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Kra Leigh, Queen Bee

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Late Monday

From our WIFYR Newsletter

Everyone is invited to attend a NaNo reward party on Saturday, Dec 3 at 4pm. The address is 11192 South Automall Dr. Sandy, Utah. There will be treats. Come whether you win or not. (And, BTW, you still have time to get some words!)

The WIFYR Website will be up and running in December. Drop by and see the awesome faculty we have for 2017.

Our WIFYR Launch Party will be Friday, Jan 20, 2017 from 7-8:30pm at the Provo Library. More information on how to get your free tickets coming soon.

Agent Erin Harris at Folio will be giving a writing workshop on Feb 22-25. More details to come!

Agents and Editors for WIFYR 2017

Ben Grange Agent

Ben has been the assistant at JABberwocky since September 2015. In April 2015, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and emphases in Shakespeare and creative writing. Four months later, he picked up and moved from Utah to New York, where he interned at at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management for three weeks before starting at JABberwocky. Before working at JABberwocky, Ben did internships at Dystel & Goderich, the Bent Agency, A+B Works Literary Agency, and Shadow Mountain  Publishing, where he gained a range of experience in the publishing industry.

Amy Jameson Agent

Amy Jameson began her career in publishing working with renowned literary agent Lynn Nesbit. During her seven years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Amy had the privilege of working with acclaimed authors such as Michael Crichton, President Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Jeffrey Eugenides, and many others. She also sold audio and first serial rights for several years at J&N while building her own select client list. In 2004, she left Janklow and partnered with her husband Brandon to form A+B Works. Amy has always had a passion for young adult and middle grade fiction.

Emily Feinberg Editor

Children’s book editor at Roaring Brook Press, a Broadway music lover, and a dog fanatic. She works on mostly picture book, chapter book, and middle grade titles, though she would never turn down a chance to look at a humorous, realistic young adult novel. Feinburg is looking for quirky, voice-driven picture books and middle grade and nonfiction for young readers. Young adult fantasy is not her thing. Her recent titles are upcoming nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon and Highway Hawks by Maria Gianferrari. She also recently acquired Marina Cohen’s The Inn Between, a supremely creepy middle grade story about a haunted Nevada inn with a strong emotional hook.

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SATURDAY POST!!!

Five Days!

That’s it!

You have five days left!

(I’ve just used my allotment of exclamation points for all the novels I write next year.)

How’s the writing?

Are you going it? Succeeding with NaNo?

The truth is, I’ve done my best.

But I still have several writing days left.

So I’m going for it. ;0)

Here’s what dear Bruce Luck said about making it this last week or so:

Mired in the middle of my story, Carol’s wonderful Throwing Up Words post last week was timely.

Of special significance was her suggestion to list the scenes that still must come. Did that and a zillion ideas floating in the brain gained clarity. Boosted the word count, too, and Carol says that’s legit.
But how to order those scenes? So I took it a step further and created a document titled Writing Backwards. It starts with “the end” and lists events in reverse order. It looks something like this:
TE-1 (the end, minus one) final scene in which the MC reconciles with grandma
TE-2 MC visits grandma in hospital
TE-3 MC locates Angela
TE-4 etcetera, etcetera
That walked me back to where I am now. Well, almost. Middles are notoriously mirky. And mucky. It’s going to take a slog to get to the path toward the end, but at least I know which direction to head.
Thanks, Bruce. A perfect post to help us these last days. As is this one:
Says Gatanathoa (Your slightly rum soaked and piratical ML) who reps Utah County for NaNoWriMo:
You don’t need to have hours alone, you only need 10 minutes. If you can take 5 or 6 ten minute breaks through out each day you can easily get the daily word count. Everyone can manage that.
Good luck, Everyone!

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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting lately.
Things have gotten crazy in the writing world for me.
Revisions of my latest novel are never-ending. Been making goals to get it sent to my agent, and never reaching those goals.
Then there are revisions for Reaper. HOPING THAT BOOK IS FINALLY DONE.
And of course, been working on my Nano novel. But lately I haven’t been successful. {I blame the election. And also my work schedule}

So yeah.

I know I keep saying this, but I do plan on getting some interviews up on the blog within the next few weeks with some Awesome Authors. I have a couple in mind that I think would make for an interesting interview or two.

How is NaNo going for everyone else?
Is anyone taking off their writing for the Holiday?

Also!

I’ve been actively using Instagram and trying to promote my book and Fellow Authors’ books. {If you’d like to follow me on IG my user name is KyraZLeigh}

I’d like to get my write nights up and running again. Would that be something people would be interested in participating in? Just get together and write our little hearts out? Me and fellow author Kate Coursey used to get together to write every few weeks, and it was very inspiring. {Partly because she’s such a fantastic writer and partly because she’s one of the smarter people I know!}

Anyway….

I guess that’s all I have to say for today.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, Rainy Monday

Three Things to Help You if You’re Staggering Along with NaNoWriMo.

I’m behind, but I’m writing. Trying to every day unless something comes up (like last week’s headache).  Here are a few somethings that might help you as you try to keep writing this crazy number of words. All this brainstorming can be counted in your words for the day.

  1. We’ve done this exercise before. It’s a good one. Set your timer for, say, thirty minutes. In that time, write EVERYTHING that could happen to your character. EVERYTHING. He blows up. He dies. He changes into an alligator. He fights his best friend. His best friend wins the fight. He kisses his best friend’s girlfriend. He kisses his best friend. As you’re writing anything and everything, think about what’s happened so far in the book. What crazy things could go along with that? Write out of that box of This Must Be and go for things you didn’t expect. Think of moving the story forward with plot or dialog.
  2. Write a list of all the scenes that you know must come still. Add these things two things to your notes–sense of place and emotion. You don’t need to go in depth, but how do you feel as you’re writing? What emotions are stirred up? Put those on the page. Who will be in these scenes? Write their names down. Write these ideas a little more slowly and, if you feel like it, complete the scene. Scenes will make your novel.
  3. Skip one hour of TV, of using your phone, of being online–whatever. Give that up every day for just one hour and write as fast as you can during those moments. What’s your word count now? Was it worth missing Grey’s Anatomy? Of course! You’re closer to that 50,000 words! Woot!

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Three Thing Thursday on THURSDAY!

Cheryl:

I watched an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda recently where he spoke about being invited to the White House to perform years ago.
“Actually,” he told them, “I do have something I’ve been working on. It’s a rap about Alexander Hamilton.”
They all laughed. “Wait,” they said after a moment. “You’re serious?”
Little did they know that the song he sang that night would go viral and lead to him writing a Broadway musical that would be nominated for a record-breaking total of 16 Tony awards.
It reminds me of that quote by Jules Feiffer:
“Artists can color the sky red because they know it’s blue. Those of us who aren’t artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we’re stupid.”
For 7 years, this is what Lin-Manuel Miranda did. He painted the sky red and ignored everyone that called him stupid. “You can’t write a rap song about Alexander Hamilton,” they said.  “It just can’t be done.”
And they were right…until he did it.
What is your red sky? Are you writing it yet? And if not…why?
Me:
So, I am behind on NaNoWriMo, just as I expected I might be. However, this time I’m just going to move ahead. Not panic. Have fun. Write!
Don’t give up if you fall behind.
No matter what, if you try you’ll be that many more words ahead. The first forty pages on a novel is the first forty pages of a novel. 20,000 words is 20,000 words, even if it’s NOT 50,000.
And if you write consistently, no matter the number of words reached, you will begin to make writing a habit.
(Still–I’m headed toward 50,000!)
Good luck!
Me again:
Answer these questions: What is it the stops you from sitting down and writing?
How will you conquer that in a month?

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Tomorrow . . .

we begin.

How many of you will participate in NaNoWriMo?

Once again, I shall try. And we’ll see if I make it past week one. Or day two. Ha!

I have lots of questions for you to consider for tomorrow and I have this awesome quote from a NaNo leader here in UT.

Gatanathoa says, “Every word you write counts unless you delete it. Make the planning part of your writing. Have two docs, one for your musings and one for the outline. Every thought you have put in the musings doc and everything that makes it into the story put in the outline. In no time you will have your novel all planned out and you will be able to start the full story.”

I’d never considered this. But I will use it in my writing over the next month.

Now, a few questions to consider as you brainstorm.

Can a free write help you get started?

How can that free write play toward your novel, so that it not only counts as numbers totaled, but is a useable scene?

Who is your main character?

Who is her enemy?

Write a scene between the two.

Do you know the climax of your novel yet? Do you have an idea? If so, can the scene play toward that?

What does your character really want?

Name ten ways you’ll stop her from getting that ‘thing’ she wants.

Can any be expanded into a scene?

What is your first great line?

Who is the love interest?

Write a scene with him/her.

That should get you started.

Good luck!

Oh, and here’s this: WIFYR will be hosting a reward party! Our group goal is 400,000 words OR, if you’re in the middle of a masterpiece, a second group is editing 2000 pages (8 pages a day per person). All who meet their goals are invited to come to the reward party. Whether your goal is 20,000 words or the full 50,000, or you’re editing 8 pages a day or 15, this month is a good time to reach your goalsClick here to join the group or email us at wifyrdoesnano@gmail.com.

 

 

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