Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Book List & Novel Writing

It's amazing how you can feel so satisfied with a mere 500 words. Some nights I feel like I'm writing a thousand words of garbage. Other nights, like tonight, a couple hundred really amazing words make up for the garbage. It is an artform like I've never known before. Constantly extracting words and replacing them. Moving them around like a puzzle.

Tomorrow will be a test to see how far I'm going to take it. I know I have a good four thousand words inside of me. It sounds like a lot, but I'm going to go through chapters two through four to see if I can't flip them into something magical like I did with Chapter one tonight.

I'm nicknaming my novel 'Crowns' for now. I have a placeholder title that I don't really like, but this nickname will help distinguish between other projects I'm working on.


On reading books:

I'm greatly amused. I finished Inkspell tonight and began reading the new debut from Carrie Ryan. My reading list for 2009 thus far:

1. On Writing - Stephen King
2. Faerie Wars - Herbie Brennan
3. The Purple Emperor – Herbie Brennan
4. Playing for Pizza – John Grisham
5. You are so Undead to me - Stacey Jay
6. Ruler of the Realm – Herbie Brennan
7. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
8. Inkspell – Cornelia Funke

Eight books. And some were huge. I am amused because these eight books are more books than I've read in 2008 and 2007 combined. I did pick up reading again in 2008, but the last few years have been so dry. I can't wait to read Ryan's book, and I have the Discworld series (books 1 and 2) waiting for me afterwards. It's wonderful to read again.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


YES. Today was breakthrough. Lots of scene breakdowns, motivations, conflicts, plot twists. Today was epic. I have enough direction to get me through about 10,000 more words. Yes. Win.

Starting WC this morning: 3503

Ending WC: 6117

Bedtime an hour early tonight. Can't wait for tomorrow

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tumultuous Night

My night was pretty bad.

But it forced me to rethink my stance on certain things, and rearrange my priorities. It's almost three in the morning (George has to be up in three hours) and I'm trying to squeeze in as much writing as I possibly can right now.

I miscalculated my original word total from my novel because, initially, I had more words. I forgot that I had gone back and edited out (condensed) quite a few things.

1500 was my true word count.

Final count for the night:

A little over 2,000 words with a very weary mind. <3

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Short Stories, Poems and Novels

It's taken me a week to get into the mindset to write again.


I'm going to start writing again. I want to go through my old work from two months ago and re-edit them all. Doors was rejected by Jabberwocky, so I'm going to spend some time and re-edit it, and try and add as much dimension and conflict as possible. It's pretty confusing and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, so a new ending is in order. My short story Hearse for my Heart is still out, but I really want to just edit it--it definitely isn't ready for publication.

I also want to focus on some poetry. I need to re-learn the meaning and impact of words and word choice.

My novel has started, I think I posted about that earlier, but I'm going to throw a word count meter on here to show my progress daily.

I need to remember that my editing eye needs to be limited if I'm ever going to finish the novel.

I'm reading Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, and I picked up some Pratchett and Carrie Ryan's debut, In the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

It's gotten some great reviews, and I can't wait to read it! :]

Sorry this post has been so monotone, but I think it's just me listing what I need to do today. :D