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Epenthesis-Episode 007: Brainstorming

I was apprehensive about sharing details about my upcoming project but I wrote about 2,500 words last night so I’m on a good high about it. It also helped me figure out some sticky plot points by talking it out!

Episode 004: Discarding Old Tools I talk a little in the beginning about Episode 4 so here’s a quick link.

Episode 006: Plot vs. Theme I mention this one too so here’s a quick link for it.

 

Progress Stats:

Current Wordcount: 28,323

Goal: 70,000

Draft: First

Deadline: October 31, 2011

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Millennial Voice, Inc.

Hello everyone! Okay, I think I’ve made you suffer enough. I already let the cat out of the bag on Twitter but I thought I should go into more detail about exactly what I’m going to be doing here, as I have more than 140-characters to work with.

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I am so excited about this year! I wanted to wait until the paperwork was finalized to write my next blog post (because I have some amazing news about where my career is going these days) but something else popped up that I wanted to write about.

Marissa Meyer is now on Twitter! You can find her at @marissa_meyer and on her Livejournal (check it out – she always has the most amazing stuff on her Livejournal). She talks about writing, the many books she reads (I wish I could get through a reading list the way she can), and everything to do with inspiration and becoming a better writer. She’s really nice too! Why am I writing about her in my blog?

Well, aside from the fact that she’s awesome, she just recently signed a book contract for her first novel, Cinder! HOORAY!!!

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NaNoWriMo!

Yes! It is that time of year again – National Novel Writing Month. It is cool on a number of levels for me: one, my birthday is in the middle of November so NaNo is like an early birthday present; two, I have made some of the best friends because of NaNo that will stay with me always; and three, my writing has reached such an incredible level as a result of NaNo. After three years of participating, it has helped me to develop the necessary skills I needed to become a better writer: discipline to write every day, creativity not only in what I write but how I write (finding new ways to approach a scene if I get stuck), and the wisdom to know that when it gets boring, there is something wrong with the scene and it isn’t just me being lazy about writing it.

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Innocence vs. Experience

I must confess: I have a BA in English Literature. Hence why I make a lot of references to classical works, some I loved, some I couldn’t stand. Therefore, be warned!

I’ve always been a fan of William Blake (his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Innocence and Experience were truly brilliant, go check out copies of his prints since he didn’t intend for his poetry to be read without them). Anyway, this got me thinking about writing and editing, specifically the difference between a beginning writer with raw talent vs. a well-seasoned veteran, professional writer. This is not to say that the veteran doesn’t have talent either, just making the difference between a beginner and an expert in this case.

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Wow, okay, first of all I want to strongly recommend reading Tanith Lee’s The Silver Metal Lover. I saw the cover and didn’t think I’d like it and I’ve been out of the sci-fi funk for a few years now (the Ender series by Orson Scott Card is such an amazing sci-fi story, I didn’t think anything could compete), but this novel just gripped me. It got me thinking about why I like it so much, since the writing isn’t particularly astronomical and the main character was a bit of a pansy in the beginning. But the growth of her character (and she has a spine! And wit! And all of these interesting thoughts that make the writing so great, I can’t even pinpoint what it is I like about it) and the developing relationship between the two main characters is so real, so believable, that even as I am mentally trying to analyze the text and read from the perspective of a writer, I keep jumping thirty pages ahead and realizing I got no analyzing done. I am that sucked in. But anyway, that’s the intro for this blog, since it got me thinking about the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and a conversation on worldbuilding that I had with Night_mare last night.

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