Day 23

Word Count: Irrelevant. (still 82k)

Hey Reader,

Sorry I’m posting this so late, but I’ve been studying. You know, because I’m still in school. Speaking of, I have something to share with you!

So when I was back in middle school (oh, the days), I had to do this project with the Hero’s Journey Archetype. This is an awesome tool to use in your writing, and I wrote and entire chapter about it in my old posts… Chapter 4 of A Writer’s Dilemma, I think. Anyway, that little ten page assignment wasn’t enough for me so I ended up turning in a 68 paged novella… later to be published as Looking For Lily.

The point is, I’ve been volunteering at my old middle school and helping people out with the assignment that I did oh-so-long ago. When everyone was done with their finished story, we all had this thing that my teacher, dear Mrs. Hamm, called the “Coffee House”.

We all brought in food and drank hot chocolate and had a whole day of sharing our works. We got feedback and got to hear others’ stories. It was great and a really eye opening experience. Especially since there are so many writers out there who aren’t taking advantage of their gifts.

Anyway, tomorrow (since we are about to go on holiday for Thanks Giving in the US), Mrs. Hamm’s class is having a coffee house with their finished stories! And I’m going to get to come in and listen:).

This just reminded me of the importance of getting feedback on your story, but also not having to until you feel that your story is presentable enough.

There are many people who want to read my NaNoWriMo novel now. I think it’s important, and maybe this is just me, to be able to write without thinking about what the readers will think. Or your peers or the other people you see on a daily basis. Imagine if they read something super dark and then every time they see you they think “Wow, that girl is going to turn to murder at some point. Better steer clear.”

And I find that when I write knowing that nobody is going to read it yet is the time that I get the best out of my writing. And those really creepy murder scenes? They stay in the final draft. Because let’s be honest: I don’t care if people think I’m messed up. It’s true. All us writers are crazy creatures.

It’s one of those blocks because at that point, you aren’t just writing for yourself anymore and you aren’t having fun with it. I think it’s important to be able to have time to go back and change little things before you let world see it.

That said, it is also very important to have others read it. You might be too close to it and they might be able to give you some perspective. They may see plot holes or find a typo. That’s my challenge for you: Get some feedback.

I have a writing plan that should get me to my presentable draft by March of 2016, so I will be holding a Beta-testing then. If it is something you are interested in, I will be adding a Beta-reader page to my website later this week with more information. I am also going to have another beta reading for another book, but it isn’t so soon.

(Beta-testing will include reading the book prior to publishing and answering some basic questions. Also, there is a possibility, and almost guarantee, that I will thank you along with all of the other betas in the back of the published version.)

And let me just rant about something really quick:

I’m almost done. I’m SO close to the end of my book, where I’m getting close to the climax, and I’m pretty much past the murky middle, and I’m dropping these bombs on the reader that blow the entire plot away! But then again, there’s so much left to do, I don’t know how I’m going to fit it all! I mean, I have an outline and I know it is possible, but still!

It’s just so crazy, because I’m not even quite sure what is going ot happen at the end. I know how to get there, and what is going to happen in the last few chapters, but I don’t actually know what the last chapter will be. The last sentence. The last word. I need to finish so I can figure that out! Even if it ends up changing with my drafts, I need to know what is going to happen now!

Whenever I’m watching Netflix and see that there is like one minute left, I just cringe and think “Man, there is no way they can wrap this up so fast!” Actually, a better example would be getting to the last pages of a book and thinking that exact same thing.

This is going to be an awesome holiday of writing.

I post a new NaNoWriMo update every week day on this blog. Like this post if you liked it, and you can follow my website via email, WordPress, or any of the social media widgets on the side. If you are reading this on Goodreads, then you can follow me or add me as a friend!

Also, for one day of NaNoWriMo I will do a Q&A about me, my work, or NaNoWriMo, so if you have questions then comment below or on the Q&A page.

Thanks everyone for reading!

Kelli Crockett.

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