Monday, November 14, 2011


It’s Monday. I’m still debating on whether I want to trade it in on another day, lol!

Saturday was the opening day of deer season here in Missouri so the house was quiet for writing in the mornings while my guys were out hunting. Good thing, too, since I had gotten a bit behind in Nano after the chaos of Friday.

I use Nano to get my mind focused on writing a bit every day. I’m also using it to get a manuscript at least ¾’s of the way done. I’m not in a race to slap any words down for the sake of getting 50,000 words. The editing nightmare of that sort of writing sends me in search for bourbon and a therapist. I did get in about 3500 words this weekend.

While I have an idea of what my story is about and where it will end up, the specifics in between are fluid. I tend to plot as I go and that makes my writing a bit slower at times. There have been some surprises, too. Not really surprising as the characters develop and grow into real personalities. These are not so much tangents, although there have been a few minor ones, as much as realizing the characters wouldn’t naturally do what I first had in mind. I also had an epiphany for the whole structure of the villain and their goals and motivations. They have a something they need to accomplish, if they don’t the loss is great. Makes the story more realistic and villains are something that takes a bit of time for me to develop. I usually have my two main characters clearly in mind and a bad guy—in general terms.

This story is based on a legend and what if’s. The idea for this story came to me last year and I’ve had to do a lot of research, to get my world clear in my head—especially language, culture, the flora and fauna of the region I’ve set my story. Not that I’m using a lot of language but enough to make it realistic. That means also having a glossary of terms. The story has been a lot of fun and an adventure for me. I think my readers will enjoy it as well.

If I get stymied or tired I take a break, go for a walk sit out in the sunshine. I also drink plenty of water and munch on apples—brain food. Actually,the presence of fresh apples in your diet can improve your memory and sustain brain health. Yes, I still drink coffee and I still love chocolate, but I like to slice up apples and munch on them.


  • How’s your writing going? How’s the WIP coming along?

  • Whether or not you’re participating in Nano, or just trying to get your blogs organized and ready for the week—it all involves writing, doesn’t it?

Bloggers, anything special coming up on your blog this week? Guests? Topics? Do share them.


Talli Roland said...

Hmm. Maybe I need to eat more apples! I go for a run when I need to 'unstick' the story. I love it when new characters pop up, but they can cause plot problems.

~Sia McKye~ said...

That's the truth, but I also like where they take the story or add a layer to it.

I'm tired this morning--course that could have something to do with having to get up at the crack of dawn this morning. My crystal ball tells me I have a nap coming up soon--especially now it's getting a bit overcast.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Apples are my favorite fruit!
Write at your own pace. No need to send yourself to the therapist.
I'm hosting Jessica Bell on Wednesday with a short interview and review of her CD, Melody Hill.

Dana Fredsti said...

I'm not participating in Nano ... if I were, my word count for the month would be pathetic. Regardless, I tend to write the same way you're describing above... and never know what characters might appear, although I try to at least check their ID before letting them into the plotline...

jeff7salter said...

I had a gigantic apple last evening.
So let me check my memory and creative stirrings. Uh ... nope. Doesn't even register.

Laila Knight said...

I'd better start eating more apples. Glad to hear you're getting a lot of writing done. I never could understand how people shoot deer. They're so cute. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

That is the coolest music on her trailer, isn't it? The premise of the book is inviting too. I'll pop on by, Alex. Thank you for that.

Hmm, apples is good food. And actually bananas are too--they lift your mood and make you feel better.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Laila, they may be cute and I'll grant you that, but they are also a source of lean red meat without GMOs (genetically-modified organisms),chemicals and antibiotics. For many in the rural America, they're also something that fills the freezer and feeds family.

I don't care for sport hunters going for the biggest rack and leaving the carcass where it fell--donate it to the food shelters or give it to someone who needs food. Don't waste it.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jeff, two a day is good, drinking apple juice is also good. The benefits of both ways are currently being studied in Alzheimer research.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Dana,what do you do about those who just show up and you haven't a clue as to their names or intent?

"I'm sorry, you have a fascinating tidbit to add, but unless you can tell me your name and show some ID, you're gonna have to have a seat over there. Sorry."

I have several sitting over there. *shakes my head.

Tonya Kappes said...

Oh my! I'm also participating in Nano and not planning on making the 50k words b/c it's not about the fast pace anymore. I want to make it as right as I can the first time and taking my time is going to pay off for me in the end. Off to buy apples!!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Me, TOO, Tonya!

Munch those apples. Actually, I like to slice them and store some in the fridge. Just pull them out and munch and write. :-)

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Well, Sia, it seems that when work doesn't go well, I use it as an excuse. But I wrote my heart out Saturday and Sunday.

Good luck on Nano.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, better get some apples, don't mind eating a raw apple, cooked generally leave me cold. Now a nice drop of venison too, I wish we lived nearer, I would be over like a shot.

Luckily writing daily blogs, I don't have to worry about plots, just about spelling or typos which I seem to be making a lot of lately. But I do love to write.