“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Institute of Children's Literature

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from the Institute of Children's Literature and they wanted me to do an aptitude test and send in some of my work. I was wondering, because you're all writers as well, if you've heard about this, and if so, do you know if it's a scam? I'm obviously not going to pay $600 for a course - especially if it's not a legit one at that. So I was really just wanted your opinion. It would be cool if it was real though, and they could help guide you on the path to becoming a published author. I always wanted to be a teacher and to have my own published books in my class. How amazing would that be?

Even if this is a scam, it was enough of a sign to kick my fingers into gear to keep on writing. I've been so incredibly busy, that I haven't been writing as much as I hoped..especially when it came to NaNoWriMo. I'm almost to 20,000 words, but we only have a week left. Not sure if I can finish in that time. How are you all doing if you're still in the competition. I think the hard part to, is that I'm working on the novel that is the "real deal" for me, not just some story to get to 50,000 words with. I've made it past 50,000 words on stories I didn't care about in the past, so I'm sure I could've done it. But I want this one to not be rushed. That's probably why people start from scratch in this competition. Maybe if I start all over I'd have a better shot at it ;) Who knows!

All I know is, I need to get more into this again, because I don't want this dream to float away.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

Lately I've been really missing my step-father. I haven't done so well with writing as of late either, and I'm not so sure. I'm also not sure I'm going to accomplish my goal for the NaNoWriMo...so I'm sorry I haven't posted in such a long time with an update. There might still be hope, but I'm not sure!

Maybe it's because it's the holidays...but I found the song that is in the Phantom of the Opera: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. These are the lyrics to the beautiful song:

You were once my one companionYou were all that matteredYou were once a friend and fatherThen my world was shatteredWishing you were somehow here againWishing you were somehow nearSometimes it seemed if I just dreamedSomehow you would be here

Wishing I could hear your voice againKnowing that I never wouldDreaming of you won't help me to doAll that you dreamed I couldPassing bells and sculpted angelsCold and monumental seem, for you the wrong companionsYou were warm and gentle

Too many years fighting back tearsWhy can't the past just die?Wishing you were somehow here againKnowing we must say, "Goodbye"Try to forgive, teach me to liveGive me the strength to tryNo more memories, no more silent tearsNo more gazing across the wasted yearsHelp me say, "Goodbye"Help me say, "Goodbye"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Decided


So as you all know by now, I've decided to do NaNoWriMo! At first I had a little bit of an attitude thinking, "Oh my...this will be a cinch. No battle." Yea, is it okay to apologize for that attitude? This is no easy task. In fact, it's already stressing me out and it's only day 3.

However, something good truly came from this experience already. I was trying to hard to start from scratch, but because last month was so stressful/busy, I feel as though my creativity was somewhat dried up. I realized, that I haven't gone very far with my main novel - so it pretty much is like starting from scratch. I've been waiting for the perfect moment to really sit down and write this story. Um, hello! I have 30 days to write 50,000 words! That's dedication and determination right there in a box. This is the opportunity I need. I realized that NaNoWriMo is truly for the writer alone. It's a goal you make and hope in the end, the goal is in fact met. Well, I decided I'm finally going to finish this novel. Obviously it will be more than 50,000. And it definitely is going to be messy, but hey, it's a first draft! That's the point. Then after the 30 days are up, I can really work on making it better with editing and clean it up quite a bit. But this time limit will really force me to get over the writing barriers I've faced with this story and just move along with it.

I'm still not going to share this title or much information about it, because this is the story I'd like to publish, so I have to be somewhat secretive. But certain people who I need guidance from, I'll share! Also, I'll share when the competition is done and I really need help editing the story.

I need to learn how to copyright my work, does anyone know how to do that? Because it's important and needs to happen ASAP - especially if I start sharing my work.

For someone who loves writing, I feel like I'm such a newbie to the writing atomoshere. You know how some people have personal shoppers? I need a personal helper when it comes to writing. I guess in the writing world they call those types of people: agents. So maybe that should be the next step. But I thought you needed to be done at least with a first draft before you attain an agent. If that's the case, then I can do so after the NaNoWriMo. Right?

This is a good decision for me, and actually made me ten times more excited - but with that excitement, I'm actually kind of nervous.

This is the real deal. I'm going to be throwing myself on the line; at least I know it'll be worth it in the end.

So from time to time, I'll be definitely writing more about my progress this month in the competition. I'll let you know what's happening in my world!!

Here's one statement: as of right now, I have: 8,603 words on my story!! That's pretty much all from the last 3 days. That's not as good as I'd like, but I feel like if I can at least get to 10,000 words today - then I'll be successful. I also need to keep it up daily.

Wish me luck!!