3-Day Novel Contest: The Right Idea

Obviously, the first step in writing a novel is to come up with an idea and figure out a plot. In early July, it took me about a week to decided on the genre and that I’d go with Young Adult Science Fiction. This part took so long thanks to the angel and devil on my shoulders, one saying challenge yourself and one saying go with something easy. I went with the angel, who assured … Read more

3-Day Novel Contest: Preparation Time

I signed up for the 3-Day Novel Contest early July, and decided I’d blog about the preparation and writing process. Now, here it is a month later, and it’s about time I get started. The first time I accomplished the 3-Day Novel Contest, my preparation time consisted of outlining the second book in The Courier series. It was an easy task considering I’d already had the entire story in my head for quite some time. … Read more

Bloodleggers Returns Summer of 2013

R. J. Robyn and I have returned to writing Bloodleggers. As originally planned, we will release the popular vampire serial in episodes once a month here and on the Friday Frights website as a part of Serial Sunday. What’s It About When FBI Agent William Knox is sent to Denver to investigate a rash of missing persons, he meets indentured vampire, Regina Todd, and together they must unravel a dark maze of crime syndicates, secret … Read more

An awesome start to the week

Posted by W.J. Howard Despite the fact that we had another kid in the hospital over the weekend, this time getting stitched up from a cut to the hand by a broken glass, AND I had another flu virus attack me last week, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MONDAY’S EVER! The Courier was released this morning! WHOO HOO!! GO BUY IT NOW! Or, get it for free by dropping by one of the Minor … Read more

Back to Blogging with a Goals Check-In

It’s time. My plan was to start blogging again June 1st and here I am. Considering we’re closing in on the 2011 halfway point, I thought I’d start with a goals check-in. What have I been up to? Lots and lots of writing and editing, and I’m too excited to report that I’m over my target word count for both so far this year. Rather than write another novel or two this year, I decided … Read more

Bad Start to a Challenge

What a difference between NaNoEdMo and NaNoWriMo. There are so few participants, you can hear crickets over on the EdMo website. That and the site has been attacked by a spammer, which seems to be keeping people away. There’s no leadership and no one communicating to the group except for a few posts by the editing support staff. Still, I’m set on completing the challenge. I’ve even started some discussions in the Horror & Thriller … Read more

1 Day Down, 30 To Go

Yesterday was a mellow first day, editing The Courier for NaNoEdMo, just as I hoped it would be. I’m taking a different approach during NaNoEdMo than I did writing 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo, hoping I don’t burn out by day three. When it comes to new stories, I can write like a crazed maniac for days and days. Editing is such a different process though. That approach would probably put me in an asylum by … Read more

NaNoEdMo Starts Tuesday

It dawned on me an hour ago that it’s the end of February, and there are only a few days until NaNoEdMo begins. So I decided to drop by the NaNoEdMo website and check on a 2011 badge and add posts in a few discussions. Unfortunately, no badges and it looks like their forum has been invaded by those damn spammers. Also, and there are forum bugs because the site wouldn’t allow me to post … Read more

Like the New Site?

Why the changes?  I’m creating a website for my husband’s business and decided to move my blogs to his server.  Am also pointing all blogs here including Bloodleggers and The Courier.   R. J. and I will post here later this year instead of having a separate blog.  Everything’s incorporated into one place now.  Also added a home page for quick news blurbs.  I’ll also be adding a forum on the site eventually.  Until then, pardon … Read more

The End of One Road…

TweetAnd so NaNoWriMo ends for me, one day early.  Final word count is 70,191 and 317 pages.  How do I feel about it ending?  I’m a little sad, but also beaming, knowing that I’ve written two more novels in The Courier series since the beginning of September.  I’m no longer complaining about what I’ve accomplished this year. What’s next?  I’ve decided to continue the story I started about a highly structured society that exists without … Read more

I’m a Winner!!

TweetHow FUN!  Yesterday I copied Cause for Redemption into the NaNoWriMo word counter for my first time ever, and I’m a winner…WHOO HOO!!  Such a little thing, but a great feeling knowing that I’ve finished the contest. Now I have to finish the novel in the next 5 days.  Considering I wrote the second book in 3 days, I’ll finish up this book no problem.  It’ll be interesting to see how many words the final … Read more

Losing a Character’s Image

TweetDuring the last couple days of writing Cause for Redemption for NaNoWriMo, I’ve been transitioning Barry’s character to more of a leader to his gang of misfits.  This morning I’ve lost sight of his appearance in my head, which used to be very much like Michael Cera.  It’s making it difficult for me to properly depict him in the story.  Has that ever happened to one of your characters?  What did you do to get … Read more

Celebrating NaNoWriMo Word Count at 50010 Today

Tweet I DID IT!! WHOO HOO!! 50,000 WORDS!! But when I put the total into the word count field there were no fireworks, just me sitting back in my chair smiling, which was reward enough.  In this contest, that number stands out like a 4th of July burst of color in the sky anyways. I reached the end of a scene with a word count of 50,010 and have decided that’s enough writing for today.  … Read more

Another Happy NaNoWriMo Week

TweetHappy Monday, all!  And so starts another week of writing Cause for Redemptio in NaNoWriMo.  I took the weekend off, so I was refreshed and ready to write this morning. Decided to write to 40,000 today, which put me a bit over the daily 3500 goal.  Not so long ago I was excited to reach the first 10,000 words written and now I’ve reached the last 10,000.  How time flies when you’re having fun! Good … Read more

Recharged by Cookies

TweetGorging on peanut butter cookies yesterday squashed the slug right out of me.  I’m feeling recharged for some reason today.  Could also be that it’s snowing.  I’ve been dying for a snowy day of writing by the fire, and here it is. I was just looking back at a few of my previous posts during the contest and saw Celebrating 10,000 Words Today.  That happened way back on day 3.  As of this morning, TRIPLE … Read more

Reached 1st Burn Out Day

TweetI’ve officially reached my first day of burnout.  Even though I’ve only written 177 words this morning, I’m still motivated to write.  Problem is I feel like a slug.  So I expect the words to flow slowly today, maybe finishing up 3500 words by tonight. How am I dealing with the burn out.  So far I’ve parked it on the couch with a notebook and a glass of ice tea.  Am taking a break, watching … Read more

Over Half Way There

Today, I especially love the stats page they provide for the NaNoWriMo contestants.  Check out what mine reads in the lower right corner.  Total words remaining is less that half.  Words alone cannot express the satisfying feeling of reaching this point. I also wrapped up the first act of Cause for Redemption today…FINALLY!  This scares me a bit because I’m now getting into the meat of the novel and have less days than I expected … Read more

NaNoWriMo One Week In

 Taking a break from writing because I just reached 18,000 words.  How’s it going?  Just fine.  Pressing on, motivated to sit down and write, words are continue to flow, still lovin’ the contest… How does my family feel about me after one week in NaNo?  I’ve officially been compared to the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons.  Considering the goofy things I’ve been doing the past couple days, I can’t really argue with them.  I … Read more

Celebrating 10,000 Words Today

How exciting! Over 10,000 words in 3 days!  That’s equal to almost 4 chapters and 44 pages.   What I’m really  doing is following the advice I got in an email from NaNo.  Write hard and fast to start.  Besides, I’d really like to take weekends off so writing ahead is a must. Story’s coming out nicely!  Lots of fun conflict and action in the first act, although the storyline is slow going.  Not exactly … Read more

Switching To Scrivener 1 Day In…Am I Crazy?

Yesterday R.J. introduced me to Srivener, a tool for writing documents.   Anybody else out there using it?  I watched the video and was interested enough to download a free 30 day trial.  Ten minutes into playing with it I was hooked.  So I’ve decided to use it the next 29 days not only for NaNoWriMo, but to add the 4th draft of book 1 of The Courier.  Am I crazy? Oh, and they’re actually selling … Read more