Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bootlegging and Outlining

What's Up Wednesday time!  For more information about this blog hop created by Jaime and Erin visit their blogs.  It just a fun way for writers to stay connected!

What I'm Reading:  I am about half way through MOONSHINER's GOLD by John R. Erickson .  I am trying to read a bunch of books set during prohibition before I start my nano project.  Even though the story is not close to mine, I think it's a good way to get those kind of voices in your head.

What I'm Writing:  I am outling my nano project which I think I have titled THE BOOTLEGGER'S LETTERS.  The hook is "Breaking Bad meets You've Got Mail set in the Prohibition".  My word count goal is 70K for this one, as it is YA, and I am a little bit intimidated by that number.  That's a lot of scenes folks!  I am not one of those people who "overwrites" and has to cut my word count by half.  Not. At. All.  So this will be a challenge for me.  I also joined an online modern day moonshiner's forum this week with a profile and everything hoping to meet some "expert consultants".  The things we do as research...

What Works for Me:  I am trying a new thing with my outline this time where I include a column in the spreadsheet for Conflict and Goodies.  Conflict is exactly how it sounds.  I want to make sure there is tension in every scene.  Goodies are just the little bits that make a scene exciting to read (and write).  I want to make sure there is something interesting and fun or exciting in every scene as well.

What Else I've Been Up To:  I had a near nervous breakdown with my two year old this week and after throwing a teensy tiny fit to my husband, I convinced him that Mama needs a break.  Two mornings a week of Parents Day Out?  Yes please!  I am so excited!  I will actually get to go to the dentist, or go get my eyebrows waxed.  I love my son, but gosh it will be great to drop him off!  LOL


  1. Nursery is a great thing for kids, especially for the development of social skills. Of course, as a former nursery worker, I'm a tad biased ;)

    Your NaNo WiP sounds awesome! Good luck!

  2. Oh wow, I LOVE the idea of a "goodies" section in an outline. What a fantastic way to motivate yourself to write each scene! I think I might have to take a look at my current outline and pinpoint what the goodies are seeing as I've been hitting that mid story slump lately.

    The premise of your NaNo story sounds so unique! I hope the outlining goes well and that your week is a whole lot more relaxed. I remember the Terrible Two's stage, and boy oh boy, that was tough at times. Hang in there! :)

  3. Goodies sections is such a good idea. I am also working on my project for Nano. I'm working on blurb and synopsis at the moment. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head its crazy, but in a good way.

    Terrible twos are a hard time. Taking time off is a good idea. It will be great for him and you.

  4. Love the premise for your Nano MS! That is such an interesting time period to write about and your pitch made me laugh out loud. :)

    And hooray for "me time"! It is so very important for sanity. I'm glad you are going to be able to carve out a little time for yourself.