Full Disclosure

Yeah, I have a degree in journalism. In getting that degree I was taught that if there is any possible conflict of interest the writer must make a full disclosure statement. But now for the part that might seem weird to most, but maybe not my writer friends.

Full disclosure: I’m scared. And to be honest, as a writer, I’m not even sure of what. Rejection? Success?

I think it’s something unrelated, or maybe in between. All I know is this: For the last several months I’ve read through portions of my manuscript for Requiem for a Laborer. I’ve been able to make a few basic edits, correcting horrible sentenses, improper word choice, that sort of thing. But when it comes to making “flesh and bone” changes, I’ve been paralyzed.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way at all thinking that my work is beyond reproach. In fact, I think that like many writers (and musicians- I fancy myself a vocalist too. Blues, if you must know.) our own worst critics.

Every time I sit down to edit, I find myself thinking: Who would want to read this? Who would want to read a novel about a group of wannabe freedom fighters on a steam powered airship? Sure the aerial battle plays out super cool in my head but…      and the thoughts trail off…

At this point, I find myself thinking what right do I have to write a steampunk novel? Cheri Preist has it down with her Clockwork Century series but is there anything of real value that I can add to the genre? I feel like I have a different approach but  maybe it isn’t different enough?

And it is at this point that things get even more sticky for me. In college, (I graduated four years ago as a non-traditional student)  I was given very positive feedback from my professors, English professor Alayne Peterson,  about my writing. My thought? Oh, they’re just being kind. I’m really not that good.

Then again, maybe this is self-destructive thought. If I produce a story that a few people find entertaining I think that I have done my job. Maybe I could it evolve it into a series. Time and ability will tell.

So what brought me out of my writing funk? Well…

I was watching a #Joe_ Bonamassa Mountain Time video, awesome guitar work awesome musician. Beyond that, I don’t think I could really tell you.

I can tell you this, however, I am trying my damnedest to start moving forward with my writing.

Peace.

 

 

Day 13 NaNoWriMo 15

Wow, and I mean WOW!

I have made it halfway today. And it’s even before 7:30 PM.

This has been a hard day of writing. Not only because of the whole making it halfway thing. And that is very important, but also because wrote two very emotionally draining scenes.

Anyone that says something along the lines of, “What’s the big deal? They’re  only characters that you made up, so what?”

This is the heart and soul of being writers. We create. Out of our imaginations (making us rather childlike, yes?) we complete new scenarios, if not whole new worlds. Being that this is a steampunk novel. I feel I fit somewhere in the creative middle.

The point to this raving is that as writers, we do get emotionally drained, if not exhausted, by what we do.

Since I began writing, I have discovered that writers of all stripes, not only can, but have to get emotionally invested, if  he or she want’s the writing to be believable or better yet visceral. That means taking emotional risks. That is what I did today.

As for the reward I promised myself… it will have to wait until tomorrow. Don’t worry, I will pick out something nice for me. 🙂

For the other novelists that read this: Am I just whacked or do all of you get as emotionally invested?

I’d really love to hear from you.

As for my novel…

Words today: 2347

Words total: 25,017

Day 10 NaNoWriMo 15

Some days you just can’t seem to write and some days things just seem to fall into place. Today was neither of those.

I’m writing a steampunk novel that I’m trying to write a little more technical in it’s approach. I’m at a place in my novel where a steam driven airship has been sabotaged and the protagonist and friends are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the crash and why the airship was targeted in the first place.

The upshot is I spent a lot of time today, (And I do mean a lot of time) paging through my research finding a suitable type of boiler and a means of destroying it. Not such an easy task as one might think. 😉

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Yeah, this is most of the research that I’ve printed for this novel.

So paging through my printed articles and looking on the interwebs took a lot longer than I would have hoped, long story, short.

In the midst of all of that tomfoolery that i thought was wasted time of paging through clipped together printed pages and numerous browser tabs, I realized that this is one of the best things about writing the fiction I’m writing; creating an aura of suspension of disbelief.

It’s the challenge that really must be embraced to make writing enjoyable.

I nearly had forgotten that.

Words today: 1812

Total words: 19,215

Day 7 NaNoWriMo 15

Back on track!!

Today, I wrote 2028 words for a grand total of 13,024. So I am back on my pace of writing 2000+ words a day. I’m hoping that during my vacation I can pop out a couple of 5000 word days.

I guess it’s all a matter of sticktoitiveness I believe I can be that sticky 😉

Being a pantser, I’ve started with a minor character and not she has become a major ally with my protagonist. She is a captain of an airship, and as it happens, guides him on the next phase of his journey. That and she will probable make a reappearance later in the novel.

But on the other hand, when I get to the revising stage I can see that I have to add some elements. Oh well that’s life in the fast (draft) lane.

Wishing all NaNo participants an awesomely productive weekend.

Huge shout out to Aetherhouse again for her positive words and lots of support for her current novel project, “Paradisa”!

 

 

Day 5 NaNoWriMo 2015

It’s day five of NaNo and I can say that I am officially 20% finished with my word count goal.

Noticed that I said word count goal and not finishing the novel. It seems that tthis project has taken on a life of its own and I will most likely crash through the 50,000 word barrier,

But I think that that is the fun of writing a fast draft; one never knows where the road leads.

And speaking of unexpected twists, unexpected even for the author;  I’ve written in a new character. A woman airship captain named E. (Elizabeth) Esher. This character is going to be fun for me to develop, for sure.

I have plans for tomorrow after work so I am not sure how much in the way of writing that I will get done but I will make a point of doing at least a little.

Word count for the day:2193

Word count for NaNo: 10,281

Day 1 NaNoWriMo 2015

Just a quick update, all. I made my word count for the day for my #NaNoWriMo project!

Yea, Me!

But what is strange for me here is that I tossed aside the idea of having any plan and just started typing what flowed through my mind, with a minimum sketch of a story line.

So my #steampunk story already seems to have some interesting plot twists without a high degree of planning, I’m looking forward to where this takes me

Best of luck to all my fellow NoNoWriMoers!.

So I Was Asking Myself “What If?”…

A funny thing happens when you ask “What if,,,?” And just let your mind wonder.

I was sitting at my computer thinking about my NaNoWriMo project. I am going to be writing a steampunk story about a laborer that rises up against the system. So I was researching steam power generation and what happened next was interesting to say the least.

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What if I were to write a technologically heavy steampunk novel, sort of a Jules Verne meets Tom Clancy. Would this even be possible?

So I spent the next two hours looking up and downloading/ printing steam age technology articles and the more I read and found, the more I was interested in the possibility of this flight of fancy taking off!

Anyway, I know that a novel like this is going to get very complicated very quickly. And I am welcoming it.

I am beginning to see the possibilities of this and its many branches. Best of all none of them are any more or less correct than any others.

I know that I need to develop plot and story arcs, but I am thinking that the steam technology might be an interesting backdrop, if I can write it out well. It could also have the added bonus of a sort of credibility.

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Bestest of best luck to my fellow NaNo writers!

T-minus 3 days and counting.