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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Thanks to the awesome Hayley Knighten for tagging me for this Blog Hop! Check out her blog Books are Delicious! for more amazing content.

 

What Am I Working On?

I am working on a paranormal fiction called Haunted. It’s about a vampire (is that a collective groan I hear? LOL) who has become disillusioned with what he is and the things he’s done because of it.

How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?

While there’s a strong romantic element that drives the story, that is not the main focus. It’s a bit darker, a vampire having a sort of existential crisis, if you will.

Why Do I Write What I Write?

This is hard to answer because I have all sorts of stories across different genres.  I suppose the simple answer is that I really just like making up stories. They play such a huge part in our lives and we read different kinds of books based on the different moods we may be in at the time. I like to have that diversity and it reflects in my writing–stories that make you laugh, cry, fall in love, or just simply forget about the world around you for a moment.

How Does Your Writing Process Work?

I try to jot down ideas as I have them. The ones that I feel strongly about tend to start developing in my head and I build on that. I get on my computer to write the synopsis, or whatever scenes that have formed, work on a general outline. Depending how long it’s been in my head and how developed the story has become, the outline could be more detailed by then. Once I start writing, I tend to go linear although I’d write a few scenes in advance sometimes.

 

And now for my tags!

Elsie Elmore – Author of The Undead: Playing for Keeps (due fall 2014)

Cathrina Constantine – Author of Wickedly They Come and Tallas

Elizabeth Hein – Author of Overlook and How To Climb The Eiffel Tower (due fall 2014)

Nana Prah – Author of Love Through Time and Midwife to Destiny

 


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A “Good Friday” to Celebrate the Small Things

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It’s Friday, which means Celebrate The Small Things with our awesome host, VikLit.

My celebrations:

  1. It’s Easter holidays, which means a long weekend (yay!)

  2. It’s also a time of gratitude as we remember what Easter is all about–sacrifice, a new beginning and God’s love for us (I know I don’t think of this often enough!)

  3. I’m now at 25,207 words for Camp NaNoWriMo. Still behind but finally broke my halfway goal.  I may post a snippet of my WIP after April (we’ll see how confident I feel!) but for now, I’m sharing my WIP’s theme song, Ships In The Night.

How’s Easter going for you and what are you celebrating this week? I’ll be hopping around the other blogs after Easter. I hope everyone else is enjoying their holidays.


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Kicking Off April with Camp NaNoWriMo and IWSG

InsecureWritersSupportGroup2IWSG is a support group for writers and we do our group posting on the first Wednesday of each month. Special thanks to our host Alex J. Cavanaugh and his co-hosts Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, Terri Rochenski, Clare Dugmore, and Lilica Blake for this awesome blog hop.

April, for me, is Camp NaNoWriMo, wherein I attempt to write a chick lit about two friends who travel to England and the mess they get themselves into when one of them goes missing during the trip.

I have my Camp badge up on the sidebar which links to my Stats page over in Camp. At my current pace, I will finish on July 3, long after Camp NaNo ends on April 30. As you can see, I’m off to a slow start but it’s only the second day so there’s still time yet to get back on track.

I’m also happy to announce that I’ve finished the draft I’ve been talking about for the last two IWSG sessions. Yes, it still needs revisions but it feels good to finally have the story out of my head into actual written words. Thanks to everyone for the support and input!

Whether you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo, A-Z Challenge, or something else, April promises to be a very busy month in the blogging/writing community.

What are you goals for April? Are you participating in any of the Challenges? How’s your writing going?


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Celebrate The Small Things – Endings and Beginnings

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Celebrate The Small Things is a blog hop wherein we post our celebrations (big and small) every Friday. Thanks to our host VikLit for this awesome hop!

It’s the last Friday of the month (time flies by so fast!) and I’m here to celebrate:

  1. Getting moved successfully. Moving is hard, packing and unpacking, getting used to new surroundings. I definitely miss the old place but such is life. We have to keep moving and things are only new for so long before we get used to them.

  2. I finally finished Draft 2.5 of my novel. Yes, I’m calling it 2.5 because I’ve gone and tinkered with it so much. I’m also announcing my draft as “done” after blogging about it for the last two months. Of course, it’s far for from being actually finished as I face the road of more revisions ahead. For now, I’m setting it aside and will probably come back to it after Camp NaNoWriMo.

  3. Another award! Thanks to CeeLee for the nomination. Watch out for my post sometime soonish!

  4. I reached over 100 blog followers sometime in the last week. Thank you Blogs with < 100 Followers, hosted by the wonderful people at A-Z Challenge, for being there from the start. You guys rock! (And if you haven’t signed up for A-Z yet, it’s not too late to sign up! They’re coming very close to 2000 bloggers).

  5. Four more days till Camp NaNoWriMo. Got some outline done but will probably be pantsing my way for the rest of it. I’ve met some wonderful people in the process of gearing up for it and together, we are taking this one crazy adventure. And that, I think, is one of the best things to celebrate about–the people we meet and the relationships we form along the way.

What are you celebrating this week?


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Celebrating the 80’s

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Time for another post in the Celebrate The Small Things Hop with our awesome host VikLit. Do visit her blog here to learn more about this Blog Hop and celebrate with us!

This week I’m celebrating:

4262 words in my WIP. Yes, I procrastinated–a lot! But I’m really getting down to the wire here. I just need to figure out how to tie up those loose ends…

And if you can’t figure things out or you’d rather put off doing things you should be doing, there’s always something on cable to catch your eye, which brings me to the 80’s, and a movie called 16 Candles.

I’ve never seen the movie before and although I found some parts to be a bit cheesy, I also thought it was cute and just the kind of teen movie that only the 80’s could pull off.

Big hair aside, the 80’s had some great music. New wave, anyone? And those classic John Hughes movies. Pretty in Pink has got to be my favorite and when they started playing If You Leave by OMD during the prom, best song intro ever! Okay, maybe not ever

What do you think of the 80’s? Do you have a favorite movie or song from this era? Do you find yourself nostalgic of the 80’s and these type of movies? What are you celebrating this week?


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(Don’t) Edit While You Write – Relapsing and IWSG

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Hi. My name’s Maggie and I love coffee. I also have trouble finishing stories I start.

So remember that six-years-in-the-making novel I was talking about last month? Well, in case you’re wondering, it’s still in the making. I did hit my 70k words and for a while, the outlook seemed positive. There were a few scenes left and my characters weren’t inclined to go off-course, which should make it an easy sprint to the finish line, right? But no. My ever so wonderful inner editor chose that time to kick in and to my detriment, refused to shut up.

This is precisely why I have trouble finishing. I know something’s wrong and I just can’t find it in me to continue. Sure, I can write a bunch of stuff I know won’t make it to the final cut, just to keep the words flowing.  But what’s the point, you cheating word padder? says that nasty inner editor.

So what did I do?

I stopped writing and went back to the start and EDITED.

Yes, I made the big taboo that has always kept me from moving forward. And for a while, it felt good. As I moved stuff around and fixed what had gone wrong, things began to make sense for me and my characters again. I consoled myself with the thought that the next round of edits won’t be so bad because I let the inner editor escape this time. But it doesn’t change the fact that I still haven’t FINISHED. I can go back and keep polishing the whole thing till it shines but what is the point if my story does not have an ending? No one cares about an unfinished novel, no matter how well-written.

March was supposed to be the time when I’m finished with this WIP and let it sit for a bit before I revisit it with fresh eyes. March was also supposed to be the time when I start on a new project. But if I don’t finish this one before moving on, who knows when I will pick it back up again? I can definitely sense the danger of regressing here. And so to my IWSG friends, I say:

Hi. My name’s Maggie and I love coffee. I also have trouble finishing stories I start. But word by word, with your support, I will make it to the finish line…

WIP Progress Report:  71,459 words –> 66,245 words (after inner editor)  –> 73,005 (current)

IWSG is a support group for writers and we do our group posting on the first Wednesday of each month. Check out our host Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Ninja Captain’s post here for more info and to sign up.


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Always Look On The Bright Side and Celebrate

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Ever have those times when nothing just seems to be going your way? How do you deal with it and bring back that bounce in your step?

I, for one, am glad this week is over. Who knows what tomorrow will bring but hey, it’s the weekend and that’s definitely something to celebrate about. Besides finally fixing nasty, annoying plot holes in my WIP that has been plaguing me for ages!

What are you celebrating this week? Pop in on our host Viklit‘s blog to join in and remember to always look on the bright side of life!


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Celebrate The Small Things … With An Award!

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Celebrate The Small Things! Hop on over to our host Viklit‘s blog for more info and join in the celebrations!

First off, it’s been a crazy (and not in a very good way) last couple of weeks. I missed posting Celebrations last week (I know, I suck) and to further prove my point, it seems I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by TCC Edwards some days ago and completely missed it. Yeah, I double suck. LOL

I’m supposed to answer some questions and think up new ones for my nominees, which isn’t as easy as it sounds, so I’ve decided to take the next few days to come up with my questions for the award before making the post.

So for my celebrations this week:

  1. Getting nominated for my first ever blog award.

  2. Brunch with old friends.

  3. Got to hear Lea Salonga, who is the singing voice behind Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, perform live. Such an amazing singer! She also played Eponine in the 10th Anniversary concert of Les Miserables.


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Celebrate The Small Things … With A Song!

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It’s time again for Celebrate The Small Things, where we celebrate our small victories for the week. If you want to join in the fun, please visit our host Viklit for more info and sign up.

For this week, I’m celebrating finally getting to try the new sushi place in town. I saw it a couple of weeks ago but the lines are always long and to be honest, I really don’t have the patience to wait, no matter how good the food is.  When I passed by the other day, I saw the line was considerably shorter and decided to grab my chance. All I can say is, yum!

It finally rained today! An odd thing to celebrate, perhaps, but we’ve been having very dry weather lately and it’s really annoying when that happens as my skin allergy flares up. Did I mention I hate dry winters?

So you know how a song just catches your attention, no matter what you’re doing? Well, Burn by Ellie Goulding is that song for me at the moment. Never fails to kick me up a notch. What song(s) don’t you get tired of no matter how many times you’ve heard it? Do share in the comments section. Would definitely love to hear them.


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So Near And Yet So Far – Insecure Writer’s Support Group

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IWSG is a support group for insecure writers, like me (and maybe you!) Basically, we post about our doubts and struggles (and encouragement, if you please) on the first Wednesday of each month. If you want to know more about IWSG or join, check out this post by our host Alex J. Cavanaugh.

January ended and with it, the deadline I have set for my WIP. My goal was to hit 70,000 words by January 31 and unfortunately I was 15,000 words short. So what else is new?

I decided to make the most of my recent time off to catch up and while it was hard work–involving a lot of staring rather than writing, it was fun work. I also ended up going back to my outline with a lot of changes and additional scenes.

As I sit with my updated 60,140 word count, I should be happy my goal is so near. After all, the longest novel I’ve written was roughly 53,000 words. Except I now realize I won’t be finished at 70,000, as I still have a long way to go, story-wise.

I have no idea what number I need to hit now before I can say I’m finished with this draft. I know it would be trimmed down in the revisions, which means I should be glad I haven’t run out of plot but at the same time, there’s this sense of disappointment. I started writing the story way back in ’07 or ’08, shelved it before picking it back up sometime last year. As the word count added up, slowly to be sure, I was at least consoled by the fact that the finish line was near, only to now realize that while I came so close, I am in fact still very far. Sigh.


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