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NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is only 2 days away! I just learned about this amazing crazy month about, well…a month ago! I decided not to cheat and use this as an opportunity to edit my current novel, but as a way to get a new idea down on paper. I’ve had this idea for a long time, but have not wanted to work on any other novel but my current piece that I decided to not the idea down and save it for after I’ve finished my first novel.

Once I found out the rules for National Novel Writing Month, writing a brand new, 50,000 word book from scratch opened the door wide for me to be able to get out my first “shitty draft” (to quote Anne Lamott) of this new idea while still keeping my first novel as my main focus. 50,000 words is extremely intimidating! EXTREMELY! 

I did discover, in a dry run using a writing prompt, that it may be doable. I sat down with a timer, my writing prompt (thank you Reddit!), and my laptop. I set the timer for an hour and began! I was able to write 2,379 words in that hour!! I was shocked because when the timer went off, I was sure I had under 1,000. I had stopped so many times to think up the right word or the right way to continue that I knew I had wasted precious writing seconds. I guess I was wrong.

I wanted to experiment with an hour because I was recently in a car accident that caused a bad concussion and has limited my ability to be on my computer for long periods of time. I know that spending more than an 1-2 hours a day is unrealistic at this point so I wanted to see if I could come even close to the 50,000 mark on 30 days. Maybe I can! Maybe if I give myself a set schedule and stick to it, maybe, just maybe I can get out my first shitty draft of a new novel that will be ready to revisit in a few months for editing!

Participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments or add me as a writing buddy on NaNoWriMo.org. My author name is rwfranklin. If I can do it, so can you! Let’s keep each other accountable and give each other the encouragement we need!

I think my notebook cover says it best:

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Preparing For My First Conference

I signed up for my first conference and am very excited about it. After making the decision to attend, I realized that I had no idea what I would need to take with me, what I should do while I’m there, or how to prepare to make the best of the event. The particular conference I am going to is a one day conference. I’m looking forward to learning from the speakers and meeting others in the writing community! Since I am new to this experience and needed some help, I started researching. I found that there is quite a bit more than taking a notebook and pen.

According to my research, if I really want to make it count, I need to go on a mini shopping trip. I already have my business cards printed and ready to go (YAY!).

I have a notebook and a reasonably sturdy bag, but I hadn’t even thought about making sure I bring a backup pen or that my pen is completely full. Breath mints…tissues…a folder? Why hadn’t I thought of those things? Oh yeah…because I’ve never done this before.

In case you’ve been in the same situation as me, below are a few links that helped me and I hope they help you!

 

Hopefully, with the help of these articles, I’ll be well prepared for tomorrow’s conference!

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Memory Lane

I took a trip down memory lane tonight and found two manuscripts that I wrote when I was 14. I was blown away to find that I even had one of them in its original, handwritten form!

The storyline isn’t great. The grammar is sloppy. There are plot holes everywhere! What was I thinking? Oh that’s right! I was 14…I wasn’t thinking too hard about anything.

I’ve always loved writing. I really don’t know what took me so long to realize it should be my career! Maybe one day I’ll bring these old, hole-riddled and sloppy manuscripts back to life with a few (ok…A LOT) of editing.

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Set Backs

Over the past couple of months I’ve been experiencing a few set backs. Unforseen events caused me to have to take off of work for a couple weeks and also haulted my writing. This saddens me because writing is what I love to do. I’ve tried to get a few words down from time to time, but now I feel so out of whack and out of sync. I know it’s going to be a struggle getting back into my routine, but hopefully the struggle lessens quickly.

What do you do when your writing has to put on hold? What sort of things do you do to get back into the habit? Let me know in the comments!

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Frustration With Pages – No More!

If you stopped in last week, you may have seen my “Frustration With Pages” blog post. I don’t know what changed in the last week or if I just didn’t wait long enough for my website to update, but things are now working exactly how I want them to work. I was frustrated all week thinking about my blog page not working and not having the time to work on it. I finally had time this morning to log in and check it out. What a welcome surprise to find it working exactly how it should! This opened up time for me to work on other aspects of my website (like finally getting my “About Me” page written and linked).

I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to focus on my writing over the next few weeks as this new course I started is quite intense. Sadly, it will be taking up the majority of my non-working hours. I keep telling myself only another 15 months and I’ll be finished with my Associates degree. After that I will have so much more time to dedicate to writing! I caught a glimpse of that a few weeks ago when I was off school for a week. I can’t believe how much time is freed up when I don’t have to focus on school! I just need to keep my end goal in mind and push through.

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Frustration With Pages

So I’ve been working on this site almost every day. I have the setup I want:

  • A landing page to display the most important information.
  • Links to other pages that will be helpful.
  • An updated theme with my own photo.

Only problem – I can’t figure out my “blog” page. I’ve been Googling and researching like crazy and I don’t get how I can just create a post and have it show up on my “blog” page. I’m sure there’s some way to do it because every tutorial I’ve seen so far says to do exactly what I did. So how do other people make it work??? I use WordPress for my site. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new author page! I’m just starting out and learning as I go so please bare with me as I try to figure all this out.

Who am I: I am a young, aspiring author. I am trying to learn everything I can and enjoy writing more than I enjoy almost anything else in this world. I currently live with my husband and have a beautiful daughter. I work in IT full-time as well as go to school (for IT) full-time. I know, I know. “Why are you going to school for IT if what you want to do is write?” I started school before it fully dawned on me that I could make writing a full-time career. Now that I’ve realized that, I’m a little too far into the program to change things (not to mention my employer is paying for my classes so there’s that as well).

What am I working on: Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time researching everything I can about writing and what it takes to become a published author and to make it a full-time gig. What really prompted this, however, is a book I’ve been working on for about 4 years now. It’s a young adult book about a self-aware robot searching for answers to the mysterious disappearance of her maker. I also write miscellaneous things on another blog I have (An Attempt At Release)

What to Expect: I will be posting updates when I write a little more in my book. I’ll probably also post links to my other blog when I feel what I’ve written on there is really interesting.

What other ways can you reach me: I now have a few social media sites set up to promote my work. You can reach me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and through my Contact Me page.

Please don’t judge me too harshly for how bare my pages are. I just set these up yesterday and hope to work on them a bit more everyday. I look forward to learning from other authors and if you have any advice, feel free to comment below or contact me directly! Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to get to know me a bit more!