Today, minutes before dinner (actually I was late to the table), I validated my word count via Camp NaNo magic and saw that I was clocked in at 50,172 words! Woot! We won!
Here's the bad news...Stealth isn't finished. While I reached 50k I am unhappy with where the book ended and I never intended to make it more than a standalone novel, therefore I will be returning to Stealth in June and hopefully get that finished and up and on the editor's block shortly after.
So what's happening between now and then?
First, I will be creating a page for Stealth up there next to Keeper's this weekend. Then, in celebration of completing the challenge I will post a few character bios and a synopsis for the book. My goal is to then to polish up a segment of the book as a preview to share with you.
May will be dedicated to (catching up on my pending book reviews) and editing a v2.0 of Keeper's Conundrum.
Thank you to everyone for the continued support this past 30 day, I couldn't have done it without you all.
This is the second NaNo event I have participated and after missing the mark last November I am ECSTATIC to have completed this month's challenge.
As the last few days of April start to pass by and Camp NaNoWriMo begins to close, I am beginning to look closer into May and what's in store. May will be focused on the editing and additions to draft two of Keeper's Conundrum.
So in the spirit of editing here's a (snipet of a) clever article I found today via twitter about character descriptions and what everything you say... or don't say, can mean for your character. Make sure to check out the author's original site for the full article!
Rock your Writing
I can't wait! Think Like A Freak is by the two authors who wrote Freakonomics which is one of my all time favorite non-fiction books.
When Amazon emailed me that they were releasing another book I was really excited and immediately went to goodreads and added it to my "want to read" shelf.
While I can't recommend Think Like A Freak yet... I highly suggest you read Freakonomics.
I'll most definitely be reviewing Think Like a Freak when it comes out!
My biggest complaint is from the very beginning I felt as if i'd read it before, considering it was a pretty good mix of the Fifty Shades books and Crossfire, I'll assume that's why.
Putting that aside it was very short, (yes I know it was a novella) but if you're going to make a trilogy of novellas why not just make a single book? The writing was very slapdash and felt more like the author edited a first draft of plot snippets rather than a fully fleshed out and expanded upon outlines.
Entertaining, quick-read if you're looking for something fluffy, but if you want something with deeper more thought-through characters you're better off with another series.
Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about.
HONE YOUR CRAFT
There are two things more difficult than writing. The first is editing, the second is expert level Sudoku where there’s literally two goddamned squares filled in. While editing is a grueling process, if you really work hard at it, in the end you may find that your piece has fewer words than it did before, which is great. Perhaps George Bernard Shaw said it best when upon sending a letter to a close friend, he wrote, “I’m sorry this letter is so long, I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” No quote better illustrates the point that writers are very busy.
READ, READ, READ
It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer. Similarly, if you can read but have to move your lips to get through the longer words, you’ll still be a pretty bad writer. Also, if you pronounce “espresso” like “expresso.”
KEEP IT TOGETHER
A writer’s brain is full of little gifts, like a piñata at a birthday party. It’s also full of demons, like a piñata at a birthday party in a mental hospital. The truth is, it’s demons that keep a tortured writer’s spirit alive, not Tootsie Rolls. Sure they’ll give you a tiny burst of energy, but they won’t do squat for your writing. So treat your demons with the respect they deserve, and with enough prescriptions to keep you wearing pants.
Breakout the pom-pons every one, 30,000 words has been breached!
The last two weeks have been a flurry of finals, book reviews and as much time as I've been able to cram into writing. It has paid off!
At day 14 I hit the 30k mark for my second novel's first draft, woot! You can see a more detailed version of my stats on my Camp NaNaWriMo page.
I've been utilizing the sprints provided by the amazing folks at @NaNoWordSprints to help increase my word per minute counts. In the past two weeks I have improved from 250 words in 15 minutes to an average of 380 words!
All this progress has made me super excited to get back to work and see about getting a few character bios edited up for you to read. Hopefully those will be ready this weekend for me to publish.
More to come soon!
Overall I think this book was an interesting read with complex, real characters that was ultimately an emotional roller-coaster of a read. Filled with mature themes and every situation I can think of (sex, drugs, alcohol, physical/verbal/mental abuse, stalking, love, depression... this list goes on) it felt like the author took on too many themes at once.
The book was broken up not into three shorter stories, but an alternating chapter point-of-view styled set-up that attempted to seamlessly cover all of the action occurring within the year of the story.
Justice is a rising football star that the story follows as he travels down the paths of deception and fame. Most of the "erotica" in this book is focused around Justice and his wanton use of women and alcohol while he struggles to move past his ex of six years and gets a grip on his future. He eventually becomes the love interest of Mali (not her stalker) but for a woman so afraid of repeating her mother's mistakes she doesn't seem to see them in Justice...
Nicole is the third point of view in the book and she's probably the most unrelated. She starts out as Justice's girlfriend and after cheating on him for a man with money and fame begins a downward spiral of drugs, sex and backstabbing. Nicole's chapters were filled with very mature themes and she seemed to make every wrong choice possible within the year.
Overall there Mali's chapters were my favorite and she seemed to be the most stable character even if unrealistic in some of her rationalizations.
The information is relevant and up to date with emphasizes on current project tactics that can be applied to multiple industries. While this a only a 20 minute course as they call it, it can be seen as a great refresher guide for those already practicing the tactics or an introduction for the beginning manager.
My Camp NaNoWriMo Pofile: http://campnanowrimo.org/campers/rhiannon1044
Having come from a print media background "the ideal length" is something that has been drilled into me more times than I could count. So I felt the need to beat you with it too. None of these are rule but "more like guidelines" *cue Captn' Barbossa*