Confessions of a Struggling Writer

I am a writer. I aspire to be an author. Those aspirations are what fuel my struggle. Join me in my trials and tribulations to see my name on a book.

J.R. Murdock

Friday, November 07, 2008

NaNoWriMo Update

I'm taking a short pause in my NaNo novel. I'm up to nearly 11K words at this point and I'm really happy with the way my story is going. I blame Mur Lafferty and Scott Sigler for my story. It's a superhero story with gods, monsters, heroes, and almost-super heroes. It's fast paced, gritty, and a whole lot of fun. I blame Tee Morris for one character named the Gobbler (NOM NOM NOM).

Okay, very short post. I'm back to writing.

Oh, I've got a story coming on in January. It can be found at No pressure to buy. I'm excited just to be in print again. I'm also sending out Astel (still) and I'm now starting to look for an agent with V&A Shipping. Both are as polished as they're going to get, now's the time for them to stand on their own. WOO. It's been a LONG time since I've been this excited about writing. I'll have to try NOT to slack off again.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


I am using NaNoWriMo to get off my butt and write another novel. I've had the idea for quite some time (actaully since I finished my last Novel that I started during NaNoWriMo last year). So I'm finally getting it down. Mentally I had gotten stuck where to start and on Nov 1st, I started it and then thought "WAIT A MINUTE!" and bang! I had a better beginning. I didn't trash anything as the chapters I'd written fell into place after a different opening. I added a new POV character that gives the villain's POV without being inside the villain's head. It's worked out great so far and has really helped me pick up a head of steam on this novel. I'm presently up to 8700 words and you can find my NaNoWriMo page up. I'm posting again this year as JRMurdock if you would like to buddy me. If I can every find the page again, I'll be happy to buddy back.

I'm not quite up to the writing speed I was at 2 years ago, but I'm trying to get back there. Time, patience, persistence. I know I can do it. WOO!