Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book In A Month In May

I need to do something to shake up my writing and get that self-critic off my back. I'm doing Book In A Month in May. The project is Executive Demands and I hope to have it ready for the Desire pitch in June. I completed NANO in 2007 with a romantic suspense so I know I can do it.

I'm trying to figure out the best way to approach the book. A comprehensive synopsis? All the scenes outlined before I start? Or just dive in and get it done? I feel like I need a different approach because the old ones aren't working well for me. Or maybe the struggle is just part of my process.

Writing early in the morning might be an option. Before my day starts to go crazy, I could get 1,000 words in. I've never been a happy camper in the mornings but how hard can it be to stumble into the computer room and pour out the words? It's not like I have to be presentable or sociable.

I'll be racing to finish as much of Unsuitable as I can in the next nine days. I wrote a brief, one sentence outline of each of the scenes to come, so that might help. I still like the last 40 pgs so it's only about 30 pgs left to write. I have to refrain from making the story too dark and the external plot too complicated. Maybe that's a clue about what I should be writing? Any revisions not completed will get done in the evenings and on the weekend. But I don't want to leave it behind.

My oldest daughter finished her exams last week and made it through her first year of University. Yeah! So she's hanging around here for the next week, sleeping and vegging out - and talking to me and wanting my laptop. Next week her summer hours start at the job so she'll be out of my hair a little more.

5 comments:

Kelly Boyce said...

Book in a Month sounds great Anne. Wish I was in a position to join you! But I'm definitely doing Nano again this year. Finally Dash and Juicy Lucy will have their day...

Anne MacFarlane said...

Kelly, a character named Juicy Lucy definitely needs her story told.

Cat Schield said...

A book in a month? You people that can do it, I applaud you. I'm going to be cheering for you in the Desire pitch too! Whoohoo! There's your first one.

Julia Smith said...

Go, Anne! Go!

Anne MacFarlane said...

Cat, thanks. I don't know if I'll make it but I really feel the need to shake up my writing.

Thanks Julia.