Posts Tagged ‘Nanowrimo’

This week has been exciting, difficult, stressful, fun and crazy.  I have less than a week until I go to my first writer’s conference, Killercon and I have been busting my butt trying get my work ready to hopefully present/pitch at the conference.  I am so looking forward to going, but the stress of getting ready is starting to drag me down.  Not that I mind working hard to accomplish my goal of being a publish novelist and screenwriter, but today, at the end of a long week of real work (you now the work you go to M-F to get a paycheck to pay the bills,) creative work, and trying to have a bit of fun, is making me so tired and unproductive.  I have been working all day on trying to finish up a rewrite of one of my novels (okay not the whole novel but a section to present at the conference) and I am just out of steam.  I have the drive to want to do more, but for me just typing up this blog is an effort right now. 

I have tried using music, which usually is one of my biggest forms of inspiration and motivation, but today, I can’t move forward.  I guess part of me misses doing one thing, reading.  Since I have been pushing myself so hard on my writing, I have not had any time for down time of reading.  I miss reading.  To try to keep my mind from going crazy I have found myself checking out the local news on the net to read something, but that’s not helping much.  As much as I love to write, I believe without reading, my writing will NOT grow, so to go this long without really reading is driving me crazy.

What’s worse is I have 6 new books I just bought at Barnes N Nobles with gift card money (thanks Mom for the gift card) and I have the books at home, sitting where I stare at them if I am sitting on the couch.  Maybe tomorrow on the plane to San Fran I will have time to do some reading, if I am far enough done with my writing and editing. 

And that leads me to another reason I am feeling unmotivated.  I miss writing and creating.  I haven’t written anything “NEW” in the last two or three weeks except rewrites of my novels.  I miss creating worlds, characters, plots.  Maybe I should give myself a break and just write (oh wait that is what I am doing right now.)

I guess I am just starting to long for National Novel Writing Month, www.nanowrimo.org to get me back in the swing of writing nonstop for 30 days to hit a crazy goal, but I guess after tonight I will have enough work done on the rewrite of my novel Cat Scratched that I might have a bit of down time.

Okay off to edit this (ugh) and then post it.  Have a wonderful weekend and I keep telling myself, next week I only have to work Monday through Wednesday.  YEAH!

Tomorrow I will be having a second story posted this month on FlashShot called “Love Is A Four Letter Word” http://www.gwthomas.org/flashshotindex.htm and I am excited about the writing I have been doing lately.  I may not being hit word counts out of the ball park (which I love to do) but I am getting good words down on paper (well the screen I should say.)

Also, I recently hit a goal of $300 donated to National Novel Writing Month so I will be able to go to their Night of Writing Dangerously and bring a friend, but now I am trying to place in the most earned in donations.  I am not going to ask anyone to donate, but if you feel like it, please do, it’s for a great cause.  My parents were nice and donated in my name, because they know how much my writing means to me.  Here’s the link if you want to donate for me: http://www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1891&AID=937&PID=151218

Today I added some history to a character which chilled me to the bone, which I can only hope others feel the same way about my work when it’s ready to be shown.  I know my critique group will like it when it’s ready to be shown.  I am working a couple of stories and editing another one all at the same time, but my only “problem” is that characters from each story are whispering to me for my attention.  One of the characters woke me up last night in the middle of the night to tell me something.  Luckily when I to write today, she was still talking to me and I found out why she enjoys certain insanities that she has.

I am hopeful to finish some big projects this year.  The goals for the rest of the year are:

  1. Finish editing Ryan Says so I can start trying to sell my novel
  2. Finish writing my newest novel Double or Nothing
  3. Get deeper into my plot for my untitled bank robbing bandits who are in a band
  4. Get some more stories published
  5. Win Nanowrimo this year (going to Night of Writing Dangerously should help)

Wishing everyone good luck on their goals for the year.

Branding myself

Posted: July 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Well for me this weekend has been very productive, even though I haven’t done a lot of writing, I have been working on getting my “branding” together.  Over the weekend, Damian worked on my business cards, they are going to look great, my friend Ginger Edwards http://sites.google.com/site/thelvwriters/ginger-edwards, helped me to create a page: http://sites.google.com/site/thelvwriters/laura-j-hickman

I also have started working on some other pages to get my name out, hopefully I will get enough hits on pages to help me get my name out and to help me get some exposure.  I am planning on doing some writing and editing done today.

Plus, knowing that Killercon www.killercon.com is about a month away that I need to be ready to push my novels, “Double or Nothing” which I am working on right now and “Ryan Says” that is in the process of being written.

Furthermore, last week my parents donated in my name to go National Novel Writing Month’s www.nanowrimo.org Night of Writing Dangerously in November, and I will be bringing a friend.  It will be so fun.  I am just grateful my parents enjoy donating to good causes.

Finally, I have gotten some acceptances lately including 2 stories at 6 Sentences (“Mind Games” and “The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey”,) 2 stories at FlashShot and finally my story “Animal Lover” with Pill Hill’s Press anthology Fem-Fangs.

I know with hard work, lots of hours on my new netbook (yes I love it so much) and some good luck, I can achieve my goal.