Good news: My latest story, Trial Run, is set for publication in the anthology A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman! The book is published by Mozark Press, and this will be my third story published with them.
The editor gave us the proofs to read so we could correct any mistakes. I have to tell you, this book is AWESOME! Mystery stories written by so many wonderful writers. People who are members of several different national writing communities, such as Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, etc. I feel like the freshman who snuck in to the senior party!
As far as my publication goal, well, I don't think I'm going to make four. Which is a bummer. I was hoping, but the editors of that fourth entry seem to be extremely busy with their full time lives, and are having difficulty getting that publication off the ground. Such is life.
Now, who's doing NaNo? For the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) occurs during November, and the goal is to write a draft of a novel, at least 50,000 words, in a month. I never did it before, because I'm the mom, and I said I would wait until my kids were older.
I ran out of excuses this year. My kids are older, and I don't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. So, I'm doing NaNo. It is a remarkable exercise in self discipline. I'm not used to writing every day, even though that is the popular advice. And because I don't use that writing muscle on a daily basis, I usually last for about a week before I burn out.
So far, I'm 12,200 words into my story. Usually that is my stopping point. I write short stories, what can I say. So to boost my word count, I find I am seriously inflating what I normally would take out. Everything feels extremely unnecessary and too explanatory. Too wordy. There are a million articles out there with lots of advice for the beginner. Do you plot? Here's how! Are you a pantser? Here's how to make it work!
All I know is I have probably committed every sin possible in the name of word count. Adverbs, wordiness, rambling, and even some free-write journaling thrown in when I run out of ideas. Oho, I'm not done yet. I have a whole bag of tricks to keep me writing. And if I decide the thing might actually be salvageable, I'd guess that maybe a third of the whole thing will make the cut, before I start deciding what I need to do so the bugger makes sense.
If my luck with my blog holds, I will hopefully continue blogging my NaNo experience. Because I know another NaNo blog is just what you wanted. Have a great night, everyone!