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Yay! Camping has finally started! Woo hoo!

And guess what?! I’m already ahead! Not by much but still ahead!

Here are a few tips that I’ve found this year already or are leftover from last year’s NaNo:

    1. Don’t blog/surf online for fun/etc until you’ve at least matched where you are supposed to be for that day.
    2. Get ahead as much as possible when you are in the zone. You will need that stock up later in the month. I promise.
    3. If you don’t have an outline yet, take a break and put some of your writing time towards putting together at least a vague one. It will help you tremendously. And you’ll make up that time no doubt.
    4. IF you have an outline but get stuck somewhere, skip it! That’s what the outline is for! Write scenes out-of-order and whatever you have in your head at the moment. It will save you a lot of wasted “writing block” time.
    5. Similar to the last one, learn to use the brackets as ways to insert a thought like [and then they do something that gets them to the place where _____ happens]. Seriously, you will love yourself later on and either save yourself from writers blocks or even boring scenes.
    6. Other suggestions for brackets are things that you need to fix with characters or plot holes but don’t want to waste precious writing time on that stuff, such as [change Sam’s name to Jessica from this point forward], [go back and fix Chelsea’s back story so that she now has a sister] and [act as if Owen and Jadara haven’t met yet]. Just don’t put your entire story in brackets. That defeats the point of writing a story.
    7. If your morning allows for it, get some writing in before you take off for the day. It will boost your confidence knowing that you at least have a few (or more) words already under your belt for the day. I did that today and it felt great. :) You won’t regret it if you do but don’t go out of your way to try this if you aren’t a morning person.

Well hopefully my first round of tips is somewhat helpful for someone. Mainly just keep writing, if you come to a block, skip it or just write something else entirely until you get an idea. Good luck campers!


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Well, online anyway. :)

This June I will participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It is a summer version of the regular NaNoWriMo in November. I will still be trying to complete a 50,000 word novel but the twist during the camp months (there is also an August camp) is the addition of cabins. Each cabin holds six writers to write together and encourage each other throughout the month. It’s a great idea for a camp like this. Online encouragement of people doing the same crazy thing that you are.

On a personal note, I am very ready to start writing. I’m hoping that this month goes better than my last attempt in November. I learned a lot of tricks then that I will be applying during camp. Only three days left.

So if you are camping along with me, good luck!

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Wow. A lot of big issues lately. It’s time for a slight break for a writing blog!

Yes, I am writing. Aside from blogs, I have started working on a new book. (For all of you asking, “what happened to that other book you were writing and excited about finishing about a year ago?” may answer is, “It’s still around. I’m just not ready to go back to that story line yet.”) So anyway, this new book of mine has a finished outline and quite a bit of background.

If you followed me around the time of NaNoWriMo 2011 you may remember me boasting about a writing program called Scrivener. (I posted about it here.) I had a trial version of the program specifically for NaNo and fell in love with the program almost instantly. Sadly though, the trial was over shortly after NaNo and I didn’t use my NaNo participation coupon (I didn’t win and receive the winner’s 50% off coupon, though 20% off is still good) in time to gt the discount. Still I debated getting Scrivener at its regular price ($40) because I thought it was worth that much.

My husband (oh yeah, by the way, I got married last month) suggested looking to see if there was any program that compared to Scrivener that was free or at least cheaper. After a bit of fighting it on my side (I had fallen in love with Scrivener, remember?) I gave in and started the search. Now given the title of this blog, you can probably figure out how that search went. It was long and very few things even came close. I found a lot of full screen, no distraction, writing programs that focused on typing without all the extra stuff. But I wanted Scrivener’s features.

So I kept looking.

I googled so many combinations of things and learned a lot about a lot of programs. But things kept coming up short. My husband figured I was being biased so he pulled out our other laptop to help me search. Luckily he had also used Scrivener so he knew what it was I liked about it. About the same time we both came across a promising program called Celtx. It was free and while I did some research first, he just downloaded it and started messing around with it. Celtx has a free version as well as a paid version,though it’s a lot cheaper than Scrivener. He liked the program right away and insisted I download it to the other laptop and just try it.

What I had of this story at this point was all mashed around in a Google Doc. Now, I love Google Docs – I like sharing documents with other people who can read them and comment on them or edit them along side of me. But it lacked the organizational extras of Scrivener. So I gave in, downloaded the free version of Celtx and started transferring stuff over. I hit a few annoying patches where the program wasn’t doing what I wanted it to or I didn’t know how to do something – and couldn’t find help. But it still holds a promising feel.

I haven’t looked at all the features yet to see if it’s enough to replace Scrivener. Right now I only have the outline and characters over in Celtx but that’s enough of the story that I may be stuck with it for now. I say “stuck with it” mostly joking. It does seem like a good program and I can probably learn to really like it. I’m just having a bit of trouble switching.

If anyone out there has tried Celtx and can giver their feedback or hints, I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you have tried both programs. Please leave comments if you can help me.

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Hey guess what?! I went to the emergency room on Monday! Before you ask, I’m not dying. No more or less than anyone else out there. Living is the number one cause for death in the world, you know. I’m just going to be watched a little more carefully on blood levels and stuff. I had a migraine for the first time in my life and we are looking for the main cause of it.

Anyway, now that I’ve had a bit of fun it’s time to get to the good stuff. A friend sent me a link the other day that included this advice. Since it struck something in me, I figured I’d share it with all of you.

writing quote

If you are going through this now, you aren’t alone. I just finished a book and a lot of it needs rewritten, tossed or seriously edited. I’m not awesome – yet. But if I ever want to be, I have to just keep writing and pushing through even when I look back at my work and just see jumbled words on a page.

If you are struggling, let me know! I’d love to talk to you and encourage you! We can help each other. I would be nowhere close to having a my completed manuscript and I may have just quit altogether if it weren’t for a small group of people around me to help me out through this time.

Please don’t give up just because you think your work is crap. Don’t give up because writing is hard. Give up only if you decide that you want to pursue something else entirely. And even then, don’t give up on that.

Fighting with you,
~Author Faerie

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I just recently joined a new online writing community to increase my writing circle. The great thing about this community is that while you can post your work and get reviews for it (like writing.com), you can also join writing courses that other writers put out there. I just wanted to share this one with you, though I’m not sure if you have to join the Cafe to view it. So far it is a great site so if you write at all, consider joining. Anyway, here’s the lesson:

How to Begin Writing

~Author Faerie

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Many apologies to those who follow my blog regularly.

We had a family emergency and I ran into quite a few rough spots. I had internet access the entire time but just couldn’t bring myself to write something on here. The thing with finding writing time is that you can push aside anything you do and make room for writing. But sometimes you just have to push away writing instead. You just have to figure out your priorities and hold to them.

Family is definitely a priority for me. It’s way high on that list. The only thing higher is following God’s will for my life. But then again He often tells me to stay with my family so they often become one in the same.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and mention that I am indeed still out here. I’m still writing. I have a finished book to edit as well as another story idea to develop. Actually a few story ideas. I have the second and third books in the Gem Circle Trilogy (yes that’s the series that book I just finished is part of) as well as a completely new story idea with some new characters that I have just met myself. It’s going to be fun in my little corner of the writing world.

Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll try to keep posting at least weekly. Just remember this one last idea: I like feedback and I get very encouraged by it. :)
~Author Faerie

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Well, many have doubted this task. Including myself. But nevertheless, my book is done! Finished, completed, whatever verb you would like to use here. Book 1 of my trilogy is done!

Now I simply have to take at least 2 weeks off, then edit for plot holes, then grammar errors, and then start trying to query agents or go for self publishing. So maybe it’s not completely finished yet. But finishing draft one is fully done and that is a major accomplishment for anyone!

A lot of people have been asking me what I’m going to do next.

Honestly, I’m not sure yet. This book (Sacrifice) is part of at least a trilogy (The Gem Circle Trilogy). I won’t start book 2 until book 1 is being sent out to agents or even after that. I have some other story ideas in my head I could work on. Some related to the series like side stories of other characters. Some stories with a whole new set of characters, settings, and plots. I may even take a break from writing novels and focus my time on this blog or some other nonfiction ideas. I will continue writing though in some form somewhere.

Thank you so much for everyone who encouraged me. I really would not have even gotten this far without all of you.

Happily looking forward
~Author Faerie

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