Wednesday, February 4, 2009


The house is quiet this morning. Only me and a few billion dust mites hanging about. And they're apparently sleeping. Which means I can write!

In November I wrote over 40,000 words for NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month)
Then in January I took the story apart so I could turn it into an outline. You know I'm frustrated when I take a scissors to my story!

I did not love the November or January processes. It's much more fun to discover my story as I go - researching, writing, living and then repeating.

But both were good for me. Should have done them in reverse order (of course!) but NaNo was a last minute decision so I didn't have time to outline ahead.

I wouldn't have outlined at all except that I was applying for a grant.

I'm glad I did because it really does help. Today I begin tweaking the outline and sample chapters so I can send a proposal to my editor.

Fingers crossed, it goes out next week.


  1. Good luck, Joyce. I need to get jump started. With all the waiting and distraction, I've let myself get stalled. I really feel like doing some drawing to get in the mode again. Hmmm...maybe after my shower!

  2. love your pictures Joyce. Outline is good. would have saved me some work too now that I go back and revise ideas!
    how is va?
    I finally conquered Podcasting! Feel like I have climbed Mt Everest!