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That’s how DRAGONS invaded my no-dragons-allowed world
BUT Why aren’t dragons allowed if they are super cute???
I’ll tell you all about it in May, in my guest post on Kimba’s Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Today I wanted to share with you something that JUST dawned on me:
Camp NaNoWrimo is about writing.
Slow learner, my little padawan is, huh?
You may say 🙂
Well, I DID know that, but what I learned is that Camp NaNoWrimo is about writing and writing and writing. And never stop writing. It is about writing EVERYTHING!
And YES, I would love those 20K words to be a best-seller but that is not how it works! Not even for J.K. Rowling or Stephen King. They wrote crap, and then edited and wrote again [less crap hopefully], and edited, and rewrote, and I’m sure that went on and on for a while.
I constantly worry about meeting all the deadlines if I ever got a book deal. I worry so much that I decided that, if I ever finish my MS, I’m not sending any query letters until I had the first draft of the sequel already finished! 🙂
Write like you are talking to your BFF. Like your brain has no filter.
WRITE everything that comes to your mind. Write EVERYTHING!
I mean EVERYTHING. Even things that make you frown a little. Like a fortune teller giving one of my characters a tarot reading or a Dragon. or a zombie.
[ok, you caught me. I’d write ALMOST everything. NO ZOMBIES. NO ZOMBIES. NEVER ZOMBIES]
Did you write a “she let out a breath she didn’t realize she was holding”? that’s ok! clichés count as EVERYTHING. Keep writing! clichés are usually the first darlings to die in editland anyways.
Did your alpha male said the infamous “mine”. That’s OK! #JUSTWRITE.
Did the word count at the left bottom corner of Microsoft Word seems waaay to low and seems to be screaming YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT?? pffffff what does Microsoft Word knows about writing??? Microsoft Word hasn’t read Harry Potter and doesn’t know that magic does exist.
You can’t find the exact word you need? Use a less-than-perfect synonym and keep writing.
Did you type “syonym” like me instead of “synonym” and maybe misspelled tons of other words which of course Microsoft Word underlined in a very annoying and distracting RED. Don’t be stubborn like me. Don’t ignore the first advice given to all writers: TURN OFF the spell-and-grammar-check! and #JUSTWRITE
Does your novel sound like a paranormal romance in one paragraph and like horror in the next and then like an urban fantasy the next? That’s OK. #JUSTWRITE
That’s how I went about writing my first 10K words. 🙂
[ok this is where we stop and celebrate woooohooooo!
wine and chocolate is given away like ambrosia in the heavens]
Ok back to why I’m celebrating. How did I write the 10K words?
I was VERY permissive and lenient! There was no scary [but super hot] alpha-male bouncer at the door only letting the “cool” words in.
EVERYTHING made it in!
Dragons are actually pretty cool creatures. So no offense whatsoever to dragon writing people! I actually think you are AWESOME for creating those high fantasy worlds! But little blogger Daniela gets lots in those worlds. I can only do the movies or TV shows [e.g. I LOOOOOVE Daenerys Targaryen Mother of Dragons and her babies]
But i don’t like to read high fantasy or write it. [I’ll tell you more about it in my guest post at Kim’s “The urban fantasy reader’s dilemma: How much fantasy is too much fantasy?”].
So, how did the dragon made it in? I grabbed my new mug, [with tea unfortunately, since I’m writing in a cafe that doesn’t serve wine!] my laptop and its inseparable sidekick my iPhone and I opened the brain faucet. I created a direct line between my psyche [conscious and subconscious] and my fingers, and type awaaaaaay.
Remember my wrinkled Machiavellian plot board?
I took one look at it and it went back in the bag where it has been for months. I have the plot outlined my mind and sometimes it is a beacon in a sea of darkness [I’m pretty sure that’s a cliché too 🙂 ] but I’m mostly pantsing these 20K words. I know that some very awesome organized writers can write zillions words following an outlined plot. ME? Nope. At least not in this Camp NaNoWrimo. Not in this blog either.
BUT because success and book deals are reserved for organized writers…when I finish these 20K words, I’m getting me one of them Scriveners! 🙂
Why is it that plotting doesn’t work for me when I’m writing under pressure? Well because that’s how my brain normally works [ADDish remember?]. Settings, scenes an dialogues just pop in my mind like in a wonderful chaos and, if I don’t write them as they come, they get forgotten. And I learned that’s OK. Because of the magic of “copy and paste”. With two clicks of my mouse I can just place those scattered gems in the precise section of the jewelry box where they belong.
So as I’m pantsing my 20K words, more than dragons happen. AND IT DOESN’T MATTER. 🙂
Did my alpha-alpha-alpha-male said to his best badass buddy “oh man, I cannot live without her”. Maybe UGH. I KNOW. I KNOW. I just kept writing and made a mental note to yell at him “MAN UP!!!” later.
Did one of my character suddenly became transgender because somehow I forgot “she” was a “he”. No problem. Maybe a transgender character is exactly with my story needs.
DID I WRITE 50% of this post when I was supposed to be writing my Camp NaNoWrimo story? Confession time. Yes I DID. But there was no way I was going to remember all this later. So that’s OK. I just cut it and pasted it in another page and kept writing. That will happen too. You will be writing a scene and another scene will pop in your mid. WRITE it. RIGHT THERE. Do not waste time looking for the write place to write it. #JUSTWRITE.
What about you, writer and blogger friend? How do you write? can you JUST WRITE?
Leave a comment! Tell me ALL about it!!!
I’d really love to know how you go about your writing! 🙂
Just in case you missed Barbara @ Booker T’s farm’s interview here it is again. And why you should read horror!
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BUT even MORE important than those 50 millions of reviews… last week I posted my second ARC review for the ARC April Challenge Fury’s Kiss (New England Furies #1), by Nicola R. White Very Entertaining. Fun female character. Action driven.
I’m also almost done with First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1), by Darynda Jones which is pure genius, funny, steamy, creepy.
And just started a new ARC, Dominus by Tom Fox which is ominously awesome. So too so far having a blast with my books! 🙂
My BFFs loves me again! WOOOOHOOOO! So got a few new ARCs for a total of… TWENTY-FOUR PENDING ARCs!! oh oh
What about you? How was your week? What are you reading now?
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