The 90 Day Novel Challenge: Section 2

Okay, so technically I was supposed to be finished with Section 2 a few days (erm, weeks…) ago.  I’m a bit behind, but I’m not unhappy about that, because I’m uncovering more aspects to the story with each day.  I feel like sacrificing a few extra days to brainstorm and outline will be worth it in the end, so I’m not worrying about that.

Also, I don’t think my being behind is going to push me back on the 90 day end goal, because I’m participating in July’s Camp NaNo.  So, I should have my first 50,000 words finished sooner rather than later!

However, I do have my review of Watt’s The 90 Day Novel Section 2 ready for you!

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Here’s to Year 22 (Using My Jelly Beans Wisely)!

I turned 22 today!  It is a little bittersweet, though, because #1 I haven’t achieved as much as I thought I would, and because #2 I am, after all, still alive and well.

(I’m well as long as you overlook the fact that I’ve felt very miserable this week due to allergies.  And they have been pretty rough.  They even settled into my ear and I lost hearing for a couple of days.  Yeah.  That bad.  But, hey, I have mobility and am generally well aside from sniffles and occasional hearing impairment.)

Today I’m a year older, which means that I have to go through the trite crisis where I feel like I’m not achieving anything and set goals for my 23rd year.  I am only human.

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Great Used Bookstore in the Florence Area!

I discovered a gem in Florence today!  There is a used bookstore on Darby Drive called Ariana’s Book Exchange.  It is an amazing little store with a buy/trade/sell program and decent rates.

I bought The Pact by Jodi Picoult for $8.00 and it is in great condition.  They have cheaper prices than that, though, with cardboard boxes marked $1 or $2 sitting in each aisle.  I didn’t have time to dig through those, but I will next time!

Every book is 50% off what it was brand new (whatever is marked on the book) plus $0.25.  If you read a book and want to bring it back, you get 25% of what you paid for the book in store credit.  They also buy or trade books if you have any you want to get rid of (I have a pile I will be taking the next time I go).

Do you have a used bookstore in your area?

How loose are your ideas?

I sat down to write.  Pen in hand, blank paper before me.  The idea was clear: girl loves unconscious boy and discovers a way to reach him.  I had spent weeks brainstorming, tweaking ideas and dissecting my characters.  Before I placed my pen to the paper, I realized something.  I had it all wrong.  In two seconds, weeks of work stepped aside for an even better idea.  The story isn’t about the girl at all.  It is about the brother’s pain and eventual repentance from his self-destructive lifestyle.  The unconscious boy and the girl are in the background, just a side effect of a common tragic event.  But, the brother’s story is the story.

I could not have reached this “aha!” moment without holding my ideas loosely.

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