Saturday, October 27, 2012

Next Big Thing


 
I was tagged by LK Hunsaker. After you check out my next big thing, go check out her Next Big Thing!
The rules of the blog hop are simple: Answer ten questions about your WIP (Work in Progress) and tag five more writers/bloggers to do the same.

What is the working title of your book?

The Last Guy on Earth Who isn't a Zombie
 
Where did the idea come from for your book?
From the dark recesses of my brain.  Mmm, brains...

What genre does your book fall under?

YA Fantasy because it's not scary enough to be called Horror.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Ones who, once they've read the script, wished they'd gone into a profession other than acting.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Just short of high school graduation, Alice finds herself trapped in her attic by a hoard of zombies, and who should come to her rescue, but the infamously tough guy from school who once punched a teacher.

(My synopsis needs much work.)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It will most likely permanently reside in my computer in a folder marked "Abandoned Novel Projects."

How long did it take to write the first draft of your book?

I'll let you know when the first draft is finished. I've restarted it about seven times already and thinking of going for eight.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Dick and Jane and Zombies (I'm kidding of course. Not only is that not YA, but it hasn't been written yet. However, there is a Dick and Jane and Vampires.)

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote a flash fiction piece based on a writing prompt about sound and silence. By unseen forces, I was driven to expand that story.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It will be just the right thickness to level that tippy table you've been thinking of donating to Goodwill.
 
 
Now I tag:
http://dlcruisingaltitude.blogspot.com/
http://bethandwriting.blogspot.com/

 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ghost Words on Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl discussed "ghost words" on her podcast yesterday. Ghost words are words that don't exist, but made it into the dictionary anyway. Here's a link to Grammar Girl . Listen to her podcast and read the transcript, which has bonus ghost words that aren't in the podcasted show.

For school kids, homeschoolers, or for anybody ghost words are a fun topic to cover on Halloween, even if they don't really have to do with ghosts.

 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NaNoWriMo for Kids


NaNoWriMo is coming. That's "National Novel Writing Month" if you didn't know. During November people challenge themselves to write a novel in one month. Go to the NaNoWriMo website to learn more.

Today I want to talk about NaNoWriMo's young writers program for kids under seventeen. While the adult NaNoers have a goal of 50,000 words, young NaNoers can choose their own goals. Go to the NaNoWriMo YoungWriters Program website for  info and goodies.

This year my adult niece and I are running a NaNo workshop for 6 homeschoolers, including her little brother and my twins. NaNo has workbooks which you can download in PDF or order for ten bucks, which is reasonable (and simpler than printing out over 100 pages). We received ours and they're beautiful.
 
 
 
Half of our students are using the elementary school workbook and half are using the middle school one. A high school version is also available.

I'd encourage teachers and homeschooling parents to consider running a NaNo workshop for their students. It will get them writing and that's a good thing!
 
I'll post on this again and provide ideas for running a young NaNo workshop. So stay tuned!

 
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