Monday, October 26, 2009

Title, Genre and Summary

I've decided on a working title and summary for my NaNoWriMo novel. (Drumroll, please...)


Title: The Great Elation
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Summary:

It's the year 2033, five years after the worst stock market crash in the history of the United States, topping even the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Computers are nearly impossible to find, internet even harder. Half of the once secure world has plunged into a lifestyle almost identical to the lifestyle of the First Great Depression's victims. With the whole world starving and scavenging for clothes, the talents of a writer, a greaser, an aviator, a special agent, a wolf, and a book publisher aren't very well appreciated. Extraordinary circumstances bring all of them together when they accept positions on a ship bound for another world...another land....it could almost be another time. Friendships will be built, enemies made, but most of all, each of the members aboard the ship Danger will go on an adventure that changes their very core...the way they view the world...it might even change their lives.


My comments:

On the title:

I'm sorry, I can't tell you anything about the title. It would completely give away important parts of the novel.

On the genre and summary:

This I can tell you about. It's science fiction because I'm taking some liberties with science (like science fiction does) and it's fantasy because there are lots of things in this book that couldn't actually happen. Probably. I'm sort of introducing you to an alternate reality, but you have to accept it as the reality in the book. You never know what might happen in the future. ;) You probably picked up from the summary that it is a futuristic novel, and you might have also noticed something about the greatest stock market crash ever. The book is futuristic because it takes place in the future, but it's historical because a lot of things in the future have changed to resemble the past, including lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment forms.

On the cast of characters and the ship, you'll just have to wait. Thanks for reading!
Anna

More NaNoWriMo Stuff:

Okay, so in case no one has figured it out yet, I'm offering up lots of stuff that I think is interesting or cool or helpful about NaNoWriMo this year.

I was messing around some on the website today (I even updated my Novel Information...finally) and a few minutes ago I went to find the Young Writer's Program.

Wow.

I still count as a Young Writer, but I wasn't aware that the Young Writer's sight was so much cooler than the regular one, so I just signed up on the main site. Those of you who are going to do NaNoWriMo and haven't signed up yet (and are 17 or younger) should totally sign up on the Young Writer's sight. It has a bunch of cool stuff (including help books you can read for free online from elementary to high school age ...I was looking at the high school one, and even if you're past high school, it has a lot of helpful stuff in it. Some of it even seems more fun and interesting than the more professional No Plot? No Problem! Handbook.) and a Dare Machine which dares you to do something or other in your book when you get stuck. It even has a game, which I can't play because I'm signed up on the main site. :( anyway, it is definitely worth checking out. Explore it! Enjoy it, even if you're not signed up there. The free handbooks are a goodie that should be taken advantage of!
Anna

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fast and Furious

November is approaching. Which mean NaNoWriMo is speeding toward us participating writers, fast and furiously. Ooooh. *shivers of anticipation*

I'm very excited! But I am beginning to wonder if I have my mind set...am I ready for 2000 words a day on a novel I hardly know for thirty days? A very busy thirty days, I might add. Let's hope so. This fall stuff just keeps piling on. My art bug is back. My writing bug is always around (plus I have writing classes now) and would you believe it? My music bug showed up! How dare it! But it did, and now I have to deal with it. I bought new strings for Teddy (that's my violin. Theodore. :D ) and I need to get him restrung...unfortunately I don't know how to do that, but I know people that do, or I can go have it restrung by professionals, or my brothers might could help me figure it out.

I'm reading Chris Baty's NaNoWriMo help book (No Plot? No Problem!) but it's about to be shoved aside for the weekend, because I'm going to start Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer later this afternoon after I finish school. :D Soon I'll post book and movie reviews, possibly music reviews, and during November you may get writing snippets and/or excerpts from the products of Writing Workshop, my NaNoWriMo Novel, or Rhetoric Assignments. No promises, though. I've never posted anything on this blog....and I really don't know how many people actually read it. Not many, I don't think, at least, not any more. No one comments much, these days!
Anna

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Setting a Timer

I cannot remember the name of the lady that suggested setting a timer for fifteen minutes and cleaning until it went off. But it's a good idea. You can get a whole lot done in fifteen minutes - more than you would probably think. Just setting aside time is the trick.

I've thought about how useful this would be for short writing increments during the day. Even five minutes. This blog post from Write A Better Novel is really helpful.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Short Sentence

Reading Twilight, Harry Potter, The Circle Trilogy, and A Writer Writes...Sometimes makes me realize that a short sentence can be extremely powerful when I'm writing. Not that I never use them...it's just something to think about. I write a lot of sentences to get my point across, often wordy. I don't think they're too bad, but a lot of the time, I'll say the same thing several times in a row to make sure I get the point across the way I want it to be taken, (even though most people don't get to see much of my book while I'm working on it...I've only shared a few pages thus far) I'm writing like it's going to be read, sometime. Of course, long sentences can be useful to. Are all you NaNoWriMo participants getting pumped? Cause I am!

Friday, October 9, 2009

NaNoWriMo

Write a Better Novel

Fiction Matters


For writers that are participating in NaNoWriMo this year, these blog posts are worth checking out.

The Fiction Matters post discusses making writing a habit, and how much to write, and stuff like that. For myself, I have to say that I set myself I high goal (which I have not been doing the past few weeks, but I'm starting to try to get back into it. Over about two weeks or so, maybe two and a half, I reached five completed chapters. I know, that doesn't sound like a whole lot, but I also got about three quarters or two thirds of an extremely long chapter done. Granted, some of those days I would copy and past some material from my previous draft that I still wanted in there, but I felt like I was doing pretty well, with that resource and just with rewriting so much.

Basically, you have to set yourself a goal every day, a goal that you think you can reach, or know you can reach. I know that I can reach 2000 words a day, even though I'm going to sweat a little on the days when I have cough all that up fresh without anything from an old draft. It's not really easy though. It's a challenge to do that, but I still can, and this way my book grows a whole lot faster than just writing randomly whenever I feel like it. If I force myself, I get in the mood, and even if what I write is really awful, I still have it there. I can refine or rewrite or cut it later; there might be a few golden lines of dialogue. And I don't always write a bunch of junk, a lot of the time, I get stuff I'm really pleased with! But I think I'll get lots of junk when I do NaNoWriMo, because there's no way I can know the characters as well as the ones from my current book, which I've been working on and changing and rewriting for three or four years. The point of NaNoWriMo isn't to write Pulitzer Prize winning stuff though. It's just to write 50,000 words, no matter how bad they are. It'll still make your writing better. Writing every day makes your writing better, which is why I need to go back to my 2000 words a day on my book until November gets here, and then I'll do 2000 words a day on the NaNoWriMo book.

Sorry, these thoughts are random, scattered, and unorganized. Just pretend like it's good stuff that helps! :D
Anna

Wednesday, October 7, 2009