It’s Drafting Time!

I don’t know why, but in my head, I just heard Boxing Announcer Guy doing the intro for this entry.  You know, “Luh-het’s get rrrrrreaaaaaaaady to wriiiiiiiiiiiiiiii-hite!”  Yes.  Ahem.  Sorry.  Apparently my brain is really pumped for this WIP.  It happens.  🙂  Anyway, the topic of the day is drafting.  Another conversation I have a lot with students is that they have difficulty doing the writing.  They have the idea, but getting it to paper is nigh on impossible.  Okay.  Challenge accepted.  It’s drafting time. Continue reading

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My Outlining Strategy

In a post earlier today, I mentioned my outlining strategy.  In case you’re curious about my mystical poster board, I thought I’d share the way I like to outline my plot.

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The “Write” Way to Write?

I bet one of the things I discuss most often with my students and the students in the young writers’ club I sponsor is the writing process.  What they all basically want to know:  “Is there one right way to write?”

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Protect Yourself.

Seriously.  In just the last few days, I have been absolutely flabbergasted by the number of people I’ve seen online offering “editing services” for novice writers.  Don’t.  Waste.  Your.   Money.

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It’s time for the honeymoon again.

It’s time for the honeymoon!  You know, that phase of your writing where you’re still so in love with your new idea that you’re willing to do anything for it because you just love it so much. Continue reading

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Location is (apparently) everything.

I purposefully took a giant step back from my NaNoWriMo 2012 project for two big reasons:  first, it was still too fresh for a fair revision.  Second, I was really struggling with the blend of reality in my fiction.  What I came to realize is that all of those people blathering about “location, location, location” are so right–location is everything.

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Camp NaNoWriMo – April 2013

I haven’t visited this blog much since finishing November’s NaNoWriMo.  I am beyond flattered that it still continues to get hits and follows.  Thank you so much.

I still like this story, but I need some time off from it before going back and revising it to make it into a finished product.  Aside from the obvious first draft quality of the manuscript, there are several issues I’m just not happy with.  I’m also afraid that it’s a bit too close to home.  I should have set it in a different town–I don’t want people to get the wrong idea and think that this is about specific people in my past, because it’s not.

If you’re interested in reading other things that I’ve written, I’d like to invite you to visit my Camp NaNoWriMo project blog.  Camp NaNo begins on April 1, and I’m so excited to begin.

Next month, I will be writing a young adult fantasy novel.  The idea is actually one I had for a short story that I wrote in high school (let’s pretend that wasn’t that long ago, mmmmkay?) and just decided to flesh out recently.  I’m very excited about the plot and the concept and am really looking forward to having a completed draft ready to revise and share with the world.  I feel like this project might be The One–you know, the one that finally gives me the gumption to find The Agent and attempt to become a Real Live Published Writer.

Hope to see you there!  Thanks again for the follows–they really do mean so much to me.

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