Monday, June 11, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

#Writemotivation and Birthing a Novel

Goals are moving along quite nicely.


Goals for June 2012:
1: Complete first draft of NEVERLOVE by mid June. Getting pretty close.  Nearing The End.  Think I might actually sniffle a time or two because this darling has been a joy to write even though I had my panic moment lol!!!

2: Begin revisions of MINGLED. Hope to begin this process this weekend
3: Post 3 blogs a week, at least 3 to 4 during the month for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. Making waves here.  Loved the comments for last week's 2012 DAC review.  So got another one for this week.
4: Read 3 books. One down, two to go.
5: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 to 25 a week. I usually get this done in no time flat but I will have to spread this out during the week and make the most of every moment I can.





NEVERLOVE - What can I say about the process of birthing this novel?  It has been a little fun, a little panicking and lot of learning:
- I can panic but it doesn't have to mean the end of my writing world.
- A good read is good food for thought when you need a short break from writing.
- The voices in my head can be quite distinct sometimes...especially the villain.


Now that I've mentioned the word 'villain', here's a snippet of Basil, freshly dead and transported to hell by soul weavers, having a face to face with our villain, Drakar.



“Soul weavers,” the voice chuckled, now closer to Basil.  “Can’t live with them and can’t die without them.”

Basil forced his gaze up.  He was certain he was wrong…had to be.  Before him stood a wretched creature, pale, translucent skin pulled taut across thin muscles, bluish veins and bones.  The rib cage pushed out prominent above a lower torso void of any life giving organs.  This portion concaved, forming a bowl-shape of skin, muscle and bone connecting to a hip bone that poked out like pointy blades.  Pasty wings stretched wide from its back, the tips sharp as needlepoints, catching the glimmer of firelight.  Tiny veins etched through milky membranes webbing the slender wing bones together.

As Basil stared, the creature flexed its wings then brought them forward, cocooning itself from bald head to long-taloned claws, pressing the wings closer, tighter, until another layer of skin sprang up to course over its being.  This skin crackled as it shaped, molded and transformed the winged beast into a not-so-pale naked human that Basil thought was a friend.  If he had a heart, it would have galloped out of his chest at the sight of Drakar.



So, how's everyone doing with their goals?  What stage are you in if you're birthing a novel?  Perhaps a good book you'd like to mention?

34 comments:

Tracey J said...

Congratulations in advance on finishing Neverlove. You definitely got my attention with that snippet. I love it.

SA Larsenッ said...

Great goals! Congrats on finishing so much writing.

I'm actually in the process of birthing a new YA novel and the next book in the series of my debut YA novel. Just beginning the outlining stage. A little frustrated at the moment, but I'm sure 'this too shall pass.'

Have a great day!

Shelley Munro said...

Wow, Angela. I loved your paragraphs. You're doing well with your goals. I'm busy editing a manuscript this month. I hope I do as well as you :)

Happy writing!

Natalie Aguirre said...

So impressed with all your progress. That's so awesome Angela, especially with all you juggle.

Talli Roland said...

That's fantastic, Angela! I just managed to finish my novel, so I'm super happy. :)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you for the early positive sentiments :-) Glad you enjoyed the snippet.

Angela Brown said...

Good on you for facing the frustration with the idea of moving past it. Keeps it from becoming a block.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Shelley. Happy writing to you as well. I'm sure you're editing will fly by before you know it :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Natalie. It's an interesting time, but it's exciting, frightening and fun all at once.

Angela Brown said...

Yay for finishing novels!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't wait until it's done so I can read it, Angela!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Love that description! And love that it transformed into somebody your hero recognized. Surprise!

I think I'm about 3/4 of the way through my first draft. Every time I think I'm stuck and can't continue the plot as I planned ... I see a door or a turn that was there all along. I hope I'm following this twisty maze to good outcome!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm fascinated that you hear the villain's voice so clearly. I almost always hear the hero's voice more distinctly than any other.

I am plotting a promotion for my other blog, Back to Basics. Since it's about frugal tips and simple living, I'm trying to locate nice little giveaway items that are useful and won't break my bank.

Aidyl Ewoh said...

Isn’t it great getting goals accomplished? Yea for goals!
~Aidyl

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love how villainous your villain is - nice detailed writing!
Good books recently . . . I had the privelege of being an ARC for Ciara Knight's Weighted novella and loved it! I also just read Venture Untamed - a Christian fantasy book about a young fighter - and that was a fun read.

Marlene Dotterer said...

Great snippet! Congrats on your progress. Sometimes it seems like we move forward one word at a time.

I always love your comments, too. Thanks for dropping by so often!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Alex. Heck, I can't wait either. This will be a fun read through given it's a bit different than what I've done. Not a whole lot, but some.

Angela Brown said...

Glad you enjoyed it! Good luck as you continue on with your draft. May the doors continue to go on a twist and turn of fun drafting.

Angela Brown said...

I wonder if it's a touch of my dark side. He he he!

Or not...I hope lol!!

Oooohh...can't wait to see what this promotion will be.

Angela Brown said...

So totally agree!!

Angela Brown said...

Glad you enjoyed my touch of villain. And that Christian fantasy novel sounds interesting. Hmmm...

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Marlene. Glad to stop by whenever I get a chance.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I'm doing summer nano, and this time I'm just a little behind, but I'm catching up quickly.

Angela Brown said...

Summer NaNo. Just thinking about it makes me want to sit doun somewhere and figure out how to get all that word count done. As it is, the first draft of NL and revisions of MD are quite a bit to take on. Wishing you luck as you attack it!

Raelyn Barclay said...

You're doing wonderfully, both your goals and knocking out that first draft of Neverlove! And what a fun snippet to share :)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Raelyn. You're encouragement has been wonderful both here and giving me your alpha thoughts. I really appreciate them...even got my brain trying to work certain scenes out now lol!!!

Alleged Author said...

You really are excellent at coming up with titles for your novels. You should create a name generator!

LD Masterson said...

Love the snippet and kudos on how well you're doing on your goals. I'm all bogged down in re-writes...nowhere near as much fun.

Anonymous said...

“Can’t live with them and can’t die without them.”

LOVE it!

I conceived a novel over a year and a half ago. I need to birth it, but I haven't mustered up the courage...I fear the labor pains.

Angela Brown said...

Awwww...thank you. Now I'm all a-blush :-)

Angela Brown said...

Glad you enjoyed it, LD. You'll make it through those re-writes and be the happier for it :-)

Angela Brown said...

Much like the labor pains in birthing a child, you won't forget them but they won't be the lasting impression...that child - or in this case, the novel - will bring you lasting joy.

M Pax said...

Loved the excerpt. I'm intrigued by soul weavers. Congrats on being closer to done. I'm about to start the final read through of my July release. Working on the WIP I set a deadline for of 8/13. I better get moving. Working on first chapters for two other new pieces. Spent the day in a printer war. I think I lost because I had to buy a new one.

Charity Bradford said...

Angela, you are awesome. My Birth of a Novel kind of fell apart when I started revisions of the Sendek project.

I love your excerpt. Keep moving forward, sounds like you're doing great!

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