As promised, here's my update after reading the NaNovel over Christmas. Surprise surprise, I was horribly nervous about it. I was feeling tons of regret over allowing my alpha readers access to it, and I was positive that I would feel like immolating the document, and myself along with it, after reading the first paragraph. … Continue reading Reading Your Work Without PTSD.
Okay, folks. Last week I promised to let you know how it's going with allowing people to read my first draft. Well, I'll tell you. It's scary. Plus, I think I'm really starting to annoy people with my hand-wringing and repeated assertions that it's really such a mess so please don't expect it to be … Continue reading 5 Questions for Alpha Readers.
Well, as I mentioned on Tuesday, I finished my NaNovel on the twenty-sixth of November. Since then, my body has been detoxing all the pent-up stress of the month, apparently, because I've had a constant headache and I can't get any of my muscles to relax, leading to a sick stomach and a sore jaw. … Continue reading Two Scary Experiments.
What's that thing that happens to astronauts? That thing when they're shooting off into space at ridiculously high speeds and wonky stuff happens to their bodies? I don't know if that's even a thing, but that's what I'm beginning to feel like. We're halfway through the month, I'm halfway through my story, and I've written … Continue reading Zoom.
Ugh. Week two of NaNoWriMo has really set in. I'm exhausted, and my alternate life as a Young Life leader just feels like too much. Yesterday I spent the evening with sixteen amazing teens, an opportunity that is truly a privilege. Under normal circumstances, I love watching them have a chance to laugh and act … Continue reading Small Talk.
The early days of NaNoWriMo, for me, are all about finding my stride. Both yesterday and today, I've done a lot of flailing around and blurting out a bunch of backstory right at the beginning where any novice knows it doesn't belong. But that's okay at this point. I'm getting words on paper. I can … Continue reading Day Two.
Hi everybody. Well, here it is, the last blog post before the madness that is NaNoWriMo begins. As I explained last week, my blog will probably get pretty dodgy in content and style until December comes, and that includes today. I'm in the last frantic planning period, and while I'm excited, I'm simultaneously positive that … Continue reading Tracking Relationships.
You know how last week I talked about breaking out of the jungle and into the clearing of character design? Well. Turns out, it was actually a clearing at a cliff's edge, because the next few chapters in my guidebook were all about scenes: How to plan them for maximum emotional impact, and how to … Continue reading Cliff Jumping into Scenes.
In my desperate jungle scramble towards this year's NaNoWriMo, much of the process has been unfamiliar and scary. Although I love the process of learning for its own sake, sometimes struggling through the underbrush of theme and subplots* had me feeling a bit breathless. Imagine my delight, then, when I broke out into the clearing … Continue reading Walking Contradictions.
As I mentioned last week, I've embarked on a guided tour through the plotting jungle, beginning with the stuff I usually leave for the end. Themes. I usually sit at the "I don't know what I've written until I've written it" table, so I felt nervous and rebellious when I realized I would have to … Continue reading Theme Park.