Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thinking About Gone Before Dawn

As some of you know, I participated in Nanowrimo once again. I did make it to the 50K mark then I stopped writing for no good reason.

If  it would make you feel better, I can make up some stupid reason on why I wasn't writing. Bottom line is I didn't put in the effort. I thought I would blame it on the end of the term for school because I had a lot of stuff due. When the week long break started, I had plenty of time to write but I chose to do who the hell knows what. Anyway long story short, this novel, this story has been creeping up on me in the oddest of places and I started working on it so I can finish the rough draft.

Remember last year, I was like "I am so awesome. I finished the novel the first week of December." Suck-a-duck, I had it 90% edited and revised by this time last year so I can enter it into a contest. This year, I just got lazy and unmotivated.

So another term starts in school and I am taking Nature Writers and Intro to Info Tech. The second class fulfills a requirement and I find it a little boring but that is not important. What is important is how Gone Before Dawn creeps up in  the weirdest places. In Nature Writers we are supposed to pick a nature writer and a specific piece of work. I chose Henry David Thoreau and his essay called Walking. As I read the essay, I am thinking about my missing kids in my novel and how they have to walk a lot of miles to reach a portal. My mind is overwhelmed with thoughts about  looking at maps and figuring out how much a typical person can walk in like 12 hours. In the other class, we were talking about the mighty influence of Google. As I am writing my discussion board post for the week, I went off on this wild tangent and it revolved around my novel. The one that pretty much sat untouched for an entire month.

What does that tell you? It tells me, this story needs to be finished. I need to finish it. The sad part is, it is near the end. Currently, the novel is approximately 58 K words and I figuret the first draft will end right around 70K. That is only 12,000 words. 12,000 words isn't a lot. I used to think it was a lot but now it's nothing.

Here is the strange part, I am looking forward to reworking the novel. The story itself is interesting and exciting but I have to get my facts straight since I am not the kind of writer who outlines. In fact, I have no idea how a story will turn out. Some writers swear by outlining and when I write papers for school, an outline is essential. I tried using outlines in fiction and you know what happens? Everything changes. Anyway, it is more fun to write what comes to my head then really thinking about it. The best writing days is when I can write 4,000 words in 2 hours and I have no idea where time went. And the only reason I stop writing is because my ass is numb.

In fact, I should be working on  it right now.  Just to let you know, my first novel will be free next week and I am hoping for reviews that is why it will be free. I will post when the novel is free and I would love to hear your opinions. I promise I will not publicly degrade you.

Till next time...

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