Almost 15 years go, I tried my hand at writing children's books. I wrote a very short story/poem about a child enjoying the rain. I loved it. No one else loved, but it didn't matter. I loved it. It was simple, short, and fun. I also wrote a longer children's story about a stuffed bunny from my childhood, but it was too much like Velveteen rabbit. I was thinking about these stories and wondering if I still had printed copies. This started me thinking about all of the short stories I've written over the years and all the lost forever words.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
When I made the decision to start NaNoWriMo this year, I knew I wanted to continue my story from the 2010 NaNo I wrote. I knew my characters had more to do, to say, to share. As I started sorting out ideas for the next book, I realized I would be writing backwards. My second book would actually take place before my first book. Now I am 12 days from the start of November, and I think this is actually the next book after all... huh?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
When I'm writing, really writing, I feel more like ... me. Writing, for me, is a release of thoughts running randomly through my head at various times of the day. Writing allows me to make sense of nonsense. Putting words on paper taps into something inside me that nothing else reaches. I feel more alive, more awake, more in love with the world, more connected.... I feel more.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
This year I am using Scrivener to write my NaNoWriMo novel. I downloaded the free trial, but I think I am already convinced. Typically, I jump right into something new and figure it out along the way. Scrivener begged me not to do that, so I read the entire tutorial on the use of the program. I'm glad I did!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
I've been thinking a lot about my characters. Where do I want to begin this story? How will they meet? How much do I put into this story? All of these questions lead me to more questions and while I realize these questions only make sense to me here's what they sound like in my head:
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
It's NaNoPrep month, so I'm working on what I need to get this novel out in November. Tonight, I created the book cover. I used a lotus flower, wings, and some energy stuff. That's the technical explanation. I used to use Microsoft Image Composer for all of my picture creations, but this time I used PicMonkey. No downloading needed and it's very easy to use.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
The plan is to retype "Bleak", so I have a digital copy to edit in the future. The bigger part of this plan is to reacquaint myself with this 5 year old story to chose my main characters for the 2015 NaNoWriMo starting November 1st. Great idea, but November 1st is getting closer every day and I will not have enough time to outline or otherwise plot out this next novel.