Big News

After several anxious days of waiting on my part, I am thrilled to announce that my Story Quest creative writing curriculum (middle school level) is now available on Amazon. You can get the teachers’ edition here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BF9GHS8

And there is also a Student Edition with all the student handouts and assignments in one convenient place.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BF6C693

If you know a homeschool mom who would be interested in working on creative writing with her 10-14 year old, please send her the link!

This Time I’m Really Done

I had a friend read my most recent story, and her comments led to some changes which I believe make it a better story. I have finished my revisions and have sent it to my publisher. Whew! I have no idea what the timeline is on this anthology, so while I’m waiting I will move on to something else.

Ta Da!

I have FINALLY finished what I hope is the last story for my anthology. I had the idea in my mind for a couple of years, and during that time I’ve thought of several different ways to handle it, but of course once I started writing it, it took off in a somewhat different direction.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I got stuck. The plot was okay as far as it went, but I needed something to get it to work out and it finally came to me in the last couple of days. Then I couldn’t wait to get back to my computer and WRITE.

I will give this one a few days before I go back to revise, but meanwhile I hope and believe that I can take a break from short stories and go back to writing novels, which is what I prefer.

It Worked!

I know you’re all dying to know if my road trip yielded any new story ideas. Yes!

Yesterday I can’t say I had any new inspiration while driving. But after I got to my hotel room and started unwinding, I had a great idea. Today while I was driving again, I turned that idea over and over in my head. I thought last night that I would use it as the basis for a new story, but during my drive today I realized that it could solve my dilemma with my current story and now I’m excited to start writing again.

Halfway

So, we’re halfway through November. Have I been doing a lot of writing? No. I am working on a story but I am struggling with the plot. However, tomorrow I leave on a road trip to go visit my dad (700 miles each way). Hours and hours of being alone in the car. You’d better believe I am taking a notepad with me to jot down ideas as they come to me. Road trips spark my imagination like nothing else!

National Novel Writing Month

All my writing ambitions were put on hold due to illness for the last few months. Today, the first day of NaNoWriMo, I am feeling much better and able to write—but I’m not writing a novel. I’m back to writing short stories for my anthology, because that’s a project I committed to.

I am currently working on my tenth story for the anthology. I had originally thought that ten would be “enough,” but I feel like I need a total word count of at least 50,000, and I’m not there yet. I believe I will need at least two more stories after I finish this one—which I’m struggling with, to be honest.

What I really need, to be honest, is a road trip. Hours of driving alone in the car are the absolute best thing to dredge up potential stories from my well of ideas. But thanks to the pandemic and my own serious health issues, I haven’t been on a solo road trip since May. I’m hoping later this month I will be able to hit the road!

Fall Back Five and Punt

That’s what my husband always says when we have to come up with an alternate plan. I don’t even know what that means, since I don’t watch American football, but I imagine most of you do.

Turns out, it just wasn’t realistic for me to write 50,000 words in July when I was gone for a third of the month and also had a presentation to prepare. I got over 20,000 words written, and that’s not nothing—just not what I’d hoped for.

However, that particular novel is going to have to wait a little longer because my top priority now is getting short stories written and/or revised for my upcoming anthology. Last night I dived back into a story I started in March but have really struggled with. And you know what? It was almost finished. I finished it. Whew!

Today I went through a few of older stories and revised them, bringing them up to a higher standard (I hope). Having done that, my only option is to come up with some new ideas and write some new stories—at least three more, I estimate. Usually not a problem for me—but a road trip would help!

 

Making Progress

Just not enough progress! I now have to average over 3000 words a day if I am to reach my goal. It seemed like I wrote a lot today, but when I did my final count it was only 2,664. So close! Maybe tomorrow I will be more successful.

Slow Start

It’s kind of not fair that this writing month starts off with a holiday weekend. On the other hand, November, when the “main” NaNoWriMo happens, has Thanksgiving in it, so that’s hard too.

I have a handle on my story and I’m 6195 words in, but if you have even a tenuous grasp of math you no doubt realize I am about 3000 words behind already—and I’m getting ready to go on a road trip.

I have a feeling that the bulk of this novel will be written during the last two weeks of the month.

Baby Steps

I started my new novel last night but the problem was I had no idea what the impetus for the plot was going to be. So I only got as far as the important phone call before I had to stop and figure out what on earth the phone call was going to be about.

This is a weird profession, where daydreaming counts as “work.” But you know what? I did figure out what this story is going to be about. In fact I am pretty jazzed about writing it now. I’m only 1889 words in, but I know I’ll get some 3000 word days so I’m not worried.