Saturday, 26 November 2011

Cutie Pie

I was visiting my friend today and her new puppy. He was so gorgeous I just had to share him with everyone. She's called him Shem and he totally suits it. Definitely the man of their house.
Also great inspiration for a new heroin who's into cute little dogs about the length of a sky remote. I'm thinking someone with drama queen tendencies but with a heart of gold. Now I'm away to dream up the hero :o)

Monday, 21 November 2011

NaNoWriMo - Finnished!

I completed the first draft of my ms yesterday (which included the first round of edits) bringing my total word count to 49,275. Bit disappointed that I've fallen short but over the last week I've deleted lots of words and added even more so I think I've probably written over 50k overall.

Now on to the polishing once my CP's looked it over. I already sent her the first three chapters. She emailed me Saturday saying she loved it and that it was my best work yet. Super happy about that :o)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Pantsing v Plotting

Up until recently, I considered myself a pantser. I'd get an idea, either about the characters I want, a setting, the black moment or even just the opening line of a story and I'd be able to sit down and type away, only really planning out a few scenes ahead. This worked for one or two wips and I did enjoy writing this way although it was hard at times.

For NanoWriMo, I spent ages in October plotting out a detailed outline of where I want my story to go, creating characters right down to their quirks and bad habits and outlining the character curves, conflicts and anything else I could think of. I'm actually finding writing this way heaps easier than pantsing although that did work for me to.

What do you do, are you a plotter, pantser or a bit of both?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The plague...

that is self doubt.

Seriously, why do we do it? Why spend hundreds of hours slogging over something that you know will be 'the one' then spend even more hours making it 'so perfect you just know that it is the one?'

Then, after it's as shiny as a brass door knob, you submit it thinking that will be the end of it. You can now go on to write something knew and completely forget about the work you submitted, right?


I worked and reworked my entry for New Voices, trying to make it unpredictable, trying to take my CP partner's views on it and, gaining approval from her, subbed it to the London office.

And I thought it would be all over after that. I am sooo naive. Why couldn't I see all those excellent ways I could have improved it before? It's madness.

Even though I have my project for NaNoWriMo to 'take my mind off things' it's still not enough. Am I going to be a nervous wreck, refreshing my inbox several times a day for the next six months or does it get easier?

All views would be appreciated. It's not my first time subbing somewhere, but I'm beginning to realise that doesn't matter. My mind still plagues itself with doubt each and every time and I wonder if those who make it still feel that way.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

NaNoWriMo & A lil bit about NV

First of all, I want to say well done to those who made it to the Top Four in New Voices 2011. You all have amazing stories and I loved every one. It was so hard to pick between my top two faves, The Seven Day Target and Beguiling The Enemy. Both were very different, but I enjoyed them immensely. In the end, I only get one vote and The Seven Day Target done it for me. Well done girls, you all are winners in my book!

Now on to Nano, I've managed just over 3k today. A personal best for me and I hope to do the same Thursday since I have to work late Wednesday and Friday. I hate having to lose two days when I really want to make my 50k target. I'll just have to make up for it at the weekend. How's everyone else getting on? Are you writing a new story or finishing up an old one?

My username on Nano is 'aimeexdx'. Come add me as a writing buddy :o)