There are now four days until the Clarion write-a-thon begins on June 24th, where I will continue work on my novel-in-progress and attempt to add 30k new words over the course of six weeks.
It’s been a busy lead up to the write-a-thon because, frankly, I’ve been unfucking a few things structurally. Writing a novel feels a bit like building an engine from scratch when your only previous experience is with watching someone else do it. Sure, you know the processes and what’s important but putting all the pieces together in the right order is daunting. I’ve finally worked out what this novel needs, though, and started reorganizing what I have
It’s important that I have my workspace cluttered appropriately. Since I work and write in the same space, having familiar things around helps me slip into a creative mindset when I’ve spent a day doing other things. Among them are:
You might pick up on a few things about what I’m writing, based on what’s around my desk. If you like dark urban fantasy, tattoos and magic, secret histories of the church, angels, demons, and a good story, all I can say is, maybe you and I should be friends.
If you’re thinking of participating in the write-a-thon, we have nifty teams this year to
egg you on encourage you when you’re feeling crestfallen. Also, and alternatively, you can sponsor me or one of the many writers. All the money goes to the Clarion Foundation, which uses the tax-deductible donations for things like student scholarships. It’s not too late!
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 #write-a-thon