One of the unfortunate things about my disability is that it affects my ability to read. I can read words just fine, it is reading books that takes a bit out of me. Which is why I spent two days looking at Stephen King’s On Writing.
On Writing is an autobiography by Stephen King, but not in the tradition sense. It is a book dedicated to what made him a writer and what writing means to him. While he does go off on a tangent here and there, for the most part, it has a lot of good insight into the man and the craft.
A few months back, I got invited by a friend of mine, who helped me edit Terran Psychosis to do a special project. At the time it was more of an idea and to generate who was interested. The basic idea was to write a short story in 540 words (or less). When I say story, as was stipulated in the rules, is that it had to have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Me, I am a novelist. Tell me to give you a full story, I’ll request 54,000 words. How do I cram that into 540 words? Then again, I managed to tell a whole story with Terran Psychosis, and that was 10,000 words, and Scrapping By, which was 8,000 words. Also, back in April, I tried my hand at a few Drabbles, which is just 100 word stories.
In preparation for NaNo, I need to get back into a writer mindset. In the past I just read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and I was set. Due to my disability, I have to do a lot more work to do it. I actually did this yesterday, but ran out of time to write it up.
Stranger Than Fiction is one of my five favorite films of all time. It is a great movie that really explores writing, not a practical sense, but a mechanical one. It demonstrates a lot of the processes that we writers deal with, and some of the moral questions as well.
November 1st is soon upon us, and it is time for NaNoWriMo. Already been a year… what a year it has been. I published one book, which has great reviews. I have met a great number of people who have given me fantastic support. I rubbed elbow with authors, and I now have a voice within the community. A small one, but it is there.
It was last years NaNo that convinced me to become an author once more. I didn’t just complete it, I annihilated it. 50,000 words in 14 days. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I know I’ll get 50,000 words. Maybe in 40 days, maybe in 10 days.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is soon upon us and the forums are buzzing with posts about ideas people have, help others, discussing the written language, or sharing of their fears.
For me, NaNo is like the Little League World Series. Countries all over the world coming together to compete, except it is more like Golf, since this is more of an individual achievement than a team achievement. For some, it is a pathway to becoming a writer, others it is a hobby that is fun and challenging.
I know that posts for the IWSG is suppose to be the first Wednesday of the month, but I want to post my woes today I hope no one minds.
Yesterday, before I did the interview, I failed Kickstarter. It ran for 60 days. I was asking for $3000, and only made $212. I had 18 backers. My goal with Kickstarter was to raise money for me to properly publish my book and be able to generate an income from that so I could start getting the proper treatment I could for my disability.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mary Harner. A wonderful person who is getting their Masters in Physics and spends her time shooting lasers at stuff. When she’s not doing that, she is writing. She has released one book to the market so far with plans to do more. Her current book is Sandman.
Join me in interviewing Mary and understanding her method of writing, from doodles in her notebook pages to a full blown story.
Celebrating Mental Health Day, I wrote an article about how writing helps me live my life. I thank Skye for the opportunity to post on her blog. Her blog is full of great articles, so definitely check out her site.