Sunday, November 25, 2012

NaNoWriMo, 80%

Hey guys!  I haven't posted for almost a week and it seems longer.  So I thought I'd give you all a glimpse of my novel writing this November.
Late last night (well, okay, early this morning) I cleared the 40,000 word mark.  (YIPPY!!) This means I'm 80% done with NaNoWriMo!  I really cannot believe it.  I'm right on track and need to write the 1667 words everyday until the 30th.  I would really love to write closer to 2K and finish the twenty ninth to avoid getting locked out because something went wrong with my time zone.
So yeah!  That's where I am.  How about you?

(By the way, this book is looking like it will be between 60 and 70 K.  My last book was 60K before I edited it down to 56K.  I'm really happy to have a higher word count!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Picture Post!

Okay!  So I was just over the The Book Critic's blog.  I saw this post and it inspired me.  I have never done a mostly picture post before, but after I got a glimpse of her post, I Googled inspiring photos.  There were so many that I wanted to post all of them in one place that I could come back to and see.
(For this post especially, I make no claims to the pictures or images used.  I did not take them or buy them.  They are not my property, and if any of them are your property, let me know and I will take them down.)

NaNo Report, 2/3!

Micah learning about hair gel.
So this morning I really felt like posting so that I could show off the signature I designed for the bottom of my post, but I didn't have a post topic.  So is asked my little brother.  "Hey Micah, what should I post about?"
His first response is "Me!"  He's almost ten.  So here you go Micah!  I really love you and wish you would let me kiss your head more.  You're so cute and I'm so glad you're part of my family.  And I'm pretty sure I will never be able to beat you at Super Smash Brothers Brawl in a fair fight, but I plan to keep trying.
Jules, Henry, Shawn, Chief Vick, Gus, Lassi!
But then he changed him mind, because he's at that age where just picking one thing is too hard.  So post topic number two is the TV show "Psych."  Micah and I used to watch this show together until my parents decided it was a bit too old for him.  So now he just craves it with no way to satisfy this craving.  Micah really loves Psych!  (He picked the picture.)  If you have some free time and a Netfilx connection, you should really take some of that time to watch the first two of three shows and go from there.  It's fairly clean, it's funny, and it's awesome.  But you don't have to take the nine year old's or the bloggers word on it.  Go check it out for yourself!  Also, Netfilx just added season 6!!  (My mom just reminded me that it is most likely on cable too, but since we don't have that, I wouldn't know.)

But now, I'm going to stop following the nine year old's advice on blogging, which he has never done before. It's 2/3 into the month of November   I'm writing a novel in the month of November.  So at this point I should be 2/3 of the way into my 50 thousand words.  That's right at 33,000.  My current word count is 33,049, so I'm right where I need to be.  How's your NaNo going?
Also, what do you think of a little brother topic day?  Writing this post has inspired me.  Being silly and finding goofy pictures is way fun!
And now, for the real reason for the post (cue french accent), the bloggingsphere proudly presents . . . . your dinner.  I mean, my signature.  I hope you like it.  I decided I wanted one and spent all of 15 minutes on it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PUBLISHED! Okay . . . Not Really

I read an article about being published before you get your novel published.  I've heard that this helps let agents and editors know that you know somethings like how to write a paragraph.  So . . . I submitted to Teen Ink.  This website puts all the submitted materials on it, but it publishes a few of them in a print version. It's my goal to appear in this printed version sometime in highschool.  Here's the thing, the more views, ratings and comments you get, the more likely you are to get published in the magazine.
You, my lovely readers, could help me in this.  If you would comment on my submission, I would greatly appreciate it.  I don't really write short stories, but you can find my book review here.
Thanks!  If you're on Teen Ink, let me know and I'd love to read and review a few of your things.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

High Fantasy V. Epic Fantasy

Hello all my fellow writers and readers!  Guess what?  Tomorrow we will be half way through NaNoWriMo, which means that tonight, lots of people around the world will be fighting to get to 25,000 words before midnight.  Including me.  I need to write 2,500 words by tonight.  Okay, well actually by tomorrow night, but I'd really LIKE to have it done by tonight.  So yes, that means I'm at 22.5K right now!  I cannot believe I've written this much in two weeks.  It's all so much like a fantasy.

Speaking of fantasy, its time for a post I promised on fantasy.  High Fantasy verse Epic, what's the difference?  (Wonderful transition, I know.)

High fantasy is more like your average fairy tale.  Think Shrek.  The first one.  High fantasy has the elves and the magicians and the trolls and the princesses and the knights in shining armor.  Some classic examples are Dealing with Dragons, The Hobbit, Ella Enchanted, and yeah, Shrek.  Inkheart is another great one for this genre.

This genre is not to be confused with Epic fantasy.  Epic fantasy can have all of those things that are in high fantasy, but in Epic, the events have monumental importance.  We're talking about huge rebellions and war on a massive scale.  When I think of Epic Fantasy, I think more The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the last Harry Potter book,  Inheritance Cycle, Return of the King sort of thing.  Battle cries and Kings and Queens.  A lot of times, there is much less magic in these books, but not always.

Some books can be both.  Inkdeath is borderline Epic, I think.  Tamora Pierce's books go either way, some closer to high, some on a more epic scale.  The Harry Potters escalate from high to epic, with the first few books light hearted and the latter much more important to the fate of humanity.

There is also sometimes a difference in setting.  High Fantasy can be in most time periods, but Epic Fantasy tends to keep to a mid-evil setting.  Artemis Fowl is set in modern times while the Narnia books take place in a world without electricity.  Most Epic Fantasy takes place in mid-evil times, with the only exception I can think of being the City of Glass.  (I'm pretty sure that's not just a paranormal.)

Does that make since?  My favorite high fantasy is Artemis Fowl, with The Mortal Instruments as my current favorite Epic.  What are yours?

Monday, November 12, 2012

What do you think?

As you might have noticed, I've overhauled my blog.  I'm trying to achieve a more professional look.  So what do you think?  Like this one?  Liked the old design better?  Have an idea for something else?  If you sort of forget what the old design looked like, you can view it here.  I saved it so I won't lose it if I decide to go back.  I would really love to know what you think.  Also, I'm working on a code for the new blog button, but here's what it will look like!
Thanks, Guys!  I can't wait to know what you think.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A New Design? Feedback is Welcome!

So, lately I've been not very satisfied with my blog.  The colors are dark and not very cheerful.  So to start off this re-designing spree, I'm thinking of changing banners (or headers, or whatever.)  Of course, I won't switch banners until the rest of the template is done, but before I spent a whole slew of NaNo hours working in a design format, I wanted to get you opinions.  Would you like me to change things up a bit?  Or do you love the blog the way it is.
If you're ready for a change, is this a kind of banner you'd like?  Or are you attached to the old one?  Or do you have another idea for me?  Please give me feedback of some sort so that I can make Inkined a more professional and cheerful place to visit.
Also, you can catch a sneak peek at what I'm thinking about for Inkined at my first time blog that I now only use to see how I like something before I move it on to Inkined.

P.S. I'm at 13.5K for NaNo if you were wondering.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6, + 10K = Writer's Block

So, it's day 6 of NaNoWriMo and that means the month is 1/5 of the way done!  That means you should be somewhere around 1/5 of the way done with your word count goal or 10,000 words in!
I hit this milestone sometime last night and still can't believe it.  10K in 5 days is more then I've ever written in such a small amount of time before.
Unfortunately, that's where the excitement ends because this week marks the beginning of week 2!  Week 2 is notorious  for being difficult.  You hit the the middle of the novel blues at the same time you've run out of the week 1 excitement.  This is the perfect recipe for writer's block.

Writer's Block
Makes enough block to make sure the writer doesn't win NaNoWriMo 
 1/2 Cup novel, approximately 15,000 to 30,000 words
1/5 Cup of the month of November
A scant 1/4 cup also blocked support group
2 Tablespoons Middle of the Novel Blues
1/2 Teaspoon Pure Uninspiration, sifted

Mix ingredients in lightly floured bowl, adding more words as needed.  Pour into greased baking sheet and bake in Write or Die, or Written? Kitten at 450* for 15 min. or until greenish gray.
Allow to cool completely before spreading on Laptop, Word Document, and Keyboard.
Can be stored until November 30th.

This is where I am, up against a wall searching for a chink.  I've been trying to push through this slump with, write or die, written? kitten, word wars, races, and tournaments with various groups of people.  It's helping, but I feel like everything I write in this way will need to be thrown out in the second draft.  Oh well.  Quantity, not quality right?
I'm just hoping I'll get to 15K by the 9th.
Tune in later to see, High Fantasy V. Epic Fantasy, What's the Difference?
See ya!   

Sunday, November 4, 2012

NaNoWriMoing Day 4!

“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.”
—May Sarton

This is my theme quote for NaNoWriMo this year.  It is going splendidly, but I'm very glad I had experience in writer's lingo.  I've joined a chat room with a bunch of other young and teen writers.  Some of the abbreviations still hold true, like MC for main character and POV for Point of View.  But there are some abbreviations that only are used (or at least mostly are used) by NaNoers (my word for people doing NaNo.)

I'm going to try to summarize as many as possible here.
(In the order I think of them:)

WC--Word Count
WG--Word Goal
WCG-- Word Count Goal
WW-- Word War (NOT WORLD WAR)--Who can write the most in a set amount of time.
WS--Word Sprint-- Same as WW.  If you fail to meet a set number, though, there will be consequences such as being kicked of the chat.
WR--Word Race-- A race to see who can get to a set number of words the fastest.
WT--Word Tournament-- A bunch of word wars with elimination of the lowest word count each time until one victor remains.
WRT--Word Race Tournament-- A bunch of word races where the set word count goes up each round and the last person to finish each round is eliminated.
:00-- at the hour in whatever time zone you live in.  Same for all :__ such as :15 or :25.

That's all I can think of right now.  Go Teen Writers just put up a great post on all things writer abbrevs.  Click here to see it.   

Because I think WTs are hard. to understand, here's and example with Bob, Mary, Sue, Emily, Jack, and Matt

:00 to :05 WW.  Bob only wrote 87 words so he's out.
:15 to :25 WW.  Mary only got 229 words, so she's out.
:30 to :45 WW.  Sue only got 293 words, so she's out.
:50 to :10 WW.  Emily only got 370 words, so she's out.
:15 to :40 WW.  Jack had 450 to Matt's 471.  Matt wins!

See how the time keeps getting longer, and people keep getting eliminated?  That's a word tournament!

If I left something out or you have questions, leave me a comment.  They make my day.  Happy writing!

P.S.  I'm at 7.5K.  What are you at?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNo Strategies

Hey!  So I'm amazingly 1,805 words into my 2012 NaNoWriMo Novel.  This is amazing to me because I thought it would be a lot more difficult.
Here's what I'm trying to do.  Each day I'm trying to write 250 words before breakfast, 500 before lunch, 1000 before dinner, and then 1750 before bed.  Is seems like a lot, but saying I need to write 500 words before lunch and then another 500 before dinner and 750 at night is a really great way to not get overwhelmed.  I think being overwhelmed is probably why a lot of people quite NaNoWriMo.  I just plugged those numbers into a calculator and if I can keep this rate up, I'll write 52,500 words this month.  Eckk!

Now for two not so great notes.  One, I have no writing buddies on YWP site.  I feel like a total loser.  Two, the Young Writers Program Site is not working. I think it might just be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of young writers.  Or aliens ate it.  Either way, I'm not okay with it.  Not at all.  If anyone has any ideas on how I can get access to it again, please clue me in.

Until some later date.

~Sarah Faulkner