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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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So I said I was trying to find a replacement for Scrivener in Celtx. Well, Celtx isn’t working out for me. It is made to help screenwriters and if I wrote screenplays, I would probably like it a lot better. But for novels it just doesn’t cut it. I tried to use the storyboard feature for my outline and it worked once I got used to how they had it set up. And their note cards are alright. Nothing special there. But then I went to start actually writing and deleted some of the screenplay formatting and my note cards all went away. Now I could find ways around all of these issues but when I have to pay more attention to working around things than actual writing, it was time for a new program. So Celtx didn’t cut it for me. But it does have some good stuff so maybe you’ll have better luck with it than I did. Especially if you do write screenplays.

I spent a few hours in some threads on my favorite writing site, Scribophile and decided to give yWriter a chance. Right of the bat I get a good vibe because they suggest Scrivener for Mac users (yWriter isn’t yet available for Mac, I guess). So I read through the introduction page and the guy seems promising by knowing programming and has used his own creation to write books. So I’m trying it out. I’ve been with it for only a day and a few hours but within the first few minutes it beat out Celtx. The user interface (everything you see when you turn on a program) is very simple and easy to fin things. It still isn’t as great as Scrivener but I doubt I’ll ever find something as wonderful as that. At least it works and is getting me writing again without too much focus on the features. But who knows what may happen after a while.

What writing program(s) do you use, how many have you tried and have you settled on anything yet?

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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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Oh crap!

Well, I did it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year.

What is NaNoWriMo? Google it! Actually no, I’ll sum it up for you: Starting November 1 at midnight, insane writers from all over challenge themselves to complete a 50,000-word novel before November 30 runs out.

My problem? I have no idea what I’m getting myself into! I have only a week left to figure out what I will be working on this next month! A week to decide, outline, gather coffee and stock up on extra sleep before the frenzy begins. What have I done? Someone help me.

~Author Faerie

PS Join me?

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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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