Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June Ends, July Starts

I’ve been slack AGAIN, and I’m not even going to try and say it’s because I’ve been writing and editing up a storm because that would be a half truth. I have been writing and editing but not near enough to reach my goals this month. The other half I’ve been procrastinating, mostly because my stupid computer has had major Male moments. Yes, poor excuse I know.

Anyway the month is over and I need to focus on moving forward. This morning I had a light bulb moment. I’ve been doing my reviews and thinking this is NOT working! Why? I don’t have enough conflict. I’ve also been going back over my notes from Bootcamp, which is why I had the light bulb moment. My conflict between my hero and heroine is wishy washy, dull, poring, bloody pitiful really. Aren’t I lucky July is editing month, as well as August and September, and the way things are looking so will October. Here’s my plan, I have the stories written. That’s a good start, now I’m going to go over each sentence, paragraph, page and chapter pulling them apart and putting them back together. I’ll make a list of the conflicts I have and how to improve them. Even the seven chapters I’ve already edited are getting another going over. WHO the hell said writing was easy?

In other news my new reviews for Fallen Angel Reviews are up on my review site. The Clayton’s Conference is coming together, hoping to have that sorted well in advance of time. I got the judges score sheets from the Valerie Parv Contest and my scores were much the same
as other judges so that was good. I’ve joined a group that is working their way through Donald Maass’s Writing the Breakout Novel workbook, now this I’m looking forward to, it should help me with my conflict problems. Oh and I got my books from Amazon that I ordered, so excited. I also bought a couple of books from Borders the other day, yes I’ve well and truly used up my book budget for the next few months, except for the Margie Lawson course I’m going to get. All I need is time to read them all.
Okay sitting here chatting like this is not going to get anything done. I’ll be BACK.

Happy writing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

So What's Happening.

Well in my neck of the woods, not much. I started the 50/30 challenge with a bang. Writing was going well, editing moving along at a good pace and then, it all fell in a heap. So I'm sitting on just over 16,000 words for the month and 42 pages edited. Now I admit that's not too bad, but I had hoped to be a lot further along.

Now all my characters have disappeared. Can you believe it? I've opened four different WIPs today and nothing. Well except for 417 words to Surrender and that was like pulling teeth. It is painful and pitiful and down right frustrating. This would have to be the worst challenge I have ever done.

I'm thinking for the rest of this week, I might just concentrate on my editing. Get that done out of the way and hope by next week the MIA characters return ready to play nicely.

I also have one more novel to read and do a review on for FAR, sent four reviews in today. YAY. So all is not lost. Well not yet anyway.
See ya next time.