Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kate Walker has a great post up on the pivotal moments of the Final Four in the New Voices contest. I'll say some of the choices surprised (not in a bad way) me. And hats off to the author of Blood Roses. I was genuinely worried how she would handle the last two entries with a much shorter word count than her competitors.

With just days to go until NaNo begins, I have been busy doing research and polishing my outline. I have been tempted to pick up the outline of another half-finished book, but I have resisted. I really want to win; it's my first time and I've never written so many words in such a short time. I'm not sure if I'll really be able to finish in time. It's a bit like the contest: exciting and a little bit scary.

In preparation, I've downloaded the Beta for Scrivener. I adore it. Yes, it has crashed a couple of times and not all of the features are working. But, oh my goodness, it's shiny! I can forgive a fair number of tech issues for something that instantly made visible to me where the weak points in my plot were going to be. It has this little corkboard thingy. And there for me to see, are scene after scene of my characters talking and thinking right around the middle. *headdesk* Why I couldn't see it before, I have no idea. But now, I can; so they're going to have to do something; maybe I'll blow something up.




  1. We're so close to the end of NV now we can start taking bets on the winner ;) Hasn't time flown? Just 4 days to NaNo!

  2. I wouldn't take that bet! I don't know which way it will go.

  3. I put "The Prodigal's Pride" on hold last year to do Nano and having only just gotten back into writing it I've decided to Nano the rest of it. I have to say I don't feel excited by the thought but needs must because if I put it on hold again I don't think it will ever get finished.

  4. I know what you mean. The shiny new projects are always more enticing. Sometimes I really have to force myself to finish something, just to be finished.