in the car while we drove around our town so my mom could find a novitiate I had seen on a map.  While we were doing that the answer to the perplexing problem of the town not fitting the story became very very simple.

Just move the setting.

The town I had been picturing was in my backyard all along.  I live outside it.  I have a library card there.  The town I'd been picturing was Festus-Crystal City (The Twin Cities), but I'd placed Dee and her family in Herky five years ago before I started picturing Dee's town.  But when I do plot her summer it's right here in my own backyard.

Research trips don't always go as you planned, but sometimes you get something better out of them.  I planned to get a better understanding of Herculaneum.  I got that, but I also figured out where my book was meant to take place.  So now Delia Darko and her family have moved to Crystal City, no U-hauls required.  The library's awesome, there's a cupcakery, and a beautiful bridge.  It's five minutes to walk into Festus and that library's pretty awesome too.  I'll try to get in as much library writing time as I can in Festus and Crystal City because I write best at libraries.  So if you happen to be a neighbor, come find me.  I usually bring cookies.  And I always wave back.

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Camp Nano Prep: Storybook

Many authors swear by Scrivener.  I tried the free trial and I hated it.  It doesn't work for me.  I like word, even though everyone else seems to hate it.  Granted, I've only written one book, and an unpublished book at that so my book-writing experience is next to null, but it worked well for me.  What I do like, though, is a supplementary software called Storybook.  While there is the option with Storybook to write your book in the software, that's not what I use it for.  I use it to keep all of the information I need at my fingertips.  I have my outline in Storybook, I have my character profiles, my plot questions.  My world building information, which is vital to a fantasy writer, is kept in Storybook and backed up in Evernote.

Storybook has a feature called Strands.  Each Strand can contain an entire novel, or your notes on anything you want.  I usually keep the Default Strand for keeping information about each chapter, an Outline Strand for my outline and any notes I need to make on it, a Notes Strand for any notes that don't fit anywhere else, a World Strand for the world I'm building, and a Research Strand for noting where each piece of research comes from and what information I plan to use.  If I read a great piece of folklore from Alabama and want to incorporate it, I'll make a new 'scene' in my Research Strand, type in the information I'm keeping, add the source to the notes section, and it's right there.  Any new document within a Strand is a 'scene' though not everything is an actual scene.  What I love about Storybook is that you can also tag each 'scene' with which characters and locations are involved.

The software also keeps track of characters, locations, items, chapters, parts, and tags.  I create each character in the character function, fill in all their details, and tag them in the correct spots.  When I need to, I make notes about them in either their profile's notes section, or in a Strand and tag them.  Same with locations. I have yet to need the items function as there are no objects of such importance in my book.  Tags allow you to focus on the multiple elements in a book, like drama, romance, violence, etc.  You can tag each 'scene' with which element it reflects.

Finally, another feature I love is the Ideas panel.  If you have an idea but don't know where it belongs you can click the lightbulb on the top toolbar and it pops up with a little dialogue box for you to type in your idea.   Then, to view any ideas you've had, go to Charts And Tools, then click Ideas and they're all there.

For more information, check out the Storybook developer website here.

I've been considering trying out writing the book in Storybook for Camp Nano.  I'll keep you updated.

Stay Tuned.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Camp Nano Prep: Meta Documents

First of all, sorry I didn't post anything yesterday.
Second of all, let me explain what a meta document is.  These are documents, usually on a computer but sometimes physical, that hold other information about your characters and world-building that is not included in the manuscript.  Scott Westerfeld created the term here.  I discussed the most well known meta document of all in my last post.  The Outline.  Meta documents are, to quote Scott Westerfeld himself "documents about the main document."  There are many types of meta document, and I highly encourage you to check out the original post over on Scott Westerfeld's blog.

Think about it: novels are at least 50,000 words, and can be three times that length or more. That’s a huge project, and you, dear novelist, are the Project Manager. You need a clipboard with you at all times, or you will start forgetting stuff.
There are so many types of meta document that they can't all be listed.  Each author has their own set of meta documents.  In the original post the Timeline is covered.  I haven't used a timeline for the last book or for this one, especially since this is set in the summer, but I did for my first book.  It needed particularly careful scheduling.
Some other meta documents include:
Character Sheets (all the details about a character and their life story)
World Guides
Notes (for revisions)
Plot Questions/Problems
Details
Summary (writing a summary of the story before I even write an outline really helps me to figure out where a story is going)

Really, you can make any kind of meta documents you think your book will need.  I keep a lot of mine in Evernote (which is the best program for writers, in my opinion, as referenced in this post) and some on index cards hung up on my closet's outside doors.  What methods work for you?  Share below in the comments.

Stay Tuned.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Camp Nano Prep: Outlining

Outlining.  The big scary word that has most writers running scared.  Me included.  Nano 2010 I used an outline for the first time.  It was scary, since I'd never thought that far ahead in a story.  I'd always been a pantser.  I just started and kept going.  But you know what?  Plotting and outlining was the best way to get that story out.  I had a real beginning, not just a cool character.  I had a middle.  I had an ending.  I knew who the murderer was and why the murders happened (yeah, it was one of those books), which had never happened before.  I knew everything about the book.  I wrote it, and I didn't come close to finishing the whole story.  But I knew where it was going and I had made my Nano 50k.
When I started on The Book Without A Name About Faeries And Boyfriends, I just wrote.  Then I stopped myself and wrote an outline.  I outlined in my bedroom, at my kitchen counter while I baked bread, on the pool deck, at the library, in Subway.  It took a week, but I had finally figured out where the story was going.  If it wasn't for that outline, I wouldn't have finished the book at all.  Now of course I'm struggling through edits, but I finished writing the book, and that's the big scary part.  I know everything about that book, so edits may be daunting, but I know that they'll make it better.
Now, I have an outline for my Camp Nano 2012 book.  (Affectionately working titled Sister Psychic, which is not likely to be its real title as it's also the name of my favorite Smash Mouth song from 2001).  I know who my villains are, what their motivations are, what species of Bumper they are.  I know my main character Delia very very well.  I know her history and her family.  I know what's going to happen in my story.  I know where the book is going.  I can complete it.

Does having an outline prevent things from happening that change the whole plot?  Not even close.  Some strange things happened in writing TBWANAFAB (affectionately called Serendipity).  Some strange things are happening even now as I plan for Sister Psychic.  I just changed something major about my villains, but it fits and it makes the book that much better.  I'm getting excited.  I'm getting ready for this.

Do you outline?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?


Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Camp Nano Prep: Motivation

Motivating yourself to write a novel in 30 days is tough.  No matter who you are, it's really tough.  So how do you do it?

Here are a few of my favorite strategies:
1) Fantasize about giving author interviews, then remember that you can't do that unless you publish a book.
2) Make a playlist of songs that get you in the mood to write your book.  They should relate to the book, or else you'll wind up writing something totally different.  (Mine includes Sister Psychic by Smash Mouth).
3) Make a fake cover for your book.
4) Put it on your to-do list, don't let it slip off.
5) Make a motivational computer background.  Obviously this isn't exactly viable if you share your computer, but if you use your own then make a background with pictures from your inspiration file.  Chop them up in photoshop, add a background color, and slap on a name.  Then put it up to remind yourself how important this is.

Whatever method you use to get motivated, let's get excited guys because Nano is so close!

Stay Tuned.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Camp Nano Prep: Inspiration

Finding the inspiration for a book is hard.  My first Nano I just dove in and started writing, and the whole thing changed a couple times.  The second one I totally cheated and brought something I had been working on since May that year.  I wrote over 18,000 words in four days and finished it.  Then I stopped doing anything for a few days because I broke my brain.  Camp Nano will be my third Nano challenge.  I've written most of an outline for a story I first got the idea for five years ago.  I changed a lot about the story itself, but my main character stayed mostly the same.  She and her relationship with her stepsister Sam were what really spoke to me and what had made me want to write this book.

To help myself work on the outline and shape the novel in my head, I saved a bunch of pictures to my computer and my Pinterest board.  I searched Tumblr, WeHeartIt, and Pinterest for photos that had to do with my book's plot and subjects.  I found a photo of Emma Watson from the set of her new movie, The Bling Ring, that looked perfect for Delia.  I found wolves, psychics, a tree house that is very important to the story, and a vampire.  I pinned the photos, saved them to my computer, and whenever I'm stuck I go look at them.  I also search other pinners' boards about their novels and writing inspiration for photos that speak to me. It helps when I'm not in the right mental place for the writing to have these things to help me.

Check back tomorrow when I write about the inspirational background I made for my computer to keep myself motivated.

Stay Tuned.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Camp Nano 2012

So I know I haven't been on here in about six months, but I haven't been doing much writing until this month except for school.  It was a tough semester, but I came out of it pretty well.  Good grades, joining Phi Sigma Pi (which means a million new friends), and writing two twelve page stories for my creative writing class.

I'm taking the challenge of Camp Nano 2012 (for June anyway), and writing a book set out here in Missouri.  It's set in Herculaneum (probably, I might change it to be closer, more in my backyard), and about a psychic, Delia Darko, from South Boston.  She moves out here and, basically, shit hits the fan.

If anyone else is doing it, find me.  I'm JeanniGrace and writing in fantasy.  You can also check out my pinboard about Delia's story and the inspirations here.  In the next eleven days I'll be writing Camp Nano prep posts, talking about what I'm doing to get prepped for my third Nano.  If anyone wants to contribute, comment or email me at jeannigrace@gmail.com.

Stay Tuned.