Hold the Phone, I am an Author!!

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OMG Mom, You’re AMAZING!!

My writing and novel are being show cased!! Please hop over to What Inspires Your Writing to check it out!! Follow the links to my novel and make it #1 on the charts (I’m currently #2!!)

 

Apparent Power

My novel is being showcased today!!!! He makes it sound so good and really captures the intensity far better than I could articulate of my own work. This is so exciting!!

A young nurse. An apocalyptic disaster that awakens a dormant gene in a small segment of the population. To a ruthless government bent on morphing into a totalitarian regime, these genes are useful, but Valerie Russell’s even rarer genes are indispensable. Stranded in central Colorado, a hundred miles from home—and from her two-year-old son—Valerie quickly […]

via A novel takes shape: Apparent Power by Dacia Arnold — What Inspires Your Writing?

Not So Green Anymore

I know I am quite a ways from being a professional writer, but not that I have actually accomplished something of the literary nature, I am over the moon.

Some of you have been following my journey through March’s 10,000 word challenge. I am happy to announce that with 8 days to spare, I wrote 10,373 words of new content and completing the first have of my full length novel.

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I have been stuck in the same place in the writing process for about 18 months. So having moved forward at all is amazing to me. I have also reignited that fire that originally got me started in the first place and have a more clear vision of the future of the story. My next goal is to have the entire first draft completed by December 1st. That’s another 50,000 words.

I continue to submit my shorter pieces for publishing in collections, but I still cannot say I am a published author. Maybe one day soon. Maybe I will self publish a book at the end of April. We shall see.

 

via Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

Challenge Update: 1/2 Way There

 

IMG_0589Holy Cheese-Its!! We are half way through the month and my 10,000 word challenge and I am excited to share that even though I spent the first half of the month editing existing content, I am on target to finish strong and have written 5,300 words of new content. I have been averaging about 500 words a day, so I might even reach the goal before the end of the month.

If you’re late to the show you can read the workings of my novel, DiaZem.
“So when the month is over and the challenge is done, what will you do?”
 
When the month is over, I will be half way finished with the entire first draft. (Novels are typically 100,000 words).
November is National Novel Writing Month. This is another challenge but on a much larger scale. NaNoWriMo is highly recognized in the literary world. The challenge includes writing 50,000 words in a single month!!! If I can complete this, I WIN NaNoWriMo!! And, even more rewarding, the first draft of my novel will be complete. This idea alone seems very surreal to me.
Between now and then, I have decided to work on a family piece that I may or may not publish depending on the progress made. I have decided to focus on the legacy of my grandmother and maybe do a compilation of stories about her and her life.
I will also turn my focus back to my blog and possibly begin the marketing process for DiaZem.
This is a big year for me and my writing and I am so happy you have been apart of it. If you’d like to be removed from my emails, just let me know, I totally get it. Cheers!!!

Six Facts Saturday- Writing Challenge

I announced last month that I would be participating in a writing challenge which would limit my ability to post on my blog regularly. In the past 11 days I have edited 14 chapters and have added almost 2,000 new words to my original manuscript. This puts me about 1400 words behind the rest of the group. Since it had been over a year since I had read the original work, it was important to consistency that I went back and did some cleaning up. If I maintain about 500 words a day for the rest of the month, I will win the challenge.

Here are a couple of things I have learned so far:

  1. I learned how to move forward with my story. I had been stuck for so long that I am super excited for where this is going.
  2. Having people read and want to continue reading my book has been a huge motivator.
  3. I have learned that the current draft is simply a bare bones story line and lacks in emotion and description. The second and third draft, I intent to beef it up as far as cleaning it up and adding more elegant writing. “She was angry.” is about the extent of my descriptions right now.
  4.  Writing every single day is hard, but 500 words is not such a tall order even when I am pressed for time. It’s not stressful to sit with an expectation of a page and a half. Mostly because I finally know where it is going.
  5. Writing every single day is easy, but getting the movie that is playing out in my head into written words that not only make sense but are interesting to read is very intimidating.
  6. There are so many other talented writers out there!!! There are stories of every genre entered in this challenge and they have taught me a thing or two about my own writing.
    1. A Crack in the Mirror is a fantasy story
    2. P.S. is another good one with a strong female protagonist

So many more stories (including MINE) can be found at ChapterBuzz.com

Thank you again, everyone who has read and given me feedback. I stopped posting publicly after chapter 9, so if you get to the point of needing more, I’d be happy to send you the rest.

10,000 March Writing Challenge.

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After two years of writing, I have finally decided to join a writing challenge to catapult production on my book. I’m scared that my writing is crap, but I am excited to finally share it with people in digestible chunks. It’s called 10K Word Count Challenge.

Because I have not worked on it in almost 18 months, I really feel like I am starting over. I have better developed the science of it and have a more clear understanding of where I’m headed and am able to sprinkle a little more foreshadowing into the beginning.

With college, practice, and reading I know now what works and what is boring. I am hoping this translates into the final-ish product.

If you are sick and tired of hearing about my book and would like to read along, I welcome you along for the ride.

First, you create and account and  log into www.chapterbuzz.com
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Then Click on “Stories”
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My story is currently the one at the VERY bottom on the left. Click on “+Add to Bookshelf” under the cover picture. Then click on the title and it will bring you to the book.
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This is where you can read the chapters and leave your feedback. You can “Buzz Up” the chapter if you like it, I’m not quite sure what that does.
Again, I am so excited to spend this month sharing this story with you. It has been a long time dream to get this out of my head and into the hands of readers. You all are the BEST!!!
Dacia Arnold