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Another NaNoWriMo Interview

 It’s Thanksgiving and my muses are on vacation. I decided to do three things while brining and cooking my turkey.
I was reading these articles in CreateSpace


So here are my answers to the their questions.

Part 1

What inspired you to participate in NaNoWriMo this year?
I enjoy a good challenge. When I was first writing, I was paying more attention to page number and I found out that publishers pay more attention to word count.

Is this your first time, or are you a seasoned veteran
This is my third year and I hope to make it 3 for 3. I gave myself an extra challenge I am doing two separate novels at the same time. I am hoping to make 50k on each.

What is your plan for reaching 50,000 words in 30 days?
Lots of word sprints. (A word war/sprint is writing so many words in a certain time). I can get so much accomplished when I write in sprints.

Anything else you want to add?
I am a plotter/planner, I create outlines, characters sketches, but I use it as a net when I write. I allow my muses and characters to direct my word count in November. If I over-write then I can always cut it down in Feb-Mar when I edit.


Part 2

What is your book about?
Driving Lies is written two different perspectives: one the victim and the killer; the murder kills with car accidents.
Crimson Shadow Collection: Melzela (Book 1 of 7) is about the story of Melzela and she adapted being a vampire.

Have you hit any writer’s block?
Actually, it was funny, I have let these two stories stew for a few years now. I have been very motivated with them. I didn’t plan to write Wednesday or Thursday for the holiday and sure enough my muses decided to take a break. (I hope they come back on Friday.)

This is a tough contest; what’s been the biggest challenge so far?
I sometimes I feel I am driven more on one project than another. I try to rotate, but if I know I can get a decent word count, I usually stick with that story.

Anything else you’d like to share at this midpoint of the contest?
I didn’t think I would be as far as I am. It really have to say it’s all about the word sprints. This what works for me I write twice an hour for 25 minutes at a time. :05-:30 and then :35-:00. I have gotten the most writing done that way. (Some people like longer sprints and some like shorter, 25 minutes usually works really well for me.)

I also plan to get my 5 free books from CreateSpace when I am finished and have my projects edited. (You have to pay for the prove and shipping and handling, but it is worth it.)

Happy Writing!


Writing Update Half way through NaNoWriMo 2012

It is just about half time with NaNoWriMo. I have been writing two projects and I am trying to 50 k in both. (100K words together)

My vampire novel book1 of a seven book series Crimson Shadow Collection: Melzela: This is about a group of 75 vampire or so all got started. This is the story of the first vampire Melzela and her search for love and all the life lessons along the way. Total word count so far: 25,714 words
My suspense/ thriller murder story Driving Lies: It about a twisted man way of getting revenge using car accidents as his weapon. If he can have his way; they’re all gonna pay! Total word count so far: 23,402 words

Both projects total 49,116 (I am 884 away from 50K, half way.)

I took a day off, so I didn’t make my brain smell like burnt bacon. I took a break to day and went out, had some Subway. We also got some early Christmas shopping done.

I can’t believe how easy these books have come to me. (*Knock on wood* that the second half of NaNoWriMo is as easy as the first half).
Please let me explain about these projects. . . The novel, Melzela, I have been working on since 2008-2009 and I have so many notes that it feels like it just flows out of my head. It has been on the back burner and been stewing that the story has been screaming to come onto screen. (My muses yell at me for not writing it sooner.)
The novel, Driving Lies, was originally a movie script that I worked on in high school. I started it last year in NaNoWriMo, I got 50k, but I stopped halfway to edit another book. The story itself just to seem to haunt my brain until I did something about. I just let the characters drive my writing and they have giving me a few twists, but they have done really well so far.

My goals for tomorrow is at least 2k each.
Driving Lies total after tomorrow: 27k
Melzela total after tomorrow: 25k