Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Four Days Until Nano

Well, my progress for Nano has gone much better than my current WIP. LOL As if last night, this is where I stand with my third book:

Shawntelle's Third Book: (AKA Get the Darn Thing 50% done Before Nano, Please!)
Novel Progress

I've followed Lynn Viehl's notebook and I have completed several pages of the Novel Notebook. I've also written a synopsis. A few books ago, I hated the darn thing, but with time they're not so bad anymore. Romance has a distinct formula and armed with GMC (goal, motivation, and conflict) for each character the synopsis flows out much faster. Of course, my synopsis is under review this week since I may have weak points and I may have to hash out the messy middle to toss in a subplot or two to hold the thing up with toothpicks.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nano Preparation

Thanks to the fabulous author, Lynn Viehl, I will be even more prepared for Nano next week. I plan to complete my first contemporary for the monthly write vest. Lynn posted a link to her Novel Notebook, a scrib document full of great details for a writer to fill out regarding their characters, settings, and plot.

If you want to be my writing buddy during nanowrimo I am listed over there as Shawntelle. (Yes, how original.) I'll have to post how much I followed Lynn's notebook and how useful I found it. I had planned to write a synopsis this week, but using the notebook should make that painful exercise less agonizing.

I'm continuing my sprints during the day to see how much of my third book I can knock out before Nano. Right now, I am 32% done. I'd love to have the book 75% or more done by next Saturday. Even if I wrote 5K per day I still wouldn't finish. But with a month off after the first draft, I would be fresh and ready to edit and complete my first werewolf book.

Shawntelle's Third Book:
Novel Progress

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Lovely Wordle Cloud for My Witch Book

I wasted some perfectly valuable time to create a word cloud for my witch book. (I don't use Memoirs of a Witch Matchmaker anymore since it will be changed before submission to editors.) So here it is in all its shiny glory:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Planning for Nanowrimo

Well, a little over 15 days to go until Nanowrimo is here! Getting excited about participating in my first. I jumped back into writing at the end of Nano so I missed it last year. It's amazing how a year has passed and I've written two books and one of them secured an agent. I got my editorial notes last week from him and sent in the finished material already. (I think the speedy work was due to performing line edits before I did the editorial work. After going line by line for a few weeks I knew my book inside and out.)

I've brainstormed with the super plotter Amanda Berry to determine the topic for my 50K. I still will have to keep up with my other work, but 1100 a day to me is not much when I usually aim for 2500 or more when I am in the zone. I am doing a contemporary, my first, so I needed to use her plotting mojo to get the initial ideas out. I am a plotter who is a panster for the individual scenes. When I know where I'm going to write a lot faster and simply connect the dots. Of course, if my characters decide to do something different based on their personality I allow the flexibility to let that happen.

Today I need to get back into writing my third book, whether its the dark paranormal one or the light one. Either way, I want to get this book halfway done before Nanowrimo starts.