• Mini Rants,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    The Pre-NaNoWriMo Party Post & Post-Reading Freak Out

    The Pre-Party & Mock Cover Pimp First on the agenda, here are the two best (of 10) mock covers I made for my NaNoWriMo story, a supernatural/horror with a mentally defunct MC, courtesy of PicMonkey.com and DeviantArt.com. ^_^ The original artwork are both by this awesome artist seen here: My Solitary Ground. I was so lucky to find these. I’ve seen other writers do this on Pinterest, but I’ve never been enough for visual aids to put forth the effort. However, I came across a Pinterest page so awesome, it made a believer out of me, and I knew I had to try it. I needed to rest my wrist and brain…

  • Characters,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing World

    Ode To Names

    I haven’t written a horror story in a little while, but I’m going to try and tackle the beast during this year’s NaNoWriMo. If you’re doing NaNo and want an extra buddy, I’m “katci13”. ^_^ How long I’m in the preplanning process varies from story to story, but hands down, the longest part of any of this is picking names. I stockpile names. I have a long, long list of old, old names I collected in middle school and high school, and I have a much shorter list of names on my computer AND on my phone. (Though recently, and I am so not joking, that particular note has been…

  • Lists,  NaNoWriMo,  Tips

    On Speed-Writing…

    Poetry Corner is preempted this month to bring you this awesomefied list. With NaNoWriMo around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to post this since October is often NaNo planning month. ^^ I’ll be there, crazy project idea in hand! Anyone planning to join me? ^^ Preamble: Despite the fact that I regularly post up a ton of words when I’m drafting, my first NaNo trek fell horribly and embarrassingly short. (That’s what I get for going into last year so cocky, I guess.) But it was nothing if not a learning experience, so I’ve compiled a list of things I do to stay focused in…

  • NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWrimo Update #3

    Third and last NaNoWriMo update. At this point, I’ll need to write 6000 words a day to meet the 50,000 words goal. That’s not going to happen. I’m happy with my progress and I hope to get several thousand more words penned before the month is up, but I failed my first NaNo attempt. Which is not unsurprising. Usually my highest word counts come at the end. I’m see the finish line and I do everything I can to get there ahead of schedule. Right now, I’m barely to the middle of my story. I know I can write 50,000 words in 4 weeks, I do it all the time,…

  • Happy Dance,  NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo Update #2

    insert cries of joy here I feel like I made a major breakthrough with a main character in my story today. This whole time I’ve been working on this story, up until this last scene, his POV has been giving me fits. I’ve written male POVs before, so I knew it wasn’t that. It’s NaNo and we’re not supposed to edit as we go (which I do a tiny bit of at the beginning of any story I’m working on) but I decided to push through that last scene anyway and I’m so glad I did! I finally figure out what his motivation is, what he wants, and where his…