N. Renee Brown

Part-time Author, Full-time Book Junkie

What time of year is it?

It must be getting toward the halfway mark in December.

How do I know?

I’ve hit a wall. A writing wall. It always happens…I fly through NANO and keep going for another 20 or so thousand and then BANG! End of the line, everyone one off, we are taking on no other passengers…thank you for writing the imagination train. This time though, I’ve made a decision…it’s time to push though. It is time to knuckle down and just work through this. Last year’s plot, with its shaky premise wasn’t up to the task, but I think I can pull this one out of the fire.

This weekend is a little busy, with M. coming up to visit Saturday and E.’s birthday party on Sunday but I’m going to dedicate some time to thinking about the story and figuring out where I need to flesh some things out. Unfortunately, I’ve got to get the house in order first…and get D.’s x-mas/b-day gift…and make some dip for D. to take to work on Monday…and work on holiday cards…and the cats need to be vacuumed.

Waaaaaaaait…this sounds suspiciously like I am avoiding writing. Well, if I am or not, this is the time of year when the excuses sound a lot more plausible and actually serve a purpose. I’ll do the least I can get by with and spend the rest of the weekend writing. That’s a promise.

Have a good weekend!

Look at me…launched and everything.

There is a certain joy that comes with typing in ones name on the internet and having something come up, especially if it is something as beautiful and well done as my new website. (If you are seeing this on LJ, please feel free to run over and visit www.nrbrown.com )

I’ve still got tweaks I’d like to make, adding a greeting page and linking my title back to that page, oh and fixing the title, and adding pages for my projects. Naggy little things, that can be done in due time. No rush chaps, this is a perpetual work in progress.

Project update…

In Harm’s way is at 65 thousand and going strong. I’ve set another goal of 15 thousand words in 10 days. This is an increase over the 15 thousand words in 12 days that I had at set for myself at the end of NANOWRIMO. My super-uber-secret goal is to reach 100,000 words by the time I am done with this novel. That will allow me to cut anywhere from 10 to 20 thousand words when I edit in order to make this a tight novel.

I am submitting the first chapter of “In Harm’s Way” to CVS for review on December 27th and am hoping the reviews will be as positive as the snippet I had submitted previously of this same work.

This novel was a long time in coming, and has an interesting story behind it actually. I had an idea that was proving too big for the usual short story. The more I wrote on it the more it wanted to run away with itself, so I decided to use the story as the basis for my first attempt at NANOWRIMO. I wrote nearly 5 thousand words, in addition to the 3500 I’d written for the short story (which was going to be extracted and used in the novel in another form) when I sputtered out. Today 5 thousand doesn’t seem like much, but back then it was quite a chunk for me, especially since that chunk was not a self contained short story. I sputtered out because I felt like the plot was falling apart…I had a good solid idea, but it was too nebulous for me to spend NANO amounts of time on (doing that would have made the idea shred itself even further).

I gave up and lost NANO that year.

I revisited this story time and again over the next three years, finding it too interesting to let go and yet too flawed to continue with. Then one day, I took the thing that was causing me the most trouble (what superpower to give to my heroine) and got rid of it. I just removed it from the picture. She would be powerless.

The story resolved itself (well, mostly) after that. It just fell into place. The plot and characters took on a new vibrant and believable life. I decided it was time to write this puppy.

After spending three years with it banging around in my head I thought surely it would be the perfect project to work on in November. I was right. I felt good going into NANO this year, I felt like coming out of the other side…coming into December…I’d be set to keep writing and make this novel really a work to be edited and refined into something worth shopping around.

Still, you know what they say…it’s your 6th novel that will sell. Your first 5 are just training wheels.

Let’s hope I get famous some day and am able to put “In Harm’s Way” in the way of some readers, I really like it so far.

As soon as I get the page for it up (with the synopsis) I’ll let you guys know so you can take a look at the plot and let me know what you think.


I came, I wrote, I won…

I won NANO!
I won!

Now give me back my brain!

Revelations and prose.

I am reward motivated, as those who know me have found, but I have recently discovered I am competition motivated as well.

There is a person I don’t particularly care for in my circle (well, now in my very extended circle thank goodness) and I happen to know her nano name. Well, when I went and looked at her profile this year and saw that she was not only participating but she was beating me I had a fit! Immediately after updating my profile and word count I got after my novel. I worked and worked on that thing and got an extra thousand words out of myself because of it. I’m still not ahead of her, but I am keeping pace…I’m hoping my weekend marathons will give me the edge but if last year is any indication I’ll be neck and neck until the end when I go mad and cannot rest until I have spit out the last 5,000 words.

Honestly, I’ve never been like this before. My sports of choice have always been the ones where you compete against yourself, striving to become better and better. Bowling, archery, swimming…all very solitary things. I like fencing, but I have never loved it, even when I was first learning or when I was winning a lot…I think that is because of the direct competition involved. It always made me sad that one of us had to lose. Especially when it was me.

Anyway, just a nano-revelation for you.