Monthly Archives: November 2015

Free Book Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow November 27th is The Healing Pool‘s first birthday. To celebrate I am having a book giveaway through my author facebook page. Like the page and comment about why you love reading and a random participant will win a free signed copy of The Healing Pool. I hope you join me in sharing your love of books. 😀

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Getting there!

I finally made it through Charley’s Dragons! I’m at a (not so) whopping 32,000 words but I’m feeling okay. The next step is going through it again and beefing up the story now that the plot skeleton is in place. I’m hoping it will be easier than I think it’s going to be!

I noticed as I was going through CD that my genre changed. It was originally New Adult/Adult Fiction, but now it has a YA feel. It covers some heavy topics such as childhood mental illness, but the voice is a child and the dialog with the psychiatrist is accessible for a younger audience. The genre shift has helped the story and also my sanity. The perspective I removed was heavy-handed, dark, but not always engaging. I wanted to write this for an adult, but honestly why force it? The book works much better now and it’s totally fine that it’s YA. My first book and other MSs in process are MG so it makes sense that my writing gravitates for younger readers. Besides, adults love YA fiction! Writing for children is getting better and better and adults love a good story even it is about teenagers.

I’m still hoping to meet my goal and get another 25,000 words done but it’s not the biggest deal if it’s not finished. I wanted NaNo to be the big push, but my writing style works in bursts of inspiration–the downside being that the bursts come at infrequent times at inconsistent lengths. Today was a good day: 1200 words! Tomorrow is my day off so we’ll see if I get anywhere…

How’s everyone else doing with NaNoWriMo? Any great MSs in progress or at least fun brain-dump stories you want to share?

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So…….this whole motivation thing has been tough. I started NaNoWriMo today! I know it’s only day 3, but there’s no good reason why I didn’t write at least one word on Nov 1st. Bad habits are very hard to break! Even when I like writing it’s hard to get started. Once I get going, I’m really going. Today I have written almost 1000 words so far! I’m proud of myself today, but I need to keep this up. Getting in the habit of writing something every day is a huge goal and I wanted NaNo to help with that. The hardest days are the weekends. Not because it’s a weekend proper, but because I work 9-5pm on the weekends at an animal shelter. I love my job, but it’s a lot of lifting and washing and medicines. Tendonitis on top of everything is not helping much either. :/

It’s only day 3 and today has been a good day. It’s unseasonably warm, the trees are golden, and the baby I nanny is asleep. I either have 5 minutes or 2 hours depending on how much he naps! Better get back to it!

Here’s to more good days!

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