If you know your movies, you know that one’s from American Outlaws, starring a few of my favs, Colin Farrell (In Bruges), Gabriel Macht (USA’s Suits), and Scott Caan (CBS’s Hawaii Five-0). The quote itself, however, is actually Timothy Dalton’s in the film.
In any case, I am busy, busy, busy, though that’s pretty much always true. On the plus side, Nano’s over, I finished my 50k, and I think I have a pretty decent draft to move forward with.
Week 4 of NaNoWriMo 2012
That last week of Nano was brutal. I skipped some of my other usual tasks and obligations last week (followed by a major guilt fest and lots of catching up that I still haven’t finished–case in point, this blog post didn’t go up until 5 days later…) to finish the novel on time because I was having such a hard time cranking the words out.
However, once I sat down, focused on writing, and especially after I hit 50k, the words started pouring out of me and I ended up with the longest Nano story I’ve ever written! I validated early, so the story at its conclusion was actually about two thousand words longer than the validation number, but I’m fine with that. I’m just glad I was able to finish it! I even finished it by midnight on the 30th with 7 minutes to spare! I was worried I wouldn’t actually finish the story by midnight, though, so I validated early to be on the safe side.
I thought last year’s novel was slow-going, but this one was even worse. I think my biggest problem was not having a full outline ready when I started. Last year, I did have a full outline and it still was slow work, but I think I really would have benefited from an outline for this story. It was my first alien/sci-fi story, and some more preparation probably would have helped.
My characters are great, though. I have some really great dialogue smattered throughout, too. In the cutting room, though, there’s plenty of work yet to be done. I think I need to work in some more scenes with my villain, mainly because I didn’t even put a name to him until about halfway through.
I also need to do some serious search and find to make sure all the names, places, and words I made up throughout the story are consistent throughout the story and are spelled the same way. I think I could work on tightening up some of the major catalysts and turning points, too. But, it’ll be a few months before I get back into it too much. I’ve got other fish to fry.
Speaking of which…
The editing has begun!
In the meantime, I’ve just started the editing on my new to-be-published story. Tentatively titled Unscripted–though I’m already kicking around a few other title options–I’m already having a blast working on it. I haven’t really edited anything since July/August, having been writing two books during the majority of that time, so it’s really good to work with some printed pages and a colored pen instead of constantly working on my laptop, ruining my eyesight, and risking carpal tunnel.
Luckily, I have some editing help this time, too, so this story should be free of any major errors by the time I add the files to CreateSpace/KDP for publishing. I spent some time a few weeks ago working on a new cover for it, and I love it. I’ve (nervously) shown it to a couple friends and family members to get some feedback on it, and so far, the cover at least has gotten rave reviews. Once again, I designed it myself, but I’m going to wait until January or so to reveal it (SPOILER: it’s NOT the placeholder cover I have on the site here! I put that one together in about twenty minutes just so the book page link wouldn’t be an empty box or a text link for so many months).
However, in addition to editing, I am going to have to work on my Nano novel a little bit to prepare it for submission to a couple of contests that are coming up. I had a really fun idea for a short story for Christmas, too, but unfortunately, with everything else that’s going on, I may have to hold off on it until later. I just don’t think I can do what I want to do with it or put in the time it needs right now.
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