Holy Freaking Cow, I actually did it. I finished NaNoWriMo. And my final word count was 57,091. I pumped a lot of words out the last couple days of November. I’ve done this thing off and on for about 5 years now and this is the first time I’ve come anywhere close to 50K. So you know, I’m pretty thrilled. 🙂
Of course, Moon Dragons isn’t quiet done yet. I still have 20 scenes to write, but I’m in the home stretch and about 75% done with this sucker. I figure I can finish this first draft by sometime in January, so that’s the new goal.
And now, moving on to some exciting announcements! If you turn your attention to the top of the screen, you will notice a new tab called “Writing Resources”. In it you will find links to some useful writing related web sites and I’m in the process of compiling a list of writing books that I have found useful.
In the vein of useful writing help, I am also going to be launching a new series here called Kricket’s Writing Tips For Beginners. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but just didn’t know how.
So, I want to start this series by introducing myself (for those of you who don’t know me yet), because I know when I’m looking at someone giving writing advice, I want to know their credentials and their experience, to see if I deem them qualified to give me advice.
I have been writing since I was 13. I have two completed manuscripts under my belt. I worked on the school newspaper in high school. I’m an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction and I’m fascinated with the publishing process. No, I have not published anything, haven’t even tried. I’m not at that step in the process, yet. So what am I qualified to tell you about?
Next to nothing.
Honestly. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know everything because I feel I’m just at the beginning of the path to becoming a serious writer. BUT, I do feel like I’ve learned a few things on my journey so far and I want to share them, and that’s what I intend to do.
So here’s a layout of how this series is going to go. I’m going to post every Wednesday and here’s a brief overview of what I’m going to talk about.
- Writing Mojo: The Why, What, Where, When and How of Writing.
- Your Routine: How to Make Writing A Part of Your Daily Life
- Goals: Setting And Meeting Writing Goals, Big And Small.
- The First Draft: It Sucks.
- Writer’s Block: A Few Thoughts.
As this series goes on, please, please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions. Also, if you know of any other resources out there for writers that I haven’t mentioned, please share! You can either leave a comment or email me, there’s a form just to the left.
Thank you for reading and I hope you come by again in the weeks to come! Happy Wednesday! Go Write Something!