Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No Hard Work

Been a bit slack these past weeks on account of Christmas, so haven't gotten as much writing done. Last week my total was around the 8000 mark, and so far this week I've only done 3412. Still, some writing is better than no writing. I should say though that I've been working on the synopsis for the ms I'm going to send to Silhouette and I didn't count that in my word tally. Need to do a bit more editing and some final touches to the synopsis before it'll be all ready to send, but I'm leaving it until after the new year, for no real reason, just that I can't imagine sending it now will get it read any quicker with the holidays here.
And one more thing I had to share, I saw my niece the other day and she was wearing a tee shirt that said "...And then Buffy staked Edward. The End." which I thought was about the funniest thing I'd seen in a long time.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Too Many Ideas

As you can see to your right, I've moved my Writopia Progress Meter and added another for the young adult novel I started today. I've decided its my Christmas holiday project. As if I didn't already have enough things up in the air, but it was at my youngest sister's urging, so when that book gets published, I'll have to make sure I dedicate it to her. The idea was actually originally for an adult market, but we did some brainstorming today and she helped me change it so the storyline would work for older teens. So of course now I'm all excited about it, but we'll see how long that lasts for before I decide I want to work on something else...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By Request

As requested by Cathryn I've been thinking and thinking the last few days about why I'm finding category so much easier to write than single title.
First and foremost I think it has to do with the length. While I've been working on ST with word counts in the realm of 95,000 - 100,000 words, the categories I've written can only be almost half this length at 55,000 - 60,000 as per Silhouette Romantic Suspense guidelines. Therefore, with much less time to work with, you need to get the story set up, the characters to meet and rolling towards the climax in no time at all. In this way, I guess I felt I couldn't spend so much time setting things up, putting in back story, etc, etc. And by writing category, realizing this fact and changing my writing style accordingly, I think I've found the problem that's been holding me back in terms of my ST.
My CP and other writer friends who've read the first manuscript I wrote for SRS have said they can't believe the difference between my writing styles in the two and clearly my SRS manuscript is far better than anything else I've worked on so far.
The answer I came to is that instead of wasting words and the reader's attention trying to set things up in my ST, I need to just dive straight into the action and let it take its course, which is how I looked at my categories when I started them.
The other thing I think is helping me is the fact that in category style, I focused more on the relationship instead of the story revolving around it and maybe that is more where my strength lies. In my ST manuscripts, I was doing it the other way around, writing the story and having the relationship come second to that.
For now, I really am enjoying writing category way too much to do anything else and I'm hopeful with the great feedback I'm getting and the fact I got a top ten placing in the RWAus Hi5 competition, that Silhouette will take this and subsequent manuscripts.
I also looked up The Agent's website this morning and yes, I am still chasing The Agent, but she is starting to be caught up on by Mr Agent who I am almost equally determined to catch. Unfortunately Mr Agent doesn't represent category romance, while The Agent does.
I know its not necessary to have an agent to publish under the Harlequin Mills & Boon banner, but since at some later date I plan to foray back into ST romantic suspense and hopefully, futuristic/sci-fi romance, I want an agent from the word go who'll be with me all the way.
So those are a couple of my thoughts on the matter. I assume if you got someone to psycho-analyze me, they'd come up with entirely different reasons as to why I find category easier than ST at the moment, but we'll leave that for another day.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Great Figures

I ended up writing 12,135 words this week, down on the 13,818 I did last week, but still, I'm more than happy with those totals. I'm finding that I'm really enjoying writing these category novels, something about them feels a bit more freeing than when I've worked on my single titles in the past. Its hard to explain and I wouldn't have a clue why this might be, but I'm just going to go with it for the time being. Now I'm just debating whether I want to give myself one more week before I start editing, or just get into it from Monday. I'm torn between continuing to just write because its coming to me so easily at the moment, or getting on to the editing since, let's face it, the sooner I get it edited the sooner I can send it off to Silhouette in New York. Although, with Christmas and New Year upon us, I'm probably not losing any time since I imagine most publishing houses will be closed over that period. I don't need to decide right this minute. For now, I'm going to find somewhere comfy to curl up and read Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Night. Looking forward to it!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Begin Again, Begin Again...

Last week I finished the manuscript I'd been working on for Silhouette Romantic Suspense and this week I stared a new one straight away. Thought I'd leave the other one for a week or two before I go back to it and start editing. Apparently its always a good way to come at it with fresh eyes.
So I started another aimed at the same line. Its begun well and I'm hoping it'll continue along the same vein. Ideally I'd like to have it finished in six to ten weeks (which is totally doable if I continue writing 10,000 words or so a week as I have been the past few weeks), but I have to take into consideration the time I'm going to spend editing the first one as well. Either way, sometime in the new year I'll hopefully have two books to send to Silhouette. And here's hoping I make it to round two of the Emerald contest with RWAus. That will put me in the top fifteen at least, which is always a nice prospect. After coming tenth in the Hi5, I now have high hopes for myself. And 2010 is the year I'm going to be published!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Almost Done

So far this week I've written about 9500 words, I'm close to getting my Silhouette Romantic Suspense manuscript finished. I just have two or three more scenes to write and it'll all be done. Next week I'll be starting in on the dreaded editing, but I'm very excited about how close I am to getting it sent of to SRS in New York.
I'm thinking about starting another one aimed at their line straight away, I figure if I'm managing to write between 5000 - 10000 words a week, I can have another book finished in about 3 months and by then I should have heard back from SRS. If I've got a second book I can give them straight off, I think it'll give me a good kick start for the 'plan' I have for the next couple of years.
I'm working myself harder than I ever have in terms of my writing, but I'm enjoying every minute of it.