Friday, November 28, 2008

I won!!


I finished the 50,000 words today and I cheated but little (I summarized the last few scenes). I will work the summarized scenes into real scenes in December but right now I don't have the time. The weekend will by very busy with family affairs. I'm so happy I made it and "Thicker Than Water" is such a lovely story to write. I loved the way the characters (for once) behaved the way I wanted them to and the storyline deviated but little from what I had planned. Even the length seems to be ok. If all scenes are expanded I think I'll end up with 60-65K which would be just fine for a YA.

I will now stop writing immediately and celebrate my finished first draft with my kids and my hubby with the leftover cake from my daughter's birthday. And than I shall sleep... and tomorrow I will go swimming and than I might sit down again to write some more. It's nice to know that there is no more pressure on my writing through December. I am looking forward to do a lot of cookie-baking, decorating, doing handcrafts with the kids and the usual stuff I do before Christmas.

I wish all of you a blessed advent, lots of fun, harmonic family life, no hustle at work and may all our dreams come true (as long as they are peaceful).
Cat

Saturday, November 22, 2008

worn out

Hi,

It took me a long time to find the other cool quote I meant to post. I'm so tired that I just couldn't remember where I put it. I only managed half of the words I wanted to do today but I'm not sorry. I needed a break and the story is still running smoothly.

Back to the quote. It's by Margaret Atwood and came with this week's NaNo-prep-talk:
"A word after a word after a word is power."
Reading that I got myself together and wrote 1012 words today from 4pm to 6pm. Very slow going - guess I'll go to bed really early tonight.

Keep following your dreams,
Cat

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

progress

Hi,

I am doing fine at the moment. My NaNo-project is coming up nicely, as you can see on the left (if you reload the page, that is) and my best friend is "shredding" the first draft of my historical novel (actually she is writing her criticisms in the margins). At the beginning of December I will pick up the pieces and start putting the whole thing back together hopefully ending with a better version.

First drafts are always messy. Sometimes they meander in directions that are just not what you wanted when you set out to write the novel. If this ever happens to you don't stop writing, don't go back to change things - make a comment (like: need x to go to y on page zz) and keep writing. Changing your text is part of revision. First drafts need to be finished before you can get to rewriting. It is as someone during NaNo last year pointed out: You can't revise an empty page (can't remember who said that but it definitely isn't from me - wish it was though).

Oh, and here is a little something for your amusement. Find out how accurate your vision is.

Have fun,
Cat

Thursday, November 6, 2008

surprises

Hi,

the last two month I hurried to get my first draft and the revision of the first 50 pages of the second volume of the Waldmann-Saga done only to discover -surprise, surprise- that the deadline for the contest I want to send it to has been extended to the 30th of March. Well, that just means that I will have more time for revision than I thought.

For those interested, my nanowrimo-novel surprises me even more. Last year I had big problems to manage the 1667 words a day. This year I am writing between 1800 and 2300 a day without problems - even without abandoning my family for days on end. The progress meter on the right shows how I'm doing - just in case anyone is interested.

My kids surprised me as well. Today they played without a single fight! Guess, I'll have to mark this day in my calendar. It doesn't happen too often.

That's all for now, I got to write some more,
Cat

Saturday, November 1, 2008

How to Think Sideways opens its gates

Hi,

Holly Lisle's "How to Think Sideways" course is now open for good. You have the choice of joining for a whole year (lessons every second week) or half a year (lessons once a week). This course is worth every penny I put into it (and it isn't very expensive either!!). Go, look at it. Look at the Eureka-board where current students wrote about their success - or just believe my word that taking the course helped me getting an agent.

Well, having said this I will now deliver the bad news ;-):
Since I am doing NaNoWriMo again this month my updates might become even more sporadic than they have already been. NaNo is a crazy month of novel writing, trying to finish a novel with a minimum word count of 50.000! That means that I will have to write 1.667 words a day without a break (or 2.500 words if I keep the weekends free for my family). With roughly 6 letters per word that makes ca. 6 (9) normed pages (30 rows at 60 letters is the German normed page). That is a LOT to write in one day!!

So keep your fingers crossed for me. I'll try to give my best.
Cat