Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Sunday, November 07, 2010
  NaNoWriMo...the march continues

Mario here,

If you're a writer, the gossip is all about what you are doing as part of National Novel Writing Month. The goal: 50,000 words in 30 days. Simple math breaks it down: 1666.66 words a day. Doable, unless you slog at the keyboard like I do. For me, 1500 words in one day is a huge deal and frankly even that pace wears me out after a few days. Thanks God for Happy Hour to recharge the batteries.

Now in full disclosure, I'm not really participating in NaNoWriMo because I have a manuscript due before Thanksgiving and I'm about ten chapters shy of finishing. And unlike NaNoWriMo which discourages you from editing if it interferes with the word count, I can't turn in my manuscript without beating it with my harshest editorial club. If you're intimidated by the blinking cursor on your monitor, there's a saying to help prod you into starting those first words: Give yourself permission to write crap. Well my first draft is so full of crap that I have to wear rubber boots and muck out my writing space every afternoon.

For the rest of you NaNoWriMo-renos, try these strategies to keep the words flowing:

Write what you love. Unicorns, cupcakes, serial killers, old flames you'd like to see baked into cupcakes by a serial-killer unicorn, have at it.

And conversely, challenge yourself to write something different. 

Keep plenty of hot drinks handy, especially coffee.  Especially coffee. I don't consider that I've got a buzz going unless my teeth are chattering.

Steal! And by that I mean shamelessly take from every experience. Car wrecks, rejection, watching a foe get his due, anything and everything is manuscript fodder. You know you're doing it right when your BFF is laying out her heart about her cheating rat-bastard boyfriend, then she gives you a look and asks, "You're going to use this in your story, aren't you?" And because you write fiction, you lie and tell her, "Of course not." But you will. Good writer.

We even have a theme song and music video, so we must be official!


Over at the League of Reluctant Adults, we welcome a new member, Kevin Hearne, and we're busting at the seams with pride over his debut novel, Hounded. Unlike the rest of us mortals, he didn't get an ARC but an ARE, Advance Reader's Edition, because he is Mr. Hearne and so very special. Awesome cover.

And there's more about another Leaguer, 10 Things You Didn't Know About Carolyn Crane, over at the Amber Scott Project. Among other things, Crane was a licensed boiler engineer and wrestled rooms full of sweaty men. Click through for details.

Labels: , ,

Denver also has it's own NaNoWriMo Theme song.

Michelle: Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
I'm not doing NaNo--I was about 60K words into a manuscript so starting a new one seemed pointless. I am seeing how my daily word count matches the NaNo pace, but I know I have to go back and tweak and edit as I write. My goal is always to end the first draft with a nearly polished manuscript, and I'm SO not a write-straight-through person.

Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery
Hhm. I would like to see: old flames you'd like to see baked into cupcakes by a serial-killer unicorn. I'm inspired to write a new story! :) I'm also doing my own personal type of NaNoWriMo because I can't do the 60000-words and as one of my critique partners says, the official NaNoWriMo forums, etc. are just too much. Good luck on your writerly efforts!
Dude. Smoking hot cover on that book. I'm going to read it based on that alone...but then I would.

I'm at about 2K words a day on one project. Yesterday I didn't write but I plotted two books, so that kinda counts. Then I have another project I'm revising and a short story. So I think I'm busy enough by now...
I'm doing NaNo, first time ever. Signed on at last minute to kick one of the novels out of my head. So far I'm on schedule, but consistently cranking is the big challenge. What helped me in the first week was writing in 500-word blocks at a time, followed by a break. "The book is stupid," Critical Voice whines. "Shut up, just type," I reply. The next day, much to my surprise, it's not as stinky bad as CV insisted. (And when I re-read, I have a rule: I can add, but I can't delete.) And oh yeah, buddies really help!
Terry: I know, my deadlines keep me from participating.
Lesley: the cupcakes are in the oven.
Becky: I figured you'd go for the dude. Why am I not surprised?
Rebecca: Bribe the Critical Voice with a martini. Works for me.
Dave here.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm 180 degree out of phase with the rest of the world, so keep that in mind before my "against the grain" statement.

I don't get Nanowrimo.

It irritates me to put all the capital letters in the term for the weird contraction of words.

I'm always in anyone's corner who can get published, but the idea of a program forcing you to write says that you're no more a writer than a kid gaming on Guitar Hero is a guitarist.
Post a Comment

<< Home

Biting Edge - Blogged

Marta Acosta
Zombie Defense Tactics
L.A. Banks
Robin Brande
Douglas Clegg
Mary Janice Davidson
Midnight Moon Cafe
P.N. Elrod
Christine Feehan
Andrew Fox
Jasper Fforde
Neil Gaiman
Laurell K. Hamilton
Charlaine Harris
Charlie Huston
Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Midnight Hour
First Offenders
Christopher Moore
Susan Squires
Storytellers Unplugged
Carrie Vaughn
Lynn Viehl
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Agent Query
AOL Bookmaven
Bookseller Chick
Bronze Word
Guide to Literary Agents
Grumpy Old Bookman
Marcela Landres
Miss Snark
The Neglected Books Page
Preditors and Editors
Pub Rants
Publishers Lunch
Latino Stories

Alt Vampires
Love Vampires Reviews
Bite Me Magazine
Borderlands Bookstore
Dark Carnival Bookstore
Dark Hunter
Horror Writers Assoc.
Kaleighbug Books
Locus Magazine
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
Paranormal Fiction
Paranormality Universe
Realm of the Vampires
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Net
Undead Update
Vampire Genre
Vampire HQ
The Vampire Library
Vampires Vault
Vampyres Online

March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / April 2008 / May 2008 / June 2008 / July 2008 / August 2008 / September 2008 / October 2008 / November 2008 / December 2008 / January 2009 / February 2009 / March 2009 / April 2009 / May 2009 / June 2009 / July 2009 / August 2009 / September 2009 / October 2009 / November 2009 / December 2009 / January 2010 / February 2010 / March 2010 / April 2010 / May 2010 / June 2010 / July 2010 / August 2010 / September 2010 / October 2010 / November 2010 / December 2010 / January 2011 / February 2011 / March 2011 / April 2011 / May 2011 / June 2011 / July 2011 / August 2011 / September 2011 / October 2011 / November 2011 / December 2011 / January 2012 / February 2012 / March 2012 / April 2012 / May 2012 / June 2012 / July 2012 / August 2012 / September 2012 / October 2012 / November 2012 / December 2012 / January 2013 / February 2013 / March 2013 / April 2013 / May 2013 / June 2013 / July 2013 /

Powered by Blogger