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Prepping for the Frenzy

March 25, 2012

So Script Frenzy is starting very soon (April 1st! So close) which means it’s time to start prepping. Ack! I’m even more unprepared for this than I was for this past NaNoWriMo. There are several pros and cons to this. (If you don’t know what Script Frenzy is or think it would be fun to write 100 pages worth of script in a month head on over to this link and check them out.)

Pros
*You can pick any random idea that comes into your head and run with it.
*You have nothing planned out so you can never say you strayed from your original vision because you didn’t have one!
*You have total creative freedom – you can write about anything and it will all make perfect sense if you say it does!
*If you get writers block you can use any trick in the book to get words on a page until you’re no longer word blocked.

Those are awesome Pros right? Well let’s look at the Cons.

Cons
*You have no idea who your characters are, what they do, who they do it with, why they do it with these characters…the list goes on and on and the same applies the setting. So many questions!
*If you get writers block you don’t know what your goal is so you can’t work towards it.
*You have no idea what your story is about or what kind of a story you want to tell.
*You don’t have the same kind of commitment to a bunch of characters you just made up that you do for characters that took up residency in your brain weeks, months or years ago.

So that’s that. I’ve done Nanowrimo both ways, once with a plan and once without. I’m mega biased towards my first planned story because I really do feel that this story turned out to be my best. It has nothing to do with the fact that I ended up writing that book for 6 months and it ended up being over 150K words long. Nope not at all. (Also it’s awesome.)

Script Frenzy is one I didn’t plan out as much as Nanowrimo last year up I had a very clear vision of the characters and what the end goal was. Getting there and playing with the characters was all fun and games. :) I don’t have a vision or characters yet but I do have a start of a story from years back that I think would do better as a graphic novel than it would as a novel. I just have to reread it and pray that I can keep the story going when I run out of pre-written words. And yes I’m pretty sure translating a story to script is legal. I think…

Another November, another 50K

November 30, 2011

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This is what this year’s NaNoWriMo stats look like. True to my New Years Resolution to write every day this year I wrote every day this November. I just didn’t always update my word count before midnight. (My resolution has been going quite well actually but that’s a story I’ll tell another time.)

So what was different about NaNoWriMo this time around? Well I made everything up as I went along. I didn’t have much of a plan, I didn’t know my characters very well and a couple of times I wondered if I’d run out of plot before the end of the month and my writing playlist? Yeah it doesn’t really exist. But despite the craziness of this November which was double that of last year, I finished. And it feels weird to be finished and be able to do something that I don’t have to do right this minute like write 1,667 words.

Am I pleased with the story? Hmm…the story has potential but I’m not as pleased with it as I was last year’s. Last year’s novel holds a very special place in my heart for many different reasons. I still need a couple days to wrap this year’s story up but when I’m finished with it I may read over it once or twice but I don’t think I’ll ever try to spruce it up enough to send it to a publisher. The idea was good and the characters had potential but right now I don’t think it lived up to it’s potential. I’m determined to finish it but I don’t think it was my best work. I’m sure there’s plot holes and the characters don’t behave very consistently and the story doesn’t feel very cohesive to me. Maybe I’ll feel differently about it after I let it sit for a while. But right now I think it’s going to be one of those stories that I keep on my hard drive and pull out to remind myself of how far I’ve come along in my writing.

What did I learn this time around? Well I learned that while I can be creative and on the spot with my writing I do better with more of a set plan. I also lived and died by the alarm on my iPod some days, word sprints were what kept me from falling behind as a lot of the story was written because I had to write something or risk falling way behind. I also learned that if I’m dedicated I can finish 50k words no matter how busy it just might involve a severe lack of sleep. (I had the pleasure of almost getting 11 hours of sleep today after 2 weeks of getting 7 hours on average if I was lucky and I still feel tired right now.)

Mostly I’m glad I finished instead of failing like I did for Camp NaNoWriMo. Part of the failure was the story and my displeasure at certain parts, part of it was my life at the time and the rest of it was that my cabin mates? Yeah none of us finished, one by one we all got further and further behind or quit altogether so atmosphere is an important part of the writing experience. (I didn’t quit I just failed and I’m very proud of that difference.) Finishing this year was what I needed to do in order to prove to myself that I am still capable of doing these challenges and I’m looking forward to doing Script Frenzy in April. (And I’ve already got an idea for that.)

So now with the semester gradually ending (finally! Major college level burn out was felt these past several days if not weeks) and NaNoWriMo over I’m faced with a lot of free time. I plan to start reading for fun again and continuing with my work on my 2 stories I’ve been working on as part of my resolution (slowly no big word challenges) and take a moment to relax again. If all the free time doesn’t kill me lol. Earlier today I went a little nuts on the library website, lots of graphic novels are coming my way :)

If you did NaNoWriMo this year I’d love to compare notes on how this year went weather it was your first time or your 10th. Leaving a list of the things you plan to do with your free time is also acceptable.

What I learned my first year of NaNoWriMo

October 27, 2011

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My new favorite holiday National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is almost upon us so in celebration & to further prep and psych myself up for it I’ve decided to compile a list of tips & advice that I learned last year when I did NaNoWriMo for the first time.

But first, what is the purpose of NaNoWriMo? “NaNoWriMo eats writers for breakfast & poops out novels. That’s why we keep coming back.” I text that to my NaNo buddy as we were discussing NaNoWriMo and how excited we were for the upcoming November & I think it sums up NaNoWriMo pretty well. Basically you write 50,000 words in the month of November. That translates to 1,667 original words a day. Soul eating & novel pooping pretty much says it all. But here’s what we learned!!!!

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*Stay up late on October 31st. It’s Halloween, you’ll have plenty of sugar rushing through your veins so you’ll be up anyway. And NaNoWriMo starts as soon as that clock hits 12:00 am. Even if you only write 50 words that’s 50 words you won’t have to write when you wake up on November 1st. I swear this isn’t cheating.

*Have a Twitter account. I follow @NaNoWordsprints & @JaneEspenson both of whom run writing sprints which are a lot easier to do when you have other people telling you to do it & people to do them with.

*Sprinting is good for you! Writing sprints are periods of time where you get into writing position (I personally am a huge fan of placing my booty in a chair but if you write better standing rock on my friend), set your timer for the allotted time (5, 10, 15 or 30 minutes are popular times) and just write whatever comes to mind until your time is up. Sprints are awesome because they motivate you to just write whatever comes to your brain & move you out of that spot where you look at your story and go “I have no idea where to go from here.” Sprints are like excercises for your writing brain. The more you sprint the more creative your brain. (Creative is the new skinny.)

*Have a time you routinely like to do your writing. For me & my NaNoWriMo buddy is was in the evening. Sometimes I’d start after I crashed in front of the tv with dinner but often times we’d be texting each other at 1am going ‘need more words but I’m stuck!’

*Have a writing buddy who will post inspirational pictures on your wall when you’re feeling stuck. Or who you can text and be like ‘character A is doing this but I need her to do this so character Z can do this so this will happen.’ Having a backup brain is good. Read more…

Much Ado About Whedon

October 27, 2011

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So as you probably know by now thanks to the recent Internet explosion Joss Whedon filmed an entire movie with an all star cast in total secret. It’s based on the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing and stars favorites Whedon alums such as Alexis Denisof (about time that man got recognized for his brilliance again), Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Tom Lenk, & Nathan Fillion. Jed Whedon in addition to co-writing an original song with his wife will be scoring the movie. Whedon hopes to release the movie to theaters.

Ok recap of things you already know out of the way, let’s get down to business. WHAT THE HECK JOSS?! I love your work & this movie sounds awesome but where’s my Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 2? Fans have been waiting forever and now you go and make a different movie in your free time? Oh Joss I hope you have something shocked awesome up your sleeve because at this point I think fans are about ready to give up hope on seeing a sequel. Much like I’m about ready to give up on a Star Trek (’09) sequel.

So that’s the rant that’s brought me out of my blogging slump. It felt good to let it out. What are your thoughts on the recent Joss Whedon news? I’d love to discuss.

Jason Dohring back on Tv!

August 29, 2011

Yes folks, everyone’s favorite obligatory psychotic jackass turned love of Veronica Mars’ life is returning to your tv. The CW to be precise. Mr. Dohring will be playing a teacher on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new fall drama Ringer who takes interest in one of her character’s step daughter. I for one could not be more excited by this news. Jason was sadly under used in Moonlight which is the most noteworthy show he’s done since the tiny blond one with a camera was canceled. Him playing a vampire should have been great, instead it was just disappointing in the long run. I’m hoping his run on Ringer is long, prosperous, shirtless and filled with many one liners. Essentially I want him to be Logan Echolls all over again.

You can read a lovely article with all the details on his role here. Frankly if Jason Dohring was my teacher I would completely change my opinion on people who have affairs with their teachers. Yes I’m way to in love with him. No my boyfriend doesn’t know this yet. I will break up with all my tv boyfriends, eventually.

Because I am currently unable to control my happiness over this I’m going to let you express your joy over this news in the comments because really what else is there to say other than how awesome it is to have Jason Dohring back on TV? God I love these last few weeks before fall shows come back, never a dull moment on Twitter. Everyday is like An Echolls Family Christmas or something. Ringer will premier on The CW Tuesday September 13 at 9/8 central which is Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s old time slot if I recall my Slayer facts correctly. This show is fast becoming a blast from brilliant tv of the not to distant past and I like it. :)

Who’s the Fairest Comic Book Heroine of Them All?

July 28, 2011

I don’t know about you guys but I’m not a huge comic book fan. Don’t get me wrong I love them but I don’t read that many of them. I wish I did though, I tend to read comic books that are continuations of beloved tv shows that were canceled somewhat prematurely. There is one glowing exception however…

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Fables was something that I randomly heard of and thought I’d try. I’m glad I did because Fables was smart, sassy, witty and pretty awesome. I fell in love with it, the female characters especially. I’m about halfway threw the TPBs that have been released so far. Snow White (my favorite character) & Rose Red have recently taken a backseat to the central plot (in the last TPB I read, Arabian Days…and Nights) which saddens me but I’m sad no more. Comic Con was the lucky recipient of the news of an ongoing Fables spin-off called Fairest that will focus on Snow White, Rose Red, Sleeping Beauty and others who could be considered fairest of the land. (Girl Power!) You can read the full press release & see some really cool art work here.

There’s no set release date but with artwork out it can’t be long. I’ll try to keep you updated on any news regarding Fairest or other Fable related news.

Just a Little Something to Brighten Your Day

July 17, 2011

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I came across this on megcabot.com today and fell in love with it. How adorable is that? So adorable. I felt I should share because it made me smile and I’m still not finished with a couple projects I’m working so I didn’t have anything else to share today really. But what could be better than sharing a smile and an adorable kitten picture? Nothing in my opinion.

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