Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme. It used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but now it is being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is ten books that have been on my TBR the longest. I looked at Goodreads and slightly shamefaced realise some of the books have been on the list since 2011.
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When I first wrote this post, it looked like I was going to have read fewer books in March than in February. Then I had two very long train journeys (15 hours in all) so the number of books I read went up. I enjoyed what I read a lot more than February, which is always a plus I took part in one readathon this month, a weekly one in the last full week of March and it went well.
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So my novel that I had to finish for Nanowrimo is still going nowhere. But I’ve decided to change one of my short stories into a novella. It’s a fairytale retelling (because I can’t stop reading them lately and they’re very inspiring) about what would happen if Cinderella was a little more ambitious. I’m ten thousand words in and when I’m a little closer to getting it published, I’ll talk a little more about it. But I’m feeling enthusiastic about it!
So I won Nanowrimo. Yay! I have 50k words that I didn’t have before. But my secondary goal of finish the damn novel is nowhere near complete. This book is both my favourite and least favourite of all the books I’m working on, but I think I’ve said that about all the books in the trilogy.
So I’ll be continuing into December in order to finish the book. My new aim is before Christmas, that way I can write, take Christmas off and then be ready to edit in January with a vengeance.
Starts tomorrow! I would love to stay up to start writing for Nanowrimo at midnight but 1) I’m not sure I’ll be able to do anything apart from sleep on my keyboard if I do and 2) a lot of people who take part in Nanowrimo are in the Americas so their midnight would be a lot later than mine and would take half the fun out of starting at midnight. Getting up early and doing some writing straight away would probably be more my thing.
I have mostly everything ready and I’ve got a lovely comfy writing space, though I’ll probably move around the house. I’ll be doing at least a weekly post about how I’m doing at Nanowrimo and I’ll post any more links or resources I find over the month.
As exciting as Nanowrimo is, I find getting ready for it September/October time is just as exciting. You have the dash to the end of October but you also have the anticipation as everyone sorts out their character templates, lines up their inspiration speeches/videos/pictures and stocks their freezer with every meal that could possibly be cooked in under thirty minutes. And the weather is getting colder and Halloween is coming, so lots of spooky stories and movies coming out right about now. Great inspiration if you’re writing a horror novel! Not as much if you’re writing another genre but at least it’s fun.
I’ll be doing another post about what I’m doing to prepare for Nanowrimo but this post is simply about the resources I found useful to prep so far.
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I have handed in my notice at work and I’m going to be off for the last two months of the year. This is partly so I can see my cousin’s new baby and spend Christmas with my family and partly so I have some time off to prepare to travel to Australia.
It also means that I have seemingly acres of free time, which doesn’t normally work out well for me. Before I started my job, I had about six months where I didn’t do much of anything (well, I finished and handed in my dissertation but then nothing else after that) and while I wasn’t in the best place mentally, I am still worried about falling into that trap. There’s Nanowrimo and I want to at least be ready to publish by the end of the year – I need to be very organised.
If anyone has any tips for motivating yourself to get things done when all you have is time, then please send them my way!
One of the things I love about Nanowrimo/Camp Nanowrimo is that for the whole month that novel is my priority. No waffling over which one is most important (deadlines/payment inclined usually), that’s it. That is my writing project.
And now the month is over and I’m back with several projects claiming my attention and me with no idea which one to work on first.
Maybe I should draw lots.
I’ve started Camp Nanowrimo for July with very similar people in the cabin that I had last time. It’s in the same universe I’ve been writing in for the past year (and I swear I’m going to get the first book ready for publishing by the end of December) so I know it well. I’m working on the second book of the trilogy, or rather, I’m rewriting it because that is apparently what I do with these books.
The only trouble is that I’ve looked at my extensive plan for the book and realised that the middle of the book is weak. It wasn’t terribly exciting to write and nothing much happens between them starting the quest and the conclusion of the quest. Despite it being a dangerous quest, my FMC (female main character) is never in any real danger until the very end.
The first book I wrote in this series I liked to reread at times, this book I found myself bored rereading it and that is never a good sign. So I’m changing that.
I have just finished my first week of Camp Nanowrimo and I am redoing my whole plan. I don’t make this easy on myself, do I?
The word ‘plans’ is starting to look really weird right now.
It’s been nearly two weeks since I finished Camp Nanowrimo and I think that’s a long enough break from my novel right now. Any longer and it will be another rewrite for the July Camp and I really want to move on from this novel, or at least send it off to my writing group to get their opinions. In order to do that, I need to transform this novel into something I don’t mind other people reading by the middle of June preferably.
This novel I worked on during Camp, I See Fire, is, I think, the fourth rewrite in this world. The characters and plot were very different in the first one but I think every rewrite has improved things. But now it needs to get better and fast. Or as fast as it can go along with working full-time.
The two articles I’m looking at while editing is this one from Bookbaby, which has a more wider view of editing, and this one from Marissa Meyer, which is part of an extensive series of articles about taking your book to publish. I do better when I have a plan (hence the title) and especially ones laid out like this. With editing, it’s so tempting to jump straight in and get bogged down with how much work I have to do (it’s going to be more of a second draft than editing, I think), but if I actually want to get work done, I have to break it down into small chunks.