Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Is Why I Write

This weekend has been incredibly successful as far as the amount of story I have completed. I started out the weekend thinking that I was going to shoot for 5,000 words this weekend. It was a good goal. Well, yesterday I finished 2,950 and today I did 6,359 for a whopping total of 9,309. Holy Cow!

Now, I know I talk about word count a lot because, really as a new writer, this is how I gauge my progress. I don't have sales numbers or any of that to share yet, so word count is my equivalent for sales right now.

In this post I am going to go deeper than the word count numbers. I found myself writing from a place today, that was where my characters live. I am a recovering reading addict (writing is my new drug of choice) because I am addicted to the way I feel when I am reading a good story, and I am totally immersed into the characters and their feelings and their world. Well, I was in that place tonight with my characters. It wasn't me writing and forcing my characters to do and say what only I wanted them to. My characters came alive tonight in a way that I dreamed would happen. I have experienced this before, but on a smaller scale. Maybe because I didn't write as long before, so I wasn't able to get as deep in that place as I was tonight. But it was marvelous. And the truly miraculous thing was that the characters went to the places and had the conversations that I had been writing and tucking away for later when I got to those parts. I would add a line here to someone's line, or add a little detail there for the layout of the scene, but it turned out beautiful.

I even cried tonight along with my heroine. I couldn't help it. I was in that place where she was and she was feeling the pain so deeply that I was pulled out of the trance when I realized that I was crying too. I am not trying to get all hippy and theological on you guys, but the only thing I can compare this to is the way one would feel during the conversion process. I feel like the light bulb went on, and "Ah-ha!" I want to share it with everybody now. Now, I just need to finish the book so I can.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

When One Question Gets Answered...

Another one pops up! I guess this is part of the learning curve that every new author/self publisher goes through. With all of these questions swirling through my mind, I am so grateful for the internet and the answers that I have been able to find out online, but I am still feeling like I need more. I know I am still early in respect to finishing my book, but I feel like I should be looking for critique partners, beta readers, ect. So for some of you that are getting close to the end of your books, I am willing to spend the time now to beta read and do an edit/review of your book if we can trade and you will do mine when it is done. There are a couple of authors that I follow who have a pretty good thing going with other authors and that is really what I want to create. A strong support group of other authors. And until we have a good base of fans to support us, we are all we have (well except for family, but mine's not really into writing, character development, and word count).

One thing that I have been wondering about is publishing on Amazon UK. How different is the process, copyrighting, ect? And is there an Australia Amazon? I know that the royalty in the UK is like 35%, but just thought I would throw out some questions while I was here.

Oh, and what do you guys think of my working title, Descended in Blood? It is a YA book about vampires, and the heroine is a half vampire. I don't know if the BLOOD part would be too off putting for the younger readers? It isn't so much a horror as it is a Paranormal Romance. Thoughts?

I have set up a schedule for my writing that allows me to have the first draft of the book completed by the end of March. My goal for today was to write 500 words, which I got in 600. I have set 5,000 words for my weekend goal. If I could get a few extra words in everyday, then I can start the editing process sooner.

Thank you all for stopping by. Your support means a lot!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Connect the Dots...Who Knew?

I am feeling much more productive this weekend than I was last weekend. I cleaned the kitchen, did the laundry, homework, finished 1/3 of GMC, by Debra Dixon, and was able to get a good chunk of writing in as well. I started out this weekend finishing up one chapter and was very please with it. Then I started the next chapter, and I just didn't feel like it had that umph that I was able to get into the previous one. Now, I know that not every chapter is going to be incredibly brilliant, but there was a post that I read earlier this week by Amy Davis Rose, which discussed how the writer needs to ask themselves if the words they are writing are fulfilling 3 purposes: driving the plot forward, developing a character, or describing setting. This post was very helpful in making sure I wasn't just putting this, that, and the other into the story, so when I started to feel like this is what was happening I stopped writing to assess why. I realized that I had not figured out my characters' Goals, motivations, and conflicts as deeply as I would have liked. I had the parts to almost all of my main characters, but those parts that were missing where leaving me feeling incomplete on things. Thus, the reason for working through Dixon's GMC. I must say, it has been helpful.

I am happy to report that I haven't let this block stop the writing process altogether. I have been seeing scenes and conversations between my characters in my head. Now, these scenes and conversations are at parts all throughout the book, so instead of just letting them go I have written them down. I feel like I am coloring-by-numbers, and when I get to those pieces it will be more like connect-the-dots, but when it is complete I hope to have a masterpiece. I am not counting these out of sync conversations and scenes as part of my words on my counter because they could just be notes right now, but if I count these words with what I have written this weekend, then I have written about 1200 words. Not as much as I would have liked, but I am still moving forward, which is all I can ask for.

For those of you looking for something to read, a fellow indie author,Heather Hildenbrand just released her book, Across the Galaxy for just $2.99. I haven't read it yet, but it looks good and another fellow indie, Aaron Niz, mentioned he started reading it and thinks it is good so far, and I trust his judgement. It is on my TBR list, so I will keep you posted.  

One last thing, and this is really more of a rant than anything else. I keep seeing these McDonald's billboards everywhere advertising their happy meals for $2.99. My rant is that every time I pass one of these stupid signs I think to myself, "Man, it kinda sucks that I am working so hard to write a book, and then I will be selling it for less than a McDonald's happy meal, or if I am lucky or brave, I will be pricing it to compete with these stupid happy meals". So, go out and support those indies that work so hard in providing quality entertainment. Because all you are really giving up is a happy meal or a Jr. Bacon cheeseburger ($.99), and reading is a lot better for your mind than the stuffers they put in that meat. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The wheels are turning

I have been down on myself this past week for not writing as much as I have wanted to. I finally got in some writing last night and again tonight. I wrote over 1,000 words tonight, and I am very pleased with where those words are taking my story. I am starting to feel like I can be a good liar/story teller. I am not even to the really juicy stuff yet, but I like it! I think that if I were reading this book and had only read as far as to where I have written I would still be interested with it and happy with what I had read so far, so I think this is a really good sign!

Happy writing!

If time were a commodity, I would buy it in bulk!

I have been incredibly busy lately. With school starting back up this month, I spend 2 nights a week at school, and then I have homework to do for both classes. The homework for both of these classes is pretty time intensive, so with working full time and going to school I have very limited time left.

Time is something that I have really been struggling with. I was finally able to sit down last night and get going on my story again. I am new to the fiction writing process, so I am trying to learn as much as I can while I am trying to write my novel. I think it is important for me to have a foundation for what makes a successful story before I get too far into the novel. Being an indie writer, I will be doing everything myself. Some have said that readers are wary of indies because of this, so I want to make sure that I don't make a fool of myself by publishing something that readers will be able to tell an amateur wrote. I want to write something of quality that readers will enjoy and hopefully purchase more of my books because of it. I also want to be able to offer something when it comes time to find a critique partner. I think that if I have a better understanding about the structure of story writing, I will have more to offer than just editing. I think I would make a good partner now because I do have a good eye for mistakes, but I would like to offer even more.

I have also been dealing with fears and lack of confidence in my writing. I have always wanted to write fiction, but feared the publishing industry and struggles to get published. Now that fear has been removed with my decision to self publish, but new and unexpected fears have popped up. I worry that my story won't be original enough (because it is about vampires). I have tried to create a world, society, and mythology that is different enough that there will be something new to the novel and not just another vampire book. I also, worry that I won't be able to write my story well enough to be a great book. Hence, the researching, book buying, and internet devouring about structure, goal-motivation-conflict, and everything else that goes into making a well written piece. I wonder if these fears are normal. I have read that people get nervous of what agents and editors would think of their story, so being nervous about what will be going outin to the world shouldn't be too unexpected.

I have been working on the blueprint for my story, which has been very helpful to wrap my brain around all of the information that I have learned so far. I still have a ways to go with it, but at least I know where I need to go.

One exciting thing that happened yesterday was that I figured out a process for something major in my story that needed to be figured out. I know that probably doesn't make much sense right now, but I am still early in my story, and I am not sure how much of it I can divulge  yet.

Finally, I started a Facebook fan page so head over and like me there, or you can hit the "Like" button the left side of my blog. Thanks for your support!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Supporting Others' Passions (Taryn Willis)

I write because I am passionate about it. I am grateful for the outlet that indie publishing provides for me to be able to share this passion with other people. I feel that it is important for indies to support one another. One of my good friends, Taryn Willis, is a great singer. She hasn't been discovered yet, but I am sure the world is going to love her. Below is a couple of her songs that she has recorded with a home camera. Nothing fancy, but her voice touches my soul. Just wanted to share, so enjoy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Welcome all!

I have been in the process of writing my first book, Descended in Blood, for about a month now. I have decided to do all of this under the pen name Angeline Kace. It makes sense to me that if I am going to be well known on the internet (at least this is my hope) then I should do it in a way that those who would do me, and mine, harm would not have such available access to the actual me.

Now onto the important stuff! I have not written very much this past week. However, I have completed some of what I feel is as important as the actual writing; The Blueprint (thanks Susan)! I still have a ways to go with it, but I am pleased with the way things are going, and I fell that completing this process is going to help me produce a book that will turn out one hundred times better than it would have if I had not gone through this process.

I should be able to add a tab soon to include the blurb!