Although it will not be ready for another month or two, I finished a new long short story last night. Right now it stacks up at 22 pages, but with my scant writing style, I can see it expanding to almost 30 pages.
The end came as a pleasant surprise. #NaNoWriMo ended almost a month ago, and I’ve been furiously editing my fantasy novel “An Easterly Sojourn.” For some reason, I got the #amwriting bug a few days ago and hammered out the last half of the new short. The first half had been floundering in stasis for over a year. Then in an instant, the rest of this very complicated plot flashed in my mind.
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I never told or discussed this story with my resident grammar nazi…editor…wife…um…The Queen. I felt that it would be important for her to read through it without any previous knowledge. Therefore, I’d know if the plot got too confusing, had glaring holes, or paths of least resistance were sufficiently blocked. Also, some characters have more than one name. I was somewhat worried about that as well. In the end, she read through it without confusion. Phew (*wipes brow), looks like I’ve managed to handle those potential baddies.
What will win in the end, love or greed? Well you’ll have to read it to find out. You didn’t really think I’d offer a spoiler at this moment, did you?
At first, this short story had the working title “The Psychic.” However, after numerous attempts to re-title, I’ve narrowed it down to two others, either “Psychic Games,” or “Psychic Confidence.” I’m leaning heavily toward the latter over the former.
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Now that #NaNoWriMo is over, let the editing race begin. However, it’s the Holiday season as well.
Therefore I’ve penned some new lyrics to that oldie but goodie called The Twelve days of Christmas.
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Get ready fellow indie #authors and start singing to the melody of The Twelve Days of Christmas…
On the twelfth day of rewrites an editor gave to me
12 comma splices
11 passive voices
10 new verb choices
9 sentence fragments
8 p.o.v. shifts
6 beta readers
5 PLOT CHAN-GES!
4 show don’t tells
2 dialog tips
And a Stephen King book “On Writing”
Hope you enjoyed a little levity to take the pressure off the stress of the Holiday and Editing seasons.
For the first three days of NaNoWriMo 2014, here’s what I have accomplished:
Drove to Boise, Idaho and attended a NaNoWriMo write-in at the Meridian Library. I pumped out about 1,200 words in between cigarette breaks and meeting other authors.
Went to the NaNoWriMo kick-off party at Fuddrucker’s and met many more local #indieauthors. What an interesting crazy crowd. 🙂
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It was Sunday and I attended Mass as usual. After breakfast, I managed about 1,400 more words. Had to make dinner and watch a couple of episodes of #StarTrek Enterprise with my wife. It was Sunday and we needed some couch-cuddling time.
Now I’m really proud of myself. I managed to #write 1,620 words today to add to my count. What’s so great about that you may ask? I’ve seen other authors posting 4,800 or more words in a day.
Well, consider the circumstances. Did some research on heating furnaces and then went to a hardware store to get supplies to fix a leak in ours. Wrote a bit more and went to the dentist. Got home, wrote still more, then made dinner.
I’m proud of that 1,620 word count on a busy personal day.
I must say that on account of NaNoWriMo, I #amwriting more than usual.
How are your word count and goals holding up during NaNoWriMo 2014?
So it’s the beginning of May and the April 2014 #NaNoWriMo is over. I didn’t hit my #writing goal but I did get some things done. I finished chapter 13, completed chapters 14 & 15, and almost finished 16. My #fantasy novel is rolling along quite well. I also got some things done in the short story department.
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A new flash fiction called Everybody’s a Winner was completed, the first 7 pages of a #StarTrek fanfic were drafted, and a large chunk of a long dystopian short story called A Pound of Flesh was also edited. Not bad for a hectic month.
I almost forgot, 10 new #blog posts were also written in April, and the Tyrhennia Times newsletter was launched as well.
I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by not reaching my goal for my novel. But as I looked back on the list of what I did produce, I am feeling a bit better.
Tell me about your writing accomplishments in April.
The April version of NaNoWriMo struck a few days ago. I admit that I didn’t get anything done on the first of the month. However, over the past few days I finally put the finishing touches on Unlucky Chapter 13 and have since broken into a streak. I’ve completed a major chunk of Chapter 14, called Fork in the Road.
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Within this chapter, I’ve created (what my editor and I believe to be) some of the best comic relief in The First Light. Yes, there are reasons to giggle and snort in previous chapters, but this scene is much more extended than the other punch lines dabbled here and there.
Some say that author-gods shouldn’t be too cruel to their creations. Yet in chapter 14, my main character is having one of those days, from stinging embarrassment to comical frustration. Anyway, if it wasn’t for NaNoWriMo, and having to Tweet #amwriting, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this done during the week.
You see, I’m moving soon and this week was filled with emptying closets and creating garage sale, eBay, and keeper piles of stuff. And let’s not forget the roofers that came by to patch some shingles. A busy week did unfold, but thanks to NaNoWriMo, I managed to squeeze in precious writing time and get something done.
What are you working on this April? Has NaNoWriMo helped to motivate you too?