Audrey’s 2014 Writing Goals

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  1. Meet all my fellow CTers for a writing retreat.
  2. Learn some HTML so Anne doesn’t have to fix my posts all the time.
  3. Write a poem I am proud of.
  4. Start all my stories sooner than 24hrs before they are due.
  5. Read my new collection of tales by H.P. Lovecraft.
  6. Post images with my No Rules Friday Posts.
  7. Revise Guerrilla marketing strategy.
  8. Computerize our CT Logo (which is awesome BTW).
  9. Finish The Heap.
  10. Challenge myself to provide constructive criticism and feedback when critiquing.
  11. Improve depth of my characters and write a hero/heroine worth rooting for.
  12. Conquer my pacing issues! No more slow starts and rushed endings.

Julie’s 2014 Writing Goals

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I’m hoping that 2014 will be full of opportunities and positive experiences–here are a few goals I have set for myself to make it an even more productive year:

  1. Get accepted to a graduate program or a summer writing workshop (or both)!
  2. Continue to post on time, and think of ways to spread the word about CT
  3. Try an urban fantasy, or a piece in third person, or both, for CT
  4. Finish some of my other pieces and sell a short story
  5. Cross off some of the books on my reading list
  6. Research my potential novel and get a draft started
  7. Be more attentive to the dreaded “he felt,” “she wondered,” etc.
  8. Likewise, in first person stories, spend more time developing the world without putting it all through the “I” lens
  9. Be sure to build my magic with concrete rules (and spend a little more time developing setting)
  10. Get out to Colorado, or somewhere else new, for a writing retreat!
  11. Spend some time editing CT pieces and possibly submitting new versions to other venues
  12. Write, write, write!

Audrey’s Cimmerian Tales Book Club

November is almost upon us and I hope you all are considering signing up for NaNoWriMo (a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month). Actually, I hope that you have considered it, realized how crazy it is, and decided to do it anyways. Just in case you haven’t signed-up yet, here is the link nanowrimo.org. Once you sign-up, we here at Cimmerian Tales would love to be your writing buddies and cheer you on through all your NaNo triumphs and failures. You can find me under “abennet”, Anne under “annemariewrites”, Jen under “jenniferlynnwrites”, and Julie under “jofthewolves”. To help you on your novel writing quest, I have a couple of books that I think give great writing advice:

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 The first is No Plot, No Problem by NaNoWriMo creator Chris Baty. Not only is Chris a world-class motivator who fills his book with humorous anecdotes and pep talks, but reading this book will make you feel like you have the complete inside scoop on NaNo even if it’s your first time trying. If you have done absolutely no planning for NaNo and don’t know where to start, this is the perfect book for you. Chris will walk you through the best November ever, or at least give you ideas on how to handle the challenges and stress of ripping 50,000 words out of your heart in 30 days.

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Still struggling with inspiration? Try Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine (Yes, the author of Ella, Enchanted and Fairest – both of which you should read after you’ve reached 50,000 words). Sure, she wrote this book for grade-schoolers, but it’s full of wonderful advice and writing exercises designed to get your creative juices flowing in a way that works great for writers of all ages. Plus, it’s a pretty fast read so you can hurry and get to all the writing you need to do!

I’m not going to lie. Writing a novel in 30 days can be gut-wrenchingly hard… and exhausting. I have only managed to do it once, but every year I try because it’s fun and seeing your novel at the end is beyond rewarding. If you can, go to write-ins and chat with your fellow Nanoers on the forums. It adds to your writing, or at least to the fun. I hope this helps your noveling and I hope to see you at the NaNo finish line!

I’ll be sending you plot ninjas and writing wishes all month!

Craft: Another Discussion on Process

CraftandWritingThanks for joining us for our second group chat about process! The four of us have been contributing to Cimmerian Tales for three months now and we have been inspired by a sculpture, a song, and a poem.Which was your favorite type of prompt and why?

Anne:  Originally, I thought my favorite prompts would always be the sculptures. Sculpture speaks to me like no other art form. Then we had some music prompts. I love music prompts! They’re my new favorite. As we learned from this month, poetry is my nemesis. >:D

Audrey:  My favorite was the sculpture. A lot of times when I write, I have picture in my head of a place or a moment that I want to capture so the sculpture worked really well for me.

Julie:  I’ve only done one image and one song prompt so far, and both of those were tough for me. But I’m not convinced that the poetry prompts are my favorite … they just come with more words that work into my brain.

Jen:  I find rhythm really helpful when building a story so I always have fun with the music prompts.

Anne:  Yes, the beat really seems to seep into my story. It’s like magic.

What story are you most proud of?

Anne:  Honestly, I’m always most proud of the one I’m working on right now. I’ve liked writing past stories, but I look back and know I can do better in future.

Audrey:  Nothing stands out as a favorite?

Anne:  Well, Dreesicle, I also have a problem with remembering things for longer than a week.

Audrey:  LOL. I see your point, Anne. I love my stories until I put them up and then I want to change a million things.

Julie:  I don’t know if there’s a story I’m most “proud” of. I still really like my Stars prompt story, and I was happy with the story that came out of Crystallize despite having no idea where I was going. I also like the device I used for the Loud Without prompt, but I’m not going to spoil it here.

Audrey:  I think the one that turned out best was “Mr. MacGregor’s Garden,” the flash piece I wrote for No Rules Friday in August.

Jen:  I love that flash piece, Audrey! I think I’m most happy with my Samothrace prompt because such a strong world came out of it and I can see it building in mind.

Anne:  Oh, please, let me have a trilogy of that world. No, a seven book series!!

Audrey:  Thanks, Jen. I loved your Samothrace one.

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Craft: A Discussion on Process

CraftandWritingWELCOME TO OUR FIRST GROUP CHAT ABOUT PROCESS! PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL US WHAT YOU WRITE.

JEN: I’m Jen. I write about shape-shifters and kissing, apparently, but not exclusively.

ANNE: Bonjour! I’m Anne, and I write the things in my dreams. Also things that have happened to me. Also things that are bloody. Also, I like to say also.

JULIE: I’m Julie and I write about whatever strikes me, and often that is relationships, gender, and things that don’t exist in real life. Sometimes wolves.

AUDREY: Hello! I’m Audrey and I write YA fiction.  I like to write romance and dark things, preferably together.

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