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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2012: Success

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For those of you who are interested in reading Falling for Insanity, the new, revised material is being posted to scribophile.com. New chapters will be uploaded in a timely fashion. This is for a limited time only (three to five months), so get it while you can!
The good news: I successfully completed National Novel Writing Month. I now have a new novel in the works, with the semi-official title of THE PSYCHOPATH NEXT DOOR.
      
      The bad news: It's such a hot mess, I don't think I'll be sharing it on Wattpad for some time. It doesn't quite follow the natural law of most books in the sense that it hops around from scene-to-scene. Perhaps after some editing, yes?
      
      The other (maybe?) good news: December will officially be my National Novel Editing Month. FALLING FOR INSANITY will be receiving my full attention for the next thirty days, every day, until I begin the search for a beta reader. This process will be extending far past thirty days - I'm thinking three to six months - but I'm greatly looking forward to it.
      
      I hope everyone's NaNoWriMo has been as successful as mine!
Well, well, well. Look who's back.
      
      NaNoWriMo has pulled me out of the black hole that has consumed my life for the past few months and reminded me that I do, indeed, have an account on Wattpad. Editing FALLING FOR INSANITY has sucked the life out of my writing (in the best possible way), but now I'm looking to make some changes. I'll still be editing, of course. My goal of publishing FALLING FOR INSANITY hasn't changed. I will, however, be writing something new this November...and maybe sharing it on Wattpad with all of you lovely readers.
      
      I don't want to make false promises, though, so be warned: I'm not promising anything. But, if after ten or so days into NaNo I have a solid word count...well. Maybe.
      
      It's good to be back.
CarsonFaircloth commented on A Shattered Mind - Chapter One


CarsonFaircloth
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hook. You don't see a lot of that on Wattpad.
      
      I would cut the "but" in your second sentence and lead that paragraph with "sometimes".
      
      Write out "ninety-six".
      
      Your second sentence is a little long-winded. Try cutting it down. Like so:
      
      "Sometimes the feeling drags, leaving me comatose for the entire ninety-six hours between Monday and Friday."
      
      The sentence that begins with "even though" is somewhat confusing. I would rearrange some awkward phrases in there. It might be an issue with punctuation.
      
      You have a lot of short, punchy sentences, which isn't a bad thing at all. I actually enjoy that style of writing. In this case, however, you have quite a few paragraphs that are only one sentence long, which makes for awkward reading. Try combining a few paragraphs to create a more natural length.
      
      I'm not quite sure where the starting point in your story is at this point. There seems to be a lot of rambling going on, with no real setting for your first page. I would put some focus on how you want your story to begin in order to give the reader a clear sense of what they're getting into.
      
      Overall:
      
      3.7/5