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September to Remember!

September to Remember!

My goodness, she’s still alive and hasn't given up writing?! Ya it was touch and go there for a minute. My apologies for my recent leave of absence. I will now insert reasons/ explanations/excuses here -------> LIFE.

I know best explanation ever. I didn’t want to go into any long winded explanations that really aren't all that interesting. The point is, I wasn't writing or posting and felt that twinge of failure. So now I’m back to right the wrongs and wash away the injustices my former self has done.

At least I can say that before my hiatus I went out on a high note. “The Protector of the Night” received great feedback and my deepest thanks to all that took the time to read and enjoy it. You’re all awesome.

Since this is technically a Manuscript Monday I suppose I should talk about how some of my goals are coming along. Back in April I posted “Goals for 2016” progress report…  My reading goals for the year are going better than I would have originally expected I’m only 2 books shy of being right on schedule. That means I’ve currently read 16 book this year. For me personally that’s nothing to turn your nose up at.

My book’s progress on the other hand... I’ll be totally honest… Right now it’s not looking too good. Still sitting at 37,000 words and might be facing a POV hiccup. Let’s just say that just because you’re a new writer doesn't mean all your first choices are wrong.

November NaNoWriMo is only a month away and I do plan to participate. I have a concept, characters, and have started a brief outline. So keeping my hopes up for November.

 

In closing, I’m working my way back into the swing. Thanks for your continued support and I hope to bring more entertainment with every passing month. Have a good week!

I Hate Plot Holes

I’m not going to lie. I’m a person that has WAY too many pet peeves. Right at the top of my list of pet peeves is Plot holes! This hatred runs deep. Here is an example. Do you remember the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame? I do, well not the whole movie but here's what I do remember. At the end of the movie there is a big fire and Quasimodo almost falls to his death from the bell tower into the fire. Thankfully he is caught by... the blond guy. (I can’t remember his name, not important for the point I am making) After he is saved our three main characters come down from the bell tower and when they open the doors… the city looks totally fine, it’s a nice sunny day, nothing seems to be burnt, there is basically no damage from the crazy amounts of fire that had just been raging moments before. I remember sitting in the theater thinking, “Wasn't there just a fire? Why is everything fine now?”  That was in 1996. I was 6 years old. Movie mistakes, plot holes and things that just don’t add up in a story have been bugging me since I was 6!

Now, I tell myself it was just a kids movie, don’t worry about the magical non consuming fire, but the example just shows how deep my idiosyncrasies run. Flash forward 20 years from the questioning 6 year old to my current self. The person who decided to write a book heavily based around the most plot hole ridden subject of all time and I mean ALL time. TIME TRAVEL that is!

Plot hole problems slow my writing process way down. Because as much as I try to tell myself to just keep writing, I’ll go back and fix it later, I just end up stuck. I can’t stand to leave the tiniest potential plot hole in my book. I fall into those holes and I don’t get out till I solve them. This can be considered a good thing or a bad thing. Good for people like me that want all things to line up in the end and bad because it puts a heavy block on my creative writing process.

This is were a good outline comes in handy. Thankful I have a pretty good grasp on my story and where the plot holes are that I need to address. But those 3-4 unanswered questions are like giant gaping hole in my head. Things some people could just simply look past and write off as unimportant details. Not me though! Instead I sit and stare at the wall for what seems like hours trying to solve the problem. Don’t worry it’s not a blank wall, I have my entire plot outlined in color coded index cards on the wall I stare at. So not crazy at all.

I just don’t want to do the same thing that is constantly driving me crazy in books, movies and TV.  Don’t even get me started on all the plot holes that have developed in Doctor Who in the last 6 years. But I’ve digressed.

How do you feel about plot holes? Are you the kind of person that gets consumed like me? Or are you one to look past them and enjoy the story? If you are I’m jealous. Tell me your secrets so that I might learn. :D then maybe I’ll stop getting stuck in the hole.  

No NaNoWriMo for me.

No Camp Nanowrimo for Me

April is Camp Nanowrimo month. If you don’t know what this is, here’s a quick summary. A community of writers band together via the internet and support each other with the goal of each writer finishing an entire writing project start to finish with in the month of April. This is the spring Nanowrimo the sister to the original Nanowrimo that happens in the fall during National Novel Writing Month in November. See what they did there National Novel Writing Month, Nanowrimo, so clever.

I love the whole concept of Nanowrimo. I have even participated in the 2011 November Nanowrimo, and I failed miserably. Not even making it through half of my project. What an embarrassment. But I still think it’s a great idea and the support everyone brings each other is a wonderful help to motivate you through the monumental task of writing an enter book in one month.

However, I will not be participating in this April’s Nanowrimo and here's why. I know I will fail again. That’s not me not having the confidence or dedication, I just know I won’t have the time needed to get it done. I wish I did but with the full time job, my commitment to this blog, oh and of course it’s that time of year when we need to start up the yard work again, so it’s out of the realm of possibilities, the hours just aren't there.

I’m sticking to my plan, finish the first draft of my book by November 1st. That will set me up so I can then participate in the November Nanowrimo, yay! I already have a project in mind for that (Insert maniacal hand wringing here). I like to think this plan will simply help drive me in my goal to finish my first draft.

To all who are participating in this month's Nanowrimo, you’re awesome! You show that book who's boss! If you’ve never heard of Nanowrimo but it sounds like something you would be interested in, you can head over to https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in to get more information and sign up, it’s not too late.  I mean it’s a little late, but never too late to start living your dreams. Have an awesome April, writers!

Goals for 2016

 

In some of my post you might have noticed me mention some of my goal and things I’m hoping to accomplish. This week I sat down and made myself write them all down and think of how I would achieve these goals. The deadlines for all of them being the end of 2016 or sooner. To help keep me accountable I will now share them with you.  

 

Goal 1: Finish the first draft of my manuscript by Nov 1st.

I’m sure this one sounds familiar to you. I feel like I mention it in just about every other post. That’s because it’s the big one. The one that started it all.

How?: I have broken down the months into word count goals. With the end word count set to at least 80,000 words.

 

Goal 2: Participate in November 2016’s Nanowrimo and finish.

I have tried nanowrimo once before and did not finish my project. This time I will be shooting to finish of course.

How?: Once I reach my first goal that should set me up just great to head into Nanowrimo. I even plan to save up some time and possible take a few days off of work to help give me the extra hours of writing I’ll need to  accomplish this goal.  

 

Goal 3: Read 24 Book.

That’s a lot of books for me! 24 books basically works out to 2 books a month for the year, that doesn't sound too bad. Except for the fact that means I’m already 2 books behind. Oops. That’s ok I still think I can make it. Reading is crazy important of a writer.

How?: So that just means I might have to read an hour instead of watching that extra episode of Chuck on netflix. :(

 

Goal 4: Have at least 2 blog posts a week.

That’s right no missing a Manuscript Monday or Fiction Friday. But I will give myself a days grace period for occasions like holidays, birthdays or vacation. Like my trip to Endor. ;)

How?: Blogging consistently takes planning! That mean at the beginning of the month I sit down and decide what topics or stories will be posted this month. If I know I’ll be taking a trip or have an event that might keep me from posting I need to write it in advance.

 

Goal 5: Learn more about managing my blog.

Funnily enough this is the #1 thing that slows me down on Goal #1. It sometimes takes hours to figure out why something isn't working and how to fix it. But it’s also completely necessary. Boooo!

How?: I’ll be doing more research, watching more youtube tutorials and learning how on earth to use my google analytics.  

  So there we have it. My professional goals for 2016. I have other personal goals that involve fitness, home improvement, and making sure my house isn't a wreck. But those aren't all that interesting. Even though we are already well into the year I’m still excited for what is to come this year. It must be all this spring time weather.  I would love to hear some of your goals even if they aren't directly related to writing. It’s just great to hear about the great things that will be accomplished in 2016.