Left foot. Right foot. Left again. Over and over. In reality, it’s not far, but when you’re walking to the gallows where you’ll be hanged, it’s an eternity. Step after step, guards on either side, fear mounting with every step. Maybe you wonder if it wouldn’t be better to make a run for it. Let them shoot you, get it over with? Continue reading “My Last Moments”
Is anyone else, like, way behind on NaNo prep? I don’t even have an inkling of an idea yet. By this time, I usually have something, but this year? Nothing.
With that said, who else is doing NaNo prep this month? How’s it going? Are you disastrously behind? Or maybe you’re ahead of schedule? Do you even do that much prep in October?
Brian Hartford looked up at the building. It was definitely the right one. It was eerily quiet, like there was a bubble around the building that even sound couldn’t enter. He looked up. There were plenty of birds, crows probably, sitting on telephone poles, but none within fifty feet of the place. One took off and flew to the other side of the building, flying out of its way to stay at least fifty feet away from the it. How had he never noticed this before? He had been around the building plenty of times, it wasn’t exactly remote. How had he missed that not a single animal would go near the place? He had known that no people would go into it, but this freaked him out so much he almost turned and left. Almost. Continue reading “Everything Has a Price”
It’s Halloween everybody! So, what is everybody doing on the spookiest night of the year?
I just wanted to say how excited I am for Halloween. I won’t talk about NaNoWriMo today, I’ll save it for tomorrow, the official first day! I’ll have my final October story here in a bit, but I just wanted to share the Halloween joy with everybody. Have fun and stay safe everybody.
I love my mommy. She’s the best mommy in the whole world. She gives me hugs, and plays with me, and kisses me when I get hurt. There could never be a better mommy than mine. Continue reading “Mommy”
So, there’s only one more week until NaNoWriMo! (give or take) Is everybody ready?
First things first. Things have been a little crazy for me this week, so the weekly story may be a little late. It will come, just maybe not by the weekend.
With that in mind, I want to talk about NaNoWriMo a little bit, and share what I’m doing. One of the big things I’m doing is prepping a little more than in the past. I’m using worksheets from here to develop my story. They are all very good, but the one that helped me the most is the plotting worksheet. If you haven’t got as much planned as you might have wanted, try them out, I think they’ll help.
I also thought I’d share a little bit about my story. This isn’t something I’ve done in the past, so let me know what you think. The story is called The Forgotten. It’s actually going to be based on a flash fiction I wrote by the same name. You can find that here. It won’t follow the main character of that story; however, it will follow a woman named Rayelle. Rayelle has heard stories like that for a long time. She was told that no matter what, she should never go outside at night. To do that would be certain death. One night, she had enough and ventured outside. To everyone’s surprise she didn’t die. She goes on a campaign to save as many people from the night as she can, until she catches the attention of entities that were better left alone.
I’m hoping it’ll turn out well. I’ll post more about it as it get’s going. In the meantime, what is everyone else doing? What exciting stories do you have bouncing around in your head? And most importantly, are you ready?
So, as anyone who does NaNoWriMo knows, October is the official prep month. It’s the month to get outlines made, to get character sheets filled in and to stress yourself out before you even get started writing! It’s so exciting! So, my question is; if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, what are you doing to prepare? I know plenty of people are pantsers, but almost everybody prepares in some way. Even if it’s just getting extra snacks and making sure your writing space is extra comfy, it pays to be at least a little prepared.
As for me? Well, I’m doing the normal stuff. I’m thinking about how I’ll write it. Am I going to do pencil and paper, or write entirely on computer? What software will I use? For some reason, I always feel like I need to switch it up every year. This year, I have a dedicated writing laptop that only has writing software (Scrivener, FocusWriter) on it. I’ll also be using the default notes app on my phone for when I can’t get to the laptop. Nothing fancy there as the main reason for that is just to write down things real quick and transfer to the laptop later.
I’ve also been working on my writing habit since last year. I’ve been making sure to write at least semi-regularly, even if I don’t have anything in particular to say that day. You can only get better by doing, right? More recently, I made a promise to write in this blog at least once a week. So far, I’ve kept that promise (if you haven’t seen this weeks post, you can find it here) and I intend to keep it in the future. The posts may become more spartan during NaNoWriMo, but I fully intend to keep them coming.
Lastly, I’ve been working on the story itself. I’ve got a couple of important characters started and a bullet list of what needs to be included. It’s not exactly a plot outline yet, but I’m working on it. I may post pieces of my prep here later, but for now I’ll just leave you with the question. What have you done for prep?