Thursday, November 22, 2012

My NaNoWriMo Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!(if you're in the states at least). The queen of overdue blogging has returned.

So, I'm sure all of you are looking forward to a nice turkey dinner with your families. I am too, but I'm also burdened with an extra agenda.

Aside from helping my mom cook another excellent Thanksgiving dinner, lavish with cranberry chutney, dripping with mesmerizing gravy, and with pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes, I have to write a ton of words today.

During NaNoWriMo, you don't even get the holidays off, and I'm precariously behind. I have nine days left to finish my book, The Siren's Apprentice. I have nine short little days to write 30,000 words!

My incredible master plan has proved very ineffective, or maybe I'm just being ineffective. Either way, that doesn't matter. I have to push myself to the limits in order to get this book done. Since this week is a vacation week for me, I need to get most of the work done in the next four days. After that, the new term starts, which might be a bit stressful. My goal is to write 26000 words by the end of Sunday, and to write what's left during the school week. School wears me out a lot, so the tedious stuff needs to be done first.

Do I sound insane yet? Good. That means I just might get this all done in time. If not, please forgive me for not being a master at meeting deadlines. I'm still a teen, and this is only my second book. I want to get it done in time, and I'll be embarrassed if I don't, so I'm just going to try and get some words in while I have time. The sweet potato casserole has a deadline too, so I'd better say goodbye for now and pound out what I can.

Later folks! Don't think you've seen the last of me, even if I am the queen of overdue blogging. ;)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Nine Days into NaNoWriMo

And so the queen of overdue blogging returns!

It's nine days into NaNoWriMo. The words are coming, the creative energy is flowing--and I'm 4000 words short.
OMG!
Don't panic. I just need to write about 40000 more words in 21 days. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

 My solution to this is simple. Caffeine and late weekend nights in my Fortress of Solitude.
--Fortress of Solitude definition: a more impressive name for my room...which needs to be cleaned again

My masterful plan in depth is:
1. Write whether I want to or not. Procrastination is a sin.
2. No excuses like: But I'm too tired!(This is what caffeine is for. Any halfway intelligent person knows this.)
3. When I actually have free time, don't make a web based choose your own adventure game, WRITE!
4. No excuses like: But my sister's blasting music!(There are other places to write aside from the fortress.)
5. When I crave coffee, drink it. The masters have been doing it for years. Maybe it's time I started.
6. No excuses like: But the internet isn't working!(Google Docs isn't the only way to write! Even if the power died for a week, there are still candles, pen and paper.)
7. Don't give up on Pepsi because of my new love for coffee. Soda is one of the five basic food groups. Drink it or else!
8. No excuses like: But I have no inspiration!(What? Did Thomas Edison give up on inventing the light bulb because of inspiration issues? No! Did Albert Einstein give up on figuring out the theory of relativity because of inspiration issues? Hell no! This is neither the invention of the light bulb or the discovery of the fabric of space time. This is the writing of a novel. It doesn't take a genius or their inspiration to do it.)
9. Take advantage of the weekends. Write like the wind! Write like there isn't a month left...because there isn't. Do not waste those precious extra hours of free time staring at a computer screen. Heck! I shouldn't even be blogging while there's still time!(No offense to you guys. I just like being the queen of overdue blogging too much to give up my title.)
10. Well... I just wanted there to be ten things on this list, so here's number ten!

Pretty awesome right? The effectiveness of this plan is so good, it will probably only last me five minutes. I will then go back to my old procrastinating ways.

Well, despite that, I will finish The Siren's Apprentice, whether it takes me to the ends of the earth or it just stays in my fortress of solitude. Keep checking for updates on Smashwords.com. There might be a new chapter when you least expect it. ;)

Here's the link to the Smashword's book - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251397

Check out my website to get the Ocean's Call for $0.99 - http://www.elisabethniederhut.com/

Saturday, November 3, 2012

NaNoWriMo is Here!

I am a truly bad blogger. This post is two days overdue! Well, better late than never. =)

So, the exciting month of noveling has finally arrived. The Siren's Apprentice is on a roll. The Ocean's Call is $0.99. Chapter one is on Smashwords, and it's 100% free!

I went to a write in at Stella's Coffee Hause this morning. Typically, I added too much sugar and honey to my coffee. It was a nice place to work. I met a really nice woman who I sadly can't remember the name of. Remembering names is not one of my many talents, so sorry to everyone I've ever done that to.

I talked and procrastinated most of the time, but I did finish chapter one. It took me two days  longer than I would have liked, but it's done and ready to read.

It took me awhile to write this opening chapter because I wanted to get it just right. I edited way too much by NaNoWriMo standards. The whole point is to just pound out your rough draft. Hopefully I can say goodbye to my inner editor this month, but that's pretty unlikely. Oh well. :)

So, if you're interested, you can download and read chapter one on Smashwords. Keep in mind that it is not officially published. It is just the rough draft and part of Smashwords's NaNoWriMo program. It will only be available during this month, and it will only be free during this month. Don't think that means it isn't copyrighted, though. ;)

Here's the link to the Smashword's book - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251397

Check out my website to get the Ocean's Call for $0.99 - http://www.elisabethniederhut.com/