Quote challenge

I was nominated by Hopefrom this blog post.  Thank you for the love!

The rule is that you have to post one quote a day and tag three people in one post.

That is what I will do!  🙂 But first, let me share a quote.

‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’

Alice in Wonderland

This one of my favorite quotes of all time.  It’s from Alice’s trail in Wonderland and it hits the nail on the head so well!  As writer’s (or just humans in general) we like to talk and tell others what has happened in our everyday lives.  But was all share the same problem (from time to time at least), we tend to have trouble deciding where we start a story or when to end it.  The latter is often a bigger problem in everyday life while where to start is one common problem in the writing world.
I don’t have a magically cure all, but I can tell you this, start at the beginning.  I know what you are thinking – oh that’s just SO helpful Steph.  But really, do it.  Think of your main story.  Say your character has to go get milk from the store and on the way she gets kidnapped.   Should you start with the day she was born or with her getting out of bed wishing for an adventurous life?  Which did you pick?  I would totally read the beginning with her getting out of bed and wishing for an adventurous life; and, as she gets the milk for her cereal she finds out that is all lumpy and …  This could go on and on, but do you get a little bit of what I was saying.

That was just a very broad blurb about beginnings. Endings are often the ‘fun stuff’ and almost everyone loves to write them (but readers often hate them!  No one wants things to end.)  But that is for another blog post.  I’ll have one on endings soon enough!  🙂

Well, no challenge is complete without challenging others!  So, per the rules, I have to tag three other bloggers.  Here it goes!

  1. Tracey
  2. Deborah
  3. Miss Ky

I picked you guys out since I really enjoy your blogs and I can’t wait to see which quotes you guys (well, I should say ladies!) pick out!

Until next time…

Late night ideas

I am talking about those late night ideas that keep you up at night.  Those ideas that drive you crazy to the point where your brain won’t shut off and your mind just keeps screaming ‘WRITE THIS DOWN’.  I am in the middle one of those episodes right now.  It’s kinda crazy but it is so nice just to focus on my writing.  There is just something about night time writing that is just so peaceful.  I think it’s because everyone is asleep and all I can hear is my own thoughts.  And especially after the day I had today, it’s nice to just get some writing done. Just to foucs on me (and my characters). Even through I have work in the morning, it’s just nice to write.  I do need to sleep but for right now, the sound of the keys on my keyboard being pressed is music to my ears.  It is quite nice.  Well, enjoy! 

An other word about word counts…

Just a quick little post.  I changed my word count goal for my current project.  It was 100,000 but I changed it to 75,000.  I did this for a few reasons.  One, it is a little easier of a goal to aim for; two, I have done a lot of research about word counts and it varies but the average is between 50,000 to about 95,000.  Most publisher get a little scared of the six figure word count. And the third reason, I an so tired of trying to keep track of all the zeros!  Okay, that is all.  Check out my little meters off to the right side.  Have a good night!


So, again I am bringing your attention to my word count, again.  Well, it’s more for me than anything else.  Since the 24th, I have written 4320 words.  For me that is a lot within a few days.  I’m lucky if I get that many words written in a week or two weeks.  It is pretty awesome.  I am getting closer and closer to meeting my goal.  I am aiming to get the first draft done by Halloween.  It’s going pretty well for once.  (DOn’t jinx it

Then I am going to be working on my NaNoWriMo project.  And for the people who have no clue what I am talking about here is the website for you guys to check out –> http://nanowrimo.org Check it out!  Also, here is my profile for it –> http://nanowrimo.org/en/participants/theredhead23  I am still working on filling it up but you can watch my word count add up during November.  I just have to get around to plotting out something for my November project.

I think that is all for the moment.  Enjoy!