The Day Before NaNoWriMo

As I sit here writing this, there’s approximately eight hours until NaNoWriMo starts. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve found a lovely writer’s group that meets twice a week during November. I’m really excited to get to write with them and share the sweat, blood, tears, and words that is NaNo. And I’m not the only college student in the group, so I’ll have support and a sympathetic ear when it comes to doing NaNo on top of homework, studying, and prepping for the ever-looming finals.

Plus, this NaNo is going to be very interesting. Right now, I’ve got three separate ideas vying for attention, so unless I can choose one over the other two, I’ll be flipping through three novels this November. It’s kind of funny, actually, because I’ve been in an “edit-all-the-things” mood recently and now I’m in a “write-all-the-things” mood.

The good side of the “edit-all-the-things” mood is that Crystal is almost ready to go. All that’s needed is editing and that’ll happen in December, so with any luck, Crystal should be published sometime in January. And if it isn’t, nag me incessantly because I’ve procrastinated on publishing that book for far too long. Really, I have.

After Crystal, I plan on taking a short break from the Anayldrisian world. Homesick and Inheritance, books 3 and 4, are both written, but I need to mull over them for a while. Especially Homesick. Of all the books I’ve written, it’s the one that’s giving me the most grief. I’ll still be writing, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll mostly likely be finishing up Cursed, Unwanted Gods, and Destinies Collide. All written and in need of revising. So there’s definitely some fun things in my future. I *might* even post some excepts as I revise.

Oh, and one last thing. Because Crystal is coming out soon, I’d like some more reviews for Starling. If you’d like to review it, shoot me an email and I’ll give you a copy in exchange for an honest review. Offer’s open now until Crystal is published. And I’m considering also offering the same deal for Crystal, so definitely let me know if you’re interested in that too.

That’s all for now! Happy Nano’ing! 🙂

Good News :)

Hello there! I’ve been completely slacking on NaNo, but that’s okay, because guess what? THE NEW VERSION OF STARLING IS OUT! 😄

If you already had it, or want a review copy, shoot me an email at ebthompson93_author@aol.com and tell me if you want a kindle or a nook copy.

Oh, and just because I’m slacking on NaNo doesn’t mean you can! Go forth and write! 🙂

NaNo 2014: Almost There!

Me again, checking in! Hello! Can you believe it’s week three of NaNo? Time has really just flown by! Not that this is a bad thing, but…I’ll miss NaNo when it’s over, ya know?

Anyways, my progress has been fairly consistent. I’m meeting my daily word count, give or take a thousand words. Some days I’ll write several thousand and some days I’ll only write several hundred. Such is the way of it. I’m still pretty happy with it, considering. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, any amount of writing is good.

Oh! And I have other news on the writing front!

Tomorrow, I am reuploading Starling. So if you haven’t read it yet, give it a chance! And if you have it already and want the new version, or would like a review copy, email me at ebthompson93_author@aol.com and tell me if you have a Kindle or a Nook. I’d love to know what you think! 🙂

How’s your NaNo/writing been going? What are you writing?

NaNo 2014: It Continues

Hello again! It’s just me, checking in. Can you believe November’s almost halfway over? I can’t. It’s just flown by!

The first few days were a bit of a challenge for me, I have to admit. I wasn’t meeting my word count. Or if I was, putting words on the paper was like pulling teeth. Either way, it was not fun. So, basically, I stopped writing. Which is bad bad bad.

Then one day, I was bored and started writing. But it wasn’t what I’d committed to writing in November. It was something new and different, an idea I’d found on my flash drive when searching for something else.

Working on this new story, my word count soared. I couldn’t stop writing. Now I’m way ahead of NaNo’s projected word count.

Why? How? What?

I asked myself the same thing.

Here’s what I came up with.

With my first story, a perfectly good story, I’d outlined the entire story. Extensively. But I am undeniably and unequivocally a pantser. I do not do well with outlines. The better outlined something is, the more I have to force myself to write. Forcing the writing is bad bad bad. When I started writing the second story, I knew nothing. I was basically discovering where the story wanted to take me, letting it unfold on its own. The story was in charge, not me. (Or so it thinks, haha) I could write the words because I didn’t know where I was going, I didn’t have a plan or an outline, and I could let myself discover the middle. (I had a vague idea of the ending.)

I was reading Derrick Jensen’s Walking on Water today (part writing book/part education/teaching) for a class and I found a quote that pretty much sums it up.

“I still had too much control… My best writing comes when I give up control, let the piece lead me where it will.”

The quote’s actually a bit longer than that, and perhaps I’ll post the whole thing another day, but I found that it perfectly summed up what I’d been feeling and what I’d been experiencing.

So that’s my NaNo so far. What’s yours been like? Meeting your word counts? Working on something new, exciting, and unexpected? Horror stories? Funny stories? Stories in general? Share them in the comments!

And good luck with the rest of NaNo! May the words be ever flowing from your pen! 🙂

NaNo 2014: It Begins

Well hello there! Guess what? It’s NOVEMBER! Do you know what that means? I know you do! IT’S NATIONAL NOVEMBER WRITING MONTH!!! 😄

I’m crazy and gonna do it while in school. And by school, I mean college. So far, it’s working.

The first day, I didn’t get any words written, but that was okay, because I usually just outline where I want the story to go and I’d already done that. And besides, Saturday was crazy anyways.

I think I *might* have written 3,000 or so words that Sunday night, so I’d pretty much caught up on missing the first day.

Yesterday, I had an hour and a half bus ride, so I wrote lots and lots of words, completely catching up to where I needed to be. So that was good. 🙂

Today is one of those “do it all” days. Basically, I’m editing and writing while I have the chance. Oh, and I’m probably beta’ing too. (With hot chocolate of course, because IT’S COLD!)

I’ll check in later, with progress on all the things. And I’ll try to be better about posting. After all, it is NaNoWriMo.

How has your NaNo been going? What’cha writing? Got any helpful hints or tips? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and I’m ebthompson on NaNo, so come be my writing buddy! Because, really, the more the merrier!

Happy writing!

November flew by and now it’s December

I don’t know about you, but for me, November flew by. And now it’s December. I can’t believe how time flies!

I will say, I kinda wish it was still November. Not for any serious reason, but mostly because it is no longer National November Writing Month. It’s silly, but I liked having a community to write with. It was kinda nice to know that you weren’t alone when you were frantically trying to come up with the right words to tell your story. I participated in NaNo for the first time this year (I finally stopped being lazy) and I greatly enjoyed it. And I actually “won”, although, I was worried about that for quite a while. Three days left and I had finished my story but still had three thousand more words to reach the goal. I’m not sure if that’s a common predicament, but it was definitely an ironic one. It does make sense for me though. I write my stories in sort of an outline form. I write all the really important, crucial scenes. Then, when I edit, I go back and add things. The first draft always makes sense to me, but I really have to explain things, events, and races quite a bit so that everyone else understands what I’m trying to say. It’s actually pretty fun because then you get to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You get to try and think like a reader and puzzle out the places where things don’t make much sense. So, I guess you could say I got a jump start on my editing. Haha.

But, ugh, editing! Okay, okay, so it’s not that bad, once you get all the grammar and typos out of the way. But I have two books to edit this December: Cursed, my NaNo book, and Crystal, which is related to Starling. And speaking of Starling, it’s ready to go and be published as soon as I get the cover. I am so excited! I can’t wait! But at the same time, I’m incredibly nervous. What if people don’t like it? What if they don’t understand it? What if they think it’s silly? I mean, I only spent seven years of my life on it. But! I’m still gonna publish it anyways, because maybe someone won’t like it, but maybe others will love it. So maybe someone doesn’t understand, but maybe others will. And maybe some will think it’s silly, but maybe it’s a good kind of silly or maybe it’s a bad kind of silly. But maybe others will think it’s, well, they could think it’s so many things. I guess it’s a risk, putting yourself and your work out there. Actually, I know it is. And while scary, I can’t wait to share my writing. Good or bad, I wanna know what people think of it. And even if it’s all bad, I’m still gonna keep writing. It can only get better, right?

So yeah, I’m pretty busy and really excited. And did I mention Christmas is coming up? Oh, I love Christmas! Not only because Christmas is the best thing ever, but because. I know someone who instead of buying a gift for their closest friends and family members, actually writes them each a story. I love that idea, but knowing me, I would get absolutely carried away with that. (For example, 3 page epic project in English became a 300 page novel. Oops…) I have so many ideas already, but maybe someday I will do that. It’d be cool. Until then, I guess I must content myself with hand drawn Christmas cards.

Beginnings, Middles, and Endings

I always know the ending of all my stories, sometimes before I know anything else about them. And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I know the beginnings too. But the middle, the middle is the fun part. The part I get to discover along the way. Because I always know where I’m going even if I don’t always know how to get there and the freedom to uncover the plot is an amazing thing. It might be frustrating on occasion, but it truly is a wonderful feeling when you finally figure it all out.