Monthly Archives: October 2012

Personal best

Yesterday I wrote here and there all day long, and at the end of the day I had 3,200 new words added to my novella to show for it! That’s a personal best for me. And I was so happy to top 20,000 words yesterday too – 20,000 was my goal starting out 19 days ago on this story. I’m not done yet though – I realized my ending that I had planned was lame, so I tossed it all out, and began writing a new climax and ending. The new one excites me, and I couldn’t stop writing it yesterday! I guess that’s what you should do as a writer – if something is boring, remove it, and put in something exciting!

I also learned about filtering yesterday – using words like she felt, she saw, she thought. I didn’t even know I was doing it! But, now I know, and I’ve been going through the 90 pages of my manuscript that I have so far and fixing all the filtering mistakes. Thank goodness for Find!

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Slice of Life

I’ve been reading today about slice of life stories. I think my sci fi love story is kind of slice of life… actually, I like that description more. My setting is mainly on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. People have aircars, essentially the same as the speeders in Star Wars. There are spaceliners that ferry people and cargo throughout the Solar System. However, I don’t feel the need to go into the hows and whys these work in the future.

To me, that would be like reading a story set in modern day that is full of exposition on how an internal combustion engine works or how a wireless Internet connection works. It just does, we don’t think about it. So it’s the same in my world – my characters don’t pay any more attention to riding in their flying cars or travelling on spaceliners than we do about driving a car or flying in a passenger jet.

My story is set in the future, but that’s the extent of the science fiction. There’s a love story, but there’s no sex (sex in romance novels makes me want to gag). It’s just about a young woman living on Europa and dealing with the end of a relationship and the beginning of a new one. So I guess it is sort of slice of life… we’ll see later when I finish it. 🙂

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It keeps morphing… and morphing…

I started writing a sci-fi romance story about two weeks ago, not long after I found out about NaNoWriMo. It had been a long time since I had done any form of creative writing, and I knew I needed some practice, so I figured I would write a warmup story. I came up with an idea for a science fiction romance, which I prefer to call a love story, because I’ve never read a romance story that didn’t make me gag or roll my eyes or groan.

The story started out very, very different from the form it’s in now. As I write – it’s a little past 15,000 words now – the story keeps morphing. I had a completed plot outline, but I keep revising that. Fortunately, I think with each revision to the plot, the story gets a little bit better. It’s just funny to me how much it’s changed in such a short amount of time. It’s like I started out with a banana and slowly morphed that banana into a chicken drumstick. Or something to that effect.

I’m determined to finish this story though, so I’ll just keep at it through its various permutations! With NaNo just about to start, I have another science fiction story I’m writing for that, so I’ll have to put my love story on the back burner for a while. Taking a break from it might be good for my overall view of that story and allow me to work out what the story truly should be.

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Making a Picture Book for my Nephew

I persuaded my four year old nephew, Connor, to tell me a story. I said that I would make it into a book for him. So, he told me a story about a boy named Jimmy who lives in the Talking Animal World. I wrote down what he said word for word. The story goes on to tell about Jimmy and his friend, a frog named Conky. I tried to draw Jimmy in the drawing app I have on my iPad, SketchbookX, but the first one came out crappy because I had no idea how to use the tools. I figured it out much better today and came up with this for the first page of his picture book. I’m happy with how it came out! I can’t wait to get done so I can show my nephew his story!

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Writing a Children’s Book

Last night, I got the wild idea to write a children’s book. I loved reading when I was young, but I can’t recall reading very much science fiction geared towards young girls. I watched the Star Wars Original Trilogy movies on nearly a daily basis, so I was in love with space adventures. So why don’t I remember reading any space adventures for girls under twelve? There’s probably some of this type of book out there, but I never saw any when I was young.

So, I decided to write a book specifically for young girls, ages 6 to 9, set in the future, featuring a 7 year old girl. The story idea I came up with last night revolves around a girl, named Caitlyn, having to deal with the upsetting fact that her family is moving to the Mars Colony and the corresponding difficulties that she has with coping with such a huge change in her life. I started on it last night and found writing for young children to be very enjoyable. I love the character of Caitlyn already, and oh, I should mention that I have a baby niece named Caitlyn who I am writing this book for! I’m looking forward to the day several years down the road that I can give her this book. I hope it might inspire her to have an interest in science fiction just like I had when I little!

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Writing is like Sculpting

I was thinking this morning about how yesterday I added 1,700 words to my sci fi love story, but ripped out 1,800 words of an unnecessary scene written earlier that really had to go. It was hard getting rid of the words, but I knew the scene was totally out of place in the story due to plot changes, and so, it just needed to go.

This made me think: editing is like sculpting. Both the writer and the sculptor chip away at their creation and polish it until it’s a thing of beauty. The only difference is that the sculptor doesn’t have to completely create a marble block from thin air first before they get to work on it!

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Writing with Family

I just found out today that my stepmom, Janna, is also doing NaNoWriMo like me! We didn’t even know we were both doing it until she sent me the link to the website. It’s her third NaNo and my first! I’m really looking forward to writing together with her. Her daughter, my stepsister Libby, might also try to do it with us. I’m looking forward to having a family write in or two or three in November! I’m very big on family so this is exciting for me! 🙂

I took a break from writing today because in the past 2 weeks I’ve been outlining and writing like crazy as a warmup for NaNo (also because I love it!). I’m nearly 12,000 words into a sci fi love story I began as practice for November. I used to love writing fiction when I was in school and college, but since I’m all “growed up” now I haven’t written in a long time and I felt like I needed the practice. In fact, the flash fiction I posted earlier is actually a rebooted version of a story I wrote in 7th grade (wow, so long ago…) about a poacher who has a change of heart. Not so in the second version, as you see. That story actually won my grade level in my school for Young Georgia Authors, a writing competition that I participated in that year. That was a crappier 7th grade version though. I got the inspiration from playing a game called SIM Safari. Haha!

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