Monday, November 22, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010 is nearly over


This year, I'm actually managing to built the buffer I always need toward the end of the month. I know, going into NaNo, that I need to buffer at least two or three days (for my daughter's birthday), but in the three years I've been doing this, I never did it. This year, I not only managed to keep ahead of my daily goals, I also had no trouble catching up on two days I lost to a severe cut in my finger (five stitches!).
Now, how did I do that (edited to add: I meant writing so much despite the finger, not cutting it ;-) )? I used a tool by David Gale (still called NaNo-tracker, the name will change, soon) that automatically recalculated the amount of words I had to write the next days when I entered how much I did write that day. It's a really, really hand tool, not only for NaNo. He promised to adjust it so it's flexible enough for longer time periods and other months. I guess with it, I'll be able to double my productivity.

Good luck to all NaNoists, no matter how many words you managed. It's always a valiant try.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


here's my next try at the logline-blurb thingy:

Sixteen year old Rieke Waldmann neither wants to follow her mother's advice to marry Heiner, the young miller, nor emigrate with her secret love Willem. When Willem leaves home and fights in the German revolution of 1848, Rieke battles her growing attraction to gentle Heiner, the only person who helps her cope with disturbing truths about her late father that could cost her her love, her friendship and her home.

It's definitely shorter but is it better, too?

P.S.: I think I commented on all the loglines/blurbs from those who commented on mine but if I missed yours, leave me a comment and I'll get to yours ASAP.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Logline Try


this is the logline (similar to a back cover blurb) for a novel I am currently working on. I would like your feedback if you don't mind.

TITLE: Victor's Rage
GENRE: YA historical

When her mother wants to marry sixteen year old Rieke Waldmann to the miller, Rieke realizes why equal rights and self-determination are so important to her secret love William. But Willem leaves home and fights in the German revolution of 1848, and Rieke battles her growing attraction to the gentle young miller, the first person to understand and appreciate her the way she is. Then, Rieke discovers disturbing truths about her late father, and choosing either of her suitors could cost her her love, her friendship and her home. (89 words)

Thanks a lot,

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

Hi folks,

Yes, it's that time of the year again. I started quite well, yesterday, and I hope my story will continue to grow like this for the rest of the month. Since there are a couple of days I can't write, I'll have to built up a buffer. BTW, for those of you who are NaNoing too, befriend me (KatharinaKolata).

I'll try to post a tidbit now and then.