Thoughts on Writing and NaNoWriMo

Last year, I lost at NaNoWriMo. I ended November, 2012 as the resentful little kid at the science fair, ready to throw my green participant ribbon in the toilet and sneer at those proud individuals bearing the blue. In all honesty, I really was happy for them but disappointed in myself. My write-up was a result of asking, “WTF (Water the Flowers) …

Losing NaNoWriMo

Good morning readers! Oliver Gray, my partner in writing crime (though we try hard not to break the Strunk & White Laws), gave me the opportunity to write a guest piece for his blog. As I promised a few posts back, I discuss what I learned from losing NaNoWriMo. If you were a fellow loser, I hope you find some comfort …

Failure = OK, Quitting = Death Knell

The title is as much a reminder to myself as to others struggling through their manuscripts right now. I discussed the idea over coffee with my friend the other night and also received another admonishment from Chuck Wendig. It’s OK to fail. It’s NOT OK to quit. Afte working many hours at the day job, not to mention my wife’s …

Big Wheels Keep on Turning!

Quick — Why did you stop putting words to paper today? Did you realize your character is acting “out of character”? Oh crap, is that plot hole really the size of the Milky Way? Maybe you came to a point where you said, “I just don’t know where this is going. I don’t know what to write.” Some people say, …

NaNoWriMo Check-In #2

Items of note thus far: The cycling between “This is such a great story” and “This is such a shitty story” has greatly accelerated over the past week. After fitful nights of sleep come that grand vision. A cup of coffee later, those moments of clarity are broadsided by thoughts of utter despair. Rinse, repeat. Reading a chapter of fiction before …

NaNoWriMo Check-In #1

4 and 1/2 days in as I write this post and I’ve written 7,958 words of my NaNoWriMo novel. I feel I can safely say that at least 75% of those words are either the wrong ones or in the wrong place. But the words themselves aren’t so important — it’s the ideas behind them that we care about recording. If …

Are you not entertained?!

I sense a great change about to take place and it will last approximately one month. Millions of words that may have wound up on blogs will instead fall into sets of short stories or first-draft novels. An oracle, I am! In all seriousness, things are about to get intense for most of us. It will be interesting to see …

I shouldn't talk with my mouth full…

…but I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew for NaNoWriMo. My research list so far (and of course ever-changing): Time period for Naucratis Style of dress Gods and Goddesses Towns of Canaan Layout of Naucratis Ancient Libya (Cyrenaica) Cults Philosophies of the time and place Seasons and weather conditions Solar events Leaders and Kings Priests Types of …