A few weeks ago, I stopped working on The King’s Son. I had been rewriting the third draft for close to a year and had hoped to get it done in the next couple of months, but the words became too difficult to get out. Sometimes I would sit for five hours and produce nothing more than a page or two – a few times only a paragraph or two. It was painful and unenjoyable, and I couldn’t do it anymore. Continue reading
Last night I was speaking to a friend of mine about how I choose the names my characters. She, too, is a writer and is having some difficulty with what to call the protagonist in one of her stories. She thought she had picked a name she liked, but later realized that she was wrong. She even went so far as to say the name annoys her. And she wanted to know what she could do about it.
I told her my process. It’s actually pretty simple one, I think. Though it does involve a little trial and error.
I write until I come upon the name that feels right.
Recently, I spent 3 months in Ecuador. There was no particular reason I chose to go. I guess I just thought if would be nice.
For the most part, it was. The part that wasn’t so nice was when I had my computer and camera stolen out from underneath my feet on a bus during the day. Yes, that’s right: during the day!
I had fallen asleep for a bit and the people behind me reached underneath my seat and took my bag. After they had taken what they wanted, they put it back. They even filled it with water bottles in case I picked it up. Then they got off at a town along the way before I noticed. Be careful if you ever go there.
But that story isn’t why I wanted to write this post. My intention was to show some photos I took of the beautiful town of Vilcabamba.
I stayed there for two weeks at a hostel that doubles as a yoga retreat. For $10 a day I got a bed in a 6-bed dorm and free yoga every morning. It was definitely a great experience. The hostel is called Izhcayluma, if you’re interested.
But, again, that isn’t the point of this post. So let me just put up the photos before I get side-tracked again.
The Fall colours have been beautiful this year in Toronto. I thought I’d post a few photos I took over the past few weeks. I still haven’t figured out how to use my new camera properly (a Ricoh GRII), but I think the shots I took are pretty good. Enjoy.
I’m trying to work my way through Writer’s Block. I’ve read a bunch of posts about how I should calm myself or go out for a walk. I’ve practiced calming techniques and told myself not to worry. The truth, however, is that I don’t think much of it is working.
My story has been closed off to me. Continue reading
I thought I’d start posting some of my photography. I’m not sure if I’m going to get into much of an explanation of it, though. Just an image every now and again. Of course, if you have any questions be sure to ask. 🙂
It’s official: Nanowrimo has beaten me.
I was doing pretty well with it for a while. I was behind my word quota, but not by much. I easily could have caught up before the deadline.
But there were a few things going against me and they eventually won out. Continue reading
Nanowrimo is interesting this year. I’ve decided to do a rewrite instead of a completely new story. But here’s the thing: I’m actually adding a lot of new stuff to the story I have.
I never did that before in rewrites. I tried to stick to the original manuscript as much as possible. I would focus on improving dialogue and character development. I would look for inconsistencies and errors. But I wouldn’t actually add anything to the story.
It’s new for me. Continue reading
As Nanowrimo approaches, there is a lot of buzz going around. I’ve read blog posts on things you need to do to accomplish writing your 50,000 words. That has ranged in everything from where you write and what you eat to mapping out your plot and working on your character development. I’ve also read posts on how anxious people are about hitting that word-goal. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get it done and is most definitely daunting!
Personally, I’ve done Nanowrimo four times and was a winner three of them because I ditched one year’s project to work on something else. I’ve also done the Nanorwimo style of writing (50,000 words in one month) to write three other books (not in November).
This isn’t to brag. It’s simply to let you know that the Nanowrimo style of writing has worked for me.
And there’s really only two things I’ve followed each time: the first is to focus on the word count; the second is to have fun.
It seems simple enough. And I honestly believe that it is. Continue reading
Part One of “The King’s Son” is done. It took me a lot longer than I had expected. It was also a lot more gut-wrenching. I struggled a lot. But with the support of friends and family and a particular friend/editor (Lisa, I’m so thankful for all of your help!) I was able to get through it. At least for now. I’ll still need to do another quick read-through for pacing and proofing, but the main part is done. Continue reading