Four of my Favorite Noveling Songs

Just for you all, here’s some music I LOVE when writing. Note, all four videos will lead you to more great music, which is why I’m able to limit this post to only four.

 

At 25,000 and counting!

Electric Bubbles

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My Dear Blog Readers….

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I have not blogged in several days. Days that feel very long to me, but probably aren’t that long. You guys have all guessed the reasons, it’s because Camp NaNoWriMo just started! And because it did, man, I feel strange.  So-o, I can try to write a blog post….

NaNoWriMo hasn’t been like it usually is. That means, I’m fighting to get words down on the computer, not the usual just typing for awhile and I got enough. I suspect I’m becoming more like the other Nano’s I’ve heard about, the people who have to fight to write. But! I am getting words down. I have 12,365 at the time of this post. Also I am aiming to get 80,000 words instead of 50,000, so that’s another reason it might be harder.

I just got some Starbucks coffee that I can’t get over. I feel like I’ve already drank too much, I’ve got all these jitters–except that I haven’t drank any. The coffee is a Dark Komodo Dragon blend from Indonesia….And the coffee jar’s name is Alfred Shaffer….  He is sitting right next to me, and since he is just a mason jar, I can see all the coffee beans smiling up at me. Lovely….I had a humorous experience when I first filled up the Alfred Shaffer. I was so happy I started running around my room, using the jar as a shaker, and singing to the Happy Smiler’s song, “Coffee, coffee, coffee, we all want some coffee, we all want some coffee every day, day, DAY, daayy!” Then my little sister, Gracie, finally flagged me down and showed me that she was on the phone. Thankfully, she hadn’t reached the other person yet so only my family heard me, and that, they ought to be used to by now.

So far in my NaNoWriMo novel, I can already see the path that God is leading my character on, though she doesn’t see it yet. Everything that happens leads to another in God’s perfect plan. 

So, what’s happened? A miscarriage. That prompted Lassie to step forward and help a little black orphan who was caught stealing. Her husband in a sudden rage through the little guy, Jim, out of the house–and Lassie took him to Silvia. Because Lassie was thinking about Jim, she started reading James….That’s where we are.

Everything is so rough right now. So very, very rough, I’d be ashamed to let anyone read it.

There is a scene though, the very first one that I wrote and revised before the month began. It was really part of planning the novel. So, I’ll give you that–and quit this blog post.

Scene 1

There ya go!

Off to brew some coffee!

Electric Bubbles

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.

~Steven Wright

Planning for Planning

Yeah, I need help when I’m planning for planning. I wrote down what all I need to outline, starting tomorrow at 5:30am.

  • 3 Act plot, brief summary of 3 catastrophes and important plots of the catastrophes
  • Fleshing out of 3 Act summary:
    • Act 1, subplots, what needs to be established (how the characters are committed)
    • Act 2, what needs to happen to progress the story
    • Act 3, what needs to be concluded
  • Subplots and where they go
  • Scene sketch–scenes are still flexible and susceptible to change during the month
    • How long each scene should be
    • Mood(s) of scene
    • Importance
    • Purpose (every scene should have a purpose, but you can mainly deal with that after you’re done trying to get words 😉 )
  • Go back over character sheets
    • Take not of important character traits that must be there for the story to work. Note these in a synopsis somewhere.
  • Finally establish plot arc and tension throughout story

Okay, just to let you all know, not everyone plans like I do. Some would explode if they tried. I might explode, I don’t know, but I enjoy doing this. If you don’t! You don’t have to! Don’t let that stop you from doing NaNoWriMo. And after you get a few NaNoMonths under your belt, you will know more about what you ought to outline before hand. 😉

 

With great caffeinated well-wishes,

Electric Bubbles

A Request for Stories

In my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, my MC, Lassie Alder, is working with her friend Silvia to help (mainly) black orphans in the city to get to the home/school in the country. They find sponsors to support the children and send them by train to this home specifically established for them. The time period is right before the Civil War, and the place around Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. Though these kids are free, they have no rights, schools and orphanages are not open for them, but also, there are no adoption laws. (Helpful.)

The children are very important to Lassie, even the girls, who won’t receive education (though maybe some on the side) but at least a home. Also, there’s a a lot of room to write about the children in my story, and since they are important to Lassie, it seems they should be important to the story. However, I only know about the first child, and even his story isn’t very detailed.

So here’s the project: come up with a legitimate and touching story for these children that I can use in the story. Each one needs a history. Who were their parents? Who raised them? Were they slaves? If so, when did they escape? How was this child orphaned? For how long? How did they get to where Lassie, Silvia, and others can find them? Of course, they also need negro-1850 first names, appearance, age, personality, etc. I thought I’d ask y’all if you had any ideas, if you want to give me suggestions or come up with a child for me. Just a few will do, and up to 10 can probably go in the story.

Note: if you give me stories, ideas, suggestions–I will most likely tweak, twist, and use in my story. If you don’t want to give me permission–don’t give it to me at all.

Yours Truly

Electric Bubbles

P.S. I know, I know, all I can talk about is Camp NaNoWriMo, but truly, I will share the rest of that series by Payton sometime.

Invites are out! Camp NaNoWriMo is Next!

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Come one, come all and join in the insanity! As I have long mourned, National Novel Writing Month only happens once a year, but Camp NaNoWriMo happens twice:D Once in April, again in July. I’m planning on doing it in April and if enough of you join me for July, I just may go for that one too. :D

I’ve chosen the story I’m going to use in April already, and I’ve already done a large chunk of planning and deciding things. However! You know my rule, I won’t write the outline until a week until April. (I’ve decided lately that I am a strict outliner who is getting every detail made before the draft–because I hate revising.)

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why:  The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster. Writing begins 12:00:01 AM on April 1, and again on July 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by 11:59:59 PM on the last day of the month. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins!

Come join us in the land of the bold, the ambitious, the relentless; come spend a month of wild literary abandon at Camp NaNoWriMo 2012!

Click the picture and zap to your writing camp where words get written and books come out!
Camp NaNoWriMo - An idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.
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P.S. I want to know who is doing it! I won’t let you quit that way.