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Noveling in April

post #1 of 38
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Ok, I love these monthly noveling posts, so I'll start the one for April s

Noveling in January

Noveling in February

Noveling in March (March babies rock, BTW )

...............

I've rewritten chapter one and I love it...albeit the grammatical and present/past tense flaws, I'm excited about it! I want to send a shout out to all my writer buddies for all their critiques!

I'm onto redo chapter two (since I wrote my 1st draft in third person POV and then decided halfway through to change it to 1st person POV...can't just switch words, too bad it doesn't work that way...but it is proving to be a better POV for the story and I can't wait to get chapter two underway...it's just such an emotional chapter that I am shying away from doing it...hence, the noveling thread for April must be born!
post #2 of 38
I'm in! *flexing her fingers*

I did 21.5K words last month vs. 31K that I hoped for, but with February's accomplishments I am still about 1/3 of the way into my book! I credit all of you ladies (I don't remember any gentlemen here, right? ) for your support.

I try not to get discouraged that I didn't meet my March goal, it's all about aiming for the moon and landing on the stars deal.

Once again, I'll try to write 1,000 words a day on average. I will have April vacation to catch up if I fall behind again. :
post #3 of 38
I'm here!

This is my first "noveling" thread, and my first novel (minus one incredibly bad piece of NaNoWriMo junk from last November ).

I'm still very much in the research and outlining stage. But I wrote a few sentences tonight just so I can say I've started, just to make sure I don't stay in the research mode forever.

I'm also reading The Novel Writer's Toolkit (by Bob Mayer) and some internet sources on writing/writing novels. I'm trying to balance a desire to write well and realistic expectations (I know this won't be perfect).

I'm stoked to be doing this. I'm also scared...but not so scared that I want to stop, just scared enough to be excited (roller coaster scared, kwim?).

Right now my biggest challenges (besides general "OMG what am I doing?!" and "where do I begin?!" issues) are:

1. Setting. I can't quite figure out a setting that feels right.
2. Narrowing down the story. I have vague ideas for the plot, and some specific scenes in mind. But I'm having a hard time coming up with the entire picture.
3. Organizing my thoughts. I need to make myself a work schedule, figure out how I'm going to organize things (such as notes on characters, research, printed pages, etc.) and get my brain to focus.

I'm glad this thread/forum is here for support.
post #4 of 38
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1. Setting. I can't quite figure out a setting that feels right.
2. Narrowing down the story. I have vague ideas for the plot, and some specific scenes in mind. But I'm having a hard time coming up with the entire picture.
3. Organizing my thoughts. I need to make myself a work schedule, figure out how I'm going to organize things (such as notes on characters, research, printed pages, etc.) and get my brain to focus.

I'm glad this thread/forum is here for support.
I have 30K written down, and I still have pretty big holes in my plot. I am still working on polishing the setting, adn I am not very organized.

Here is teh extent of my organization: I have three word document files.
#1. The actual manuscript. I have a few notes within, it jumps around, but it is more or less in chronological order. Right now it has about 16 chapters started, and maybe a couple of them are finished.

#2. My outline and notes on characters. I don't update it too often, but I jump into it when I get stuck.

#3. about 15K I wrote for this story during NaNoWriMo and now it's completely useless.

It's good to see new people join.
post #5 of 38
Still going! I'm playing around this month with the whole Script Frenzy thing- converting it to a screenplay- but its great. I'm getting a lot of got ideas and the story is coming into sharper focus. With a screenplay, you have to lay more details into the dialog, it's not as subtle as weaving things into novels. Since I'm not proficient at that yet anyway, screenwriting is a good excericse for me.
post #6 of 38
I'm still plugging away at my first novel. I'm handwriting first because I share a laptop with DH, but I got 3 rough chapters typed into the computer yesterday! I was pretty pleased with that. I've got my basic plot down and I'm tweaking the filler plots. Looking forward to a productive February. I am dreaming of a writing career to help out my DH and make it where I don't have to go back to teaching or working at Wal-Mart for benefits. I'm really motivated.
post #7 of 38
I'm in. I started my first novel on the 15th of March and have 16k words down. It's really hard for me to write as the minute I open up word, my 1 year old starts screaming. She can be playing quietly in another room with my 3 year old and seconds after word opens she's standing in front of me freaking out.

I'm really excited about my story but I keep changing around the plot. I'm also having trouble figuring out how much description to write. I keep reading that description should be kept to a minimum and then I go read a bestseller and the description is endless.
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by hollyvangogh View Post
I'm stoked to be doing this. I'm also scared...but not so scared that I want to stop, just scared enough to be excited (roller coaster scared, kwim?).
Perfect descriptive

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Originally Posted by hollyvangogh View Post
Right now my biggest challenges (besides general "OMG what am I doing?!" and "where do I begin?!" issues) are:

1. Setting. I can't quite figure out a setting that feels right.
2. Narrowing down the story. I have vague ideas for the plot, and some specific scenes in mind. But I'm having a hard time coming up with the entire picture.
3. Organizing my thoughts. I need to make myself a work schedule, figure out how I'm going to organize things (such as notes on characters, research, printed pages, etc.) and get my brain to focus.

I'm glad this thread/forum is here for support.
1. Setting:
I tend to write my stories where I want to be: on the beach, in the mountains. But if you are doing a fantasy novel...hmmm...got me.

2. Narrowing down the story:
I tried for years to do this and it totally stagnated my writing! Just write! I love just writing and seeing where the story starts to get a life of it's own, taking it's own direction. There is a sad part to this: in editing you'll be deleting a lot of potentially good writing that just doesn't fit...but it's a great way to write out your story while working out the kinks

3. Organizing:
I think the best book I ever read that helped me get going with all this and writing too was This Year You Write Your Novel. It totally helped me see a better way to do it. And I have! My novel is done, gone through it's first edits on onto the second round...and I only started last May...so this book really worked for me!

Good luck!

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post #9 of 38
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I'm really excited about my story but I keep changing around the plot. I'm also having trouble figuring out how much description to write. I keep reading that description should be kept to a minimum and then I go read a bestseller and the description is endless.
I REALLY love description. I think it gives a novel that novel feel, rather than it being something that someone just wrote without thinking much about the when & where. Plus, without description, how can any reader get into their imagination?
post #10 of 38
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I REALLY love description. I think it gives a novel that novel feel, rather than it being something that someone just wrote without thinking much about the when & where. Plus, without description, how can any reader get into their imagination?
I'm not showing you my stuff!
Once in a great while one of my characters will get bit by a mosquito or smell french fries, but most of the time the descriptions are thin.

Still, I'm pretty pleased with my progress. I only thought about writing a novel in January, started in late February, and now I've filled a notebook! Wow! But since I had no idea what the story was about when I started --- since I literally just sat at my daughter's desk with a pencil and notebook and started writing with no forethought, I know I'll have to re-write the entire first section when I finish ---- now that I DO know my plot and characters.

For the first time yesterday when I re-read what I'd written on Saturday, I was thrilled. Instead of totally making myself sick, I was actually reading an enjoyable story! I just hope that there's at least one other person in the world who has the same taste!

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2. Narrowing down the story:
I tried for years to do this and it totally stagnated my writing! Just write! I love just writing and seeing where the story starts to get a life of it's own, taking it's own direction. There is a sad part to this: in editing you'll be deleting a lot of potentially good writing that just doesn't fit...but it's a great way to write out your story while working out the kinks
I heartily agree! Otherwise, you may limit your possibilities to "fit" within your framework. I am always willing to change my ideas if the story dictates while I write.

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Originally Posted by limette
It's really hard for me to write as the minute I open up word, my 1 year old starts screaming. She can be playing quietly in another room with my 3 year old and seconds after word opens she's standing in front of me freaking out.
Okay, just while typing up this post I've been interrupted at least three dozen times by my two youngest (the 4 year old is asking me a question right now), so I would never attempt to lose myself in the writing unless the kids were, at a minimum, asleep! But usually, when they nap, I need to nap too, so I occasionally write at night, and usually every weekend. If I tried to do any serious writing while watching my kids, and they started to fight, I'd get soooooooooo mad, but I know there are some more patient personalities who can cope with that sort of thing. If you are one of them, I'm jealous!
post #11 of 38
I'm in. I've got too many projects going at once but this is the oldest and I'm really going to give this my all for a while. I have actually been working on it between stuff but I've printed some chapters for edit and I'm going to start there!

I'm really enjoying this process.
post #12 of 38
I'm feeling a little bit hysterical at the moment. All over the place between the happy, and the sad, and the overwhelmed.

I started another project today. : Another novel.

Don't worry, I worked enough on my first one. About five pages of notes in a notebook, and a map to think through the physical portion of the journey: how many miles a day, where each planned encounter would happen, etc. I even wrote a bit on history of the island! What I'm trying to say, I am by no means forgetting my island fantasy with mermaids and wild hounds and what not.

But! This new idea is so good, so simple, so tempting to jump into... It was born out of "writing a query" exercise from this brilliant blog http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/

I already have ALL of the important question answered. Who the main character is and how she will change. The plot advancement, the tone, the climax and the resolution. Done. *sigh*

Where do I find the time?! I can't stop writing, and what if all of it *pardon my french* sucks?!

I have a full time job, thank you very much, that I have to get up for by 6:30AM.

Anyone knows what I'm talking about? Should I be drinking energy drinks and write until I fall asleep on my keyboard, or do I need something like chamomile tea?
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post #13 of 38
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Anyone knows what I'm talking about? Should I be drinking energy drinks and write until I fall asleep on my keyboard, or do I need something like chamomile tea?
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don't do sleepless nights...leads to adrenal fatigue...and then you won't have anything left to give to anything, least of all your dreams.

chamomile tea? sounds delish! drink it, create and work on what you're in the mood for and never box up anything and put it away.

I work on numerous creative outlets all at once and that's just how I am. If I got bogged down with just one, I wouldn't do it. I need more than just one way to create and express my, well, creativity!

work on two novels at a time until one tells you that IT is more important and then finish that one. But by no means is it a bad thing...just means that the creative juices are flowing freely, finally!

I say go for it
post #14 of 38
Chamomile tea puts me straight to sleep, so it would never help me write. That said, I don't have any interest in going the Hunter S Thompson route either.

I'm taking a little break from my novel to write a short story with my MC from the novel. I took a vacation to Del Rio over Spring Break--just a 3-days-long one--and it sparked a story idea. Since I want to always work around Texas legends, and since Del Rio is obviously a heavily Mexican area, I'm pulling in La Llorona (the version of it I was told as a child) to structure my mystery/villain around. I'm feeling pretty good about it, but it's moving kinda slowly. I'm planning on posting it here once I'm done, although it will be a rough version.
post #15 of 38
How exciting a NEW novel...I say set a time for yourself to just purge as much on to paper as you can but not in the middle of the night, no need to burn out but I do understand the honeymoon feeling of a new idea.

I've learned that I HAVE to walk and meditate more.

Everytime I go for a walk alone(well with poochie man but he doesn't say much being all doggie) I come up with great ideas...I walked for half an hour last night and came up with 3 blog posts and a GREAT ending for my novel, and actually a little extra twist as well that leads to the great ending!

Good thing I'm just in rewrites. I'm starting to think..this thing might be good.

I picked up my first chapter yesterday and read it after not looking at it for a while and my thought was "this is good, I'd read this book!"

Do you ever do that? Pick up your own work after not looking at it for a while and being impressed with yourself?
post #16 of 38
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I picked up my first chapter yesterday and read it after not looking at it for a while and my thought was "this is good, I'd read this book!"

Do you ever do that? Pick up your own work after not looking at it for a while and being impressed with yourself?
Oh, yeah! that's when I get excited that I actually might just have a chance at this whole novel book thing...

I've found some really old stuff from highschool and wow! it was even better than what I do now...so that just goes to show that I do need more 'me' time to get back there. If I was better before I'm sure I can get back there now...
post #17 of 38
My old stuff truly sucks. Really, really horrible stuff.

I confess I am lazy about writing and I'm one of those people who wants it to be good right off the bat with out any real work.

I'm a big girl now, learning that this is going to take some practice and a lot of trying and failing before I'm any good. I'm not a natural writer.

By trade, I'm an artist- and I do the same thing there- I don't want to practice, I just want to be brilliant without any work. Maybe it's the spoiled, only-child upbringing. My mother did me a disservice.

I'm learning some hard lessons and trying to do the work that will hopefully bring on the brilliance in both my art and my writing.

Oriole- I can't wait to here how this new book is going! How exciting! Let it flow!

It's so great to be a part of this thread and hear about other moms doing this. I'm pretty sure my real life friends think I'm nuts. I don't know anyone who writes other than my hubby. It was so cool last November when I attended a NaNoWriMO write-in at a cafe. It was just a handful of people, but they all had that crazed story-writing look in their faces that I recognized. I felt so at home with those weirdos!!!
post #18 of 38
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It's so great to be a part of this thread and hear about other moms doing this. I'm pretty sure my real life friends think I'm nuts. I don't know anyone who writes other than my hubby. It was so cool last November when I attended a NaNoWriMO write-in at a cafe. It was just a handful of people, but they all had that crazed story-writing look in their faces that I recognized. I felt so at home with those weirdos!!!
that's why I love y'all so much

post #19 of 38
This week has been pretty awesome for me. I found out I received a grant from the state's art council to research a novel I want to work on. I've gotten quite a bit accomplished with my first novel. And I won the 2009 Gurney Norman Prize for Short Fiction and will be published in Kudzu Magazine!!! It's been a bit overwhelming. So, it looks like I will be working on 2 novels at once possibly.
As far as my current novel, I'm having a bit of trouble with what I think should be called plot weaving. I've decided to add something in that would have to come up throughout the novel and I'm worried it will seem too forced when I go back to add it. Wondering how to go about it???
post #20 of 38
WOW! That is really cool! A grant! You are my hero. And congrats on the Short Fiction prize!
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