Nov 18, 2015

The Process

It's November, which means I'm writing a novel. Which makes Write or Die's blog prompt perfect this week. They asked: What is your writing process?

Honestly, I hadn't given it much thought. My writing process is a little bit of a mess. I'm not as self-driven as I'd like to be. I'm probably somewhere in the middle, like I'm not totally unmotivated, but I'm also not so disciplined as to write at the same time every day. I wish.

I find that I write best when someone is holding me accountable, ergo NaNoWriMo.  Everyday, I have to update that little word counter and every day it shows me with a little bar graph where my word count is and where it should be.  I do not like to see my bar fall below the line.  If only there were more bar graphs in life.

I also know that I work best in small increments of time. I'd say about 88% of my novel is written in word sprints.  I set little word count goals for each increment of time and I try to attain those goals. This week, my goal was 1k in 30 minutes. I did it no problem. So now, my goal is 1,500 in 30 minutes. Whether or not I reach that goal, I've written a good chunk of a scene. And another one bites the dust.

As for atmosphere, that's where I'm a little inconsistent right now. I have an office, which is also a nursery-in-the-making. The chair doesn't roll on the carpet. My laptop doesn't fit on my desk. The lighting just isn't quite right. All the chi is thrown off. I've tried more coffee shops in El Paso than I've ever thought possible. I haven't found the sweet spot just yet, but it's not like I exactly have the time right now to renovate.

And tunes. I'm one of those weirdos who can't write without tunes. Right now, it's anything circa 1940-1948. The Andrews Sisters, Dinah Shore, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, you get the gist. That should give you some idea of what I'm working on. In fact, the entire setting of the novel was inspired by 40's Junction on SiriusXM. How weird is that?

And lastly, the writing itself. If I've noticed anything about my process in these last three years, it's that I have little Jessica'isms. Little metaphors, phrases and sayings that just want to pop up in every book I write, no matter how different they all are.  That and first drafts are for story-purging as I call it. There are no poetic prose or deep literary metaphors at this stage.  The writing is pretty stale at this point, and characters are a wee bit flat, but all of that will be ironed out later.  This month is for those foundation 50k that will be dressed up Cinderella-style come January to March.

So, that is my process. Basically.

Now, revision process. That is another topic for another day.

Link up for Write or Die Wednesday here!

Nov 12, 2015

A NaNoWriMo-Life Update!

Hello there. It's been quite a while since I've laid down some words on this site, so I think it's due time for a little update.  Because a LOT has changed.  Ready...

Update 1. We moved from Germany to El Paso, Texas.  It was a very smooth move since the two locations are so similar.  That's a lie, obviously.  The move was extremely exhausting, and it's taking some time to get used to.  We're enjoying all of these creature comforts and American conveniences, high speed internet and spacious houses and all.  But at the same time, of course, we miss Germany dearly and all of our amazing friends there.

Update 2. Our family has a new addition on the way!  Surprise!  (to us all)  We're excited all the same. The new lil' bit will be arriving in April 2016.

Update 3. The writing is still going well.  I'm working on a new NaNoWriMo project this month. I'll be sharing more info on that throughout the month. It's a little different than what I usually write. So, stay tuned for that.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?  I cannot sing NaNo's praises enough.  Without it, I would have never written The Hereafter or anything after.  I can't believe I'm about to finish my third full-length novel, and it's all thanks to this organization. Happy November!

If you are on NaNoWriMo, find me!  My username is Tangerine423…and if you do go over there, you can read a little synopsis to my project.  And of course, we can be writing buddies.

Well, that's all for now.  Just a little buffer to get back into updating this thing more often.  Hope you're all doing well!