September 27, 2010

Focussing: Never my strong point

I'm having a difficult time focussing. I have been bombarded by ideas lately. Not that I'm complaining, but it is very difficult to focus on writing one book when two others are floating in my mind. So, lately it seems that I'm writing a chapter for this book, a couple of pages for that book, etc. No one book is calling to me any more than the others. I've read several blogs from published authors who say you should jot ideas down when they come to you but continue with the book you're working on or you'll never have a finished first draft. Well, amen to that. Now, if only I could make myself ignore the characters from the the other two book who are competing for my my undivided attention. The frustrating part about this is that there are months in my life where I have absolutely no ideas. I couldn't write a page if I tried, and then, boom! There's an idea rain shower. If only I could coax some ideas into waiting in line. Like tell them to take a number and wait for that number to be called. There is more than enough of me to go around, if you'll only wait your turn. 

So, what's a girl to do? Pick a story and stick with it. Listen to the published authors. Since I am equally enthralled with all three stories, at least for now, I am going to choose the story that is most complete. This would be the one that I'm 22,000 words deep into. My goal for this YA novel is 65,000 to 70,000. I'm a third of the way there. 

On a different note, I need to promote the novel The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I reluctantly began this book last week. When I say, reluctantly I feel I need to clarify. First, I don't enjoy reading novels without a strong romantic plot or subplot. Second, and I'm ashamed to say this, I don't often read novels by men. Completely prejudice, I know. This book was amazing, capital A. I couldn't put it down. I'd give you the run down, but instead, I'll ask you to check out the book trailer because it is equally amazing. 

September 15, 2010

I am in love. My new puppy is the best puppy in the entire world, and I can't believe how much I lucked out. Day 4 and he is almost housebroken. Not a single accident in the house. He is so sweet and sensitive, completely devoid of puppy quirks like biting and being rambunctious. Instead, he loves to cuddle. I am waiting for him to snap out of it and yet, he doesn't. Wow. That's all I have to say.

In addition to having a super puppy I am overflowing with creativity. I sat down and wrote a five page complete outline for a new YA yesterday and am really happy with the story. Now, if only I can find the time to write. I am back in school--third year of nursing--so my time is pretty strapped right now. But, who am I kidding. I'll end up staying up until two or three in the morning to find the time to write. It is what keeps me sane from my world of responsibilities and obligations. Pure escapism. If only I could match this drive with my drive to get cracking on my schoolwork. Wouldn't that be awesome? One can only dream.

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