Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New years Goals

It's that time of the years. New Year’s.

Honestly, I haven't written or given myself a new year’s resolution in a long, long time. I think the last one I ever gave myself was to lose weight in high school.

Yeah.

Well anyways. I think it’s about high time I give it another shot. Not with something frivolous, but something that I can actually check off and complete.
A business plan, as Marissa Meyer would say in her blog post.
So, as follows are my personal goals for 2013:
-Edit and Revise my current MS
-Query/ Submit to Agents
- Work on new project Unrestful Prince
- Brainstorm and outline MS #2
-Read- A lot-
It may not seem like much, but it’ll keep me busy. It’s never good to OVER GOAL yourself. Then you’ll feel overwhelmed and try to get too many things done and end up with nothing done.
Baby steps~

Monday, December 10, 2012

Write for you, because only you matter

So I finished the first draft of my book today. Finally. *insert applause here*

Some may find this isn't a big deal. People write books all the time. And that may be true. But it's also true that people try to write books and don't finish.
It's really hard to finish. It's hard not to give up, not to get bored or become lazy or get a new shiny idea and run off with it.

Some amazingly talented people try to write books. And though they have fans and the means to make a great book. They might have one thing lacking: Discipline.

Self-discipline. It seems so simple, yet it's really hard. It's hard to stay on a diet when someone is offering you a delicious, warm, straight-out-of-the-oven-fresh bakes cookie.

When I was in school. I met some amazingly talented artists. They were great and interesting, while I was dull and average compared. But I had the motivation to complete all my assignments and, though I wasn't the best. I graduated. Of course most of the talented people did too. But there were those few, whoe if they just FINISHED thier amazing final animation, they would be graduating and getting into studios and makign great things.

I may not be that talented in writing, but I have a talent in self-discipline.

When I was younger, my gramma didn’t care if I went to school. She was bored, disabled and lonely, so the company would be fine for her.
But I went anyways. I made myself go to school. Because if I didn’t, no one else would.
Not many people know that I'm writing a book. There's no one breathing down my neck or asking about it. And even the family members that I mentioned it to don't even ask about it. It's not that they care, it's just that everyone and their uncle talk about doing something that never ends up happening. Just look at Brian from Family guy. (Actually, I think he finally finished his book recently lol)

But I wrote it anyway.

Because I wrote it for myself.

It seems like such a simple thing. But it's really not. When you do something for yourself, you can brush it off more easily than when you're doing something for others.

It's harder to be selfish and take time for yourself and do something that's just for you. You write for yourself first.

You write for you.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nanowrimo

It's that time of the year again.
Yup. Nanowrimo. (Click the picture to go to my profile~ )

This year will be the second year attempting to do it.
I believe the last time I tried was 2009? And I finished. And it was horrible. A horrible bunch of fillery crapola that I'm scared to even look at.

WELL! Not this year (hopefully) Because this year I plan to plan. Yes. Plan to plan.
Besides that, I'm reading up all the advice I can by Author's like:
Sarah J Mass  and Susan Dennard , who are posting writing advice during Nano. And Marissa Meyer, who will be sending out pep talks during the month. AAAAAND a few awesome YA author's have made a forum to help out! So you can "Ask a Publish YA Author!"

Now that I know I'm not a pantser, it's time to test my planner adilities and see if I can rock Nanowrimo 2012!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pantser Vs. Planner

So recently, I won the 2013 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market book, and as I read through all the interviews from my favorite Author's, I notice sometihng...

Tamora Pierce is a pantser!  I love her books, so pantsing must be the way to go!

But wait.

Marissa Meyer is a planner...I lover her books too...

What does this mean!?

A few years ago I swore I was a pantser. Then when I looked back at my 60K Draft, I noticed how crappy it was. It was like a blob of happenings and the like, with no straight plot or reasoning. So I started re-writting. I looked at it again. and more crap!  I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea where the story was or where it was going. I couldn't keep track of what I wrote and what I needed to write.

So I stopped. I took out a *gasp* notebook and a pen, and started summarizing all the chapters I had written and the ones I would need to add and then the ones I needed to completely re-write.

And it started to come together. Much better than before. I knew what I needed to add and take out and where the story would go and even how it would end.

I'm not a pantser... but a PLANNER!  What a revelation.

It's interesting to see all the different types of writers there are out there.

Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass) does all her planning through music, for example.

I wonder what other crazy wayf of plotting there is~

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bros

I love guys. I love guys in books. But moreover, I love guys in books that act like GUYS.

I'm not talking about those Edward Cullen guys in books. The nice guy that is oh-so hot and dreamy and nice and picks girls up when they some how sprain their ankle walking on a flat surface. And these guys have like one or two friends and they don't talk to each other at all like actual friends do, they're just there as an accessory or love triangle.

No.

I'm talking about guys that have guy friend that they're closer to than the girl could ever be.  Guys that have secret, silent conversations with just a look.

You know what I mean girls? When you're with your best friend. And you see a poster for a scarey movie and it looks so incredibly cheesey and awesome all rolled into one. All you do is look to her and raise your eye brow. With that one motion, you have a geek out explosion between the two of you. With just a look. And then you smirk. Because no one else knows.
Well. Guys have that too!

I bring this up because I just finished reading The Raven Boys; By: Maggie Stiefvater and I was just blown away by how amazingly awesome she can write males. Not just any type of males. These are bros. Bros over H- well, you know the saying.

Coming from someone who's friends growing up where more guys than girls, I've always felt a need for more believable guy guys in YA. There's always the bad-boy and the good-boy. Team blah VS. team Whatevs. But not in this book. I have a four way crush square going on with all the boys. (Ronan in the lead.)