N.M Sotzek

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Once Upon a December...

Posted by nsotzek on December 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, that was a reference to the animated movie, Anastasia. Moving on, last year some of you may remember that I participated in National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNoWriMo). I did not achieve the goal last year, although it did allow me to finish my first novel. This year...well, this year is a different story! Literally. I used this year's competition to complete the sequel, and I did! When I looked over the novel, I realized I finished the pl...

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The Next Big Thing

Posted by nsotzek on November 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I've come out from my hole in the ground to do something quite new and extraordinary. Perhaps that's too strong of a word, but I like it.  There is something called a 'blog tag' going around in the interwebs currently, and I've been tagged by the wonderful Ross Harrison who writes science fantasy.
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Originality

Posted by nsotzek on June 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I was recently proposed with the idea of originality, and it got me thinking. What is originality? What makes something unique? I've discovered that the two words are very different.

I can't tell you the number of times I open a book, or start a movie, and within ten minutes I know the entire cycle of the book/movie, and how it will end. To me, that screams of something not being original. Or I'm psychic.

Then I had to stop for a minute, and ...

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A little late...

Posted by nsotzek on May 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I'm a little more than overdue in my next post! I took a bit of a writing break. Not that I lost motivation, but I needed to step back and take it all in. I needed to re-focus. Do you ever get that feeling, that there's just so much to do, and you're running out of time? You don't necessarily have a deadline, but there's this pressure deep inside that's telling you "you have things to do, and you have to do them soon!" Yeah, that feeling. I've had that f...

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The Web of Plots

Posted by nsotzek on April 21, 2012 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I wrote up a template for the plot for the sequel. It's mostly finished. I just have to figure out how I want it to end. I've added in some minor plots as well, but once again I'm not sure which ones to choose. Right now my outline looks like one of those 'choose your own adventure' books (those things were great, weren't they?). If you go down one path, and choose this plot, and then this other sub-plot, you get to one ending. For example, I'm undecided about whic...

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1 is the Loneliest Number

Posted by nsotzek on April 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, it's happened. I've sent out queries into the universe of agents. Within a day, I was rejected by one. One lonely rejection. Don't worry, my little form rejection. You won't be lonely much longer. When I told my mother, she was more upset than I was. I'm not disillusioned. I know I won't get an agent on the first try. Of course, it's the dream, but I know better. My thinking is that each rejection brings me closer to the agent who will be perfect for my book,...

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Procrastination is a Killer

Posted by nsotzek on March 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

So I have quite a few projects going right now. By right now, I mean right this second. I'm attempting to re-work my presentation for a conference on Saturday, I've been bitten by the genealogy bug once again (fun fact: my grandfather to the 22nd degree is King Edward III of England), I'm looking up exercises and drafting up my e-mails to agents. Look out! Queries are coming your way next week! (Of course, I'm talking to agents there.)

Right now, my mind i...

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Pay Attention to the Details!

Posted by nsotzek on March 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I have yet another confession: I really dislike coming up with details. Not necessarily about characters, or setting (which is definitely something I need to work on, however), but just...details. Logistics. Last night I wrote out a scene in 'Chasing the Underground' that was all about scientific logistics. Now, I'm no scientist. I barely understand physics. What goes up, must come down. That pretty much sums up my understanding of the field. Oh! An object in motio...

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Writers Anonymous

Posted by nsotzek on March 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi. My name's Nichole, and I have a problem.

I can't stop writing.

That's not a problem you say? Well, maybe it's not. It sure feels like it sometimes. I'm currently working on the sequel to 'Revealing the Revolution' which I've tentatively named 'Chasing the Underground.' The title is beginning to grow on me, actually. Here's my brief pitch:

After creating the perfect AIM, Cam is running for his life. But the McCarthy's are...

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Character Love

Posted by nsotzek on March 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

If you hadn't noticed, I had a mini-interview for Tricia Drammeh's blog. The question was: have you ever fallen in love with your characters? Here's the blog for you to check out my answer, along with the answers of other wonderful authors: http://www.authorstowatch.triciadrammeh.com/2012/03/tall-dark-and-imaginary.html

It got me thinking about characters. Who ar...

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