Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I have WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL sitting next to me.
What did I do today?
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
I Got Money Now – P!nk
Clubland – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
‘Cuz I Can – P!nk
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
I Need a Man – Eurythmics
How Bizarre – OMC
Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
Lullaby – Shawn Mullins
I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Take Me Out Tonight – Rent
New York – U2
New Lace Sleeves – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Could’ve Had Everything – P!nk
Single – Natasha Bedenfield
Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
There Must Be An Angel – Eurythmics
Grace – U2
And it was damned useful. I really feel like I have a much better grip on both the story line and the characterizations. I still have to put in those conflicts that Darcy was grappling with.
Of course, now an idea for an HR is keeping me awake at night. I'd asked my editor about making one of the secondary characters from my recent November release a hero of his own book, and last week she said to develop the idea for her. Granted an idea is far from approval to write a book, but at least this one has a great chance of publication since I owe them another book in the fall of 2009. The other idea is something I really want to write, but I can't say anyone will buy that manuscript.
Still I really don't have much on the new idea. If I write this one for JaNoWriMo, I would be flying into the mist so to speak with a hero, his dog and a setting. Nothing else. I wonder if I'd be writing it too soon since I usually let ideas percolate in my head while I write another book.
So today I have to decide which one will be my JaNoWriMo project. Any suggestions on making that decision?
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
And, like most things writing-wise, Charity was right. So I'm spending the last hours before JaNo considering wants and needs and the difference between the two. I'm also pondering external v internal goals and conflicts, and how many is too many. What do you guys think? Is there some magic number?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Really. It is. I was surfing Amazon one day, looking at books when I stumbled on one called:
Jessica’s Guide for Dating on the Dark Side
Except, that’s not what I saw. For several seconds, I thought it said:
Jessica’s Guide for Dating on the Dork Side
And I was kind of disappointed that it wasn’t called that (although it looks like a fun book). But I couldn’t get the notion of dating on the dork side out of my head. I wondered: How would someone end up dating on the dork side.
Insert light bulb moment here.
So, my work in progress (progress being one of those relative terms) is all due to a mistake. And because I’m all about preparation, I’ve put together the all important playlist. Sure, I could spend my time doing character interviews and storyboards. Or I could mess around for a couple of hours on iTunes. Priorities, people. Priorities.
Dating on the Dork Side
- War by Bruce Springsteen
- Lysistrata by Utopia
- Is She Really Going Out With Him? by Joe Jackson
- Hate (I Really Don’t Like You) by Plain White T’s
- Stupid Boy by Gear Daddies
- She's so High by Tal Bachman
- So What by P!nk
- Famous Last Words by My Chemical Romance
- Read My Mind by The Killers
- Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
- Heroes by The Wallflowers
Hopefully, by the time January comes along - in just a few days, my idea will coalesce.
So... I *think* I'm now going with magic realism.
OTOH, I may go back to my mystery.
I'm going to start massive interviews and notes on the magic realism piece in any case.
At least I'm actually in the realm of preparation now.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I thought I had it figured out, what I was going to work on for January, my YA fantasy. I've had it in my head for nearly 2 decades now.
Then I started to think about another WIP that is sitting in a folder waiting patiently for me. Maybe it's my desire to conquer the world that is Harlequin that is causing this indecision. The WIP is a Blaze style book and I have the plot pretty much down pat. The characters are clear in my mind.
But oh, my YA fantasy. How I long to write it. It's waited so long. I hate to put it off.
Does anyone else go through this? Please tell me I'm not the only fickle writer here!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I'll be using it during JaNoWriMo.
Anne AKA smellshorsey
I've also been reading a book on organization for writers. One suggestion was to have a clear bookshelf for your project so it was all out in the open and could be tamed into off-the-desk piles. I've got my clear shelf with one pile of notes and the binder for the pages I'll create in JaNoWriMo.
I'm really excited about this. This is all way overdue and I'm so happy I took the time to do it. Now, to clear off the dining table for Christmas Dinner and vacuum.
Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I'll be working alternately on three projects:
#1. A YA I started in NaNo 2007 called The Molasses Swamp.
#2. A YA I started for this year's NaNo called Linear Equation.
#3. Something really spectacular (*cough*) for this contest.
In between writing I'll be at the piano composing tunes for the songs that go with Linear Equation and homeschooling my girlies and helping Mulletman keep the driveway clear of snow.
My only actual writing prep is researching mental illness. Other than that I am going to use the week after Christmas to eliminate distractions by finishing up a few naggingly incomplete projects and making sure my house is clean.
Monday, December 22, 2008
I've already selected the project I want to work on in January, and it's already prepped. But I didn't finish December's project. So my 50K words will be a combination of both projects.
Is it January yet?
I have settled on a story to write (a young adult book for once), I just don't know if I'll write in first person, third person or maybe I'll go nuts and try for both. May be risky though. The only prepping I've really done is to "write" scenes in my head, to see if I like the way the POV sounds, to find out how my characters react to each other. It's like watching a tv show in my head. If I had a small recorder it would be easier to get these ideas down.
Does anyone use recorders when they are brainstorming?
Now going out to finish shoveling snow.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Uh, no...none of that going on here. I hope inspiration will strike on New Year's morning. With my luck, all I'll get hit with is a huge headache, courtesy of the champagne I'll drink to push 2008 into the history books.
But I do have a title! Does that count for anything? Please say it does. I'm telling you, it's all I've got at this point.
Oh? The title? Last First Kiss.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
What about the rest of you?
I'm also really excited to be doing this! Nano was just NOT going to happen for me in November this year. A huge thanks to Marianne for getting this together.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I'm mostly brainstorming scenes and working through character interviews. I'm fortunate in that the two stories I'll be choosing from are both sequels, so I already know many of the characters. Still, both heroines are new to me, so I'll have to work through those.
I also set up a series of prompts or "dares" to help jumpstart me when I get stuck -- the more absurd the better (and some are quite absurd).