Last month to finish my book

1 12 2014

I said in November that I’d spend the month semi-taking part in NaNoWriMo, except that I’d be finishing my memoir instead of writing a whole new book. Obviously that didn’t go quite as planned since I was in California for a week, and then I just got lazy after that. I did manage to finish another chapter last week that I had been planning to send to the Prairie Fire contest but after getting some feedback, there’s a lot of work to be done before sending it out anywhere. So now I’m planning to try and finish the book by the end of the month/year, then send out proposal to get a literary agent in January. If I don’t manage to finish, I can use the time that I’ll be waiting to hear back from literary agencies. We’ll see how that goes.

If I don’t manage to get anything published this month, I’ll have gotten an entire year of rejections. (although I did get a piece published in Existere but I submitted that on December 31st of last year) Man, it’s been a crappy year for getting published.

Writing marathon complete!

27 11 2013

I know I didn’t really do a very good job with National Novel Writing Month, but I feel like I basically had writing marathon these past two weeks with my three big writing assignments — a 5o-page TV script, a 9-page play, and just completed today, a 10-page personal essay. Oh, and not to mention all of the reading and feedback I’ve been writing for my classmates’ work too. If I took all the words I’ve written over the last two weeks and combined them, I’m pretty sure I’d have at least half a novel done. Ugh, I’m exhausted by all this writing. But in a good way.

Technically, I do still have revisions to do and a final take-home exam thing for my film class so I’ll still be writing. Dammit.

NaNoWriMo: Day 2

2 11 2013

Words written: 284

Yay, I started! Mostly I feel like I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t know much about my characters, but they’re there. I guess this is the thing about my writing: I have to know the characters before getting to the writing. That’s why creative non-fiction is so much easier for me to write because I know myself, and I know those I include in my stories (even if I don’t, it’s okay because it’s still from my perspective).

Anyway, there it goes. According to NaNoWriMo, at this rate, I will be finished my story in October 2014, haha.

NaNoWriMo: Day 1

1 11 2013

Words written: 407

Words written for my novel: 0

Well, here’s the thing. As predicted, school is getting in my way of writing my novel. I have a one-minute assignment for my lame film production class and I wrote out a short sceneĀ  which I think I’ll be filming tomorrow. So that’s what I’ve been doing today. I’m not even sure how to begin my novel. I probably should’ve done an actual outline before November so I know what the hell I’m doing.

I’ll get to it tomorrow. Yeah. Totally.


National Novel Writing Month

31 10 2013

It kinda scares me. Well, makes me a bit anxious because I want to do it, and I feel like I could do it — if I weren’t a full-time student and working part-time as well. I know the point of NaNoWriMo is to try and finish a novel but I already know that if I don’t finish it, i won’t be very happy. I suppose it will depend on how busy I am and how many excuses I will allow myself if I don’t end up finishing it. I’m sure next year I’ll be able to get down to it more, or even dedicating December as my real NaNoWriMo. Anyway.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, find me!