Plotting for Black Friday

It’s been awhile since my last post. Migraines and life have been kicking my ass lately. That’s not exactly helpful during Nano, but I’m still puttering along. I’m hoping that I can catch up on my word count this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m now on Pinterest and Facebook. I’ve included the links below. I’m not the best about posting regularly, but I’ve done way better with these, so far, than I ever did with my personal one’s and now I’ve become a bit addicted to Pinterest.

https://www.facebook.com/JLPerry

http://www.pinterest.com/jlperryauthor/

On another note, I’m getting ready for Black Friday. That’s the one day a year that I voluntarily wake up at the crack of dawn and don’t whine about it. (That’s a miracle, because I don’t do early.) I love shopping. I’ve seen so many good deals, I can’t wait to hunt for them. I’ve found a few things I’d like to have, but so many more gifts for friends and family. I’m a BIG gift giver. I tend to do it all throughout the year, not just Christmas time. As soon as I get my author act together, I’m sure the gift giving will spill into this area too.

So, I’m not only plotting my strategy for Black Friday, I’ve also got a plot for a new story floating around in my brain. This is one of my big weaknesses. I can plot/outline stories all day long. I’ve never had trouble with that. Sure I get stuck in a place or two sometimes, but a writing prompt or an interrogation usually fix that. I’ve only written two books all the way through after outlining at least a hundred stories. They have a lot of good stuff in them. They were just poorly executed, because I wrote them before I really started studying the craft of writing. I plan on revamping them in the future, because I really love both of the stories. I’ve written several small pieces this year, that I’ll really start editing in December.

After NaNo, I have a lot of fabulous plans for my stories. I really hope I can pull it all off. So, good luck to all the NaNo writers and Black Friday shoppers! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Villains?

I’m still doing prep work for NaNoWriMo and my villain is giving me trouble. I just can’t seem to get in his head to know why he’s doing the crazy thing’s he’s doing. I love it when a bad guy was someone you wouldn’t suspect is a bad guy, but this character doesn’t have any reason, that he’s shared with me yet, why he’s doing completely aholian things. I’m going to consult my Create a Character Clinic book. Maybe I can find a way to get my Muse to come out and play…

Now that I think about it, there’s only a few villain that stick out to me in all the books that I’ve read, Voldemort from Harry Potter, the Omega from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Valentine in the Mortal Instruments, and Ku’Sox from The Hollows. I love other book series too, but most of them don’t have a consistent villain till the end. What do you think, do you prefer a story with a villain that’s there until the end or do you like to mix it up from book to book?

On a side note, as soon as I get my short story Masquerade edited it will be available on Amazon. Also, after a re-write and edits I’ll be giving away my flash fiction anthology. Stay tuned for updates!

NaNoWriMo

 

2013-Participant-Square-ButtonI’m starting my prep for NaNoWriMo! This will be my first year to participate and I’m really excited!  Last year I was a spectator, just to see how everything worked. Now, I’m fascinated. I think this will be a great challenge, not only to just finish something, but to get your Muse to crank out the good stuff on a tight deadline. Hope to see you participate! Now, I’m off to interrogate my Muse for character information. *grins*