Sorry I haven’t been blogging as promised, but NaNoWriMo has taken over my life (!) In a totally good way though 😉
I’m happy to say that while I had an outline to follow, serendipity struck and in a departure from the plan, I’ve taken my YA fantasy up a notch into high concept territory. It’s an epic win.
I knew that I’d be going away November 4-6, so I tried frontloading my first days to prepare. Here’s the word count so far:
- November 1 – 2161 words
- November 2 – 2284 words
- November 3 – 2325 words
- November 4 – 0 words
- November 5 – 2122 words
- November 6 – 0 words
- November 7 – 1877 words
- November 8 – 2168 words
- November 9 – 2190 words
I’m just a titch ahead of the game at 15127 words. I’m on chapter 6 of 14. Working title: Figments.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming
October 27, 2013
Jane began her keynote with a humorous anecdote about dinner the previous evening where the topic of discussion at the table was the prevalence of dino-porn (if you don’t believe it, Google it—here’s a link to get you going, pun intended – http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/10-real-book-covers-from-dinosaur-on-human-sex-novels/ ).
Only at Surrey.
Jane took comfort in the thought. She could always reinvent herself if her career tanked.
Jane wrote her first story at the age of five, made her first story book in elementary school, wrote her first romance in high school, and received her first rejection in 1984.
Eventually, she got a non-form rejection letter including a long list of errors. Her response? I can fix all that!
Among her works in progress was a 900 k word medieval epic in which the heroine murdered her husband to be free.
In January 2000, fourteen rejections and fifteen years later, Jane sold her first book.
Since then, she’s published 44 novels and written 46.
She confessed to feeling like a fraud as part of the Bestseller Banter panel. She was afraid for years that her career would be taken away from her.
She found that real estate was a suitable metaphor for publishing. You work for years on your novel, your dream. It’s a part of your life, and someone comes along and puts a dollar value on it. Sometimes the assigned value doesn’t reflect the true worth of the work.
Jane Porter’s Five Keys to Survival as a Writer
- Craft. You’ve got to work out your creative muscles. It’s the best way to protect yourself. Be excellent.
- Get real. Check your attitude at the door. You can choose how to respond.
- Goal-setting. Look where you want to go. Ride the channels and use the energy of the currents.
- Perseverance. Face your fears.
- Don’t react. Don’t follow the trends. Categories are changing.