I Made Things Up About Osceola, Nebraska!

I’m just sitting here on my new back porch, eating lunch. The birds are twittering back and forth. The cat is lurking and probably stalking those birds. Temperature is a balmy 81 degrees. It’s August in Nebraska. I’m not making this up!

So why plot a book in small town Osceola, Nebraska? Seems like nothing happens here, right?

If you read the Orange book about Osceola, there was, at one time, a shoemaker, livestock sales barn, furniture store, billiard parlor (there still is one–in my basement!), lightning rod salesman and on and on!
Yup. Things have changed. There’s now a machine and die company, Quality Machine and Tools, Inc. run by Tim and Kelly.

We have two eateries: Terry’s Drive-Inn run by … Terry, White Eagle and another one in the works.

There are several Ag-related businesses and the biggest bins this side of anywhere. Antiques store, plumber. I can’t name them all! Plus the county seat, hospital and nursing home.

So again, why use Osceola for my book series? No Hobbits here. Life is pretty ordinary.

 

Unless … you make things up. :o)

Did you know there are sink holes and caves and secret pools here?

Only in my books.

Because I make things up!

And that’s what writers do.

Bargaining with NaNoWriMo

It’s November. NaNoWriMo month. That’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s where … maybe go to their site. They explain it better. You write a book in a month. For those that do that 12 times a year, it’s okay. For the rest of us?

I’m days behind, but I’ll catch up. Year before last, I discovered I could write 6,000 words in one day. So … let’s see. 50,000 total words divided by 6,000 words a day equals (drum … no percussion section? Okay … flutes … flute) 8.333333333 days.

It’s November 12, so I could finish this in 5.83333333 days. That leaves the last week and a half of the month to get ready for Thanksgiving!

That works.

I’ll let you know how it really works out!

The More I Write

The more I write, the faster I write, the better I write.

If I write daily, even a little – like say 500 words – it flows better each time I sit down. Even though there has been a span of time in between writing sessions doing the things of life (You don’t want my list: cooking, dishes, laundry, walking the dog! It looks just like yours!), as I begin writing, the words pour out, leading me on.

Not only do I stay in the story better, I stay in the flow of my writing style. It comes easier. It takes me on the ride. The characters lead me where they want to go. The story develops faster.

It’s more fun!

The flip side is when I don’t write often, the story lags and stumbles. I struggle to get into the character point of view. Plus, if I haven’t written in even a few days, I don’t feel complete or satisfied. I lost part of myself. Part of me didn’t live that day. This sounds crazy, but I didn’t sing in my spirit that day. I didn’t soar …

Somebody reading this understands, right?

My Writing Life

Aside

I’m finding my way in this writing gig.

When I first did NaNoWriMo three years ago, I wrote for hours without a break.

Ugh.

The first day I wrote 6,000 words was a horrible day. I felt like I had been chopped up in little pieces and pasted back together all WRONG. Yeah. Pain.

The second year was the same thing. Wrote without breaks, for too many hours.

But 2013 was my turning point.

I challenged myself to write for one hour, then break.

During the break, I cleaned the toilet (!) or went for a walk. Did laundry. Played with the cat (surprised her!). I even kept a list of optional things to do on my break. No. No nap!

I completed 6,000 words or more on many days, but never felt all chopped up. I was tired, but who isn’t after a day at work?

Now I’m into a heavy edit of a full manuscript. One I wrote in NaNo in 2012.

I’m learning so much. I see many mistakes. Feels good to clean things up but it’s harder than I thought it’d be. And takes longer. I don’t think it’s because the writing is horrible, but I am taking the edit deeper. Writing better point of view (POV). Writing better description. Better dialog.

Break: I just got back from a walk in the snow. I bundled up in my Goodwill snow pants, insulated stocking hat/gloves, hiking boots. I scattered the snow as I kicked my way through, like I do in the fall with fallen leaves.

Break: and now I am writing this blog.

Back to the edit.