>So I still haven’t started writing yet. I think I’ve learned to take procrastination to all new heights, these days. I’ll pick strawberries with the kids, play farmville, warhammer, go to the grocery store, but write? Heck no.
I’ve finally gotten my idea. I had a dream (which is where most of my story ideas come from. Mortuus Rex came from a dream) that fascinated me. It involved a mermaid, addressing Congress, demanding recognition as a sentient species, protection of “human” rights for all sentients, and demanding the cessation of unlawful experimentation on the males of her species in private corporate research.
>It’s starting. The NaNoWriMo forums are starting to buzz. There’s a few more posts in Character and Plot Realism, there’s a few more private messages, the activity is ramping up in Games and Procrastination.
Completing my 2009 novel, and completing my 2008 novel. I’d like to complete the 2008 novel for CreateSpace’s free proof offer for NaNo winners. I’ve missed this offer (or the similar one from Lulu) every year, and dangit, I want this book in my hands, even if not published yet, for sheer vanity’s sake.
Now, I’m struggling with the desire to finish my2007 novel, Heaven’s Bounty. It’s such a GOOD story, and now I’ve finally figured out where I want to go with it, after letting it sit for a year or two.
This is why I’m not a published author yet. It has nothing to do with the quality of my work; I’m convinced that my prose is as good or better than anything you’ll see in Barnes and Noble. It’s the fact that I don’t finish novels, and therefore am unable to submit them for consideration.
So that’s my goal for the coming year: to complete a minimum of one manuscript, and polish it well enough for submission to agents.
Not a publisher, mind you; Like Editorial Ass, I believe firmly in the power of agents to help authors in more ways than just finding a good editor.
But to do this, I have to not only finish a novel, but polish it well enough to put through my critique group, and then polish is MORE into perfection.
But now my dilemma is I have multiple novels that I want to work on. I’m going to finish them all, but in what order?
What I have:
1) My first love, my original. The Story that Had to be Written. I’m currently working on handwriting the second draft, which I’ll then transcribe into the computer. This is the one I’d like to have for the CreateSpace offer.
2) The sequel to the previous one; I know, I know. In all fairness, I HAVE finished the first one, when I was 15 or 16… I know how the first one ends.
3) This year’s. This one is the one about the widow who ends up as a Queen, and then has to take her husband’s assassinated soul, memory, and skills and avenge his death and take back his kingdom. It’s FUN, but it’s lying fallow again, victim of 50k disease. Mortos Rex.
4) 2007’s novel, Heaven’s Bounty. It’s a sci-fi piece about a winged bounty hunter who is captured, wing-clipped, and raped (dark stuff) and set free by her friends, then seeks to find the source of her deceased captor’s freakish shapeshifting powers, powers her love also seems to possess. This one is so much fun, and the voices for all those characters have started up in my head.
5) Of course, Double Edged Sword, though a good chunk of it has gone missing. That’s a hard one to write though, and when I get back to it, it’s going to be like pulling teeth. Good story, just delicate work.
I dunno. I’m going to work on them all… but which first? My bones tell me I need to finish this year’s novel FIRST. It’s what’s most recent in my mind, and dammit, it would be nice to finish a NaNo novel the same year I started it.
But Heaven is calling…
The wildly popular NaNo Word Sprints are going on over on Twitter. It started out simple enough, with a couple of word wars on the main NaNoWriMo twitter. It’s proven to be so popular that we’ve got a ton of people doing it, and I even volunteered to run a few myself during the day and when I’m writing. Before, it was just on the west coast time, which is exhausting for us east-coasters.
Most common is 10, 20, 30, and 40 minute word sprints. It’s a great way to sprint through and get some fast words racked up and see how you compare to others. Some people are insane writers, one even managing to pull off over 1,000 words in just ten minutes! Most people write at a more reasonable, less wrist-breaking pace.
It’s fun, and be sure and check it out.
So I started writing. After a total 2.5 hours worth of writing? I’d jumped from 21,705 to 30,474. I hit my stride, and this story has exploded. It’s not really related to my current NaNo, but I did the cheesy old trick of “meanwhile, in another part of the universe.” This one, I fully expect to hit 50k before the month is over, so I’m keeping the words. To see my erratic performance this year, click the widget to open up my progress report.
I love this. This is how NaNoWriMo is supposed to feel. 8,776 words in 2.5 hours, so excited I can barely contain my enthusiasm or stop writing. I was up till 2 AM last night. That’s what I missed. I will post an excerpt from the piece I’m working on, and tell you more about it as it gels soon. For now, I must WRITE.
Today, I’m about to embark upon the terrifying prospect of upgrading my computer from Windows Vista to windows 7. I found a deal that offers a copy of Windows Home Premium or Windows Professional to students for $30. So I’ve downloaded it, and now, all I have to do isfinish backing up the rest of my files. I’m uploading all my non-music stuff to dropbox (which, by the way, thanks to all of you who checked it out… thanks to those referrals, I now have 5 gigs of free storage instead of 2. It’s going to take about five hours to upload all of my remaining photos, but they’ll all be safely stored, and in no risk of erasure by the upgrade.
So I’m going to take advantage of my remaining hours of backups to write, write, write, and see how much further I can go.
And here, for your interest, is my progress towards my goal of 100k. I’m still a bit behind where I should be, but a couple more nights of writing like last night, and I should be caught up with no problem.
Let’s see if we can’t get a little less red in there, whaddya think?
One of the worst things that can happen to any artists is to lose your work to a corrupted file, a power outage, or storage device failure. It’s happened to me several times, and now I back up my novel in several places.
1) I have Dropbox set up on my computer. It automatically syncs my files stored in its folder, without me even having to think about it. I can access it across multiple computers, or log in online anywhere I have net access. 2 GB free. If you get referrals (such as with my link right here) you can earn another full GB of free storage. They also offer paid accounts up to 100 GB, I think it is.
2) USB stick. I keep a 2 GB drive handy at all times. It’s nice to have, but they’re losable. In fact, I’m missing one now, and it’s annoying me.
3) Google Docs – it tends to muck up your formatting, but it’s perfect for writing from anywhere, and making backups. better to have to redo your tabs than to lose it completely, eh? It’s also great if you want to share your writing with a few people for critique or collaboration.
4) Backup to another partition on my laptop.
5) Email it to myself.
Backing up is vital… I lost over 30k on my original NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m missing about 20k on the one from two years ago. It makes me very annoyed, and if I’d been more diligent about my backups… I’d still have it.