Because Teenage Writers is a community for, well, teenage writers, they conveniently have a yearly novel challenge that spans the months July and August. Being a novelist, I joined as soon as I found out about it (and prepared a little beforehand). The point is to set a goal, which can be anywhere from two thousand to two hundred thousand words. You can have a daily/weekly goal, or whatever you choose. My goal, being the optimist I am, was to complete my novel I’ve been working on for a year: Through the Glass.

Well, at this point I think I might have fallen behind. Might not win this year, but hey, I always have NaNo to try again. If I don’t have my novel done by NaNo time, the rewrite of Through the Glass might be my chosen one. Oh, but how I looked forward to beginning a new journey…Oh, well. I’ll catch up in time, though I’m procrastinating writing the most important scenes toward the end of the book.

I shall overcome!




July 27, 2009

I almost completed my goal today, so, yay! I fell…what? Just over 200 words short. Of course, even now I could be in there typing up some more. Which I think I will. If I have time. And I know I started this kinda late, considering the novel challenge began weeks ago, but better late than never.

Anyway, I’ve been working on a scene in my novel which is supposed to put emotional strain on the protagonist. I had good, detailed, raw emotion in the last drafted version, but I went about revealing it the wrong way. Thus in this draft I’ve been working around telling and doing more showing, which is how the scene now is, but now that I have done what I wanted to do in the first place, I think it’s slightly stoic. It sucks; I can never tell if the emotion is clear or not. Before she’s afraid to take anything, and now she’s…I suppose she’s afraid, just showing it another way…

Something to contemplate.


July 28, 2009

And we near the month of August, which will bring many untold things.

Other than that, I almost finished my word goal today. Just over 600, but that was with editing, so it wasn’t all on one scene. I hate beginning new chapters, and thus I’m waiting until tomorrow to rewrite chapter five. Chapter four fell in at just over 3,200, which is actually small compared to the rest. (Normal chapter size: 4,000 – 5,000 words)

I got through the dreaded emotional scene!!! Yes, um, so now I can move on with my life, eat, sleep, smile, and not worry that I’ve an incomplete scene in chapter four.  And now that I’ve brushed it off my list, I can begin another emotional scene. Ugh. Where does it end? Never, really. It’s a heart wrenching tale. Every chapter has at least one emotional impact.

Hopefully I’ll be finished and ready to send it off to a publisher by the end of the year. I’ve worked on it for so long already…


September 1, 2009

The challenge is officially over! Still, though, I managed my goal, drafted of Through the Glass, etc. etc. Since I finished my goal, I’m up to chapter nine and a half in rewrites, but it’s slow-going. Next year I’ll aim for a number goal instead of finishing a draft.