05 October 2011

ROW80 First Check-In Of Round 4...

Kicking Off A New Round With Goals Marked & People/Places Of Interest....

First, Here's How My Goals Are Shaping Up Thus Far...

I'm within five pages or so of finishing Her Dark Baron.  This ending is proving to be a bit tricky.  How will the 'villain' finally expose him/herself?  Why can I not find the perfect words to capture the hatred/selfishness of my villain's heart?  How can I have my hero be deceived yet enable him to keep his dignity at the same time?  Why did it take him so long to piece the puzzle together?  How will I resolve the final conflict?  Sigh.  I've got a rough draft down.  It needs some TLC to become 'super-luxurious' (a term my sister and I use to refer our favorite things...) Silly?  Definitely.  Fun?  Absolutely.

I should be finished by Sunday!  Wow!  I'm quite excited about this. 

The 'tweaking' will begin next Monday.  There's a fair amount of that which needs done.  I alloted myself 2 weeks.  I may add another week if I decide to do one of the character sheets (see below for link and explanation) for my heroine and hero.  This may be a helpful tool for 'tweaking' in the right direction!

I have been visiting 5 blogs per day Mon-Fri.  I've met so many wonderful writers/bloggers.  This was one of my best ideas during the last round.  :)
Notice my Insecure Writer's Group post and my Rule Of Three Blogfest Post ....I'm having such a great time of it!  If I'd never stepped out of my box and explored these blogs, I'd be missing out on so much that is not only growing my writing community, but continues to stretch my creativity, strengthen my confidence, and sharpen my abilities. 

I've not met my weekly reading goal as of today.  The weekend looks good for that task. 

How are you getting on? 

People & Places Of Interest...

Fellow ROW80 writer and friend, Robin M. over at My Two Blessings

 linked up to this post -The Pros And Cons Of Character Sheets, written by Natalie Whipple.  This was a good introduction to the process, and I appreciated Natalie's honest observations on how this particular tool helped and-or frustrated her.  There's even a link to the actual character chart used! (Find it here).  How's that for easy?  Click, Read, & Print. 
I also enjoyed this writier's Self-Editing-Example, which can be found under her 'Writing Advice/Reference' Header at the top of her blog page.  It's quite similiar to my editing process, and I loved her 'running commentary' on where/why she switched things up.


In other interesting news, Jacqui Murray ~ eMergent Publishing Site writer ~ put up a post detailing the 'How-To' of publishing your blog to Kindle! (Go To Kindle Publishing For Blogs for complete instructions)


Make sure to stop by fellow ROW80 participants and show your support!  Have a great Wednesday! ~ Nadja

18 comments:

  1. Good luck with your goals Nadja!

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  2. My favorite part of writing is the 'tweaking'. Good luck.

    Love the cartoon!

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  3. Hi, Komal! It's great to see you! :)

    Maria - Tweaking is great...as long as I'm firing on all cylinders. Thanks for the luck..I'll need it. And, I'm glad you liked the cartoon. Hope your knee is healing quickly, and that your brace quickly comes off. Electrical shocks to your knee???? Is this the Inquisition?? lol. Jeepers, woman! Get well soon!

    ~ Nadja

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  4. The first 5 pages and the last 5 pages...what's with them being so hard? Good luck Nadja!

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  5. Ohhhh...I know, Raelyn! I'm erasing, rewriting, erasing some more....scratching out because I don't want to waste any more eraser - nor do I want to put holes in my little notebook paper...lol. But, I'll get there. ~ Nadja

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  6. Good work! Wow, it's moving right along. And I love the super-luxurious. I might have to borrow that. And I couldn't agree more about the whole villain part. They can be so tricky to write. You have to love to hate them. And why? Why are they so despicable and why are they focusing all their issues on the hero? But then again, when you have a great villain, they can be so much fun to write. And that makes the hero that much more lovable.

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  7. Just a thought on finding "the perfect words to capture the hatred/selfishness of my villian's heart" -- think actions, not words.

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  8. Thanks, Daring Novelist! Your words are just what I needed to hear :) Hmmmm. I'm already brainstorming....

    Wendy - I have a love/hate relationship with my villain....Ha!

    ~ Nadja

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  9. Hey Nadja, I'll hopefully have another giveaway soon so you must participate in that :)

    I've had a few personal things going on so I was neglecting my writing for a while but I've been writing quite consistently for the last couple of weeks so I might join up for ROW80 in the next check in.

    Hope you are successful with your goals!

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  10. Villains are so much fun to write. Hope you figure out your end soon. Good luck this round. Great links. Thanks for pointing mine out. Natalie always has great things to say.

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  11. Wendy ~ You may borrow 'super-luxurious' any time...it's such a fun term. Ha! Forgot to mention earlier.

    Komal ~ Thanks. Glad you're on a roll again. :)

    Robin ~ You are very welcome. I just love the image you have on your header...the poem, too. It's so pretty. I love links...and Natalie's blog did not disappoint. Wonderful resource - thanks for the link in the first place!

    ~ Nadja

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  12. So exciting that you are so close to finishing The Dark Baron! I hope you keep going as strong as you have been.

    Have a great rest of your week!

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  13. Thanks Em! I cannot wait to see what your research produces for the new WIP! ~ Nadja

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  14. Good luck knocking out the rest of your draft! Endings are hard but you can always write multiple versions until you find the right one. :)

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  15. Just to let you know I responded to your comment on my blog. I wish I had more to tell you....need to knuckle down!

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  16. How exciting that you are so close to the end, Nadja! Villains are hard--gotta love 'em, but gotta be able to hate 'em at the end. Kinda like jerky boyfriends. (LOL, did I really say that!?)

    It sounds like you are just rolling along! Enjoy!
    Elizabeth

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  17. I'm so glad to hear your novella is close to finished! I can't wait to read it! We'll have to have you on the blog for an author chat. Good luck!
    ~Mina

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  18. That sounds great, Mina! For any of you who haven't been by the Brazen Broads Book Bash....you don't know what you're missing! There are book reviews and more. I love the Broads' Cheers & Jeers Undercover. I always get a good laugh.

    Elizabeth - Thank you so much...and yes, you did really say that! Ha!

    ~ Nadja

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