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NaNoWriMo ms done… now what?

My personal NaNoWriMo has come and gone. My manuscript is finished and with it I entered a contest in which I received SEVEN requests for either full ms, first three chapters or first 50 pages. I was floating on cloud 9 for quite a while – let me tell ya! Now, as I wait for a response from someone, my mind starts turning over ideas for another book. I could add more to my current one – more detail to scenes, more depth to emotions. Yes, I will definitely do that and then I will tackle a new ms.

I have some ideas of doing a second book using one of the secondary characters from my current ms. What will be her backstory? Who will be the man who turns her life upside down? What if? All these questions continue to make the rounds in my mind. Soon it will be time to get these thoughts down on paper.

I also have another complete ms – one I put aside to write my current one – and it could use some work. And why not? Get it ready to send out, but a part of me says, “this was your practice novel – keep it that for a while yet”.

So here I go again…There is NaNoWriMo in November but before that is So You Think You Can Write in September and a writers conference in October. Life never gets less busy….

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Internal & External Conflict

Now that I’m at a critical point in my revision process where I’m about to join the two parts of my manuscript (the revised with the second half), I’m having questions and doubts popping into my head. Which brings me to the title of this post – internal and external conflict. Do my hero and heroine have both?

Does my heroine have a fear or a problem that only she can solve, something that is affecting the way she behaves? Does she have something outside herself – in the world around her – that is causing her grief?

And will she grow and change from these experiences and the process involved in solving both her internal and external conflict.

Now sometimes these conflicts can’t be solved as they are out of the characters control, but they can be accepted which is part of the characters personal growth.

And it’s important that the characters share the same external conflict. It gives them something to solve together and brings them closer.

I did a quick note taking and I think I’m safe… for now. 😉

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On A Roll…

Now that things have slowed down around here I have been able to find time to write and get my revisions done. Having a deadline is quite helpful and keeps me on my toes. Of course, the more I fix the more elaborate my scenes are becoming – which is a good thing I suppose – but it seems to keep the midway point just out of reach. That point where I can just take out a word here or a sentence there, and then give it an overall polish before sending it off to agents.

I must say I am getting quite excited as the light at the end of the tunnel gets brighter.

Next, I have to do a synopsis. I’ll save that for another day… 🙂

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Corrections

When belonging to a critique group, one has to have a thick skin. You are passing your baby, your pride and joy, into someone else’s hands and letting them scribble all over it in red and blue pen making changes, or rather, suggestions, that they think will be helpful.
Take it just as that – suggestions!!!
When you get home and stare at all the crossed out words, add-ins and question marks, remember that they are just suggestions. You have the final say about what you decide to change or fix. You don’t HAVE to do anything you don’t want to – it’s your book after all.
But remember, these people who you have entrusted your manuscript to are trying to help, trying to get you that much closer to the finish line. And another set of eyes does wonders and catches things you missed.
I am very grateful for my critique group and love them to bits. I have learned so much and I will miss them over the Christmas holidays.
Merry Christmas guys. We’re back at it in the New Year.

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Countdown to SiWC

It’s getting close! Eleven more days until the Surrey International Writers Conference gets underway. I’m very excited. My pitch is ready to go and my chapter revisions are coming together nicely.

There is a lot to do to prepare for such an event. Manuscripts to polish and print off, research on the editor/agent you plan to see, questions written down for the blue pencil. A list of things to bring such as a tape recorder, batteries, lots of pens and paper, business cards if you have any, your pitch… oh the list can go on and on but I’ll stop there.

Right now I would describe myself as excitedly nervous. Does that make sense?

I still have a lot to do to get ready so I’ll end this blog here for now and let you know how my preparations are going. 🙂

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Merging of Words

Well, I finally finished my revisions on the first half of my book. What a nice relief! So last night, I merged my revised half with the rest of my book and now I have a complete manuscript again. My word count is just over 72000.

Now I have some more revisions to do to make sure the last half of my manuscript matches the first half. It may sound a bit daunting, but I am actually looking forward to it.

I’m on a mission to complete it before Surrey and that is what I am going to do!

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Writing in nature

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Writer’s Retreat at a beautiful farm in the Shuswap. There was a small group of us and our first order of business was to take a leisurely walk around the yard and take in everything we could enveloping all our senses. From the flowers, vines, tall evergreen trees and the hawks flying overhead, memories flowed through me like a waterfall. We then had a chance to write it all down followed by a few more writing exercises which we got to share with everyone.

A delicious lunch topped off with extraordinary raspberry pie and tantalizing conversation was soon followed by a lesson on the differences between self-publishing and the traditional form of publishing. We then had a chance to do some improv and character development.

A wine and cheese snack finished off the day and soon we were on our way back to reality and the busy city life.

Enjoying the beauty, smelling the crisp fresh air and sweet flowers relaxed me and brought me down to earth. I realized then that we all need to slow down every once in a while, take a deep breath and then things seem a little easier to handle.