On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Internals, NanoWriMo Start

Yes, I am actually up at 2:30 (now 1:30 am). I went to a NaNoWriMo kickoff at about 9:30 and just got home.

Many of the people there made their daily wordcount (1667), and much more in the write in (I think the high was about 3400). I, of course, was distracted because I need to rework (again) chapter 2 of Out of Balance. Critique group was a little rough, and I'm not sure how to fix. I should also have revised 3 and 4, but that time is not new wordage. So I jumped into 5 and, of course, I went straight to internals. 1047 of internals. I have finally realized that my default mode is internals. Mainly because it lets me get the character down. But I want this book to be shorter...

I'm pretty sure my mentor's default writing is a car chase...some people do dialogue...and then write more and call it "layering." I am not really good at rushing a rough draft out and going back and revising. I tend to revise as I go along, work I did the previous day or whatever.

So I think I'm going to take a sticky and put it up on my computers that says "action," or even "dialogue" would be a better option than internals. When I first began writing there were a lot more internals that there is today, so I am behind the curve in catching up to popular fiction. A little can go a long way.

Next time, I'll just write some sort of action scene or dialogue.

Meanwhile, there is another write in at 3pm straight across the highway from me, so I think I'll go, too. I'll definitely make my wordage by then, and maybe more. Or earlier. Or something.

In any event, just sit down and write (we started at midnight), and see what is your default mode. Always good to know.

May you enjoy your reading or writing today.


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