Tag Archives: SummerNaNo

Six Sentence Sunday, 23 September 2012 (Leonie Hallward and the Secession of Greenwich Village)

“One infuses a bit of oneself in a good portrait.”  Even if it were only the black kitten Merveille, in a beam of sunlight, and his shadow, quick India-ink shifting across the sunlit floor. Basil smiled, and I watched the … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: Excerpt (Leonie Hallward and the Secession of Greenwich Village)

Needless to say, I didn’t finish my Summer NaNo in June, due to the disruptions of preparing Erika and the Vampire for publication. The target was 50,000 words in thirty days; I managed about 16,500 words of Leonie Hallward and the Secession of … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: Hold fast the dream (or here comes the hard part)

Haven’t written. Haven’t written in two days, no, three. The reasons are manifold, but they all come down to the same thing: I haven’t closed the door on the hurricane of worries that calls itself Real Life. I don’t have … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: A certain slant of light

It’s a perfect summer evening here, with the light just fading to red-gold and a breeze stirring the topmost tree-tops as the birds twitter in the branches. (No, unfortunately I’m not ornithologist enough to tell you what kind, but they … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: The time machine (a bit of research)

The Summer NaNo isn’t so much a novel as the groundwork for one, as I take the challenge of playing the 30-question character questionnaire against a plot skeleton. Today I’m to ask Leonie what she ate today, in great detail. … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: Three magical moments

Writing is full of magical moments. I’m in the middle of several of them right now: the glamour of first draft, the rewards of beta-reading, and the lessons of prolific production. There’s the night before creation, when the story starts … Continue reading

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Summer NaNo: Novel Cook Pot, installment 1

Once you’re a writer, everything is a writing prompt. This summer I’m going to do a NaNo novel. The formal challenge is to do a plot skeleton and play it in counterpoint against the character interview. The responses to the … Continue reading

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