Recently I was stuck. Not sure why. I could have been scared or had writer’s block. Who knows? The thing is I pulled out of it and I’m going to share how it happened.
A colleague asked for a proofreader. I volunteered. I do this often, so remember that if you need someone to read for you. Anyway, as I’m reading this lovely story about dragons, I felt inspired to revisit my project.
I landed up hopping between both projects. A bit for her and a bit for me. Turned out I’d get tired trying to revise my work for several hours at a time without a break.
a change is as good as a rest.
― Winston S. Churchill
I’m almost at the point to shout out for beta readers. Yep, here I go again asking if anyone is interested in reading. Symbiotic Slip will be ready in January. If you like to give it a go sign up below:
Almost everyone I know has a favorite quote or recognizes a quote when it is stated. So my question is simply: how do I find quotable quotes?
I’ve decided to add my favorite line to my beta read feedback.
I’ve heard that helps with marketing a work and most of us need help in that department. I know I do.
So when I’m reading my work or another’s what should I be looking for?
Here’s a few to help you see what I mean:
“You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”
from: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
from: The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
from: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
And my personal favorites:
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
by André Gide
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October IWSG Day Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?
I’d like to say yes. I finished them all. I’ve had all my work published even without submitting it. The problem is, I don’t want to lie. All I want to do is be supportive of the NaNo17 participants.
Please, Accept my good wishes because that’s where my heart is.
But the truth is, no. I finished all my first drafts. I didn’t bother polishing or submitting. None of them ever were published.
The closest story to submission was called “Rags to Bitches”. I can’t tell you how much time I spent trying to bring it to life. I even took a writing course on revision hoping that would help me cut away what didn’t work and build up what did.
Nothing worked and I can’t explain it.
So I may have won, but my stories didn’t.
Rags to Bitches lives in a drawer.
Winning NaNo taught me some important lessons:
- Plan out what the story was about
- Each chapter should have a prompt
- Write everyday
What NaNo didn’t let me do was stop when I needed to and let my subconscious work on new ideas. Sometimes letting things rest can lead to twists, back flips, and crazy new directions. I love that. But that means quitting before I reach my word count.
I hate to say this, but I think I’ve outgrown NaNo.
I’m working on a sci-fi mystery called Symbiotic Slip and I’m having so much fun. I’m being brave and going where I’ve never gone before. Every day is full of surprise and joy.
Who knew I’d ever get here.
What about you? Any NaNo stories you’d like to share.