Category Archives: Writing
I was 27,000 words–about halfway through–the first draft of my YA psychological thriller, Untrue Crime, when my friend Kay Lynne Simpson (aka The Nightowl) passed away suddenly. I called it a half-Nanowrimo (like a half marathon) and stopped writing to help the other local fen with Kay’s needs, and then to grieve.
Now it’s six weeks later and I’ve only just re-opened the document.
I started writing back in 1997, when Kay Lynne told me I had to. I’m ashamed to say my first fanfic is still on the net if you know where to look. Then in 2007, I decided to go pro, quickly contracting my first novel, Gym Dandy.
Now it’s 2017 and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without working on a book, either writing or editing. I’ve been doing a wee bit of marketing, but not a heck of a lot of that, either.
So just in time for the holidays, I’m back at it. I’m re-writing the opening. Instead of taking chapter after chapter to get to the main story action as I usually do, it’s now in the very first scene. I’m pretty pleased with it.
Of course that means deleting a bunch of stuff, but tighter writing trumps word count.
So we carry on…
There are half-marathons. Why not a half-Nano? I wrote 25,000 words in the first half of November. Now, sadly, some difficulties and stresses have sprung up and I’m declaring it a win and devoting myself to caring for family and friends. And me.
I’ll still write UNTRUE CRIME, but not in November. Maybe I’ll have it finished by year-end. Guess we’ll see.
I’m also taking a break from marketing. So please imagine I’m still yelling “Buy my boooook!” even though I’m not.
I do have a free book if you’re interested: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/PrzpI
No really. Yesterday was Day 5 and we had to submit our word count to our RWA chapter. I’m at 10,000 words. (10,058 to be exact).
Today I’m a bit thrown by the time change. I actually woke up at 3:00 am, according to my phone. Went to the basement and cleaned up 2 boxes of family stuff that I’d been meaning to go through for years. Scanned a picture of my Dad from the 50s for my cousin Kim.
Now it’s 12:30 and I JUST opened my nano book file. Time for lunch, eh?
Dad, circa 1950s. More info here: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/freddy-grant-emc/
Take that, Nano.
Got off to a rocky start by trying to have everything happen at once. But I untangled the threads and arranged them in the correct order–like dominoes–this has to happen in order for this to happen.
Never: this happens, then this, then this.
Always: This happens that leads to that happening, but then this happens… Rinse repeat.
How’d you do?
Tagline: Is it still a crime if you don’t get caught?
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Due to a glitch between Simon & Schuster and Amazon, my Reaper ebook novels are TEMPORARILY priced like print books. Ouch!
This is only on Amazon.com, folks.
In the meantime, here’s the 3 fun graphics to entertain you. (Did you know you can get TWO free books for signing up for my newsletter? Click on the red box. Or go here.)
1. The Reluctant Reaper
2. Scythe Does Matter (Oh, yes it does.)
3. Esprit de Corpse
I want to introduce a new writerly acronym: WAFWing. But first, let me backtrack a bit.
I have a mental list of Things Writers Do That I Admire, aka, When Writers are Brave. You probably do, too.
I always admire people who manage to have writing careers in addition to a day job. People like Stephen King and Danielle Steele who wrote in laundry rooms while the family slept. Or most everybody I know these days. Me, when I first started. Probably you.
I also admire people who saved up enough or made an arrangement with their partners/providers to take a year or two off the day job to launch a successful writing career.
Now I’m adding a third category of writers I admire—WRITERS WHO WALK AWAY.
- Maybe they burned out on the writing, the prolific-ness required for success these days in commercial fiction,
- Or maybe they had with the narcissist behaviour of the publishing industry,
- Or maybe they just couldn’t take the marketing. It’s hard to scream, “Give me money! Buy my books!” all the time.
Once self-publishing came along, we felt that we had more options: traditional publishing, e-publishing, self-publishing.
But lately I see more and more writers taking the final option: the option of walking away.
One friend shared with me that she enjoys writing, but not editing or marketing. She’s a born storyteller; she cannot stop writing. So she writes the best first draft she can, then saves them to her computer. Maybe she even shares her work with friends and family. But she doesn’t do anything else with them at this point. She thinks she might someday. But right now, no harsh edits, no rejections, no scathing reviews, no bad sales numbers.
Nice to have options. This one is starting to appeal.
Back in my fandom days, we called it “gafiating.” According to Wikipedia, it stood for Getting Away From It All. Originally it meant turning away from real life and burying oneself in fanfic and other fannish activities, but by the time I became active in fandom (~1997), it had reversed to mean a fan who walked away from all things fannish.
So now I’m waving goodbye to some long-time writer friends as they gafiate back to real life. Or more specific to writers: Walking Away From Writing or WAFWing.