2019 · October

Balancing Stages of Writing

Hello, Readers!

As some of you know by now that I participate in NaNoWriMo almost every year. Last year after an epic fail I truly believed that I wouldn’t participate again this year. Yet, as the NaNoWriMo crew started sending me the email of the updated website and information for Preptober, which is prepping for the marathon in November during this month.

For those that outline novels and set up character sheets this month will be filled with that type of thing. I am working on loose outline, a very loose outline. That will mean just know the threads that will be contained within that story. I may work on character sheets a bit so I have a better understanding of some of the characters that are to come.

I should also have this novel with the first draft finished. It’ll get a read through during next month as well. I’ll be doing a lot of balancing of things, but I know I can do it. That isn’t much of a problem. Especially as I will have my families support behind me.

I will, however, lower my NaNo goal to the 1,667 words a day so that I can accomplish both. That means book four in the Treaty of Dragons series will not be finished until mid December area. I really am trying to get book 3 out before the end of the year. I have the cover purchased and as soon as I have the first draft done I’ll see if my editor is available. I know I’m pushing the end of the year so I’m unsure what the scheduling will look like. It may be early next year before I get it out.

The goal for next year is to release 4 books, which was the goal for this year. I will not be making that goal, but only by 1. So, as long as I stick to working consistently next year, I will manage that just fine.

Hopefully with the help of my doctor we can get the medications figured out and get me back to feeling better. That is the goal anyway. Luckily, I have an appointment on Monday to begin that process.

As for the fiction book I was reading, that I posted a few days ago. I will be selecting another to review here on the blog. That novel was a bust. It was almost a verbatim copy of Nightmare Before Christmas. I was really really let down by that. I understand these books were supposed to be fairy tales with a twist, but there wasn’t any twist. It was the movie reiterated into the book. Not even the characters name were shifted much.

I feel as though the author really could have done some amazing with that twist on the tale. Something that would have truly made it her own. It could have been so good. Alas, it isn’t my book to fix.

I wasn’t a fan of the book from the get go anyway as the pace was far too quick for a romance, I felt. I like mine a little smoother and with more detail. Not so much a rapid pace. Shoot, it may have been a bit too fast for even a thriller for me. I’m rather strange when it comes to novel pacing and I work hard on not only my novels but on a select few authors to help them with that issue.

Then to keep reading and I’m like I just watched this movie. This is Nightmare Before Christmas almost exactly…yeah, that was a hard pass for me. So, the goal is to have another fiction novel picked out to read for the Halloween season by Friday. I know just the place I will go to see one as well.

You can find tons of great authors all month long over on Cathy Brockman’s blog. There is also a rafflecopter giveaway to participate in. So, if you’re into Halloween as much as I am, please join in the fun over there. Find tricks and treats for your reader love.

Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.

One thought on “Balancing Stages of Writing

  1. I need to get to prepping for November.
    I hate getting disappointed when I read a book. It’s worse when they are so unoriginal. Thank you for mentioning my blog party!

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