Friday, August 1, 2014
Step inside out of the sun why don't you and grab something cold to drink. You don't have to stay long as this will be a relatively short post to update what I've been working on.
Yesterday was the official end of Camp NaNoWriMo (I'm sure not going to miss spelling that out all the time), and I have to say not only was I impressed with how productive it was for me, but that I also got to meet some really cool, and awesome writers in my "cabin."
The past few years I've tried to do NaNoWriMo in November, but always found myself losing steam by the time the holiday rolled in. I spoke a bit in my last post or two about how I had to change my writing habits and so far it's really paid off and having all the support from the other writers who I did NaNoWriMo with was huge.
Also, committing to write everyday was a challenge at first and I had to remind myself to stay productive even on the days the words just weren't there.
So, what have I got to show for myself?
A 20k+ word novella call "Ghost Box."
I ended up hitting my NaNO goal early in the month and used the last few weeks to get through another pass on the manuscript. Then I started sending it out to some beta readers so I could get feedback. I'll be honest I'm super excited about this project and really enjoy the direction it's gone in so far.
Sometimes I feel like I'm a method actor, at least on this piece. The subject matter of the book is pretty heavy and the last few days I've been going over another pass on it have really left me feeling drained by the time I've finished. It's worth it though and I like to think the book is better for it.
The goal moving forward is to have a book cover designed and to get the manuscript fully edited for content and to clean up any typos.
Then it's on it's way to the readers where hopefully it'll thrive. We'll see.
What will I be doing? Well, writing the next thing of course.
See you guys soon!
Authors Note: This is more of an observation, but when will the ice cream man realize that no one carries cash anymore? Talk about a buzzkill.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
List of five things I’ve never done (successfully) as a writer that I’d like to try:
1. Write a western.
2. Write a comic. (Need not be an ongoing – could be a mini-series or a one shot).
3. Write a television pilot.
4. Write a short story by hand.*
5. Write for an ongoing television series.
* Have done this, but not since I was sixteen years old. My hand tends to cramp up. Note my emphasis on doing something “successfully.” For my purposes, success indicates getting paid… not because I’m money obsessed, but because a paycheck is an indicator of professional level work.
At the moment I’m not working on any of those things. I’ve got my hands full working on a few short story ideas and researching an idea for a novella. But hey, a guy can dream right?