All posts tagged: manuscript

New Year, New Chapters, New Novel in 365 Days: Novel Writing Challenge 2017

Welcome to 2017! This is a new year for resolutions, clean slates, and fresh journals, which leads us to the 365-day novel writing challenge. This challenge was inspired by a quote I came across on Facebook, by Brad Paisley. I’m certain what he said was not meant to be taken literally but I figured, hey, why not? Tomorrow is the first blank page of 365 page book.Write a good one. ~Brad Paisley When I read the quote, I thought, what would it really take to write a book in 365 days besides sitting down and writing one? Then I saw another shareable moment that read: 12 new chapters. 365 new chances.~Unknown Within the span of twenty minutes this challenge was born, one that I am giving to myself and offering to you as well. SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 365 DAYS?: A novel (Young Adult, New Adult, General Adult) will contain roughly 50,000 for YA, 70,000 to 90,000 words for Adult, depending on the genre. Genres like thrillers and science …

Write that Book!: 3 Reasons to Write Your Novel

I believe that everyone at some point in their life journey has made the statement, “I think I should write a book.” While many have said it, very few have actually embarked on the task when you think about it in terms of the ratio of said versus done. Now, having completed several tomes myself (two are currently in Beta) I have to admit that writing a novel from start to finish isn’t the easiest thing to do BUT it doesn’t have to be as difficult as many of us make it out to be. Most of what causes the process to be difficult are: Over-thinking Lack of confidence Perfectionism Thinking its already been done before/ Someone took your idea These four are definitely creativity killers not just in the world of writing but in the world of doing just about anything that poses a challenge but holds interests to you. What are the cures to these nasty bugs: Think less, do more Believe that trying is worth it even if you ‘fail.’ (Failure is relative.) Remember …

5 Ways You Know That Your Current Manuscript is Golden

Are you writing a novel? Have you tried to in the past? Then you already know the emotional rollercoaster you put yourself on each time your fingers touch your keyboard. Rollercoasters. You either love them or hate them, but one thing most people have when they are disembarking from the up and down journey is a feeling of satisfaction for having taken the challenge. Here are 5 feelings or ways, we writers know that our writing journey and our current manuscript has been a GOLDEN one and that we have met our challenges with victory. 1. When the majority of your Beta-Readers have given you at least 4 out of 5 stars after they’ve read it and you still have revisions yet to do to turn it into a 5 star word-woven masterpiece. 2. Your story no longer feels like a soup stock missing some unknown ingredient to make it better. The taste is spot on and makes you hungry for more. 3. You’ve managed to have peace over the lines and scenes you were instructed to either …

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: 6 Harmful Creative Writing Untruths & 7 Truths to Keep in Mind

Being creative is a gift. Whether you are a dancer, a vocalist, a painter or even a landscape architect, you will run into a wall-of-lies that will try to eat away at your creative growth and momentum. Here are 6 lies that I find most of us writers face in regard to our manuscripts and craft, and 7 truths to keep the lies at bay. 1. My story is too long: Sure, very few people want to read a dictionary but the reality is, you aren’t even close to that large a tome. Truth to keep in mind: Babies always lose a few ounces just after birth. First drafts will do the same with word count after you begin editing and revising. So just allow your creative juices to flow, write what comes to mind, and do some trimming later. Build your house first, before you start tearing down walls. 2. My story is too short: Your story may be a novella or even a short story and not a full-length novel at all. Truth to …

The “Novelty” of Organization: Tools For Creative Planning

One of the delights of being a creative person comes with the birth of a new idea to be created. All of us are born with an innate “creative gene,” but many of us fall short in not only starting the actually manifestation process toward creation, but the completion of the creation once we’ve begun. When it comes to writing a full length novel from start to finish, there are several things that tend to hold us back from completing our goal. I am going to address one of the biggest and yet stealthy overlooked roadblocks, and that is lack of ORGANIZATION. Let me add this disclaimer. I am not a person who uses conventional outlines for my stories (This isn’t even a blog posting about outlining). In fact, I am a Stream-of-consciousness writer. (Basically I have a vague and yet concise destination for the story, but I let my free-flowing imagination get me from start to finish without putting on any kinds of creative restraints. ) I do however write down ideas as they come, and …

A Song Called Revisions: 5 Encouragements For the Road Ahead

Revisions, revisions, revisions. If you have ever dreamed of writing a novel, or have already undergone the work of doing so, then the song called “Revisions,” is one of familiarity to you. It’s a catchy tune, being that it only has ONE word…Revisions. Let’s face it, writing a novel is an amazing adventure, one that you can’t really express how great it is in words, even though it is built of nothing but words. But even with all that fun and glory there is the not-so-fun part of the journey, which entails editing and revisions. Revision: (re·vi·sion)- To change text: To amend text in order to improve, adapt it, update it, or correct it” Even without a definition the word itself tells you what it is about; Revision-re-vision: Get a different vision. Maybe you are seeing with decent creative vision, but 20/20 is obviously better than “decent.” Can we all be honest? Most of us think our first drafts are GOLDEN anyway! So what they are either devoid of comma’s or infected with them. So what …

Never Judge A First Draft By Its Word Count: The Fun of Novel Writing

The title is pretty self explanatory, right? More so than anything, for me, it is necessary reminder. As it stands, I am a mere couple of weeks away from the one year anniversary for when I first started writing Ascension Graveyard…and the first draft STILL isn’t finished. Now, I am not complaining, because honestly, I have done a crap load of that already, but I have been a little bit nervous. Why the nerves you ask? Well because I still have a good 30 to 40k worth of words that still need to be said here, and the manuscript, as of 20 minutes ago is at a whopping 130k words! YIKES!!!! Imagining that by the time I type those two delicious words, THE END, that I will be hovering at a word count somewhere around 170k makes me jittery. I will have to take a knife to my story and cut things away that I have grown to love. Big chunks of body, flying everywhere! Can you imagine it?! I don’t want to lay claim …

Second Verse in Reverse: Managing Revisions through “Reverse Outlines”

One thing that I don’t like to do, almost as much as I don’t like writing a synopsis, is doing revisions on a large tome. I love the art of creating the manuscript, letting my fingers make that beautiful music as they press against key after keyboard key. I love character invention! If you are anything like me you will be able to see little pieces of yourself in each character that you give birth to through your imagination.  Doesn’t matter how crazy the person may turn out to be, you still may find yourself thinking, “Oh look at him, he has my eyes.” But revisions…revisions make me massage that space in between my eyes. Revisions make me turn to actually doing my household chores. Revisions make me want to weep like a child. Lets face it, revisions can be the pits. But they don’t have to be. (Yep, there is a silver lining.) So I am not even finished writing Ascension Graveyard, not hardly, and I have already been breaking a sweat and having …