I've been playing with a 30-day free trial of Novel Factory Online, and I gotta say, it really works with how my mind works. The organization of it, the Roadmap that walks you through the process, the way you keep building your book's structure step by step, the ease of moving pieces around...I'm not a fan of subscription-based software, but I think I'm going to bite the bullet on this one when my trial period is up. I think my second complete (hopefully!) novel will be much stronger and tighter than my first, because of this software.
For the first time ever, I'm nearing completion of a novel manuscript.
And so, my thoughts turn toward beta readers (after rewrites/self-editing, of course). But since I'm living in a foreign country writing groups aren't really an option. Anyone know of any online writing groups or beta readers who may be interested? Or is anyone reading this interested in being my beta reader?
It's sort of a chick-lit mainstream type of book, but involving bizarre news articles from the Darwin Awards website (which makes it really hard to classify).
Gah! I need some brainstorming help. My female lead has just spilled her guts about her childhood trauma: the murders of her parents. This prompts the very private male character to share in turn his big secret about his past. But Jamie, darn him, still hasn't told me (I met him just before NaNo 2008) what that is! I outlined around this minor fact, and made the 50k for NaNo that year. But now I'm (finally) at that point in writing the novel, and he STILL won't tell me. So I thought maybe some group-think might help me out.
So what kind of past trauma might he have experienced? I need something that's on a par with the murder of Alyce's parents (so to speak). Something that he's never talked about with anyone, but because she opened up to him, he's decided to open up to her. So it needs to be something fairly big, a bit life-changing.
The Knight Agency (literary agents) is celebrating 20 years in business. To kick off the celebrations, they held a first-ever Twitter pitch session. Between certain hours on 29 June, you could pitch your manuscript in Twitter with a given hashtag. If an agent "liked" your pitch, you then emailed the first 3 chapters to the agency with a query letter.
Sooooo...I mailed the first 3 chapters of my novel from NaNoWriMo 2008 to a literary agent. A first for me.
Last night my cat had a stroke. His left side is paralyzed. I allowed the vet this morning to convince me to give him a chance with some injections. Buckey's not better; he's worse. This will be a horrible night, but tomorrow morning we'll stick with our original instincts and not put him through any more. Fifteen and a half years is a good run for a cat. He's traveled more than most members of my family, and he's been very happy. I will miss him more than I can say.
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