My writing has stalled

I’m a linear writer. I start a new manuscript with Chapter One and write straight through to The End.

Image by Steve Johnson from Pixabay

I decided to start a new story for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) and I knew the beginning and I knew the Black Moment and I knew The End, but I was a little unclear about the events in the rest of the book. So, once I got through the beginning I stalled. In the past, if this happened I just gave up and moved on.

But, since this was Nanowrimo, I decided to work on some other manuscripts I’ve been working on and counting that word count. It’s working. I’ve worked on zombie book #4 and ghost books #2 and #3 and even shapeshifter book #2.

Guess I’m not as stalled as I thought. Maybe it just isn’t time to work on That Moment yet.


Jill James, writer of words.

Nanowrimo – Day 14

After the news of a good friend’s death I fell off the Nanowrimo wagon. Usually if something like this happened I would call it quits for this year, but this year I’m determined to soldier forward. Each new word is another word toward The End. This story is important to me and I mean to finish this book, maybe even by November 30th. We shall see.


Jill James, write or else!!!

What is an auto-buy author?

It is an author who you buy their next book without reading the blurb, without caring what the story is about. They promise a great read and deliver.

I have some authors I buy as soon as they come out in hardcover: Tess Gerritsen, Allison Brennan, Philippa Gregory, and Robin Cook. I have some authors I auto-buy: Lisa Gardner, Tessa Dare, Cindy Gerard, Carol Ericson, Lynsay Sands, and a few others. I also auto-buy James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club.

I have a brand-new auto-buy author: Jacqueline Druga. Thanks to her book 10:37 I have a new auto-buy author that I’ve been binge-buying. Her writing drags you into the story. I could imagine sitting around the campfire listening to her weave a tale. This one had amazing characters and the storyline was unique enough to keep me turning pages long after bedtime. I already had read some of her stories, but this one has made me a fan. If I weren’t already a fan, We Who Remain would have sealed the deal. Her books just keep getting more exciting and unputdownable.

Who are your auto-buy authors?


Jill James, romance author

Sugar Sprinkled Memories coming soon in the Christmas Cookies and Kisses on Main Street boxed set.

The Writing Community

My plotting board

It never fails to astound me how much fun it is to be with a group of writers. The ideas fly as one person mentions something and another goes with that idea and adds to it. And another. And another. It is amazing where group brainstorming can take you.

This week I went to the Nano-Reno Preptober meeting. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a group of writers, in person. The air is electric as you discuss your genres and subgenres and genre-blending. Find out who is a plotter and who is an pantser. Hear who is writing what for the upcoming Nanowrimo event.

I love the excitement of starting a new book and that was exploding in the room tenfold as everyone talked about their new book or even just the idea for a new book.

Several of the writers the other night were talking about writing their FIRST book. They were excited, and scared, and excited again, all in the course of one meeting.

At the beginning, anything is possible. If you win or not, just remember–no matter your word count, those words are words you didn’t have on October 31st.


Happy Nanowrimo to all!!!

Nanowrimo 2019

Image by M. Maggs from Pixabay

from Dictionary.com

Wordie      noun (wur-dee)
a person with an enthusiastic interest in words and language.
(in other words, a writer)

 

 

Just a couple of weeks until Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month. November 1-30, 50,000 words.

This year I’m trying something a little different. Usually I write romance, even the zombie books are romance novels set in the zombie apocalypse. But I’m going to try a women’s fiction/time-travel novel.

That Moment is a story of the ripples we put into play every time we make a decision. Some are small and just ripple through the rest of our day or so. Some are monumental and ripple through time and space to affect our entire lives. If not, the lives of everyone around us. If you could go back to a moment in time and set things right, would you? More important, should you?

Do you Nanowrimo? Find me at https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jill-james


Jill James, writer of tales

Anticipation

Do you remember the old ketchup commercial with the forever waiting for the ketchup to pour onto the hamburger or fries?

That’s how I feel waiting for the results of contests I’ve entered. The date is circled on the calendar, your heart beats a little faster, you check your email a bazillion times or maybe not at all, doing other things to forgot; oh, right, that was today. As if you can fool yourself. LOL

Win, place, or show. Doesn’t matter. It is great to win, don’t get me wrong. But getting eyes on your writing and seeing how it stacks up is its own reward.

How do you wait for news?


Jill James, romance writer