Thursday, October 28, 2010

My NaNo 2010 Announcement

Ready for BIG NaNo news? Well, I'm gonna tell it. 

First of all, my NaNo project is going to be Enchant, which is the first in a trilogy (Enchant, Enrapture, Enthrall) about witches. I am going to start outlining (ughhhhh) the series tonight, and hopefully I will know what I actually want to happen by November. Originally, the series was going to revolve around a witch who fell in love with a black guy who was also a shapeshifter, and also fall in love with a human girl. 

I don't know why, but I am just not feeling that anymore, plus I don't think I need to have a love triangle. I think I'll keep the human girl, though. 

Second piece of news, I will be blogging here EVERY DAY IN NOVEMBER! As if I won't be busy enough with writing.

I really hope I can accomplish each of these goals. Support me, please. And good luck to all the fellow Wrimos out there! We can do it if we stick together!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In the Mood

So, last night I wrote almost three thousand words. That was my most productive night... ever. I seriously am not that fast of a writer. Tonight, I wrote almost one thousand, and was ready to quit.

This brings up the fact that there is a time when you are in a writing mood and when you aren't. Last night, I definitely was. Tonight, I wasn't. I think some of it may have had something to do with everything I had last night was outlined and planned, while I am kind of winging it for now.

On my outline, it skips over a whole cross-country road trip, as I didn't fill anything in between Las Vegas and Detroit besides "exciting and romantic stuff happens here". I need to figure out what that stuff is before I continue to write.

I think I need to outline, it really does seem to help. My author buddies have been telling me it does, while some people have been telling me it takes the magic out of it. Well, I have a very loose outline. I just have bunch of big events that need to happen. They haven't been happening in order, some of them not happening at all. But that is okay.

Anyway, I guess this night has made me realize I need to outline some more or I will not be able to have nights where I write several thousand words.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Not a Race

National Novel Writing Month. We all say we're gonna do it. A lot of us probably will do it. I plan on doing so, but when I think about how slow of a writer I am, it makes me doubt my ability to actually write a whole novel in just a month. Hell, I've been writing The Deceased for about a month and it only has around 5,000 words.

So, I am royally screwed. Or am I? My friend and indie author, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, told me something yesterday that has been sticking with me. I told her about how slow of a writer I am and she told me "It's not a race. I have to tell myself that all the time,".

And it's not. I also talked to my pal Brent last night. He plans to do NaNoWriMo, too, but he is also a super-slow writer. His goal is to get 10,000 words written the entire month.

And even though my goal is to become a published author before I graduate high school, I still have time. It doesn't have to be right now. I can wait a little longer because even if it doesn't happen before I graduate in four years, it will someday.

I know it will because it is what I want to do and it is something I am passionate about. I will make it happen, no matter what.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Read the First Chapter of THE DECEASED

A little-known fact about The Deceased is that it started as a short story that I was writing on my iPod. Well, I couldn't stop writing it. Thanks to Amanda Hocking's Zombiepalooza event, you can now read the original short story, which is now the first chapter of The Deceased.

Read it here.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Where Do You Find The Time?

Believe it or not, I have a really busy life, both social and academic. So, since I have absolutely NO free time, it is pretty hard to sit down and type up a blog post or write a novel. 

On school nights, I have homework and football. On weekends, I usually have at least one party and family stuff. 

I can't see a book being finished any time soon. Writers of the world, where do you find the time to be so amazing and actually write your books? Because wherever this so-called "time" is hidden, I need to find it.

Also, I really want to write a book called LEVITATE. The title won't get out of my head. I know I want it to be paranormal, but what kind of creature should it be about?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn: The Best Season Ever

My favorite season of all time is Autumn. If you ask me in Winter, I would probably tell you that is my favorite, but it's not. The best season of all time is Autumn. The temperature in the air is just perfect. Not cold enough to get all suited up, but just enough to slip on jeans and a hoodie. 

Every year, my mother, sister, and I (and sometimes my dad, but he usually doesn't go) go to one of the many pumpkin patches around us, prancing through the corn mazes, picking apples off the plentiful trees, and going into the shops to munch on the best tasting pastries and ciders the world has to offer. 

Autumn is also the season I started reading. Every day in September/October 2008, I would go out to our swinging bench and read chapters upon chapters of Twilight (yes I loved it back then, still kinda do), Christopher Knight books (he's a semi-local indie author. They call him the "Stephen King of the North"), and whatever else my school library would lend out to me.

And my love of reading led to my love of writing. Autumn plays a big role in Enchantment. Witches and Autumn just go together. 

Autumn actually makes me giddy with joy. I'm not even kidding, whenever I think about it, I smile and giggle. I don't think this is because of some unnamed medical condition. I think it is just because Autumn is the best season there is.

What is your favorite season?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Who Is He? Why Is He Here? What Does He Do? Why Does He Do It?

First of all, welcome to my new blog. You probably already know me, but if you don't, I am Alyx (Alex, Alexander, Alyxandru) and I review books at Electrifying Reviews. At heart, I am a writer. So, it was perfectly natural for me to start this blog.

But why do I write the most incredible genre ever? Well, because I love it! I read and review young adult books nonstop. The next step was obviously to write them! I always have ideas rolling around in my mind, but you know I am serious about one if it gets a title and cover and is placed in the 'My Books' tab... right up ^there^. 

I write every sort of YA book. Paranormal romance, dystopian, magic, apocalyptic, romantic comedies, thrillers, horror, and everything else. I write the kind of books that I read. I read the books that I love. 

Does this mean that I always love what I write? No, it does not. Sometimes, I feel like throwing my computer out the window (I live on the second story) when I am writing. But most of the time, I am fully entranced in the world I write.

I hope that one day, you will be too.
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