TODAY IS THE DAY!
Exactly one year ago, I decided it was time to release the peer pressure from the characters in my head. Seriously, they wouldn't leave me alone! Jan. 3, 2010 I sat down to the computer and made a very rough and shame filled chapter by chapter outline. For the following six weeks I turned into a typing hermit and ended with a horribly written first draft. I'm not kidding when I say horrible. I have many alibi's! One sister wouldn't even read past the first chapter. I, of course, thought it was the most amazing thing.
Let's just say I've come a long way since then. My awesome friend from High School saved me! Really, I owe her SO much. (And for the record, her blog's way better than mine, so go to it!)
My novel started out in first person, changed to third halfway through, and had more periods after the quotation marks than before. HORRIBLE! I didn't even know how to properly format dialogue. Very sad. The poor thing went through four rounds of revisions and has been stashed away for many months now. I hope it will see the light of day again, but maybe not anytime soon.
One of the best things that helped my writing this past year was the one and only writeoncon. I can't even begin to describe how much I learned there! Epic Awesomeness! If you weren't there last year, be there this year! Seriously. It's free and loaded with everything good!
Since January last year I have written one novel, two short stories, and three partials. I'm going to have my very own nano month this month just so I can finish my second novel.
Anyway, I'll save the rest of the boring details.
I did mention a contest right? Oh, oh yeah, that's right. Well, it isn't as big as it should be, but I'm making this my one year/50+ followers contest!
I don't have much to give. I don't own any ARC's and I'm a little teensy bit selfish with the few books I do own (pretty much all of them not signed). So, all I have left to give is the knowledge that I've gathered this past year. Which is actually a ton.
So I'm offering a 'First 500 Word' critique to 5 people!
You get 2 entries for being an old follower.
You get 1 for being a new follower.
You get 1 more if you blog about this.
Simple. An extra pair of eyes never hurts right? Let me know if you want to be in the contest and if you blogged about it. The contest closes Thursday (Jan. 6) at 9:00 pm (Pacific).
Thank you everyone for your support! I can just tell year #2 is going to be even better :)