Archive for the ‘Write-Brained Network’ Tag
Soooooo busy lately, and here’s why:
Basically what that means is, I’ve set a weekly goal (8,000 words) and I’m trying to discipline myself to write at least 1500 words each day I write (a lá NaNoWriMo + WW, which dictates you don’t have to write *every day* necessarily) to wrap up my work-in-progress (WIP) by the end of the month (a lá NaNoWraMo).
Whew—that was an exhausting sentence to type!!
I made—and surpassed—my goal: 8146 for Week 1. *applause*
I started at 31,457 words, and if you look at my word count meter to the right, you can see how I’m doing so far. It feels so great to be making such progress! I am so *in love* with my manuscript!!
And I really hope I stay so enamored. However, I know how these things go.
I’ve just learned so much since I wrote my first MS, and that makes me love writing this one that much more. Here’s why: Not that writing a novel is ever easy, but it’s just much *easier* to know, from the very start, you’re doing things right. Instead of trying to force something you wrote (before you knew anything about how writing a book works) to be tightly plotted—to have sound structure—to balance X, Y, and Z—it’s just so refreshing to be on the right track from the start!!
I have read people talking about this very thing, but I’m living it now—you really do “learn” on your first MS.
Anyway, I heart Sheena Easton—that’s my working title (explanation).
AMONG OTHER THINGS
I’ve also been:
- Looking into more speaking gigs
- Interviewing literary agents
- Interviewing script managers
- Moving my online writing group (yes, again—FML)
- Building a new Web site
- Planning a workshop/conference for the WB (!)
- Developing some writing courses (for me to possibly teach in H’burg!)
Things have been so crazy, I’ve actually had to schedule phone calls, just to catch up with people! (It’s actually worked really well, instead of missing people’s phone calls all the time. If I know we have a call planned, I schedule around it!)
That said, I’m about to go into my writing cave. Sheena calls.
ONE MORE THING
However, in anticipation of something *else* I just did—purchase tickets for a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, next week—I leave you with something awesome:
I just returned from a great weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where I not only got to meet five Write-Brainiacs IRL (who I’d never met IRL before) but I also got to meet and hang with a few other really cool folks who were attending World Fantasy Con—some of whom I “knew” from Twitter and some of whom I didn’t. Plus, there were a ton of agents and authors I’ve interviewed and/or stalked researched, so it pretty much awesome.
An exhausting, but all-around faboo, weekend. I’m always so sad when these writerly functions come to an end and it’s back to the real world!
PAYING IT FORWARD
I’d like to show a little love for WB member and woman-of-awesome Candace Ganger, who is running another contest—I Heart Joy like BR80—over on her blog, The Misadventures in Candyland.
IN OTHER NEWS
On the way up to the buckeye state, my husband and I were entertained by the “Scare Me in 1,000 Words or Less” entries, and we have the winners:
First prize—a book + DVD combo of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein . . . and Kenneth Branagh’s mutant of a movie adaptation of the same name—goes to . . .
E. Cluff Elliott
Shoot me an e-mail with your snail mail addy, Cluffer, and I’ll send out your swag this week!
Second prize—a 10-page critique from me—goes to . . .
“What Doesn’t Make Us Stronger”
E-mail me and we can chat about it, Andi.
Congrats, guys! All the entries were good—so hard to choose!—but in the end, I went with the most classically suspenseful and classically scary.
OKAY . . .
Well, since I am making a big push to complete my second manuscript this month for NaNoWraMo (National Novel Wrap-up Month), I’m off in search of a couple thousand words!
Good luck to NaNoWriMo and WraMo folks galore!
How to Write Full Time and Stay Sane is a series that offers advice to full-time writers about how to stay productive and in good spirits.
And I *know* I’ve put that video clip in a post or two before, but it’s so appropriate for the life of a writer (when frustrated) that I can’t promise I won’t link to it again. (It’s pretty much genius—so get over it.)
Basically, it all stemmed from a very complicated situation I was facing that was driving me insane. Writing wise. That’s all I’m going to say about it—sorry to be so vague, but I’ve been thinking and talking about it so much over the last few weeks, I want to put it all behind me.
But, I had been trying to figure out how to move forward for a while, and just when I thought I had a decent plan in place, I realized it wasn’t going to work. *oh noes!*
And then I got sick at the start of last week was unable to do . . . well, anything that required more effort than watching back episodes of Tosh.0 or Melissa and Joey or Desperate Housewives or . . . you get the picture.
With all the plans I’ve made and ideas I have, being unable to work or figure out how to proceed made me feel not only guilty/stressed/freaked . . . but also down.
Like Alice in Chains “Down in a Hole” down. And if you don’t know how depressing that is, here:
So I talked to my husband—and he just happens to be awesome and actually know what I’m talking about when I talk about writing and the industry and blah blah blah. Talking about it (ad nauseum) with him did help, but I still didn’t have the answer I needed.
I just wished someone would say, “This is the answer,” but I knew my problem didn’t really *have* a definitive answer and that was why I was going so nuts.
So I talked to my writing BFF earlier today. She listened, sympathized, empathized, and—guess what? She gave me *the answer*! (I know I just said my problem didn’t *have* a definitive answer, but her solution was just the kind of thing I needed.)
This, my friends, is why I can’t stress enough the importance of having writer friends. Even though you might have fantawesome family members who will listen and offer advice, they aren’t always going to be able to figure out what to do.
It’s not that they don’t want to. It’s just: They aren’t as nuts as you are.
So, there you have it. Make writer friends. Seriously. Like right now.
Comment here and leave a link to your blog or Web site so *we* can be writer friends—and do it at other blogs you read. Start conversations with other writers on Twitter and LinkedIn. Go to conferences and workshops. Take writing classes. Check out writers’ groups that meet regularly. Join online communities like mine, The Write-Brained Network, that are dedicated to the intermingling of writerly peeps.
Yes, it takes work to cultivate and maintain these relationships; no, not every person you meet is going to mesh with you as well as your be-fri—but get out there. Somehow. It’s from these friendships that come so many wonderful things—like stretches of sanity, even for writers.