Forcing myself to write a story under fierce deadlines with no forgiveness is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do. Some days, it’s fun. I certainly enjoy the challenge, and I thrive for the weight of half-a-ream of paper, with words I have written, to sit in my hands. However, there a moments where I hate everything to do with writing, my characters, and I completely doubt myself. I daresay that this term of Camp NaNoWriMo was the most difficult I have ever endured. About halfway through the story, I realized that the plot line was […]
Category: My Stories
As I have been editing Strange I have been more and more aware of my believed inconsistencies in Ariella’s character. I want to her to be off-type for the characters that I usually create, but sometimes I feel as I write her she becomes mush or reverts back to what I am comfortable with. That bears the question – is it better to write something you are comfortable with, or something that is in-demand? When is it better to challenge yourself to write differently verses writing believably? If it doesn’t feel believable because it isn’t comfortable, does that make you […]
While I know I am exceptionally, delightfully bad at updating any and all of my blogs, I must confess, my motivation to edit a novel isn’t much better. I love, love, love tearing apart other peoples’, but mine… it’s harder. My inclination is to rewrite. And then my characters get bi-polar and plots get tangled like string and just… ack. I’m working through Strange at the moment, and I keep telling myself – keep going! It’s almost at the interesting part! Whenever I task myself to re-write a story, I get this brilliant idea that something needs to change. In […]
This is my third calendar year with NaNoWriMo, and my fifth novel (having competed in one of the summer sessions each year since the start). Each year the challenges are a little different. Last summer, I wrote Sprite, which wrote more easily than any other novel I’ve written. I wish I could say it was because I am growing stronger as a writer, but I think it has more to do with the fact I had a plot for June’s novel. As I did for ‘Tweens last November. I have a vague plot for Sparky Jones: Life on Shuffle this year, but I don’t […]
I’ve been playing around with a new idea for a book, one that is playful and simple and inspired by an episode of Eureka. Details still need to be hashed, but I put together a cover for it today. Although, I can’t seem to get a lot of the layers to merge properly so the JPG looks the same as the PSD file? Nonetheless, I like it. I wanted it to be simple, because so many of my covers are ridiculously complicated and it’s time to have one that stands out a little. Presenting: Sparky Jones: Life on Shuffle.