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Frankenfoot and the Writing Frenzy

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (117)


In April, I had foot surgery and was confined to my bed for two weeks.


During that time, my writing went into full swing, and for fourteen days I was more productive than I've been in well over a year. (Since the night my flash drive died.)                                                                                                                                                              Meet Frankenfoot

                                                                        
Even after my bed rest period was up, I continued to write and within four weeks I had written 25,000 words!

25,000
words



That may not seem like much to NaNo people who write 50 to 60,000 words in the same time frame, but for me I set a personal record.






And yes, my victory dance does resemble that of Carlton Banks.









                                                              


Yesterday, I printed out those 104 pages to read through and organize. 




Rather than write linearly (from beginning to end), I skipped around and wrote scenes that piqued my interest.  Some characters are well-developed, while others are sketchy outlines.


My next step is to put these scenes in a linear sequence, and figure out the gaps. Once I know what's missing in terms of plot, I will fill in the plot holes. This method should also allow me to see which characters have been neglected and need further development.

I've never written this way before, but it seems a lot faster and more productive. This is actually my fourth novel, but only one of them is finished. In the past, I wrote from beginning to end, but would stop when I got bogged down on a particular scene. I was writing like a champ on my third novel, Spared Parts, until I reached a scene that takes place in the Beijing airport. That's when inspiration flew out the window.

I've never been to China and I floundered. My cousin was living there at the time and graciously offered to help me with the details. However, since she was not supposed to have email while in China, I didn't want to be the reason she ended up in a Chinese prison. (She's far too cute for that!)




In the next two weeks, I hope to make a list of what I'm missing and then prepare for another writing frenzy.






I have another foot surgery scheduled for late July, so my plan is to make good use of my bed rest time. 


Wish me luck, and I'll keep you posted.

Patience, Please?

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (11)
I'm hoping my readers will hang in there while I attempt to get my computer problems under control. I currently have two laptops and one desktop computer of which zero work correctly.
 
I can receive emails on one, but can't send them out. I can write on one, but can't save it.  I can write and save on one, but can't use the internet.  I've ordered an external hard drive to back everything up and get at least one functioning rather than breaking down and buying a new one. Fortunately, my future son-in-law works with computers and has promised to help. I knew my daughter picked a good one!
 
In other news, I just sent out another query on my finished novel, Man of the House. Wish me luck! I've also applied for a small grant and should be hearing either "yay" or "nay" from them in the next week or two at the most.  In addition, I've been working at my freelance writing career bringing in a little (but very appreciated) cash. Afterall, I may need to buy a new computer soon.
 
On a more personal note, I watched the season finale of Once Upon a Time, and will sadly miss all the characters for the next several months. I have developed quite a fancy for Robert Carlyle who plays Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin. My friends think it's creepy that I find him attractive even as Rumple, but like Belle, I can see his inner goodness.
 
So, dear readers, please bear with me while I get my computer repaired and can communicate with you on a more regular basis. Until then, I'm still writing--the old fashion way with paper and pencil. Guess what? It still works!
 
 

2011 ABNA Winners

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM Comments comments (4)

Drum roll, please......

General Fiction Winner - East of Denver by Gregory Hill

Young Adult Winner - Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky
                     

Read Your Book Out Loud

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM Comments comments (119)
Below is an excellent interview with author,  Kim Wright from
Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents
.

Be sure to check out Kim's Blog.

The Value of Reading Your Book Aloud
At long last your book is finished. It’s been revised and revamped, you’ve sought the best feedback you can find, and the manuscript has been polished and edited within an inch of its life. May I suggest one more step before you go out looking for an agent or a market? Read the whole book … out loud. You’re probably thinking “That will take forever.”  It will, and that’s the point. 



Kim Wright's debut novel Love in Mid Air (March 2010)
received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
Kim has been writing about travel, food, and wine
for more than 25 years and is a two-time recipient
of the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Writing.

Welcome to My Blog

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 12:23 PM Comments comments (2)
Welcome to My Blog!
 
The writing life is often a solitary one, but I want to share what I've learned and of course, learn more. Let's share our writing ups and downs, offer advice, celebrate our successes and grow from our failures.
 
Congratulations to all the NaNO writers. It was a long and short month all at the same time. If you participated in the November Novel Writing Challenge, let me know. What was your subject, genre and word count?