First Royalties Check!

Dollars

Dollars (Photo credit: Images_of_Money)

No matter the dollar amount, that first royalties check is exciting.  And I am anything but displeased with my first check!  The only sad part is that I won’t be able to hold the check in my hands…oh, direct deposit, you have stolen something from me!  But, well, I suppose I won’t whine too loudly.  No pictures, sure, of that first check, but money in the bank right away…I can live with it.  And you came just in time for my trip to Washington D.C. in February.  Thanks amazon.com and Kindle!

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“Lucy in the Sky…”

Today, I did a fun thing while running.  And it gave me a great idea for future runs that will help my writing.  On Tribesports.com, I took a challenge called “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (yes, based on the Beatlessong), to go out and daydream/fantasize something fun and/or silly while out on my run.  So, I did.  And I decided to go back to my childhood, and daydreamed about something my dad and I used to together for fun.  I put myself into the character of the storyline of our “game,” and suddenly, I was a teenager again, and having a total blast on my run, even though I hadn’t even wanted to go running today!

When I came back from my run, I started to write out the silly little adventure going on inside my head.  But then, I stopped myself.  “I should make this into a short story…No, better yet, use this to flesh out that book idea Dad had before he died that I’ve been wanting to write in his honor ever since his passing…”  And, bam!  A great idea for making my workouts more fun, as well as even more productive.  I’m going to become “Lucy” whenever I’m able to on my runs outdoors…  Pick a story, pick a character NOT narrating the book, and put myself in his or her shoes, and see the world from that POV for a mile or two…how does he/she take in what I’m seeing with my actual eyes?  In what way would Joey respond differently to the environment than Jamie would?  How would Tina Cantrell see this running route I’m on?  Would she even be out there?  What kind of conversation would she be holding with herself or a running buddy?

This could be useful.  Not only in creating more ideas for my books, scenes for scripts or short stories, but in motivation for getting me out there running more often!  Love it!

What about you?  Got any fun ways you create ideas or explore your characters’ worlds?  How do you combine your loves to create one productive, fun activity?

Writing the Second Draft

Writer's Block 1

Writer’s Block 1 (Photo credit: OkayCityNate)

So, the first draft on my latest novel is 85,000+ words.  The way it normally goes for me: 11,000-20,000 words for the rough draft, followed by 40,000-60,000 words second draft, then 85,000 words final draft.  Um…I think I’m in trouble on this one.  Well, maybe not trouble.  But I am in for a lot more editing on this one than previous books.  Yikes.

As I’ve been reviewing and trying piece my brain together to attack the second draft, I’ve been doing things a bit differently than with previous books.  After all, this book is very different from what I’ve written before.  The story and POV is different for sure, but not overwhelmingly changed, but the dilemma of the word count is a new one for me.  The first 20 chapters are written in chapter format, but after those 60,000 words, I hadn’t come to turning point yet, so I knew I needed to just get it done and insert scenes and brief narration to move the story forward so I knew where it was headed.  The remaining 25,000 words are “short story” format, and very roughly written, with few actual scenes fleshed out.  Yikes.

Plus, after 85,000 words, I still don’t have the title for it.  I’ve gone through a series of about 5 options, and still don’t like any of them.  Should make it interesting.

Anyhow…the process I’ve been going through as I approach draft #2 includes the following steps:

  1. Revamp the outline
  2. Outline the book within the document
  3. Read the draft at least a half dozen times
  4. Combine chapters
  5. Cut scenes that don’t move the story forward

But, I’ve hit the wall with these.  So, it’s time to press forward and flesh out the rest of the chapters.  Sure, it means I’ll have a 2nd draft of about 150,000-200,000 words, but it’s time.  Should be interesting.

What about you?  Ever had a ridiculous word count for your rough draft?  What have you done to solve the dilemma?

The New Writing Year in Goals

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013 (Photo credit: ell brown)

Well, I just finished the 85,000 word rough draft of the book I started for NaNoWriMo, on December 30.  Then, I took New Year’s Eve and Day off.  So, it’s time to make the goals for my writing this year.  Here they are.

  1. Publish my second book by June 30 (unless I have some shipping hang ups–if that happens, then by the end of September).
  2. Have at least the next to last draft completed on my third book by November 1st.
  3. Participate and win NaNoWriMo again in November.
  4. Do at least 1 photo shoot for my next book covers.  Tentatively have this scheduled for some time in January, even have all but one of my models lined up!
  5. Write 365 posts across my various blogs throughout the year.

Not a long list, but that’s good.  I will be away from home for a good bit of the year, so writing will especially be a challenge this year, but all the more reason to set such goals as these.  I will have consistent internet (well, as consistent as mine at home, so I’ve heard), which will make a huge difference in being capable of meeting these goals, as well.  And being in a different environment often inspires the writer in me.  And the blogging should help with keeping me up on the goals…Guess we’ll find out!

What are some of your writing goals this year?  How will you accomplish them?