7QT: Not One, But Two

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I’ve been reworking my GMC (Goal-Motivation-Conflict) charts and the plot outline for my novel in preparation to write its synopsis.  The professor from the class I took last year suggests that we rework our rough drafts into a 12-page synopsis before going into a rewrite.  Doing that for class resulted in some of the hardest writing of my life, but the fruit of that labor?  Good stuff.

I worked on my charts this morning, and guess what I realized?

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I have two novels.

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Not one.  Two.

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I think this is a good development.

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Supah.  Anyway, I’ve been writing elsewhere, too.  My latest attempt at philosophy up at Real Housekeeping, here.

Have a wonderful morning!

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9 thoughts on “7QT: Not One, But Two

  1. Two novels? Good. Now you won’t be bored for the next few years. ;) Someday I am going to pick your brains about all that you learned in your class…but seeing as I’m struggling to resuscitate my blog, I guess the novel simmering in my brain will just have to wait a while.


  2. Did you just say you have a sequel?
    How am I ever to catch up to that?! Really! I’m tossing virtual pencils in your general direction.

    Nah – THAT’S AWESOME. Can you sprinkle some of that glitter my way? I only just had a dream with an idea this morning that has NOTHING at all whatsoever to do with the genre I thought I would write about. What to do now?!


  3. Hello from another INFJ! I read your article over at Real Housekeeping and it was nice to discover that we have that in common, as well as the crazy life with little children, and writing/blogging. I don’t have novels to revise unfortunately, though I have always wanted to write. I was distracted for a long time in other pursuits (namely law school, work, then family) and now I am realizing that I’d better get on with it and write something at last! Only it’s not so easy anymore, with three children aged four and under. Any tips you have come up with regarding writing time for a busy mom whose children do NOT go to school?


    • Hi Lea!

      Getting stuff done? You mean, other than coffee?!? Well, funny you should ask that question. I asked the same question of a novel-writing friend of mine the other day… we must all be in the same boat.

      I get up between 4-5 on a “good” day, which is about 2/3rds of the time. I pray for about a half-hour and then get a light breakfast, etc. Then I get to work. If I’m being disciplined (ha), I stop working on the novel at 6:30 and take a shower and ready myself (and the house—laundry, etc.) for the day—hopefully before the kids get up.

      So that’s the novel side of things. As for Real Housekeeping—when I started RH, I realized that I was officially a “working mom” (part-time from home) and therefore have a sitter for 10-15 hours a week. She lives with us and swaps room and board for sitting hours, plus a little cash to help cover her expenses. Sitter = sanity.

      On occasion my husband is able to give me some time either in the evening or on the weekend—last summer I finished my draft because he gave me about 8-10 hrs/week. My husband is an academic and has a flexible schedule, which is how he makes that possible. I also took the class last year by putting in about 20/hrs a week at night—for some reason, working at night worked best then. I’d crash around 11 or 12 and was up again at 7, HOWEVER, I needed a nap in the afternoon (I was pregnant with Mimi).

      I don’t know if any of this helps. I’m a slow, slow writer, it seems. Part of it is that this is my first novel and I’m still working out writing craft in general as well as this particular story. But someday! I can feel it—it’s coming soon. :)


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