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June Stats

Originally posted on Bethel College Novel Writing Month:

I refuse to say I “didn’t finish” because finishing a novel in a month really wasn’t the point, but I will admit I fell short of my page goal. My goal was 300 and in June I only got to 226.

So, here are my June stats:

Pages written: 226
# of days I wrote nothing: 5 (I found it hardest to write while on vacation and then again while away for a weekend softball tournament)
# of full notebooks: 2
# of completely drained pens: 6
# of empty notebooks waiting to be filled in July and August: 5
How close to a completed first draft am I: I have no idea, but I don’t think I’m past half way to a finished first draft yet. 50,000 words is a very short novel, really.
# of days I’ve written since the end of June: 2 (today will make 3)

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Writing Quote of the Day (13)

Originally posted on Bethel College Novel Writing Month:

“What really happens is that the story-maker proves a successful ‘sub-creator.’  He makes a Secondary World which your mind can enter.

- J.R.R. Tolkein


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Simple Things: A Little Space is Good for Everyone…

Originally posted on Bethel College Novel Writing Month:

ImageOne thing I’ve noticed as I have embarked on this journey is the difficulty in finding a balance between “engaging the reader”–providing enough action, movement, or drama to keep the reader’s attention–and simplicity. When I read, I think that I want constant action, but I realized today that my favorite books are not those with constant action, but rather are those which have, in my opinion, achieved that balance between drama and simplicity.

In writing a novel, it is important to let your characters just “be” sometimes. If you keep them too busy, your characters will be too busy to tell us about themselves, and we as the readers will be too busy anyway, just trying to keep up with the plot, to get to know the more personal side of the characters anyway.

It’s not easy, though. I know that this is something I am learning not only applies…

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Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Originally posted on Bethel College Novel Writing Month:

“It was a dark and stormy night”…but I’ll try to keep away from cliches, however true they might be.  Raindrops danced across my windshield as I drove home from bible study tonight and my headlights shone brightly over the wet asphalt as I set my cruise on 47 mph and mindlessly followed the road.  My country radio crooned silently and the word “moon” triggered a mental onslaught of Renaissance poetry about said celestial body.

Now you’re thinking two things: 1) Sydney Sheltz is a nerd and 2) where the heck is she going when she leads in with cliches, country music, and Renaissance poetry?

At about this time though, I was rolling to a stop at a red light and admiring the crimson glow on the pavement.  However, another white orb caught my eye.  It was the moon.  It was the effervescent crescent bursting through the clouds and announcing…

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