The Cruel Games

Lots of cool stuff happening on the writer’s front. I’m participating in SavvyAuthor‘s April Pitch Perfect event, and hoping to find a really good agent that way for Suzie’s Nightmare. Must keep my fingers crossed! It’s great to have a piece that’s really ready to start getting shopped around too. I feel like I have so many manuscripts in the “Processing” category, and just not enough have crossed the finish line yet.

Had to do some catching up with Shaleigh today, and finally reached the Camp NaNo word mark for the day. Yesterday while I was driving to work, I came up with how I would end the entire book – and possibly how to start the next one. So I had to jot it all down as soon as I got to work cause I just *knew* I would forget it. Thank goodness I did, because I haven’t written on the piece since, and my memory is pretty rusty at the worst of times.

So now I know where the story will be going, but I just have to get it there. Sometimes that’s the toughest part when writing a novel: connecting what you’ve written to the end.

I also found some inspiring art on DeviantArt the other day that I added to the Pinterest board. I had to share some of it. I’ve been dumping a lot of interesting stuff over there as I’ve been writing along. It’s a great place for me to go back to for inspiration!

Project: Madam Cloom’s Garden

Summary: Shaleigh’s world is so complicated, that it’s no wonder she’s known for being rebellious and argumentative at school. With her father constantly crying over what he’s lost, and a friend going through major life changes, Shaleigh finds herself feeling more and more out of touch with the people around her. She feels isolated, ignored, and angry.

Then she and her father get into a car accident, and her entire world changes. When she’s greeted by a talking stone animal, she realizes that she’s either dead, crazy, or in another world. But the beautiful land Shaleigh has landed in has its dark secrets, and she’s not as welcome there as she believes.

Current Word Count: 28,430

New Words Written Today: 4,037

Progress: Attending the Games is a lot more stressful than Shaleigh had anticipated, and she thought the drama performance was bad… She also didn’t realize she would be doing a speech, though Madam Cloom doesn’t quite get her expected reaction from the populace.

Total Words for 2013: 31,607

2 thoughts on “The Cruel Games

    • It certainly is never easy, but each time I do it I get a little bit better at it. I think this is the seventh NaNo I’ve participated in, and have only one maybe half that amount. I’ve certainly noticed that I can produce more words in a shorter amount of time that I used to, which helps to make the plot more cohesive. It gets a bit easier to quiet your inner editor to get the words out too.

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