National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2013

Half a month left until National Novel Writing Month 2013 starts. I’ve been in a writing slum for about a year now. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made any serious progress with my writing career since last NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing a lot of lip service lately, talking about finishing the edits on Chasing Shadows but not doing anything with it. I’d even announced my plans to complete the edits by November. At this rate, I doubt that’s going to happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Really, I’ve just been in an unmotivated slum, boggled down by all the stresses in life. Last week, I’ve felt myself emerge a little. Not really when it comes to writing, but rather when it comes to other activities in life. I’ve started playing around with 3D art again. I’ve felt a little motivation when it comes to writing, though I haven’t ventured into it. I’ve even started to blog a little, as you can see. Granted, I’ve only written a few posts. Still… it’s a start.

For a while now, I’ve been toying with NOT participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Like I said… I’ve lacked motivation all around. Tuesday was the first day I’ve actually thought I might give it a try. The first day I seriously thought to myself, I don’t have a story idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Story Idea

A few years back, I started a story about a witch named Trinity. Some of you might remember her short appearance at the end of I Loved You First.ย I wrote a pretty hefty chuck of book one (Trinity’s Awakening), but it being one of my first ventures into writing, it wasn’t all that great. The story line is descent… but it needs A LOT of work in terms of style and bringing the work to life. Well, I know where Trinity’s Awakening ends, and I have an awesome ending for the book ย two cooked up.

What I’m thinking is doing the same thing I did with the Striped Ones series and just knock out book two out of order. Not sure how many people realize this, but I actually wrote book 3 of the Striped Ones series during NaNoWriMo 2010, before I’d written book 2 (Chasing Shadows). Pretty sweet deal if I ever finish editing Chasing Shadows… Book 3 is already written and ready for editing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Same thing would go for Trinity’s Destiny. I can get book 2 (Trinity’s Descent) out of the way, then return for an overhaul on book 1 (Trinity’s Awakening). Maybe NaNoWriMo 2014 will be the first draft of book 3 (Trinity’s Redemption).

So that’s what I’m thinking right now. If my motivation continues to increase over the next week or so, I see myself preparing an outline for November.

That’s where I am these days.

A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 11

So I was sitting here, hoping dinner would cook faster when I realized, Oh crap! It’s Thursday. Time for another #ROW80 update. Here we are. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s see how I’ve done.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • I honestly didn’t make as much progress here as I’d have liked. HOWEVER, I did get scene 2 outlined in a way that allowed me to strip the back story which was annoying me. Now I just need to actually edit it so I can move on to the next chapter.
  • Bonus Goal: Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union.
    • Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First. At last count I was at 31,122 words. Now, I’m at 32,759. I skipped writing this weekend but was back on track on Monday. I finally hit the last chapter. I’m the process of wrapping up one major piece. Afterward, I have one minor and one major plot area to tie up, and I’ll be finished. I thought I’d be done last week with this but find myself not trying to break any records with words per day. ๐Ÿ™‚ 100 words, baby. It’ll get done when it’s done. One thing I can say, the first draft is probably the cleanest I’ve ever written. So that’s a plus. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully editing won’t drag me down like Alley Cat is doing. If you haven’t checked out the rough draft of my cover art, have at it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy. Haven’t started this yet but will after I finish I Loved You First.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.

FYI: If you’re looking to get Shadow Cat for CHEAP, it’s still available at Amazon and B&N for $0.99. Don’t miss out, because I’ll be putting it back at regular price on Sunday.

A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 10

Second update in March. I’ll just keep this short and sweet.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • Okay. Here’s the deal with this. I haven’t. I’ve been stuck on scene 2 since last week. Yeah. I suck. And to top it off, I’ve been playing WoW when I should have been editing. Good news though. I’ve finally faced reality. I knew why I was having trouble with it–I need to make cuts. I did it and am back on track… I hope.
  • Bonus Goal: Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union.
    • Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First. At last count I was at 30,130 words. Now, I’m at 31,122. I did miss one day of writing (yesterday), which I only put in 19 words. I’m actually having some problems with the ending. It’s not working out the way I want it. What I might do is just leave it and come back to it during the next round of edits. We’ll see what happens tonight.
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy. I might start this tonight and lay off I Loved You First.

<Sigh> I totally need to just get motivated. I’m overstressed because I’ve been procrastinating and stuff has piled up.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.

A Round of Words in 80 Days #ROW80 – Update 9

I have to say, cutting back on emails has increased my productivity greatly. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s to a February recap before I moved on to March goals.

  • February:
    • Finish the first draft of Stray CatChasing Shadows
      • Write 500 words a day. I started this update at 31,370. I finished February with 32,038 words. I bombed the last few days. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I’m satisfied with the first draft… and frankly, tired of working on it. I’ll be setting aside Chasing Shadows for a few months. I plan to come back to this in May or June for edits. As you can see, it’s a short piece. I think the final version will be about 35k. Until then, you’re welcome to read the first chapter of Chasing Shadows which is in my Free Reads section.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Reginaโ€™s Story. Didn’t do again this month.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I did work on it once, but haven’t finished it. I’m not even sure this will get published.
    • Bonus: Work on New Adult Novel
      • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. Last check-in I was at 28,374. As of February 28, I was at 29,708. So I’ve been doing well with this. I have 2-3 scenes left before I wrap this up and start on the next project. Hopefully, I’ll have this finished by the end of the week or next. Another shorty. I’m pretty happy with this first draft. I can see this being about 35k also when said in done.

So here we are in March. Let’s see what we have planned for the last month of #ROW80.

  • March: Edit Alley Cat
    • Alley Cat (working title) has 26 chapters and an epilogue. According outline, I have 4 unwritten scenes. Originally, my goal was to edit one chapter per day or write one scene. Here’s the thing. I absolutely hate editing, that would really push my endurance, and likely lead to a shut down. What I think will happen is one scene per day. I’m going to give myself two months to edit the first draft of this work. My progress thus far. I edited chapter 1, scene 1, but I’m not satisfied with the job I’ve done, so I’ll go back to that. I also started editing chapter 1 scene 2. I’m hoping to get my edited nice and tidy the first time so I don’t have to go through it again before sending it off to critique partners and beta readers.
  • Bonus Goal: Continue working on New Adult novel ~ I Loved You First
     

    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. I hope to finish this novel this week or early next. ๐Ÿ™‚ As of February 28, I was at 29,708 words. Currently I’m atย  30,130. So, I’m still doing well with this one.
    • Begin new 100-word-a-day novel. Trinity’s Awakening ~ New Adult Suburban Fantasy

I’m feeling pretty great about March. Even though Alley Cat is the last of the Striped Ones series, the idea of sitting on a finished piece of work is quite exciting. It’ll mean I might be able to release the last two novels fairly close together.

For those of you who are interested in keeping track of ROW80 participants, head over to the linky.