Outline #1 Is Done!

On the 14th at 12:57pm, I finished the outline for “Sundown at the Castle of the Evil Dead”. I was surprised that I finished it so soon. It usually takes me an entire month to plot a story. I’m pretty happy with it and I can’t wait to write it in November.

Yesterday I started looking for titles for the second novella. I came up with “Rise of the High School Creep”. I did college, now it’s time for high school! I’m pretty excited about the premise, but I don’t want to say too much about it until I’m sure I’m sticking with it! I have a beginning for right now and will work on the rest today. I will pray to the Writing Gods for more inspiration!

Gotta go! Thanks for reading!

XPJ

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The First 9 Days

Nine days into August and I think I’m doing well. I’m 6 chapters into the outline and taking it one sentence at a time. I had writers’ block for two days and I wasn’t sure what else to put in to push the story forward. I solved that problem by just ending it and moving on. My main problem is that I know how the story ends, but I’m not exactly sure how to get the story there. I didn’t have enough scenes mapped out before I started plotting. I was excited that I had an ending and a beginning and just jumped into outlining with no consideration about the meat of the story, and now I’m struggling. One sentence at a time. I’m trying not to think about having to do this two more times between now and November. Plotting is always harder than writing it. The trials and tribulations of being a plotter. Tomorrow is another day. I don’t know how many more chapters I can squeeze out of my brain, but I’m going to do it to it. Wish me luck!

XPJ

Nanowrimo Plotting Season!

Hello. It’s me! Guess what time it is! It’s Nanowrimo Plotting season! I have not wasted a single moment (yes I have…) in preparing for Nano. I refuse to have nothing to write come November! I’m going to spend the next three months plotting my novellas! I’m going to be ready, baby!

I’ve started plotting on my fifth novella (the fourth one that will see the light of day hopefully.) titled “Sundown at the Castle of the Evil Dead”. I started plotting it in May, but as I worked on ideas for it, I felt the steam quickly leave the project. I tabled it for a few months, but I recently picked it back up! I must say that it’s coming along quite well! I’ve plotted the first two chapters. I fear that they might suffer the same fate that fell on “Sinister Tentacle Sorority’s” first two chapters. I left a friend read it and he said that the first two chapters were really slow. Do I just pray that people keep reading past that point and just keep everything anyway? I don’t know…

So yes, I’m letting people read Sinister Tentacle Sorority! So if you’re interested in receiving a copy, drop me a line at xantojones@gmail.com and I’ll send you a copy and a questionnaire to fill out to give me feedback. I don’t know if anyone reads this anymore because I post so infrequently, a habit I keep falling into. I’ll try to keep updating this as the plotting season progresses.

 

Okay, it’s time for bed. Got to slog through nine more hours of work before I can come home and plot some more. Goodnight!

XPJ