Pain in the “A”!

The editing process has officially begun!

My NaNoWriMo novel, A Twist of Fates, is just beginning the exciting adventure of editing.  As I have mentioned, when I started writing this novel I did so with little more than an idea, so I wouldn’t get bogged down in the details.

And so now I’m starting by going backward.

Before I even open my novel for it’s first read through, I’ve decided to start by writing out the background details, character descriptions, etc. in order to have tangible details to add, and ideas for better pictorial description.

So here’s the thing – there’s always a ‘thing’ – some of what I’m missing in my original draft are names for characters. Names are fun, right?

Sure…if you don’t put an ‘a’ at the end of every single one of them!

Now, I am Canadian, so perhaps there’s a little more leeway in my excessive use of ‘eh’, but at some point it just looks like I haven’t tried hard enough.  For some reason, almost every fantasy name sounds better with an ‘a’ at the end.  It’s like the perfect ending to a beautiful song…but now the composer is stealing from himself and it sounds just a little bit too familiar to everyone else…  *cough* John Williams *cough*

Sigh, a writer’s lot I suppose.  Now I’m off to tackle this mole-hill… after all, it is the mountain that awaits!

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Meditation: 2nd Attempt

A few years ago, I was back home in Toronto and I was out walking with my husband.  He decided he wanted to go find the shoe tree that was along our route down by the Humber River.  At that particular moment, I didn’t much feel like wandering through the brush, so I opted to sit by the river instead.

As I sat there alone listening to the river and the gentle breeze I simply breathed consciously.  It was a temperate summer day and was very comfortable.  The clean air filled me and surrounded me.  I became so caught up in nothingness that I managed to attract a lovely blue damselfly who chose me as his/her perch.  It landed right on my left hand and seemingly stared at me for a long while.

It was a very peaceful moment that I’ve been missing for some time.

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Recently, I’ve been gearing up to start editing my book from NaNoWriMo and have felt the need to shut down the constant assault of thought.

Now it’s near impossible to get pure silence (or a nature-infused one) around here.  There’s a car wash that moved in next door, ticking clocks, dogs barking, stomping elephantine neighbours upstairs, and the radiator hissing intermittently.  So, constant noise.

But despite all that I gave meditation a go today.

I set an alarm for 5 minutes as a friend of mine suggested and just breathed.

The result?

Well, the first two minutes seemed to go by no problem without thought,  then the waves began.  I could no longer shut out the tick-tock of the clock.  But I brought it back and focussed on my breathing…

I wonder how people manage this regularly with a stuffed nose?  Stop it, back to breathing.

*Tamagotchi goes off.*  Stop it, back to breathing.

*Dog starts barking next door.*  Oh for crying out loud!  Stop it, back to breathing.

You know, I could write a blog about this…  Stop it, back to breathing.

I wonder how much longer.  Stop it, back to breathing.

But who gives a rat’s arse about me trying to meditate, I don’t want to seem like one of ‘those people.’  Stop it, back to breathing.

Breathing.

*Timer goes off.*  Hmm, I guess we’re done.

Was peace of mind achieved… not so much.  But at least it was comical.

And HEY LOOK, I’m writing!  Mission accomplished.

Happy Sunday!!

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Photo Credit: Common Blue Damselfly

I’m a Winner!!!

I did it!  I won the NaNoWriMo Superbowl with a 50,004 word Touch Down!!!  <TD Dance>

Winner-2014-Web-BannerThank you everyone for your support!  This was my first year, and I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but BAM I did!

1/5th Done!

Woo-hoo!  I’m still making progress on my NaNoWriMo novel!  10,100 words as of the end of today’s writing session.  A nice round number and a nifty digital badge to go with it.

I just love the feeling I get as I watch my word count go up!

And that brings us to today’s WriMo Problems pictorial:

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10,000 down, 40,000 to go!  Let’s DO this!

WriMo Problems # 2

For me, this will be a major problem.  Sometimes when I get stuck in my story I start to think to myself, Hey!  I can always catch up tomorrow…interesting how easy it is to lie to ourselves, isn’t it.

And, if at some point I write ahead of myself, I know I’ll be taking a few days off…and that would be a killer.

No excuses, just keep on pluggin’!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 4

And so far, so good.  Well, it’s a little like pulling teeth, but my story is moving forward.  6,692 words.

I mentioned before that I’ve basically done zero planning for this story.  Well, now since this story is beginning to develop a life of its own, I’ve been driven to start my very own WriMo Problems pictorial.  I’m not sure if anyone else has done it (it’s likely cuz it seems to be the thing you do on the internet), but here’s mine for a start.  Keep at WriMoes!

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NaNoWriMo – Day 3

Well, the first couple of days of Nano went pretty well for me.  I had originally considered only writing during the week which would have resulted in a higher daily word count, but at this stage I’m glad I didn’t start out doing that.  Reason being I’ve struggled a little bit reaching the estimated daily word count required to “win” the challenge at the end.  But I have done it!  And if I can keep myself on track I know it will pay off in the end.

Some observations of my process so far…so, at this point it takes me about 2 to 2.5 hours to reach the  1,667+ words per day.  Overall that’s not too bad considering I haven’t done a lot of planning for the story, so in essence I’m planning as I go, or rather as I write.  Also, I find that just at the end of my writing session I start to feel like I’ve just “warmed up”.  So maybe as I get further into this challenge I will make my writing sessions longer.  But for now, I’ve taken to heart the advice of stopping while in the middle of something happening so I won’t be stuck the next day.  And so far, so good!

Another thing I’ve noticed is that right now as I write the clever wit that I was hoping to inject into the story doesn’t seem to be flowing easily.  Obviously, I don’t want to overdo the clever, but I was hoping that my natural talent for one-liners would be a little more present at this stage.  But, I’ve consciously decided not to worry about it too much.  Although I’m sure it would help with the creativity level, at the end of the day what I need to have down is the basic story.  I’m confident that when I go back to it for revision and editing, I’ll be able to polish it the way I want.

And that brings us to Day 3.  I have to get my “write on” for later today, I just wanted to let you know how things are going (also good exercise for the fingers for later).

And to all of you in NaNo right now, good luck and keep on writing!!