Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A to Z Ambition

Welcome to the 2014  A to Z Challenge. My theme for this year is why I shouldn't be participating. Thank you to David for writing the post that got the voices in my head working against me.

Ambition.  I hadn't given this challenge any thought since wrapping it up last year until David mentioned it on his blog, which I randomly had a few minutes to read one day. I haven't had much time for keeping up with my favorite blogs lately either.

While the A to Z challenge was fun last year, my current stock of ambition is wrapped up in editing my very first NaNoWriMo novel from 2006. It's a mess and needs a lot of help, but I love the story and I think I might be worth the effort. It's requiring a lot of effort due to the fact that since 2006 it's been resurrected twice for a couple weeks to have more words thrown at it. No really, thrown at it. They don't match in tone or style. And both have twists and subplots that hadn't been set up in the original 50,000 words. This was back before I figured out that I should keep record of the characters involved or a chapter by chapter synopsis in remote effort to keep myself organized. After rewriting a good portion of the story, I finally have a finished draft and am in the midst of a second pass to fill in details and weave in the subplots that were added later.

9 comments:

  1. My first A-Z was in 2012 and my first word was Ambition. It was a flash fiction story.

    Will be checking back for your future A-Z posts!

    From a fellow A-Zer....

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    1. ...oh, and good luck on your NaNo edit. I've done two NaNo's and have both up on Amazon. Amazing process, NaNo that is....

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Donna. I've done NaNo every year since 2006. It
      IS an amazing process. :)

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  2. Hello, I just dropped by for the A-Z Challenge, and I'm looking forward to watching a seasoned pro at work throughout the challenge, already enjoying your insights into the process of writing.

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  3. Resurrected? To have bits added? Sounds like Frankenstein :) Good luck kicking it into shape, Jean.

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    1. Thanks! It's the most Frankenstein novel I've ever created. But it's getting there. A few more passes with the bulldozer and it should be pretty smooth.

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  4. What a gorgeous blog -- and an ingenious theme for the A-to-Z challenge. I'm very impressed with your Nanowrimo achievement! Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jeannette. :)

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