Today is the 31st, which marks the last day of the first month of Get Your Words Out, a totally insane writing challenge for 2010. My challenge goal is 300,000 words in 2010. I’m positive I can do that… last year I missed the cut-off so I decided to do it on my own and ended up well over 350K thanks to NaNoWriMo. This year is panning out to be great as well… I checked in with an amazing 31,325 words for January.
So, what comprises my word count? Whatever I write on purpose, for pleasure. I include updates to current WIPs, drabbles, writing exercises, book reviews, and blog posts that aren’t written for a specific purpose like some kind of commercial post (which I never do anyway). I also don’t include short ‘hi, bye’ posts. My word count isn’t suffering so I don’t feel the need to waste time sending that through a word counter.
Last night as I was tiptoe-ing through my Google Reader, I opened a post from a writer I’ve been following. She’s currently editing a book and sent out some queries and is trying to get published. She posted last night about a website that she found the is sort of an auto-editor. It looks out for things like cliche’s, overused words, sentence structure, all things I wouldn’t normally look at, when I’m editing. I’m always more concerned with does it make sense, do you care about my characters, are there any misspellings? Well. WHOA, mama. The wesbite is called AutoCrit and it does some things I’ve never seen a website […]
Over at my personal blog, Diary of Curvy Jones, I run a fun Friday event called the Friday Five. Every Friday I post five questions. You answer them on your blog and then post your link so other people will read it. Write as much or as little as you want. Use it as a prompt, if you wish! Then, link back to the diary so’s people know where they can see everyone else’s answers. Simple. as. that. Have some fun, answer some questions! The Friday Five
I am backing out of the Original Fiction Big Bang. I would love to do it, but I have so much on my plate at the moment and some projects I NEED to finish. It’s not that it would be a waste of time, just that I need to spend the time I would put into poring over 20,000 words and put it toward other things. I have goals I’ve set for this year and I’m stressing myself out, trying to do everything that comes up. Rather, I need to pick things that are going to give me opportunities and things that are going to push my writing forward, both […]
Well. Now I’ve gone and done it. I got an email in my box this morning about a “Novel Big Bang” challenge. It’s 20,000 words of original fiction. Rough drafts would be due in July. Posting would be in October. Since I have a hurking, lurking word count goal this year, that would definitely help. And it would give me great practice for NaNoWriMo in November. I don’t have any idea what I’m going to write. It has to be original, no fanfiction. I’m scared! Lol. Maybe I’ll use the prompt wheel and flesh some things out, see what feels like it could expand into 20,000 words. For NaNo I didn’t […]
Lazy Sunday. I’m experiencing another lazy weekend morning. I woke up, on my own, around 7am. Hasn’t happened in awhile. I remember when I used to wake up at 5 am, easily. I used the peace and quiet to edit a prompt I had entered into a contest. I wasn’t going to edit it, but I thought I’d better not try to act like I’m perfect or anything. Writers can be incredibly narcissistic. My words are golden, because I wrote them. I don’t want to delete any of them! In the end, the feedback was useful and I managed to add some things, move some things around, make sense of […]
Written for: @PromptedtoWrite The Assignment: You’re out having a picnic and suddenly, you feel an incredible calm. You look up to the sky and the clouds are shifting in a menacing way. What’s going on? Who were you with? What happens now? Give us 100 words (or more, if you like) and be sure to share if you blog it! The Inspiration: Final Draft.
At the beginning of Bernice McFadden’s Sugar, we don’t meet Sugar. We meet Jude, so to speak. Jude is the ghost in the story, the crux of every emotional scene in the novel. Jude is the murdered child of Pearl, a woman who befriends her next door neighbor that happens to go by the name ‘Sugar’.
HEY HEY! I’m ALIVE! *waves madly* Hi there. So I was sifting through my Google reader this morning and I came upon an entry at AuthorCulture about a writing contest. I’ve been thinking about doing prompts again, getting myself to write shorter pieces, short stories, even seeing if I can get some published or reposted about the net. There are writing contests everywhere– I just read a great entry at Writer’s Digest by a blogger that I follow, Cheryl Angst. It’s a great piece that made me laugh out loud. Anyhoo. So, on AuthorCulture, they linked to this prompt generator called The BrainStormer (click on the image to go the […]
I recently updated my Writers Write page to indicate the current projects I am working on. One of them is something I started last year but I simply wasn’t ready to jump into an original longform piece. SO I kept writing and kept it around and since 2009 was such a good writing year, I decided to make this piece my project for the year. By the end of 2010, I want to have a completed original longform piece. Novel, I guess. So today I dug out the few thousand words I wrote before I shelved it and have already begun rewriting and reshaping it. I believe I have a […]