Ooh, continuing on in the challenge past the month! I get to create a list for the month of November, with tasks for platform building to continue. Then, in there, include a day to create the plan for December… I’m creating this in calendar form and putting here.
Hercules – Largest Liger Guinness World Records 2012 Photo Credit: Jamers Ellerker/GuinnessWorld Records Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
People ask how I’ve written, edited and published books/projects in short time-spans in the past. The answer is: focus.
How each of us focuses is going to be different. For some, that focus comes through forcing oneself to sit down everyday with a goal, not “allowing” themselves to get up until that goal is reached. For others, that focus comes through getting alone in a quiet atmosphere with nothing but a computer, warm yellow lamp, scented candles and a goal. Yet others must sit with earphones, a cup of tea and an hourly goal before getting up for a break.
I’m a mixed writing animal. Kind of like a liger, I guess. I take elements from visual learners, linear thinkers and caffeine amped-up college students, and fitness freaks. Combined with my own special breed of…me.
And it’s time to hunker down and get focused. For me, that means the following:
Stop watching t.v./movies
Focus the playlist to the type of music my fictional band would produce
Light up the Christmas lights and candles (ambiance makes all the difference for me)
Heat up the teapot
Pull out the dumbbells
Stay off of Facebook
Take breaks from writing with music books
Take breaks from writing with my guitar
Re-read the prior 3 chapters to the current one
Daily re-read the song list of my fictional band
Regularly review the “to do” list for the book (things to add or change as the book is revised)
Many of these things have exceptions (such t.v./movies–if they are in the right era or mood of the book I’m writing, that’s a perfectly relaxation activity for a break between writing stints), but for the most part, I have to stick to this list if I want to finish my book completely by my May 17 publication date.
Since I have finished NaNoWriMo, it’s time to get to back to the book I’m still intending to be ready for publication this year… Thought I’d share my basic steps for it now. I’ll expand on the stages as I go through them with the book I’m editing now. It’s the process I used to edit my book last year, and it worked well. So, here we go!
Highlight modifiers and dialogue
Cut out as many modifiers as necessary
Break up into scenes
Read each scene independently–asking “does this move the story forward”?, “is this scene complete as is?”, “is this scene well written,” etc.
Remove unnecessary scenes
Add missing information/scenes
Second read through
Build dialogue/internalization from narrated stuff
Using music to allow for inspiration is only one of the components for writing. At least when you’re me. I also love to create book covers, edit photos and just look at places, faces and other images that reflect the heart of the story I’m writing. And since most of “Just Jade” is taking place in Europe, I’m wandering back in time through my own adventures in Europe, looking at photos, and letting those images evoke memories and emotions.
If you’ve got some images from your story’s location as you work on your NaNoWriMo novel for 2013, I recommend looking through them. Or go to Wikipedia and look some up. Or google images search. Or Pinterest.
I experienced many adventures during the various times I have gone to Europe, and I have loved all of those memories, even the sad or scary ones. So, here are a few of the edited images from the journeys I’ve taken through Europe, as Jade is inspired to take life.
And my friends know that I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year.
Now, it’s time to finish up preparations. Today, that means making the writer’s playlist. And since I’m going with another “For the Love of Music” series book, I get to choose music that reminds me of the artists/bands in the book. Real life artists list their influences. My fictional ones get to as well. And while they may not influence the actual style of the music in the books themselves, the artists inspire the characters, lyrics and storyline as we go along the NaNoWriMo road.
So, it’s time to sort through the artists/bands I’ve got on deck, and choose their best works. After that, I create three playlists.
Upbeat and/or happy
Now, here are the bands/artists in the NaNoWriMo 2013 playlists: