Thursday, October 19, 2017

NaNoWriMo

Like last year, I took most of the month of September, into October off from writing.  I’ve been back at it slowly, as my motivation is still low, but it’s for fear of making crap, again. I have a PB MS and a MG MS that I love dearly, but I haven’t been back at them to make the major changed they need.

That’s where NaNoWriMo comes in...

I’m slowly working on ideas, taking notes, and preparing them for November.  I’m hoping to add 15,000 words to the MS, and make the major changes needed to the PB.

For the MS, I need to build the world, but, more importantly, I have to make the reader want to love the MC.  Write now (hehehehe...) both are lacking.  Majorly.

The PB needs more of a hook for the MC, and the situation the MC ends up in...more drama, more reason to turn the page.  There are great opportunities for an illustrator, but I need to make it more.

I’m also hoping to write some more poetry.  I love poetry!  It’s my therapy!  I also need to get back on the typewriter.  It misses me (as does my bike on the rollers...).

Are you doing NaNoWriMo???

Thursday, August 24, 2017

{Insert Title Here}

Titles...they can be tough.  I've got a middle grade novel I'm working on and I've got no title for it.  Well, a couple ideas, but nothing worthy of being a Title.  I have a few items like that- poems, PBs, story ideas, shorts, etc.

Sometimes it's easy to come up with a title, it flies right out of your brain, through your fingers, and lands right there, on your page, adding glory to your creation...or, like often happens, it's the best part of your SFD.

This isn't even what I planned on writing...I was going to do a lot of random thoughts, like this paragraph type part, but titles clicked...until now...

Sometimes the title becomes inspired by the story, a character, a main idea...SOMETHING!  And, it works. Sometimes you come up with a title, stick with it because it seems okay, then the story changes...and the title does not, and it no longer works.  That's where I'm at with the MG story I'm working on.

But it's not just the title I'm stuck on, there's a whole boatload of crap wrong with it, and a ton that I need to add to it.

{Have I said this before?}

Got any special ways you come up with a title?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Slump

I've hit a slump.  I'm not sure where it came from, but it's hit me.  I haven't been writing as regularly as I was for the last ten months, I've missed a couple days here and there of writing, even into the Brain Dump.

At least I think it's a slump.  I feel unmotivated, but it's not for everything, just for that middle grade fantasy that's been calling me, that I'm avoiding a major overhaul of.  I did start yesterday.  I added a whopping 200 or so words.  That's not a lot, but it's more than nothing, more than I'd added to it over the past few weeks, anyway.

I've written a couple poems, free style and lune both. I typed on he olde Olympia typewriter and posted it to IG.  A nice political one that I wrote back in April that fits today (give me a follow on IG: @ErikAmmon13) as well.

So maybe I'm not in a total slump, just a bit of a temporary set back.

I did write my monthly SFD for 12x12, putting me at 17 or 18 SFDs for the year, though two have fleshed out quite nicely and have potential.

Like I said, I've written some poems, and some words for the MG story, so I'm progressing.  This is also my second post in a week :)

Must just be a temporary set back.  A hurdle to get over, and I'm just about there.

I hope you've been clearing your hurdles.  What do you do to get out of slumps?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Massive editing of a WIP

A few weeks ago my son was at a music camp at Lebanon Valley College (an absolutely beautiful school!).  Instead of driving back and forth over an hour, I decided I would hang out in the library (where else??) and work on a major editing of what I have of the framework for a middle grade fantasy.  I'd mentioned this in my last post, last month- it's the 31,000 word MS I wrote in March/April.  I was able to use a private room, with big windows, a large table, comfortable chairs, outlets and a HUGE whiteboard to work on!  Overall it was a success and I know what I need to work on next!  Here are some pics (whoops...I only had two):



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Long Time, No Write...on here...

So like the title says, long time, no write...on here...but oh I have been!  What have I done?


  1. I wrote a 31,000 word MG fantasy in less than three weeks.
  2. I finished the 365 lunes (I may have already mentioned that) but I've also edited it twice and have another set of eyes on it right now (and may ask for another!!).
  3. I have written 5 more PB manuscripts, and edited many...including one that I sent out to a contest after fast major editing!!!  So, that's another one ready!
  4. Discovered that I'm not a cruise fan...this cruise BROKE my writing streak that started back in September.  I'd written EVERY day from September until last week.
  5. Started a new writing streak (officially July 1, 2017).
  6. Have a set plan for editing that 31,000 MG fantasy story that I LOVE!
  7. Have edited The Lost Squirrel and need to finish formatting it for Polyethnic Publishing!
  8. Discovered that I've fallen out of love with writing in journals (I really hate transcribing).
  9. Done research for, and some minor outlining for another MG fantasy.
  10. Sent a chapbook of poems to a publishing company!
  11. Written and edited many poems.
Now for things that I NEED to do!

  1. Do those edits for the MG fantasy (going to a store in Kutztown to see about printing it)!
  2. Continue to edit and write PB manuscripts.
  3. Write every day.
  4. Do the formatting for The Lost Squirrel and send it in!
  5. Send the one PB MS out.
  6. Continue to write and edit poetry
  7. Continue to love what I do!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reworking an Old Urban Fantasy

Okay, it's not really that old, but, until a few months ago, I hadn't done anything with it.

I dusted it off (metaphorically speaking, of course) and began, slowly, tediously, editing Why He Runs From the Basement.  I even renamed it to The Watcher.  

Why?  Well, I wanted to.  I've been wanting to get my hand back into the fantasy arena, and decided this was a way to start, but do it differently.

I originally self-published this novella in 2013 (???) through Amazon (e-book only) and sold enough to pay for Scrivener, and a case of beer-you know, the important things to enable a writer to write drunk, then edit sober.

This time around, two weeks ago, I decided to put it up on Wattpad.  Live and learn, folks.  Apparently, you don't have to- and it seems to be beneficial not to- put the WHOLE THING UP AT ONCE.  Who knew?  Well, me, now...

But good thing that novella was only going to be part 1 of a series I'd planned to take the self-publishing world by storm.  But a funny thing happened.  I fell in love with writing picture books...but that's another post that's already up here, somewhere, I think...

Along with the title, I also changed the cover a bit...monstly because I couldn't find the image of Kona with fire in his eyes...oh well.  I changed up the coloring of his fur, changed the font, and voila! An obviously self created cover from someone who is not that great at covers!  Good thing the story's good...note- it's NOT for kids...at all.  It's quite gory. In fact I was going to submit it to an anthology until I noticed they didn't want gory stories.  I thought about taking the gore out, but then that wouldn't be my story.

If you're interested, check it out!  It's right here!

Thanks :)

Part two is currently in progress- I'm about 9,000 words in...which I did a few years ago...so, yeah, editing again and enjoying it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cat Wash: My Entry to Vivian Kirkfield's 50 Word Story Contest

Cat Wash by Erik Ammon (39 words)

"Let's wash the cat!"
"Fill up the tub!"
Whoooosh!
"Catch that cat!"
Reeooowww!
Splash!
"Where's the soap?"
"Just use shampoo!"
Reeeooowwwww!!!
Slosh!
"There he goes!"
"Catch him!"
"Got'em!"
Splaassshhhhh!!
"Time to rinse!"
Fwooooossssshhhh!
"Done!"
Reow!
Pitter, pitter, pitter.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Many different genres

My love of books, and my ADD writing mind, has me working on a lot of different genres.  These include, but will probably not be limited to:
Poetry for adults
Poetry for children
Picture books
Picture storybooks
Early chapter books
Middle grade
YA Historical Fiction/ Romance
Fantasy Novellas for adults
Epic Fantasy for adults

I've been working on many different picture book manuscripts for future submission, cleaning up and submitting a chapbook of poetry, poems for adults, one for kids, editing a fantasy novella for adults, a humor book for adults, and the outline for a YA historical fiction/ romance during the month of February.

Have I taken on too much?  Nah, not really. I do bounce around a lot from one project to the next, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love writing, I love creating.  My mind keeps churning out ideas that want to be written, so I write them.  I do not want to be limited in any way whatsoever.  If I ever land an agent for PBs, I'm hoping they have connections in other areas as well.  But, you know, getting that agent is the life goal :)

How about you? Are you a multiple genre writer?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy New Year!

Yeah, ok, I'm late, Chinese New Year was Saturday, New Year's was 29 days ago.  I had NO idea it'd been that long since I wrote a post.  I've been writing up a storm- poems, PB drafts, revisions, journaling, and more.

So, I'm in the process of working on two books of poetry, and a humorous book as well (the topic will remain a secret...).  For book one, I'm on poem 41 of 50, and for the second book, I'm on poem 228 of 365 (these are a specific style).  For the humorous book, I'm on 52 of 100 (may end up being more...we'll see!!).  All three I will probably be self-publishing.  The humorous one is actually going to be a definite self-publish.  The two books of poems I may send out to a couple publishers first, then go the self-publishing route.

One joyous gift I received early in the year was finding out that I won a scholarship for a gold tier level for Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge!!  I am so excited, and so honored to have been selected for the scholarship, and it has, along with a quote I'll share in another post soon- I promise-, helped to jump start my new year in writing picture book manuscripts as well as inspire me to really bust my ass.  Being given this opportunity to be in 12x12 again is something I will not squander.  I would not have been able to join up otherwise this year.  I had only the funds for two things this year related to writing- 12x12 or the EPASCBWI conference and I chose to save the funds for the conference, to meet with agents in person.  So to have won the scholarship is HUGE.  Now I can do both!

How much has it inspired me?  Well, I've worked on revisions for two manuscripts, and written three new manuscripts this month alone!

Along with StoryStorm (formerly called PiBoIdMo and formerly in November), my picture book inspirations have catapulted my into the new year.  For StoryStorm I have 35 ideas total, two of which are middle grade possible.

I also found a critique partner!  We've already exchanged one MS and will continue to do so pretty much once a month.

So, yeah, I'm psyched about this year.

New Year's Writing Resolutions?

Just one.

Bust my ass to acheive my dreams.