NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 3

Well, Week 3 has been an interesting one. I had a huge spike of progress over the weekend, but I’m still lagging seriously behind in word count. Still, when I look at the number of words/pages I’ve written so far this month, I am rather pleased. I have two...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 2

Clichés mostly come to mind this week: “Slow, but steady” and, the Fremen favorite, “The slow way is the sure way.” My muse has spent most of the week speaking to me in sound bites—rationing out the story one single scene at a time. I’ve been making progess, but...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 1

Argh! The week started out very well. Up until yesterday, I met or exceeded by planned word count for the day. And then the muse decided to become stubborn. I thought I had loaded the deck by using a story idea I had been tossing around for a couple...

Scary Stuff From the “What the Heck Was I Thinking?” Department

Today is October 31st (Halloween). Tomorrow is November 1st. Tomorrow also begins National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. I can thank (blame?) the illustrious (infamous?) Elemental Mom for encouraging me to attempt the challenge this year. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month...

Judgement Day

You don’t say, “I’ve done it!” You come, with a kind of horrible desperation, to realize that this will do. Anthony Burgess A friend of mine was telling me why several of the projects around their house were not completed. I started thinking about all of the writing projects...

Taming the Muse

I was talking to a friend of mine earlier today who told me that she hadn’t had lunch yet because her “muse had her by throat”. I knew exactly what she meant. Muses appear generally benevolent to other people; writers know better. They are persistent taskmasters who demand nothing...

Writing as Work

“I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.” Doris Lessing Writing is hard...

The WorldCon 2006 Report: Saturday, August 26

10:00 amMistakes Writers Make Paying so-called agents a fee to represent them? Calling agents and editors every day to see how they like their novel? That ain’t the half of it. Come hear established writers and editors give you a heads up on things you should know better than....

The WorldCon 2006 Report: Friday, August 25

10:00 amGetting Started Writing SF – Part II Going from amateur to professional writer is a big step. How do you get started? In Part I, new writers gave you their advice. Today in Part II, editors and established writers give you theirs. Compare these expert’s answers with those...

The WorldCon 2006 Report: Thursday, August 24

10:00 amThe Look of “Star Trek” Rick Sternbach, long time Senior Illustrator and Technical Consultant for most all versions of Star Trek from the first film on, presents a slide show of his artwork for Star Trek. Rick Sternbach has worked “Star Trek” since “Star Trek: The Next Generation”....