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17,000 words = Slump City

I’m about 17,000 or so words into my WIP. I love writing up to that point- it’s exhilerating. However, I seem to hit my slump around 17,000-19,000 words. It just all seems to stop. (pesky WIP’s)

It’s like there’s a mental block or something. I know this story is good, and I want to complete it. I really do! It’s not neccessarily writer’s block, so I’m not sure how to define it, other than a slump. I’m really not sure how to get past it, other than adding new characters or description?

Any of you have this problem? Any solutions you would be willing to offer up?

I’m so ready for the weekend!! Hope everyone is having a good day 🙂

Never Forget…

My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost a loved one on September 11th. It’s also with the survivors and people who saved lives that day.

I think in some way we were all affected from that event- maybe even changed forever.
I’m not going to lie and say I agreed with the war that came after, or with the racial issues that were brought to the forefront, but it made me stop and think about what I’m thankful for, and how darn lucky I am to be alive.

I love this picture.

It’s my father-in-law’s birthday today so I will be spending it with the family. I hope you all have a good day also.

Long Time No Blog

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day!

I signed up for NanoWriMo… for the non-writers- it stands for National Novel Writing Month. (Love that pic over there) It takes place in November. Basically, you have the month of November to get 50,000 words. Those who do, get kudos and accolades, and a lot of words to work with. This will be my first attempt at this and I’m excited.
I’ve been twittering a lot lately with my #writegoal. So far, I’m at almost 17,000 words in my new WIP, Devil’s in the Details (working title, of course). It’s going well. I feel better with this MS than the last one. I plan on going back to the other story when this first draft is complete.
I’ll give you a quick synopsis… in case you were wondering (it’s not very good, but thought I would give it a try.)
Ella Johnson sold her soul to the devil for a lousy fifty cents, and she’s beginning to regret it. Her job in Hell is to nab souls and when she’s assigned to nab her own son, her real loyalty is tested. She’s given a new partner, an angel spy from heaven, who creates tension for the inhabitants of Hell. Will good win over evil, or will her son pay the ultimate price?
Okay. I know. It’s still in a very rough stage, but it felt good to get something out there.
What are you all working on right now? Anyone sign up for NanoWriMo this year?

How Do You Write Your First Draft?

I’ve been on a writing streak lately. It doesn’t happen very often so I’m thrilled about it. It got me thinking… I don’t write in chapters in the first draft. I also write sequentially. I’m not sure it works well, but I can’t seem to go out of order for some reason.

For me, there needs to be a flow to the whole draft, a fluidity.
So– how do you write your first drafts? In Chapters? In order? I’m curious how the other half writes.

MFA? Yay or Nay- I eat Hay, every day…

A little rhyming for a Tuesday. I’m at a crossroads here.

I need to further my education so my day job isn’t so infuriating. I was thinking of web design, going for an MFA-I have a bachelor in Journalism- or just taking some classes at community college until I figure something out.
I’m completely lost. I would love to try and freelance write, but I have no clue how to do it.
Anyone have any ideas? I know you can’t tell me what to do with my life- oh how I wish someone could sometimes- Just asking if any of you have an MFA, or web design, any freelancers out there?
*crickets chirp*