Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author

Elizabeth D. Marie Fiction Author
Welcome to my blog—a writer's musings on characters, stories, and life

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Week Three (Conclusion) : NaNoWriMo 2015

More and more scenes are piling up in my head and I'm working to sort them out and put them in proper order. I've passed 35,000 words as of yesterday. The enemy is closing in and once again, sides are being chosen. A new danger will shape the kingdom of Asteriae for better or worse.

I'm excited to be able to dive into more of the history of the kingdom and to see a character who was hardly more than a boy in Saving Beauty become a man of destiny and purpose in Chasing Cinders through the power of a decades' old vision and promise.

The War may be over, but there are still monsters hiding in the darkness. And they won't hide forever.

I've had days where I've lost my momentum in my word count. Not for lack of ideas. There are always plenty of those. Life has a way of derailing the best of intentions and other times, the words just failed to materialize. Still writing, and so far the word count it holding strong! I'll continue writing this story after November is done, as 50,000 words hardly scratches the surface of all this story has to tell.

Revisiting old friends from Saving Beauty and discovering new ones. Time to go see what they have to tell me today. ;)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Week One (Conclusion) : NaNoWriMo 2015

Well, we are approaching the conclusion of week one of National Novel Writing Month. My Chasing Cinders novel is coming along at just over 16,000 words. I'm hoping to give myself another boost tomorrow at the write-in I am hosting to jump start week two!

I have been writing every chance I get. During breaks at work, in my head when I'm away from the computer or trying to sleep, typing away late into the evening (later than I should be up for a work-day night)....

I woke up this morning with several ideas of where I can go next in the story rolling around in my brain. As you may know, I am not the plot-and-outline kind of writer. I have an idea and I generally know a beginning and ending, but wherever it goes in the middle I won't know until I have written it. And sometimes the ending is altered based on that. Nothing is set in stone until the book is sent off to the printers.

I am discovering the characters just like meeting a stranger and becoming friends. I don't know them and I only get to know them by setting them into the scene and seeing what they do with it. Sometimes they react the way I would expect them to, and other times they surprise me.

As I discover them and get to know them, their conversations and reactions and motives begin to flow with ease through each new chapter, until I know what their response will be before it happens.

The best part about writing is getting to know my characters. It's discovering their deepest hurts and secret hopes; the things that make them smile even when they think they have nothing to smile about.

NaNoWriMo is all about blazing forward into a story and just writing, writing, writing. The editing stage comes later. For any of you fellow writers who have a story begging you to be told but you keep getting bogged down by the details, this is the perfect exercise for you. It's learning to let go of those pesky uncertainties and just push forward and get something down on paper. You can fix it later. You can rewrite it later. Even if you end up hating it as a whole, there is almost always a few gems that can be found inside and that puts you that much closer. When November ends, put it aside for awhile and then go back and read through it. You might surprise yourself!

See a preview of my project here and join me in the challenge if you like—It's not too late to get started! I should get back to writing now.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day One : NaNoWriMo 2015

Well, it is day one here in NaNoWriMo land of 2015, and I am taking a short novel writing break to write this blog post. No, I will not be including this post in my daily word count. So, I'll keep it brief. Time is money—er, words, in this case.

I have a good start, coming on 4,000 words out of the needed 1,667 for the day.

The clock struck midnight and twenty minutes later I hit my first blockade when a character needed a name and I hadn't chosen one yet. Thankfully, this name didn't take two weeks to decide, unlike my main character who—though came onto the scene in Saving Beauty—only had a title to call him by. If this new character's name was that complicated to decide, I would have gone with Bob just to save myself the time.

No need. Five minutes later, I had a suitable name and continued writing. No more distractions except a few hours of much needed sleep and the time it took to grab breakfast this morning and write this blog post... and a couple rounds of the tile-based game Carcassonne.

Chasing Cinders (takes place a few years after Saving Beauty) is well into chapter five, now. Here is a look at the official front cover work so far (Still have a few finishing touches to add):

If you haven't had a chance and would like to see my daily progress as I work to complete the first 50,000 words of this novel in November, see my profile here and read a synopsis for the book. An excerpt should be posted there later this month, as well.

For now, back to writing.