NaNoWriMo Journal 2014

NaNoWriMo Jounrnal 2014

For the past four years I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, this year will be no different!  Starting November 1st, I’ll be keeping a journal of my experiences as I participate in the challenge.  The journal will not be here, but on my personal blog The Paradigm!  To read and follow along, please go to this link: greaterthanknowledge.wordpress.com

I hope to see you there!

– Andrew Ronzino

Vacation!

I’m currently posting from Long Island, New York.

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference has passed, and I was unable to attend, but I will do my very best to be there next year.

So far, my biggest writing decision while I’m on vacation has been whether or not to participate in NaNoWriMo this November or not.  After considering the matter, I believe I will take part in the challenge again.  This will be my fifth year involved in NaNo.  I’m excited for it.  I’ve already begun laying down the groundwork for the novel.

That’s all I have for this week.  I’ll leave you with some pictures from my vacation so far.

Tonight I’ll be enjoying a Yankees game.  Go Pinstripes!

I used to climb this rock all the time when I lived in New York.  Long Island Sound for the win.

I used to climb this rock all the time when I lived in New York. Long Island Sound for the win.

Rocky beach.

Rocky beach.

So relaxing!

So relaxing!

– Andrew

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WD Conference – Canceled!

Hello everyone!

At the beginning of the month, I mentioned that I would be attending the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City in the first week of August.  From there, I was going to visit family on Long Island for a much needed vacation.  However, due to a family emergency, I’ve had to cancel my registration for the conference.  I’ll still be going to New York, but all of my time will be spent on Long Island with my family.

Though it’s a bit upsetting that I won’t be able to make it to the conference, the good news is that this will give me more time to polish up my novel, Written in Silence, a little more.  I’m in the midst of getting it critiqued and editing it accordingly.  More on that another time.

I did want to attend this conference very much, however, my family is more important.  To me, missing it isn’t that big of a deal.  I’ll just go next year.  By then my novel will be fully critiqued, which will be a great thing.

I just wanted to make sure all of you were aware that I wasn’t attending the conference this year, this way, when I didn’t give you updates from my experiences there, you’d know why.  But, you’ll still get a post from me next week!

Have a wonderful day.

– Andrew

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Insanity Stories

I’ve been writing consistently since I was fourteen. I am now twenty eight, and through my years of writing short stories and novels, I have learned a few things. I don’t consider myself an expert in any way, but you don’t do something for fourteen years without learning something. One of these wonderful bits of insight is that writers are insane.

How so?

You’re really asking me how so? If you’re a writer, you should already know how insane we are, but I’ll humor you and fill you in on this little secret.

Most writers are naturally creative people, and many writers have different ways of working out their ideas. Some people outline obsessively. I’m talking about every single detail of their story is outlined in some way. Other people talk out the ideas that they have in their heads to work everything into a coherent thought. This is often done out loud and with a lot of pacing involved (I’m in this group of writers). Some writers stare at the blank page for hours waiting for something to happen, this either leads to brilliant stories…or a headache and a glass of pinot noir. Some just write until something good flows out, then they sift through the muck, looking for the diamond they know is there. There are about a million other ticks that writers have, but you get the picture, so I’ll leave it at that.

Does any of that sound sane to you? Over and over again doing the same thing? Keep on writing, and talking, and brainstorming until you finally have something to put down on paper? No! It’s insane. However, what comes out of all the insanity, obsessing, and quirks is a story, and a story is about as normal as normal can be. People have been telling stories since the dawn of time.  Well, okay, maybe not the first people.  There wasn’t much to tell…

First man: “So yesterday I realized I existed.”

Second man: “…And?”

First man: “That’s it.”

Second man: “Lame story, bro!”

First man: “Lame what now?”

Stories have always been around in some form or fashion. One of the most important bits of advice I can offer people who tell me they want to write a book is this: Tell a story. It doesn’t have to be an epic tome of grandeur, but make sure there’s a story to follow. Reach into the insanity that is the creative mind and pluck out a beginning, a middle, and an end, then craft them into a good plot. Look for some interesting characters or creatures. Create a world to set it in, whether it’s downtown New York, an alien planet, London in 1743, or a Middle Earth knockoff. Next, let your plot, characters, and world drive the story. Let go, and let the insanity take over. Write!

If you have a bunch of creative characters in a fascinating world, but no story, then your writing is going to be dull and boring. No one will want to read it because nothing is happening. The most interesting man in the world is still a boring person unless he’s doing something, or something is happening to him. Something needs to happen and the characters need to engage in the world that they live to experience the story they’re apart of.

A story is more than words on a page or screen. A story is an experience. Readers need to walk with you as you show the events that take place. They need to see it, feel it, smell it, taste it, and touch it. They need to bond with it, and feel like they’re going to walk away with something when they reach the last page.

To you, the writer, it’s insanity, especially the creating and writing part, but to the reader, it needs to be a story. Through the insanity, the story comes out. And let’s face it, the love of stories is why we enjoy writing in the first place.

– Andrew

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My Publishing Choice

I decided a long time ago that, when I published my first book, I was going to go the traditional publishing route with a publishing house.  It’s always been my desire.  Over the years, as e-readers became more popular, and self-publishing became more prominent, traditional publishing wasn’t the only way to get a successful book onto shelves anymore.  However, my desire never changed.  Traditional publishing is the way I want to go.

Over the years, I’ve had several people ask me about looking into self-publishing, and my answer has always been the same: “Yes I have, but it’s not what I want to do.  I want to be published by a house.”

My reason is simple.  It’s just want I want to do.  It’s my desire.

And I’m happy with that.

-Andrew

My Inspiration

Someone on my Facebook Page asked me what inspired me to become an author.

When I was a kid, I loved to read and write.  I was always had a book in my hands, or typing up some story.  From an early age I had fallen in love with the idea of publication; I wanted to build worlds for readers like me to explore and experience.

My inspiration for writing is storytelling.  I’ve always loved good storytelling, whether it be in books, movies, or heck, even video games.  I love the conflict, struggle, and resolution of a good book.  I love character development and growth.  I love seeing new story worlds and learning about how they work.

I write because I love to build worlds.

I write because I love to tell stories.

I write because I want others to fall in love with books like I did when I was a kid.

I’ve been inspired by many authors, but I don’t want to write because of them.  I want to write because I love stories, world building, and watching the look in people’s eyes when they reach a really awesome part of a great book.  I want to see that in my own work one day.

My inspiration is the magic of writing itself.  When you write, you can be anyone, go anywhere, and do anything.  There is no limit to the imagination, and so there is no limit to story itself.

For writers: What inspires you?

For readers: Why do you read?

– Andrew

You’re New Here? So am I!

Hello!  Though I’m not new to the whole novel writing thing, I am new to trying to run a website for myself as an author.  So, first things first:

Welcome to the website!  *Wipes forehead*  Well, that was easier than I thought it would be.

I’m planning on posting news relevant to myself as an author, as well as helpful tips I may have gathered along the way.  Or I may recommend a good read or something I found interesting related to the world of writing or books.  If you’re interested, I have a personal blog called “The Paradigm” that I run.  I only post there when I have something to say, so updates are sporadic.  You have been warned.  Here’s the link: The Paradigm

Either way, thank you for checking my site out.

-Andrew