Saturday, April 26, 2014

Another CampNaNo Update

Well we're getting down to the final stretch of CampNaNoWriMo, with just a handful of days left. As you know, I set my word count as 70000, and as of right now I have just over 6000 words to go. I can see the end in sight (well the end of the first draft anyway). This story has been sitting on my "to be written shelf" for so long I can't even describe the feeling of being so close to having it finished. While I know the actual book will take several more month to edit, rewrite, and polish, the hardest part is almost over. Since editing is one of my favorite things to do, I'm itching to get my red pen out and sending it off to my betas. I'm seriously trying not to bounce in my chair right now. Never give up on that idea you have going on in your head. Even if it takes you months or years to finally sit down and write it, take the time. It's worth the sleepless nights, aggravation, and tears you put into it. They're your words that need to be heard. You're idea that need to be shared. Never give up on your dream. As writers, we open our souls and our hearts with each word we write. While that might be a scary thought, putting yourself out there like that, it's worth it. Share your words and your endless imagination. Even if it's just one person that you end up touching, that's what makes it all worth it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lenox and Mercy

If you haven't checked out the video section of my blog, it's where I link the videos I make that were inspired by my characters and their 'muses'. Just finished up the fifth one for the Dark Dream Series, staring Lenox and Mercy. These two females completely trip me out. They have been together for long before any of the stories in the series even start. You can say they are the on again, off again couple that drive each other crazy but are totally in love. I enjoy writing this kind of dynamic and not just the kind of relationship that starts within a book. So, here is a little preview of Lenox and Mercy. (You can also find a flashfiction I wrote about them further down the page)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Camp NaNo Update

So, I'm two weeks into Camp NaNo and half way through with the first draft of Dare to Dream. The hardest part for me is treating the first draft of the book as a first draft. There are countless times I have to tell myself to keep moving forward and not go back and start editing. Let me tell you, there are some parts I want to do that on badly. I keep telling myself to think of this draft as the skeleton. I need to place all the pieces down and get the gist of what is going on, on paper, then when that is completed I can take out my favorite red pen and start adding to it and correcting. For me the emotion behind my character and certain scenes doesn't quite transfer from my head to the written word the first time around. Again, I tend to dwell on this too much. Creating a novel isn't a sprint, it's a marathon. And on that note, time to get some more word sprints in. See you on the flip side.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Blog Hop: A Little About Me

I was invited to this blog hop by A. L. Kessler, make sure you go check her out here!

About A.L Kessler:

A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author living in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. When she’s not at beck and call of the household—made up of her cats, dog, daughter and husband—she can be found hard at work on her next novel. In those rare moments of free time, she can be found playing video games, crafting, or reading.

About K. Margaret!

1) What am I working on?

Currently I am working on the first two books in a paranormal/romance series called Dark Dreams. The first book, Dare to Dream, I’m hoping to have out by the end of fall 2014 and will introduce the reader to the world of demonoids and slayers.  The second book in the series, Endless Nightmare, will most likely be a novella, and is the origin story of my absolute favorite character of mine, an empusae demon apyly named, Empusa.  More information on both of these stories will be up in my blog this summer.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think one of the biggest difference in my books is the way I portray demons. While most base them off of a religious basis, and usually have their counterpart, the angel, included, my demons are just like any other creature. There are good ones, bad one, and everything in between.

Also, while I do write romance, I have a different take on happily ever after than other writers in the genre. Happily ever after to me doesn’t necessarily mean two people ending up together, getting married and having babies. I listen to what my characters say and don’t force them into the cookie cutter box if that’s not where they fit. Now, I will say some of them want to be in that box and I won’t fight them on that.

3) Why do I write what I do?

A couple years ago a friend of mine asked me to help her with a storyline she was writing for a group we RPed in together. At that time, writing was something I did for fun and never really thought about doing it for anything more than a small escape. This one character changed all of that. She became part of me and helped me create worlds and being that I never would imagined could exist inside my head.  She just continued to tell me her story and I knew that I had to write it. The more I wrote, the more confident I became. I write what I do because one person handed me the keys to my creativity in the form of an empusae demon, named Empusa.

4) How does your writing process work?
Not sure if you can what I do a process. Once I have a basic idea in my head of the characters, location, and basic plot, I first like to write down descriptions of each character that will be in the story. Next I like to draw out a timeline of events so I have a basic idea of what needs to come when. Then, I just start writing. Sometimes it just flows and sometimes I need to stop in the middle of a chapter, but it aside and come back to it later. I have discovered that usually when I am blocked, it’s because the characters aren’t ready for that particular scene. I’ve learned to follow those voices in my head instead of ignoring them.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo

It's that time of the year. Last November I participated in NaNoWriMo and, surprisingly to me, I finished Endless Nightmare before the end of November. So I thought, if I managed to do it once, it was time to do it again. This month the goal is to finish Dare to Dream by the end of April. Unlike the last NaNo, this time I can work on a WIP. So far I have over 24,000 words written before the start date, a complete outline of every chapter and pages of notes. Ah, organization, how nice we are finally on the same side.  If I'm not neck deep in my panther and my slayer this month, I'll try to remember to update you guys with the progress I'm making.  Since my ultimate goal is to have the first draft finished by April 1st, the first set of edits completed shortly after and the 1st round of betaing being sent out by the middle of May, I better get my ass in gear. From my lips, to the writing gods' lips.