Editing!

Am I wrong when I say that editing your own precious novel, your brainchild, your darling can be so hard? You stare at the pages, and you see work that needs to be tweaked, but you decide to visit Pinterest instead. You stare at it hemming and hawing, but you cannot bring yourself to actually put your fingers to the keys.

Sometimes it takes fresh eyes so we hand it over to closest friends who then barely skim over our work, and simply tell us how marvelous it is…but they really didn’t read it at all.

What if I told you that you could get your short novel proofread for $5? Yep. Five. https://www.fiverr.com/s/6fiox2 Check out my listing on Fiverr. After all, NaNoWriMo is over. You cranked that baby out so fast! Let’s clean em up a bit!

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Book Organization Struggles!

Dear Fellow Writers,

Help!

I have reached the part of my book where I am not sure exactly how much information to share! The concept of my book includes references to legal actions and court scenes, and as a legal student, I am pulled to be a little technical.

I worry that the logic of law may overshadow the intrigue of the story. Or, perhaps law is interesting in general? Really don’t know- but that is where I find myself. NaNoWriMo is almost over- and I have let my preoccupation with details bring my progress to a complete halt! Do any of you ever get so stuck inside your head that you have a hard time writing through it? How do you manage? Please comment any advice below! I could really use the encouragement!

Love always,

Sarah

Obviously the Hero

I started out my novel with a hero.
He was brooding and dark and troubled-BUT he was the hero.
After two years…I’m not really sure he fits the bill.
My supporting character is (was) far more interesting than my hero.

What’s a writer to do?
I had my supporting character killed. She was far too interesting and likable

What is going to happen next? I wish I had a clue. Those of you who follow this page know that two years ago I created this tale without a map. There are loose ends everywhere needing tending to.

As of right now-I am heroless. I might like it that way..

The Murky Quagmire of Writing

Dear Novelists Who Neglected to Plan,

I have this novel that I have been coddling for the last two-nearly three-years. We’ve had moments where we were totally into one another…and moments where we lost touch so much that we didn’t even have anything in common anymore!

I have written and rewritten, but mostly I have procrastinated. You see-this novel represents my very first real attempt at finishing a book project. Who knows…it may even be my last. I jumped into this idea without even so much as a summary and I certainly didn’t have a plot map! Yikes! I know, you seasoned veterans who may be reading this are cringing. To be honest, I am cringing right along side you.

I don’t know where this story will go, or if it will go at  all. However, I have to say that since there was very little of this story that was planned, it seems to be writing itself. It has grown and developed and changed over time. I believe I may actually have hit the teenage years of this novel’s life because it is getting quite angst-y.

I cannot say that I regret this grave writing error. I cannot even pretend to be disappointed; because while my first draft is a complete catastrophe and certainly far from written-this novel has been one of the biggest adventures, most passionate relationship, and most soul-searching quest of my life.

I’m far from through my hero’s journey. There have been many dark nights for this writer’s soul. I have often felt like simply running it through a paper shredder. However, after 21,034 words I certainly can’t turn back now.

If you are an aspiring writer…and you have made the plan-free jump into writing your first book, I encourage you not to give up! You will hit road blocks. There will be many days-weeks even- that you do not know which way to send your hero (or antihero). But this story is in you, and it longs to come out. We may not have chosen the most logical road to writing, but it sure is an interesting one!

Love,

Sarah

It’s that time of year again!

When many of us think about how autumn is portrayed on Facebook, Instagram, or the Internet at large, many of us picture perfectly manicured fingers clutching Starbucks cups and long rants from impassioned fans about the virtues of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Then there are those that spend most of October gearing up for one grand event…NaNoWriMo…aka National Novel Writing Month (this isn’t to say that novelists are not also pounding down the PSL). If you love writing (which I’m assuming most bloggers do) and you want to try your hand at writing a novel this is a great way to jump in head first! You don’t have to ever have been a novelist before, all you need is an idea. nanowrimo.org lets you track your word count, provides motivation, inspiration, and community for aspiring novelists. This is an annual event that is free to enter and takes place every November!

I actually had every intention of signing up this year, since I chickened out last year. However, I have come up with another excuse. I’m already knee deep into a novel. So I have decided that instead of trying to come up with a brand new novel for the sake of NaNoWriMo I am going to try to finish my current novel this November tracking my progress on my own. If I want to finish this book by the end of November I will have to write about 980 words per day. “That isn’t so bad” I tell myself…unfortunately…I have a severe procrastination habit…particularly when the waters of writing get murky.

In any case I challenge you to either sign up for NaNoWriMo or push yourself to finish whatever book you have in progress in celebration of National Novel Writing Month this November! We can do it! Leave a comment below if you are in the process of writing a novel and what the genre is, or if you have signed up for NaNoWriMo this year! Together we can provide encouragement and support. Fellow and aspiring novelists please feel free to introduce yourself below and tell us about YOUR greatest hurdles to sitting down and cranking out those words!

Love

SarahTheSpaz