Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dinner Time!

No words written yet. It was such a beautiful day this afternoon, after work I took a long walk and I just thought dumb thoughts and listened to my music.

It was great!

Now it's time for dinner and then American Idol and then two hours of voting for Anoop but I've got to get my page in before midnight! So I might not vote... constantly. But I will vote a lot.

Alright, here we go.

Ooo ooo ooooooooooooooo baby baby

I've had that song in my head since Anoop sang it last week. It is so beautiful. But I'm also grateful there will be another show tonight so Anoop can sing another song that will get in my head because I'm kind of sick of it.

Anyway, I'm at work right now. But inbetween actually working, I like to do my own thing. I'm googling YA sports novels. The novel I'm working is centered around a high school Varsity basketball team in an affulent, mostly white suburb. I love writing about basketball the most because I played it in high school but I was never on varsity, or a boy, or especially talented/driven or white... so it's different. But... I enjoy writing it.

So I need some direction, some examples. Especially with action sequences and locker talk and stuff. It's hard writing out all the noise that's happening in the locker room because everyone likes to talk a lot, althought my protag, he's kind of a quiet person. But everyone else is talking. How do I distinguish all of these voices so that everyone doesn't sound the same? These are things I think about.

But it's a first draft so you keep on writing. Sucky first drafts. Did I mention I don't like revision either? haha

So I think I'm gonna check out this book called Waiting to Score by JE MacLeod. It's by a woman! The cover is not one I like (I don't like covers with big ol' faces on them because I think it's dorky) but don't judge a book by it's cover! I think it's something I need to check out.

That means running to the library! I have to save my money. The last two books I bought were Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (very good and sad, kinda gut-wrenching, made me feel a bit crazy at times) and Paper Towns by John Green (which I still haven't finished... for some reason. I tend to get distracted in the middle of books. I'm ADD).

Boo, it's not in the library. What kind of middling library does this town have! Well, we'll see about that.

The other book I'm working is called Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. The last writing book I read was Self Editing for Fiction Writers, which was a good read and helpful. It gives you concrete things to think about while writing.

Well, back to the grind.

It is too easy...

... to add freaking blogs to this thing. Makes you feel all accomplished. Google, copy URL, paste and click add. Wow. Why am I so smart and awesome? I mean, really.

I should be going to bed. Gotta get up at 8 (okay, 8:15) tomorrow. Another work day. blah blah blah.

But at least it's Tuesday, which means American Idol!

Yay! Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer.

Wanted to paste this I wanna follow her blog, but she's got it all fancy and integrated.

Good work everyone.

3/30/09 Word/Page Count

Today was a little less productive. But I made my page! And that's the goal.

Words: 1,923
Pages: 5

I'm watching Twilight the Movie. It's a little boring.

Twilight, it's not the kind of thing I'd want to write myself, but I have to admire Stephanie Meyer. To put all those ideas down on paper and follow them through and have the guts to get out there and try to show them to the world... I mean, that takes a lot. So good for her. Now she's all rich and famous. You can't help but feel a little jealous.

How do these authors pump out like two (or more) books a year? Yikes!

haha. "You better hold on tight, Spidermonkey."

"It's beautiful."
"It's the skin of a killer!"

Monday, March 30, 2009

Blog Roll

I decided for inspiration, I'm going to follow all these YA author blogs. It seems like every YA author has a blog. So it's a lot to find. And I didn't get too far before I got kind of overwhelmed. I think I need to pick this up later.

Anyway, the word count for today is going well. Ugh, first drafts are so annoying. Why do they always suck? See, I think the best thing to do is just push on through the suckage. Because it's going to suck for a long time. In fact, I never know if what I'm writing is ever going to be good.

I guess that's the fun of it!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

3/29/09 Word/Page Count

3446 words
9 pages

This was a good night. I might write some more. Or I might read. I'm not sure yet.

Remember. A page a day!

So far... Failure

Okay, I haven't written my one page yet. But that ends today. I decided when it's time to write my one page, I'm gonna sit at my table, in a real chair, instead of on the couch in front of the TV. I didn't even do this when I was writing my Master's Thesis! But you know what? If I want writing to be my job, I have to treat it as such.

So along with writing a Page-A-Day I decided that my goal is to finish a draft of a novel by September 1st. Do you think I can do it?

You betcha!

I'll keep you updated.

Back to writing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Welcome to Summer's Page-A-Day Novel Club

I've been saying for years that I want to write a novel. I'm not a bad writer (not saying that I'm amazing, or even good, just not bad) and I don't experience writer's block. My problem is that I'm a lazy writer. Very very lazy. And everyone knows that if you want to be a writer the first thing you have to do is actually write! Well that's the hardest part about the profession. So what I'm hoping to do here is to motivate myself to write a page a day of a novel. Just one page. And another page, if I feel so motivated. But at least one. So that's why I started this blog.

It motivates me to imagine that I actually have an audience so I'm going to pretend that people read this blog and I'll write daily about my progress and any other writer-ly or random thoughts I have.

So today is the first day of Page-A-Day goal of the Page-A-Day Novel Club! I am the president, CEO and only member. It'll be an interesting day to get a page in because American Idol comes on tonight and then I have to vote for a couple of hours, but I'll get it done.

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