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Thank goodness for February 29th because did I ever need that extra day! It feels like a twilight zone moment when I think about all the work I did on a day that doesn’t exist 75% of the time. It seems pretty surreal now, actually.

I know you’ll forgive me for being absent from WorldpressLand because I DID IT! I finished the CYOA and it feels wonderful! I think I needed to just shake things up a bit and get away from the NANO pressures. Whatever the reason, it worked and I now have 3 beautiful manuscripts. I’ve reached the 25%-completed mark and it’s a spectacular feeling.

I basically wrote 1/2 of the book last night.¬†Until yesterday afternoon, I had only finished the beginning and 1 full story line. I had almost finished the 2nd one but the last two were only rough little ideas in my brain. I had no idea what as going to happen or how they’d split and branch off. I thought my fingers were going to fall off because I was writing like a maniac. Then my eyeballs starting getting super tired, you know the kind where it feels like they’re wrapped up in sandpaper. Well, at that point I knew it was a mad dash to the end and that I was running on fumes. There was no more time to visit with my roommate (who wouldn’t stop talking!) and no more time to work at a leisurely pace while enjoying a movie or an episode of Murder, She Wrote. It was all business.

Unfortunately, it’s turned into a fairly lumpy, uneven CYOA. The first story is well rounded, engaging and enticing but by the time I got to the 4th one, it was basically a stick figure. No more than bare bones and a frame to work with when I go back to it. You know what though? I don’t care. It’s something more than I had even on the 15th and that this story is in the process of being purged from my imagination. I certainly can’t write a story that is perfect from the start and maybe it’ll be easier to edit something when there’s just the skeleton to work with. There’s no agonizing over whether to cut something out or to change it. Working on it with fresh eyes will add a new dimension I may not have seen otherwise.

There is so much work to be done on the CYOA, I think I’m actually only half done with it. Why do I consider it finished though? The stories are sketched out, the different directions are plotted and there’s a basic skeleton to work with and fill in. It was a scramble last night but I hung in there until it was finished. Am I tired today? You bet. I would love nothing more than to crawl back into bed with the dog but that’s not going to happen.

So, today is March 1st. Besides paying my rent, what is there to do? Why, start the Adventure novel, of course! I was thinking of doing something dealing with dinosaurs or traveling, maybe involve a pigmy tribe in South America but I have no clue. Space has never been my thing but then Westerns weren’t either. So maybe I’ll write a space travel book. I don’t read adventure stories so I’m kind of at a loss at the moment with this project. The best thing to do is to just start typing but I’ve tried that in the past and it hasn’t worked out too well.

The main thing to do is to use February’s success as encouragement and as a pep-talk for my spirit as I sprint my way through the next 4 months. I know I can do this so I’ll work my hardest. I want to make the last 4 months the best out of the entire year. Who knows what the rest of the year is going to hold for me so I need to take this opportunity and make the best of it!

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