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By now, anyone who has been participating in the National Novel Writing Month has either completed their novel, completed enough of it to make their 50,000 word count, or had made an excellent effort in completing it.


For some, like me, we have gone through a roller coaster of feelings about our novels, usually ranging from, “Wow, what a load of crap,” (often with varying amounts of exclamations points), to “My God, this is… craptacular!” (again with varying amounts of exclamation points).


So, now that your done and you spend the next four weeks either lost in a book that isn’t written by you, or lost in World of Warcraft, or even finishing your November novel, you have probably decided, like me, that maybe your novel isn’t a gigantic abyss that seeks only to consume what is left of your soul, what do you do when you decide to revise, edit and rewrite your novel.


Honestly, I can’t tell you how to do that.  No, really, I can’t.  But I can at least tell you what I keep on hand when I try to revise my novels.


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Friday Writing Update – September 23, 2011

I have not really done any editing work on any of my old writing projects.  That even includes the one nove that I had started to edit before.  I have continued to brain storm for this year’s NaNoWriMo project, gathering more and more ideas that will undoubtedly find their way into this year’s project once November starts.

My fiction blog has pretty much fallen apart.  Reading through past posts on it, I realize that I began to fall into the same trap that bugs me about most “zombie” stories as I focus less on the characters and more on the zombies.  I also began to find the “blog entry” style format a bit limiting.  If I try again When I try again, I think that it will be a bit more conventional in format, and probably not a zombie story.  I’ll probably cross that bridge after November.  Maybe I’ll take one of my old NaNoWriMo projects and posts chapters of that on here.

Writing Update – September 17, 2011

Apparently, I really hate the whole editing and rewriting process.  I have not done anything by way of work on the one previous NaNoWriMo project I was looking to work on.

The blog has also fallen by the wayside, too.  Even trying to take a different take on zombies, I’m getting a little zombied out.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, we are less than two months away from November 1st and the start of this year’s National Novel Writing Month.  Surprisingly, I am still gathering ideas for this year’s project.  The latest idea I had was that our main character was a target rather than a random happenstance victim of circumstance.  Of course, the next thing I need to figure out is why someone would target a pop culture geek who happens to be a LARPer as well.  Given the whole nature of this one idea, I doubt that I will attempt to get it published.  Maybe I’ll post parts of it as a blog after November.  I also had a minor setback with the idea.  The concept for the decoder ring was that it was in a box of old cereal called Crispie-O’s.  It turns out that there is a Crispy-O’s that’s still being made.  I have no problem using a real cereal.  But, the idea I had was that this particular cereal was at least fifteen years old and no longer made.  I may have to find a new cereal name.  Anyone know if Quisps are still being made?  Nevermind, I just looked it up, it is.  I think I may use Freakies, which was discontinued in the 1970s or the 1980s (a comeback was attempted).

This will be my fifth National Novel Writing Month.  The four previous years, I did manage to make the 50,000 word count, though there was a lot of futzing to get there.  It probably would help if the auto-numbered chapters in Movie Magic Screenwriter would actually transpose the full chapter number (previous years, each chapter came up as “Chapter” instead of “Chapter Twenty-Three” once I copied it to the verifier).

Writing Update – September 10, 2011

Not a lot of work on anything.  To be honest, I got sucked into Fringe when I saw Season 3 was out on DVD.  This tends to be my practice with Fringe.  I end up not being able to keep up with the series when it actually airs because of lack of time and work (working nights will do that).  So I will wait until the season comes out of DVD and power run through the episodes.  Probably by the end of the weekend I’ll be on disc three or four.

I’m starting to get ideas for scenes for my November project.  They are still random scenes stuck in my head.  But they will most likely show up on the page in November, along with some of the details about the characters that are floating around.  One thing is for sure, this year’s project is pretty much one just for me since it is going to pull from so many different pop culture sources.

Writing Update – September 6, 2011

Still no work on the rewrite.  It seems that my least favorite thing to do it to actually work on editing and rewriting things I have already written.

Even with working on the MDA telethon Sunday, I was able to get some world building done on this year’s NaNoWriMo, mostly because I always carry a notebook with me.  Granted, it is not much, but it is the brief description of four of the main characters, and some of the concepts for the book.  When I transposed them into OneNote 2010 (since I have an app for that on my iPod), I added in a rough idea of a villain and some more concepts.  More ideas pop in my head the more I think about it.  And with each new idea, it is very much apparent that this one will undoubtedly be pretty much a vanity peace since it is borrowing so much from a lot of different pop culture sources.  Heck, one of these ideas even includes two of the characters visiting an actual author because of an item in one of his book series.

I have also posted a couple more entries on my Coverage of the Dead fiction blog.  I still get the feeling from this that it isn’t quite working the way I was hoping it would, but I am committed to at least seeing this through a bit more to see if I’m right or wrong.

Writing Update – September 3rd, 2011

I really have to admit that I have not done any work on the rewrite.  Not one bit.  I could argue that it’s been busy at work or that we had a hurricane hit, but that really isn’t the case.  I’ve just been slacking off.

I have posted a few entries on the fiction blog I’ve been working on, but I’ve been getting the feeling that it should be less blog entries and more actual prose.

I have done a little bit of world building for this year’s NaNoWriMo, but nothing actually written down.  This is actually pretty much par for the course for how I approach my NaNoWriMos.  Most all of these projects tend to be a bit more organic in nature.  The best way to read that statement is that they tend to grow uncontrollably without any sort of structure.  It’s probably why the last one added several more encounters that I had not originally thought were going to be a part of the story.  Honestly, I probably put more thought into how I’m going to work in a mention of the romance novel Bedded By Her Lord more than anything else.  For the record, I have no idea how it’s getting into this year’s project yet.

This weekend is actually very busy.  I have my normal work shift Saturday, and I’m working on location for the MDA telethon, which is pretty much an all day event.  Hopefully I will be able to write down some ideas for November if and when I get some free time.

Update Friday, August 19th, 2011

I posted a couple more entries on my fiction blog, but did not do any work on the rewrite.  It was a late night at work, and I have another long day tomorrow, er, today, that being Friday.

I did manage to get an invitation to Google+, but I really have not had much time to check it out.  I’m sure once I do, I’ll post what I think here.

Writing Update – 8/17/2011

I actually got a another chapter written in my NaNoWriMo rewrite.  I’m a bit shocked by it myself.  Even more surprising is that it is almost the same page length as the original, which included a prologue (I dropped it for the rewrite).

I also posted another part on my fiction blog, making a grand total of six parts.  I also made it searchable for the first time (before you could only get to it through this site).

I still need to do a bit of world building for my 2011 NaNoWriMo.  And, really, by a bit, I mean I need to start.  Granted, in previous years I pretty much just started writing and hoped it was coherent.  This would probably explain why I don’t really have an end for the 2010 project (the one I’m rewriting).  If I can figure out how to work in by writing “in-joke” then I should be fine.

Writing/Site Update Saturday/Sunday

Sorry about the late post on the Friday Finds.  It seems that I hit save as draft instead of publish.  WordPress newbie mistake.

You may have noticed I tweaked the blog a little.  I added a home page and a couple of other pages to the site.  I’ll most likely be adding to the website page a bit more in the next few days, so keep an eye on that.

I did not really get much done with the editing, but I did post another entry for the blog story.  I’ve also been working on concepts for this year’s NaNoWriMo.  Most of that has been thinking about kitschy items that will appear in some form or another in the story.  The more I think about it, there more I think I’m going to have fun with it, even if I never do seek publication with it.

Writing Update – Thursday/Friday

Not much writing done today since I have an early shift at work.  Hopefully I will get a bit more in tonight when I get home.

I did add a link to my fiction blog.  At the moment, it only has two links on it, so it is still growing.  I should (luck be willing) be able to post more over the next few days.

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