Wanting To Write Vs. Needing To Edit

There are many exciting things happening that are drawing my attention these days. My husband and I are very close to launching our publishing company and getting Scarlet off the ground and into schools, theatres, and churches everywhere (at least, that is our prayer!). I’m busy prepping for NaNoWriMo by watchingBrandon Sanderson’s lectures on writing and it is very exciting to be seeing my tools for writing grow, as well as my viewpoint as an author. On top of it, I’ve volunteered to get costumes for the Christmas show off the ground and going before November, and still have yet to get our Halloween costumes done for the big party next Friday.

I’m being pulled a lot, but they are all very good things. None-the-less, the time I have left over is less than I am used to, and thus, I’m having to decide how to spend in very carefully.

I am feeling very much ‘in the zone’ to write lately, dispite having much time to do so. Rosi and Milo are in a very fun part of the story, and I’m looking forward to exploring with them. I’m learning to mix my Type A Outlining with the kind of character and story evolution you can only get from discovery writing. I’m excited to see these characters grow, beyond what I’ve even planned most likely, and to get another project completed.

However, The Varken is still sitting in Scrivner, and I haven’t even finished Act I of my final edits yet. It’s getting harder and harder to pull myself out to see the big picture and to push for any big changes. Working on the Book Book, I can so easily see how my writing has grown since writing The Varken, and when I peek at The Keeper, I can see the improvements I have made since then in The Varken. I feel satisfied with the growth I see in The Varken and it feels ‘complete’ in my mind, despite the fact that there are still a lot of little details to work through. I want to give you, my readers, the best product I can, so that you can be immersed into the world of Eviryia once more without grammar mistakes or confusing sentences.

And so, I find myself writing this blog post instead of doing either of those things – writing or editing – in an attempt to figure out which will win in the battle over time.

Luckily, with NaNoWriMo so close, I know that I won’t finish The Book Book before then, and feel more freedom in letting that project be a part of my 50k – maybe even all of it you never know! And so I will push forward in editting with my last hour of freetime today, and I hope that you all are finding time to do the things you want to do, and the things you need to do. And if you can’t do both, just know that there is a time for everything.

I am definitely looking forward to November.

Finish Your Novel this November

I know, it’s still 3 months away! But if you are a Super Outliner like me, you’ll need that time to prepare.

This November is the time to finish that novel you’ve been dreaming about, writing on and off, planning for but never getting past those first few pages. What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month. It is a time when writers from all walks of life stop life and make art. The goal is to write a novel in a month, although for just writing 50,000 words you get lots of prizes and goodies, usually including discounts on Scrivener, freebies with Createspace, and access to lots of other great resources for writers.

Even though I don’t always make the goal of finishing a complete novel, I have been able to reach that 50,000 word goal for the past three years I have seriously participated. NaNoWriMo really works for me because I plan to make sacrifices for my novel during November: getting up early, staying up late, writing instead of watching tv, writing instead of playing video games. I still make time for some social things, mainly church stuff and time with my husband (who is very supportive during November; God bless his latte making skills!), but during this month, the people I see the most are other writers participating in the event.

The awesome thing about NaNoWriMo is the support you get from other writers continually. When I write with Valerie Cotnoir (author of Bridget’s Journey and Everylasting), we are always encouraging each other, pushing through writers block, and taking time to listen to what the other is working on. It gives me so much motivation during November to know that there are other writers pushing towards the same goal as I am. It’s not a competition, it’s a team event. For me, that makes a big difference in November, and is a huge part of my success.

November is a month to be physically and mentally tired, because you are pushing to pump out words faster than you can think them. During November, writers are encourage to never edit anything. Don’t hit that backspace button, just press on. Don’t lose time focusing on mistakes or something that ‘could be better’, just get the story down. The entire story. There is plenty of time to edit in December and January, but Novemeber is for writing. That is another big reason why I love NaNo. Rather than trying to nit-pick at falts and failures, it’s a huge boost to my writing confidence.

You can do this. You’re going to do this. Press on.

The world needs your story.

Registration will begin in the coming months. This is your three month notice to get ready! It’s time to finish your novel this November.

Planning Ahead…

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I thought I would give you a quick post on what is happening next in my world of writing!

As far as THE BLESSED goes, I might have written nearly 70k this month for it, but there is still plenty of writing left to be had. I’m almost finished up with Act 2 (just the major, life-changing events to happen there) and then it’s onto Act 3 with the rise of conflict and the resolution!

Then, I’ll have two books in need of editing! Millie is getting through THE VARKEN with editing, and I am excited to dive back into that story and those characters and start really grinding into it to get it ready for publishing in April. My amazing cousin Amy has agreed to do the cover for the novel, and I’m excited to see what she comes up with (she painted the cover for THE KEEPER as well).

I’m excited to have so many new tools at my fingertips this time around with publishing. Along with Scrivener, to make the editing process easier, I’m also looking forward to investing in my formatting a little further. In THE KEEPER, the formatting was very bare-bones and simple, and I’m hoping to learn more about font choice, margins, that sort of thing, this time around. I even have a new website book-marked to aid me in my quest at http://www.diybookformats.com/ and http://www.diybookcovers.com/. Both have lots of great tutorials and ideas here, and a great one to keep on hand for when you reach this point of your process.

While all of this editing is happening, I’ll continue working on world building and character development for the Book Book by writing short stories. I’m so excited by the mundane things I’ve created for this world that I need to get it out of my system! When the Book Book starts, I don’t want to drag on with showing everyone’s daily routines. While that’s interesting, I’ll want to focus more on the plot and characters, and let the world build around you as you read.

Our musical Scarlet is almost through with its round of workshops and will be moving into a whole new planning phase soon. Although timing is still a secret, I’m excited to announce that it will be performed in the 2016-2017 season at our local theatre and I’ll be directing, which will be a huge learning curve for me but I’m looking forward to the stretching and growing.

And lastly, our second musical, Fractured, is well under way! I’ve been working on a blog post about writing musicals, but it keeps staying in that ‘drafting’ stage. As for now, we only have 2 more songs left to write (which will total around 20 songs) and a few scenes left to draft up in the book. It is still very much in the early stages of the writing, with lots of editing and smoothing out needed, but I’m looking forward to polishing it up!

So that’s what’s on the horizon in Erin’s writing world.

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, what’s on your writing schedule?