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!

Camp NaNo and Other Fun Things

Well, today’s the first day of April, which means it’s time for Camp NaNo. For those unfamiliar with Camp, it’s basically an extension of November’s NaNo, except you get to choose a word count goal. Which is awesome. I’m still shooting for 50,000 words, although I’ll take more if I can get them. If you’re participating in Camp, shoot me a message! I’m ebthompson. :)(http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/ebthompson)

Also, an update since I haven’t posted in a while. 🙂

Crystal, the prequel to Starling, is finally off to the betas! Yay! I’m trying out some new betas this time who are amazing at structurally analyzing the storyline so hopefully, it won’t be long until I can publish it. I’m also editing last November’s NaNo and am writing two different novels, one continuing in the Starling realm and one that’s a part of a sci-fi series. So, lots of words. Lots and lots of words.

Considering it’s April and I’m participating in Camp, I probably won’t be able to post very regularly. So! If you would like to write a guest post (anything writing related 🙂 ), shoot me an email at ebthompson93_author@aol.com . Also, if there’s a certain topic you’d like me to cover in a blog post, a short story request, or you just want to say hi, feel free to email me!

Oh, and I do have a short story floating around my computer that’s ready to be published, so expect that sometime this week. It’s called Codename: Genie and it’s pretty funny. At least, I *think* it’s funny. Plus, it’s the first in a series of short stories. My goal is to write one every month. Except for April, I’m counting this one as April’s.

So that’s it. That’s all I got. 😀

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.