Monday, February 27, 2012

Birth of a Novel and #writemotivation

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Hufstedler (thinkexist.com)

Who knows this better than doers? The inventor designing the next big thing. The engineer designing the next big technological advancement. The writer working on their novel.
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Working on the Birth of a Novel angle, MINGLED is in the next stage of the process.  With the first draft done, it is time to organize, reorganize, shift, add and take a little away from the gathering of words.  Then off for it's first round of beta reviews.  I hope to get this done by mid-next week.  It's a lofty goal, but I'll see if I can make it happen.

#writemotivation
I'm still working on goals for March 2012 - almost done and will post them on my #writemotivation page in the next day or two.

As for the goals for February 2012:

1: Complete first draft of MINGLED and continue first draft of UNCOMMON - First half done.  Second half, not so much
2: Post 3 blogs a week - Done!
3: Read 3 books - Almost done.  Read and reviewed Everneath for my 2012 YA/MG Debut Author Reading Challenge, completed The Book Thief and am almost done with Send One Angel Down.
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week. - Done!


I want to thank everyone who commented on Friday.  It's a whole lot of us who would love to visit New Zealand.  If I could afford it, I'd make my way there quick, fast and in a hurry :-)  Also, you guys gave me some interesting input regarding the good/bad attraction.  Gives me some interesting stuff to work with.

Now, something else that has me curious.  Would you consider taking a dive into a genre that you're not familiar with if the novel idea came to you begging to be told?

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  1. I bet you make your goal!
    If an idea actually hit, I'd write in almost any genre. Almost - some places I just don't go.

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    1. Hmmm...of course my inquiring mind is wondering what genre you wouldn't write in :-)

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  2. Awesome how you're making your goals. Especially after I read what your schedule it.

    Yes, I'd write in another genre if I get an idea.

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    1. LOL!! Yes, Natalie. It can be a jam packed time working on different things. I do try to work towards meeting my goals as best as I can.

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  3. Congrats on making your goals! This is actually a great idea, I will have to do set goals for myself too.

    If I had an idea that is outside my usual genre, I would write it. Like the WIP I finished writing about a month ago (and have been too lazy to rewrite and clean up) is outside of my usual genre. I don't really read sci-fi, but this story has some sci-fi elements and a sci-fi subplot.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Angelina. It's kind of cool hearing about other writers stretching their chops when the idea strikes. It's very inspiring.

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  4. You're doing really well on the goal front, hon :D

    I would totally consider diving headfirst into any genre, if I have the plotbunny. As long as the idea is there, I'll write it.

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    1. Thanks, K.T. Your #writemotivation has been very helpful in me making my goals. Amazing how a tweet here or a tweet there can be very encouraging.

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  5. It is SO interesting you asked that question today. I've written a novella that is NOTHING like what I normally write. It was one of those stories that HAD to be told. I couldn't work on something else until it was down on my laptop. I write romance in 3rd POV Past tense. This book is not a romance and it is written in present tense 1st POV. I've sent it to two beta readers and a crit partner and the all LOVE it. They say it is the most captivating thing they've read this year. Now, what do I do with it? LOL

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    1. What to do with it? Hmmm...well now, I see a published novella in the works. Go for it!!!!

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  6. You're doing awesome! And if the idea hit, and I felt strongly enough about the story, I would totally write it!

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. We writers are such a hardy bunch. Going for it all the way.

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  7. Wow, you have been so busy! That's awesome!

    Yup, I'd take the dive. Usually I start out writing a story and I'm not even sure what genre it's in until I get into it.

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    1. Wow, now that is very interesting. I've never tried just running with the idea to see what the genre/genres would turn out to be. Sounds kind of fun!!!

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  8. I would absolutely write in a genre I'm unfamiliar with, but I would start reading in it a.s.a.p!

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    1. Angela, that sounds like an absolutely perfect first step. Now I'll have to gather some thriller, mystery and horror novels

      *shivers* at the horror novels

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  9. You're inspiring, Angela! If that's what you can do in short month like February, imagine what you'll do in March. : )

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    1. You know Emily, I don't think I ever considered it that way. Thank you.

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  10. Congrats on your goals! Especially getting that first draft done. My goal is to finish FW by the end of March now that I have a computer again.

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    1. Three cheers for having a working computer!!!!

      WOOT!

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  11. Hi Angela! I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge, getting a head start on finding great new blogs to follow. Nice to meet you! It's a little scary to venture into a new genre but I think it can be helpful to refine the writer's voice.

    Looks like I'm your 200th follower, yay!

    KarenG

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen. Glad to have you. I need to follow your example and good head start on things. I sense procrastination in my future, though lo1!!

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  12. I definitely would! I'm a slave to any idea that shouts at me :)

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    1. Oh these words, Susanna. How they call to us :-)

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  13. I love dipping into unfamiliar genres. Seems like I always manage to twist them into "weird" SF/F territory, tho. ^_^

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  14. Good luck with your goals Angela!!

    If the story is there, heck yeah, I'd write it. I read across genres I don't expect to limit the writing of them :)

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    1. Hmmmm...I'm loving the open mindedness of the wonderful writers in this community.

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  15. Congrats on making progress, Angela.

    I just sent my two babies off to their editors. I'm editing the next.

    Yes, I would write in a different genre if the story whacked me over the head.

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    1. I hope your two darlings come back not too bloody.

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  16. Way to go on meeting those goals, Angela! Even if you don't finish your second draft by the date you set, every bit of reworking you do is progress.

    As for you last question, why yes in fact, I'm considering that very thing. An idea for a fantasy novel keeps bugging me. I thought it could be science fiction, which is more my thing, but that's not the way it's heading.

    I'm even outlining it, which is not my normal thing, either.

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    1. Oh my, this fantasy novel must really have your mind in a mojo moment if outlining is something you don't usually do. I'd be interested in seeing what it's about.

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  17. If a novel idea came to me that was not in my chosen genre, I would so dive in! Loved this post (and I love your posts ALWAYS...you're one of my faves!!!). :)

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    1. Oh dear me, alleged, you have me blushing fiercer than blaze.

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  18. Congrats on doing so well with your goals. You put me to shame :)
    I would absolutely follow my muse. I think you should always write the story that is shouting out to be told.

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    1. Well, I suppose the muse is no respecter of genre, only of ideas. :-)

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    2. Love how you are keeping yourself accountable by posting your goals and actions on your blog. Keep on writing!

      Thanks for stopping over at my blog! Hope you'll come by again for more writing tips from published authors

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  19. Oh, too funny that you asked that question - I had an idea for a dystopian the other day. This is so far outside the genres I'm comfortable with that I don't know where to start at all. But I'm really looking forward to exploring the story!

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    1. Ooooh, a dystopian. Well, please do start the process. I'm sure it will be a wonderful novel idea that will transform into an enjoyable read.

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