Friday, November 15, 2013

Celebrate The Small Things- Halfway Through November!

It's that time again!  Hosted by our very own Viklit, this meme is all about celebrating the little things in life that keep you going.  Click on the link to learn more/sign up/spread the love!

Halfway  I am tantalizingly close to 25k and (god willing) will have passed that by a decent amount by the end of the day.  What's more is that I’m finally starting to get those moments of flow.  You know the ones- where the words seem desperate to get out of you and your fingers can scarcely keep up.  You find yourself getting out huge word counts in relatively small periods of time.  Your story finally seems as if it's moving forward.

Thus far in this month, those moments have largely eluded me and I think I've discovered yet another obvious but not immediately realized pattern of my writing: it takes a while to get going.  Past NaNo novels have been similar to this one in that the beginning is like wading through molasses: slow, incredibly difficult, strength-sapping to a shocking degree and very, very frustrating.  Most of the action takes place within my MC's own thought process (so needless to say there's not a whole lot of action) and the overall plot exists solely as an arc in my head rather than events on the page.

Then, somewhere around this time (I'm guessing it's a pattern) things finally start to pick up.  Meeting my daily word count isn't quite as excruciating of a process.  Stuff starts happening- big stuff- and the plot finally starts to move forward and pick up speed as it goes.

That's how it seems to work for me, at least.  What about you guys?  Noticed any patterns?  Is your writing flowing or are you still pulling teeth?  Let me know in your comments.

Look What I Got! 

I think my face says it all but because I'm absurdly verbose I'm gonna say some more: Yippee!!  I've never had an autographed copy of a book before!  EVER!  Seriously- this is a big deal in the world of Bev. 

Needless to say, Lara is astoundingly awesome for signing it for me and I can't wait to read it and add a stellar review to Amazon and Goodreads for her.  (I assume it will be stellar because there's no way this book isn't gonna rock!)

Reminder: if you have a copy (either ebook or paperback) of Lara's book you can tweet or facebook her a picture of yourself with it (see above for example) to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Amazon or B&N.  I have a bunch of ideas in mind for how I want to stage these... we'll see how it goes.

And finally, Awesome Authors  On Tuesday I featured Crystal Collier whose new release Moonless came out on Wednesday.  I'm sure many of you know Crystal because she's a) extremely supportive of other writers, b) very active in the blogging community on the whole and c) loves cheese more than anyone you've ever met.  If you're not following her blog tour go here to see the whole line up.  There's a ton of cool stuff going on including giveways and other awesomeness.

Also, I have to make a plug for the Realms Faire because today is the last day.  Head on over to Mary Pax's place to see all the events! 

And now, as always, I invite you to hop along and spread the love!


  1. What a great picture! Congrats on your prize!!
    And yay for being halfway through NaNo. Glad things are starting to flow for you, that's a great feeling.

  2. I'm at the same point in my NaNo novel, it's all starting to happen! I'm getting to all the interesting parts :)

  3. Sounds like you're making wonderful progress, Beverly. Good job! Wishing you a happy weekend.

  4. Good work on the NaNo novel! Mine is coming along better than expected - knock wood! I'm focusing more on the story itself than worrying about the word count. At least, not worrying too much. :)

    And yeh for Crystal!

  5. Oooo autographed books are so fun!

    And giving you a virtual high five on all your writing progress-- go you!

  6. It's not easy being a writer. I'm glad your words are flowing more easily for you now.

  7. Yay, for getting so much done on NaNoWriMo - that's so awesome! Love the picture. I'm going to have to go check out this novel!

  8. Congrats on being at the halfway point! I tend to start slow and finish strong or start strong and fizzle out. Every once and I while I have a rare crazy making moment when nothing falls apart. I have my fingers crossed. Lol!

  9. Congratulations on your progress! That's awesome! I always find I have the opposite problem. I start out great guns, then hit a wall somewhere toward the middle. I've always tried to get through at least 10K in the first 3 days of NaNo, so I have a buffer when I hit that wall...

  10. Congrats on your NaNo progress--sounds like you're really rockin' along! Wish I could say the same, but that's okay.

    Love that picture of you--can't wait to see the others you come up with! :)

    Have a good weekend, and thanks for the kind words about my book!

  11. Hurrah to your word count picking up!

  12. Haha, great to see your smile again Bev, even a posed one. Sounds like you're handling NaNo well.


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