Gardeners vs. Architects

I was watching some writing lecture videos today and found these Brandon Sanderson lecture bits. I watched about 5 of them, and I like them very much.

The one below is about gardeners and architects. Basically, if you outline your story in advance like I do, you’re an architect. If you prefer to start writing without a plan, you’re a gardener.

Sanderson does a good job of describing the difference between them and the drawbacks of each approach. Personally, I plan to remain an architect, but to each his/her own.

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NaNoWriMo 2017. Thing Completed.

I have completed the thing! Current word count: 50,039. That was a whole bunch of words. I was behind up until yesterday. I never did manage to get ahead a day, but I finished, so I’ll take that.

I worked the fastest on my phone/bluetooth keyboard setup. It was functional enough for me to type but not functional enough that it was easy to switch over to something that distracted me. Whenever I tried to type on the laptop, I couldn’t seem to fight the urge to check on things, email and other projects, etc.

I entered my word count on the Nano website to make it all official-like. I had to paste the text of the book into a window, so that they could verify that I reached the word count. I don’t remember having to do that before. I thought it was interesting.

Once I did that, the nanowrimo site granted me this certificate graphic thing.

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And there was this video, which may actually be the nerdiest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. I say that with love.

The book is not finished yet. I plan to work on it through the weekend and hopefully finish by Monday. I probably have another 5-10,000 words left in the story.

Boom. Completion.

NaNoWriMo Update

Day 13. I do not hate myself yet. Mood: optimistic.

The book is going pretty well, despite my various distractions. I need to move a little bit faster. Current word count is 19955. That puts me a smidge behind where I need to be, but I’m not overly worried. Here are my current stats as listed on the Nano website.

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In my Nano inbox (which I didn’t know I had until today), there was a peptalk from Dean Koontz (Everyone got it, not just me. Alas, Dean Koontz does not personally email me. Though he is welcome to do so at any time!). I hope he doesn’t mind if I steal a snippet from it.

“To get on with your career, don’t waste time responding to the naysayers. Don’t dwell on what they’ve said. Stay true to your vision. Instead of letting their negativism get you down and slow you down, adopt an ‘oh-yeah?’ attitude and double your effort; move faster into the future. The world is full of people who say it can’t be done. If everyone listened to them, we’d still live in caves—and there would be no such thing as books.”

I have to go write now. right now.

And, we’re working. We’re working.

The NaNoWriMo project continues. Current word count: 10,754.

I’ve been overly conscious of story pacing or maybe just paranoid about the pacing. I always feel like I’m either rushing or going too slow. Nothing feels quite right.

I am muddling through, though.

The distractions have been true and real. The pull of Destiny 2 is strong, but I’m doin’ okay! Somehow. Also, the husband distracts me with various house things. I think he’s secretly trying to sabotage me.

I would like to get a day or two ahead on the word count because I know, at some point, I’m going to miss a day, and that will be a bad situation.

 

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NaNoWriMo: Day 1

I promise not to post updates every single day. I am posting one today, however. I’ve written 2061 words so far, and I’m getting ready to go write some more. Pretty good, even if I do say so myself.

I did have a quite epic printer jam this morning when I tried to print my notes for the book. That was pretty lame. The printer basically sucked in like 25 sheets of paper at once and locked up. I could NOT pull them out.

The husband got them out later. He’s occasionally good for that kind of thing. The printer may not be all the way well. I may have actually broken it. So, that was a super great start.

I have a weird setup I use when I’m writing on my lunch break. The last time I wrote on my lunch breaks, I took my tablet, and I had it in one of those keyboard cases. I didn’t really like it because I don’t feel like hauling around a tablet is a good idea. Any number of fates could befall it at any moment.

I started thinking about it, and I realized that I could just use the keyboard with my phone. I have that with me, anyway, right? I came up with this.

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I’m using my mp3 player as a stand-in for my phone because I can’t take a picture of the phone with my phone. My phone is bigger than that, but it still kinda looks like the world’s tiniest laptop screen.

Yes, I am a total dork. I don’t care. It works, and it’s convenient.

 

NaNoWriMoPlanmo

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t participated in a while. I’m a little nervous about it. I remember how much work it was last time. Really a lot of work. Persistent work.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is, it’s this yearly event during which many, many writers try to write 50,000 words during the month of November, like their own set of 50,000 words, not one big, shared pile of words. That would be much easier! If it were just the one big pile of words, my contribution would be “the” because it’s so versatile, and everyone would admire my practicality.

Anyway, it’s insanity. It is for me, at least. That’s why I’ve been trying to plan as much of this thing in advance as I can.

I plot out all of my books before I write them. A lot of people don’t. If I tried to write a book without notes, I would be all over the place. I would like start at one point and then wander off in some random direction, never to be seen again. I can’t even imagine what the editing process would be like, probably nightmarish.

Here’s what I have so far: a character reference/history timeline document and another document with my main day-to-day roadmap of the events that will occur in the story. The latter is at about 10,000 words long and counting. It’s that long because there has been much thinking and research over a somewhat longish period of time.

The book will be sci-fi horror. I also have a totally awesome title, a cover art sketch, and the book description. I’ve found that writing the description for a book is much easier before I write the book itself because I don’t get bogged down in the details and the subplots, etc.

I will be blogging during November. I will likely post some word counts, perhaps some whining, and various cat pictures.

I am excited to finally get to write this thing. I’ve had it in my brain for a while. So, yeah, 50,000 words…in a month. Wish me luck! I might need it.

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In Which the Audiobook Was Set Aside

Yeah, yeah, I know. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. Technically, I didn’t really quit. I just pushed the audiobook aside for now. Far, far aside.

I was doing a final listen before I uploaded my audio short story to ACX. I was happy with about 90% of it, but that remaining 10% is a killer. It’s basically all I see.

And I have a lot that I’m working on. I plan to do NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, so I’m clearing as much as I can out of the way before November 1st.  I had to evaluate my priorities and decide which things I would finish in the next 2 weeks. That one has chewed up too much of my time as it is.

I am also very tired of reading and listening to that particular story. I like it okay, but it’s definitely not my favorite work. I wrote it a while ago, and my writing is somewhat better now. I could go back and rewrite/rerecord, but it’s not worth all that.

So, I might go back to it sometime next year. I might just start on another recording and chalk that one up as a very long training session. I did learn a lot, after all.