Turning a First Draft into a Novel

I’ve got 50,000 words! What do I do with them??? I reached my 50,000 word count in NaNoWriMo and I’m proud of it. Writing 50,000 words about anything in a single month is quite an accomplishment. My schedule was packed, so I didn’t have as many hours to work on it as I would have liked. In all, I would say that I spent a mere 50 hours on my novel. That means I averaged 1000 words an hour or slightly less than 17 words a minute. That doesn’t account for the time I spent thinking about my novel the … Continue reading Turning a First Draft into a Novel

NaNoWriMo Update — 50,000!

I’m not sure I would call it a novel yet. It seems more like a collection of random scenes, but nonetheless, I have hit my 50,000 work mark for NaNoWriMo! I officially have 50,049 words. I’ll discuss the experience more later, after I get some sleep.

Measuring Up

A while back, Michael Stelzner over at Writing White Papers started a comment-based contest to name the Top Ten Blogs for Writers. He has now posted his official list of nominees, which I have included below. I was happy to see that my blog made the initial cut and I thank those of you who nominated it. For the final vote, Michael is planning to judge the blogs based on the following criteria. Quality of posts: (55% of decision) Frequency of posts: (15%) Reader involvement: (15%) Technorati.com Ranking: (15%) The criteria prompted me to think about my own blog and … Continue reading Measuring Up

Weekly Poetry Assignment 6: Feeling the Flow

Tonight was my most productive night so far. I wrote over 5000 new words for my NaNoWriMo novel, and it really flowed well. I almost hated to stop. When you are on a roll, whether you are writing poetry or fiction, you need to embrace it. There are times when the words come so fast that your hands seem barely able to keep up with your thoughts, and that was me tonight. It makes me wish I was a better typist. When I’m writing off the top of my head I can type about sixty words a minute, but when … Continue reading Weekly Poetry Assignment 6: Feeling the Flow

Some Inspirational Quotes

I’ve been ill for several days, so I apologize for the lack of postings. I will try to put together the weekly poetry assignment tomorrow. My NaNoWriMo number is now 21,000. Its coming along. I will find a way to hit 50,000 words. There’s still plenty of story to tell. Until tomorrow, here are some inspirational quotes to keep everyone going. Cicero Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. Cyril Connolly Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. G. K. … Continue reading Some Inspirational Quotes

10 Increasingly Pointless NaNoWriMo Helpers

My NaNoWriMo word count is at about 18,000. Let me know where you’re at and feel free to offer more helpers. Red Bull single shot dispenser Feeding Tube He Said / She Said macros Toolbar set to display Tony Robbins quotes Random character name generator… Tiberius Mellon??? Stephen King tied to a bed for inspiration iPod set with Paperback Writer, Eye of the Tiger and Alec Baldwin’s speech in Glengarry Glen Ross Farming out narration to virtual assistant in India Wheel-O-Plot-Twists Five-year-old child on standby to point out things that could never happen in real life

More Poetic Terms

I am still deep in NaNoWriMo, but here are a few more definitions you can use to augment my post on poetic terminology. Caesura: A notable pause or break within a line of poetry as opposed to at the end of a line of poetry. Consonance: The repetition of two or more consonants using different vowels. For example: fast tryst. Refrain: A phrase, line or group of lines that gets repeated within a poem. Internal Rhyme: Words within a line of poetry (rather than at the end or beginning of a line) that rhyme with words within other lines of … Continue reading More Poetic Terms

Six Ways to Jump Start a Stalled Novel

My NaNoWriMo total is at around 9000 now. That’s a solid jump forward from yesterday. I’m still behind the medium pace, but at least I’m getting closer. I’m hoping for some more good progress tonight. For today’s quick tips I am going to give you: Six Quick Ways to Jump Start a Stalled Novel Introduce a new character Solve a problem Create a new problem Jump forward or backward in the timeline Let the larger world play a role (Natural disaster, political turmoil, conflict between strangers, etc.) Have a character change their mind about something important

Top 10 Blogs for Writers

Michael Stelzner over at Writing White Papers is taking nominees for the Top 10 Blogs for Writers. There are some pretty good ones on the list. If you aren’t too busy with NaNoWriMo, you might want to check out: The Golden Pencil Copyblogger JCM Enterprises Freelance Writing Gigs The Renegade Writer Blog Freelance Parent Write From Home Heather Strang The Urban Muse Coffee & Critique Writers Group Freedom from the Mundane The Writing Road Writing The Cyber highway Sage Said So

Six Tips for Writing Descriptions

I am still behind on my NaNoWriMo project. I’m at about 4500 words right now and I am starting to realize how difficult the time commitment is for me. I will have to start eliminating some of the time-wasters from my life for a while if I am going to make it. Six Quick Tips for Writing Descriptions Close your eyes and try to recreate the image in your head. Remember that people have five senses. Don’t just rely on visual description. Adjectives should describe, not evaluate. Describing skin as smooth or tan is better than describing it as pretty … Continue reading Six Tips for Writing Descriptions