Joyful sadness surrounded me as I typed the last words of my NaNoWriMo 2015 project. When I made the decision to participate in this year's event (after not participating for the last couple years), my intentions were to get the story of Bethany Clarke out of my head. Well, Bethany surprised me. I believe in all the NaNo projects I've ever completed, this one brought out more emotions in a 24 day span than I have experienced in a year.
I am excited to continue Bethany's story, polish it, and send it out into the world. And who knows where she will go?
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Happy NaNoWriMo 2015.
Author Savannah Rose
So, thought I'd pop in and give everyone a little update on my NaNoWriMo progress. After a day or two of bed rest (back problems), I am thrilled to say that I have crossed the halfway mark. Over 26,000 words written so far.
It's Day 2 of NaNoWriMo 2015. How is everyone participating doing? Yesterday was a very productive day for me. I not only was able to write 2021 words for my first day, I have a clearer idea of where Bethany Clarke is going to take me in "Bethany's Promise".
I won't post every single day word counts but I do plan to pop in at least once or twice a week to blog about my experience.
Wishing everyone a productive and successful month of writing.
EUREKA! I finally figured it out. Last night as I sat in my home office, typing up some rewrites on "Sunrise Sisterhood", my mind kept wandering.
Over the past month, or even longer, I've had this little voice in my head whispering scenes and scenarios. She wants her story told and I want to tell it but just didn't quite have enough to begin. Last night the pieces of her puzzle started connecting.
I've learned throughout the years of writing to not rush a story. As I get pieces of information, I start a notebook and review that notebook every so often. Usually, within a couple of weeks or so, the story starts to reveal itself and the writing process begins. Sometimes a story line may come together in a day where other times it could take a year or more. I just go with the flow.
When I made the final decision to participate in NaNoWriMo 2015, I didn't have a clue as to what I'd write. I had several story ideas but nothing that would allow me to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I've been working on notes for a ten book series, but I'm still not ready to begin anything other than character outlines on those. (The characters are a little shy right now... ;) ).
During the month of November, I'll introduce you to Bethany Anne Clarke. She's the little voice insisting her story be told. And that's exactly what I plan to do. Thank you Bethany for helping me out with NaNo and I can't wait for everyone to get to know you.
Well, it's almost that time again. NaNoWriMo Time! As most authors know, November is National Novel Writing Month. For the past couple years, I didn't participate (for one reason or another). This November, I'm all about NaNo.
I know it's only October 12th, but for those on a deadline or working a 40 hour week job (me, me, ME!) we need all the planning time and inspirational pep talk we can get.
To all my author friends, how many of you plan to participate in NaNoWriMo 2015? (Raise your hands high, please.)
And to all my non-author friends, if you know someone participating in this November event, please encourage them to keep going until they've reached their goal of 50,000 (or more) words in 30 days.
Wow! It's amazing how quickly time goes by. It's like I blink and a month (or a few) has passed. Just to keep you all up-to-date, I've been working on revising and editing manuscripts. Now, I'm working on query letters. And hopefully in the months ahead, I'll be ready to send my babies out to some agents (praying every single day that I've not done this all in vain). Scared crazy is not a strong enough description of the state of mind I'm experiencing but it's about time I finally move to the next step.
The realization that I've let another year go by and haven't really moved any closer to the goal I set for myself five years ago is a little heartbreaking. BUT, I will NOT give up.
Over the past fifteen years (or more), I've worked on seven novels. I self-published these novels as e-books. Some did very well, others didn't. Some people felt the need to publish nasty reviews that had nothing to do with the manuscript(s) but more (now I know) with me, the author. However, there were some useful reviews criticizing my writing, grammar, etc. I've taken those reviews to heart and removed the novels to focus on re-writes. Boy, were some of those reviews correct. I've taken the last year to study published authors' work, re-read through several books on writing novels, then revised six of the seven novels (after an author mental breakdown and loss of my confidence).
So, it's back to blogging. Working on building my platform. Focusing on sending out query letters. And creating new characters, southern towns, and love stories.
Over the last year, I've felt lost--miserably lost. As for the future? New goals are written in ink. A new vision has been revealed to me. I'm still, somewhat, confused but not as much as before. The term (as bad as I hate to use it) YOLO is now a part of my morning routine pep talk. I've reached the conclusion, if the good Lord allowed me to wake for another day, I would NOT waste it.
As for living with electricity, food, running water, and satellite television I must continue the day job I started thirteen years go (and, hopefully, will complete in twelve). As for my sanity--I'll continue to create characters, beautiful southern towns, and love stories. And hopefully along the way, I'll learn to schedule more time to share my experiences through this blog with all of you--my blogger buds.
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Yes. It's true. I am finally sitting in my home office (actually working on more edits). Seems strange but so comforting.
For those with your heads cocked sideways wondering why this is strange...it's been several months since I've sat in my home office. Da Hubs took over my comfy office chair and desk whenever he started back classes at our local community college. He won't start back classes until August so I get my turn until then.
So, I've had a few inquiries about the status of my blog. Yes, it's still active. Yes, I'm still writing. Yes, I'm still breathing...
These days I'm either at my day job, resting from my day job, or trying to figure out how to organize my life a little better (while at my day job). So until I find my mojo, my muse, and a cleaning/organizing service, I'll try to pop in from time to time and read some fellow bloggers' posts, add a comment or two, and even write up a quick post of my own. Until then, you can catch me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/authorsavannahrose
Hello...my name is Angela. My pen name is Savannah Rose. Welcome to my blog: Author Savannah Rose. I'll post happenings from my tiny ranch house and a little about my experience as an Indie Author. Please feel free to comment on any post (but try to keep it PG people, I have grand children...lol).