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The writing challenge I started the first of September ends tomorrow.
It’s been a really good experience for me. I’ve been driven to write at least 1000 words a day and I’ll be honest with you sometimes it was hard to get going every day. But I did it and I’m proud of me.
My story is at least 2/3 of the way to completion of the first draft. This challenge helped me fall in love with my book again. The people became even more real. When fictional characters are so real in your mind you speak of them as actual humans the prose has weight and existence.
I have got a lot of work happening on my new book and I’m having a great time writing. Here is the synopsis of the story:
Anchor Bay – Stormy Love
Lily Brighton was widowed the same day her husband delivered the divorce papers. T
om Chambers ex-wife is an alcoholic who doesn’t understand that the concept of divorce means she is on her own.
Plus something suspicious is happening out in the bay that may be related to the theft and graffiti happening up and down the Maine coast.
I’m at the point where I am trying to come up with a cover idea so I can do some early marketing of the book. When I get a bit closer to finishing the first draft I am going to start Instagram and Facebook author pages. These will connect me with readers and followers so I get the word out about new books, promotions and special contests. I am curious if any of you lovely blog followers are authors who have done things like this and what was the best tool you found?
One thing I am blessed with is an incredibly supportive husband who understands when I say “wait, I’ve got to work” while I’m sitting at my computer. He is cool when I have music or YouTube playing in the background, or when I am talking out loud to myself.
So this little blog is an update, a request for information and sharing a little more about me.
My six year old grandson spent the night with us this past Sunday night and we took him home Monday afternoon. He and his Poppa had a great time in the pool that night
doing a glow swim which is swimming wearing glow stick necklaces.
Besides just hanging out with him and having fun laughing and talking I noticed something about his hands. They captivated me. Watching him do things using those precious hands was fascinating. The way he holds out his pinky when he drinks from his water bottle and the way his fingers move so quickly when he is playing Minecraft on my phone kept my attention.
He is very dexterous with holding things, carrying several things at a time and using his camera. His fingers are long and his palms are wide. His little fingernails are perfect.
It made me think of how amazing our hands really are. We can pick up a handful of items and balance them in our hands then reach over and open a drawer while not losing a thing. Just fascinating how our bodies are made. We can communicate with our hands by doing what I am doing right now – typing on my computer, or with American Sign Language we can have conversations.
As I told you lovely readers in a previous blog, I accepted the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge to write 1000 words a day from September 1st to the 21st.
This challenge has made me discover something amazing about my writing. When I start each day, I write a few sentences to start, maybe 100 words come pretty quickly. Then I get up, get more coffee, look at e-mails all while the page is open on the screen (I have two screens) and I jump back and forth. When I reach about 300 words the narrative begins to flow, it just comes out, and my mind is in the writing space.
The muse has shown up and I am rocking.
That’s the trigger word count for me to go off – 300 words. It seems my brain engages the muse, the engine starts and the story is up and running. Man that is a blast!
Since September 1st I’ve managed to write over 8000 words and if I keep this progress up I will finish this book by the end of the challenge.
Today I begin the “Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge” through Chapter Buzz to write 1000 words a day for 21 days.
I just realized this challenge ends a few days before my birthday. Let’s hope I can give myself the gift of a finished first draft of my manuscript. The contemporary fiction book I am writing is one I have already started but this challenge will really push me to finish the last two thirds. I am also part of a support group through this and hope to make some great and helpful contacts in the writing world.
So wish me luck and I will keep you posted on my progress.
I will be joining other writers unpublished and published in the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge with the idea of being part of a group of people who, like me, have the goal of writing 1000 words a day for 21 days. I think doing this will put me over the top of completion.
I’m excited for the challenge and look forward to the progress I will make. I have to use the next 10 days to finish the edits on another story so I can hand it off to a beta reader and be unencumbered with any other projects.
I have included below the link to the challenge below if you want to get onboard.
These nails are a bit too long to type quickly and without errors so they will need to be taken down. They are natural not created by a nail tech. An added bonus for you is the adorable pic of my handsome grandson at Disneyland with McQueen in Radiator Springs. He is my screensaver.
I’m troubled, relishing the aloneness of this evening.
I have times when the presence of other humans is stressful. I would rather write which I have been doing for the last two hours, watch YouTube music videos, and enjoy some good wine while wishing it was 68 degrees outside. We are in the throes of the monsoon season in southern Arizona which, believe it or not is a reprieve from the oppressive 110 degree heat of June.
Dry heat is still hot.
My yard which is nothing like the desert where I live is green and lush now thanks to the rain. I love it, however except for early morning or after dark it is still very warm with humidity like Florida. So I hide rather than enjoying it. At least the wee arid land mosquitoes aren’t too troublesome.
I’m planning to be part of Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge. Starting in September I will begin. I’ve set up my chapter page where I check in and post my progress.
I’m planning to write 1000 words a day for 21 days. It should put me at near completion for my first contemporary fiction. I’ll keep you posted.
This story moved me because I remember my brave, blessed, beautiful father sharing with me some of his experiences in Vietnam where my dad related a similar experience while stationed at Phan Rang, Vietnam. He was in the USAF and took care of the B57 that were running bombing sorties over North Vietnam. Years later dad and I shared stories of his tour in Vietnam and my experiences as a young teen in the Philippines during the same time.
He told me about an order they had gotten telling them not to approach any Vietnamese children who might be alone walking across the base. It was because the Viet Cong (VC, North Vietnamese) would wrap the children in explosives and once a soft hearted American would come up to one of these little children to find out how to take care of them and the child was instructed to trigger the explosive when this happened.
He said that often these were 2-3 year old females. He was the father of three girls.
If you can handle it, look into the atrocities the Japanese committed against the Chinese in Nanking. The mind of a human who can do this to another human must be a repulsively, nasty, dark, dirty place.
My dad, a man who loved to laugh and took you for face value, suffered from his experiences and knowledge of the hell one human can put another human through.
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I was talking with a young man who is an English major in college about my writing process. His questions had me examining the way I write, where my voice comes from and how I work story out. I told him it wasn’t just getting a good story idea and plotting the chapters, but looking at who the people are, how they got to the place they were when the story begins and what is the real truth of character.
Just like real humans, story human’s reactions and perspectives are based on their life experiences – even if those are made up by the author.
It’s sort of like a PR guy who comes up with an identity that is appealing and interesting, and will make the celebrity into a money making character. The celebrity grabs onto this identity and runs with it.
That’s what happens when I come up with a fictional character. I reach a point where there is reality attached to them. I know what they sound like when they speak, I see their mannerisms and habits. I’ve learned their hopes, faults, mistakes and desires.
Creating my world filled with these people I’ve discovered in my mind thrills me. It’s what I like best about writing. The research is fun, the discovery of plot and story stokes my creative side. The beauty of it gives my imagination what it needs to grow.