Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Break

This week is Spring Break for me, and I have the week off from teaching. I have been able to spend time with my family and writing in the last few days. It has been a welcome break as this time of year can become pretty stressful.

I am currently a couple chapters into a realistic fiction middle grade novel. It is a story about a 7th grade boy who learns about friendship while dealing with social pressures, bullies, and girls. I haven't had this much fun writing in a long time. I'm not using an outline, but the story just rolls onto the page. I guess all those years working with junior high students has given me a wealth of inspiration to draw from.

In other news I am finishing Brandon Sanderson's Alcatraz book 4. Alcatraz and the Shattered Lens. It is a very quick read, and hilarious. My wife gives me concerned looks when I bust out laughing in the middle of a chapter. Then I read it back to her, and she laughs too.

Well, it's back to writing for me for now!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Writing Update

So I have been really good the last few weeks, and have started writing consistently on a couple different stories. The first is an Epic Fantasy about a royal child that his uncle takes and raises because he is slated to be sacrificed. I get up early in the morning and write for about an hour. So I am able to get about 500 words each day. The second story is a middle grade story that I write around 250 words during my lunch at school. It is a snarky tale of a young man who learns self-esteem through an experience into a fantasy realm.

Daylight savings messed me up a little, but so far I have the first chapter of each story done. I hope to have 5000 total words this month and a good chapter to submit to my writing group at Farland's Writer's Group Forums next month. Now on to my writing group critiques...