Good morning! 21.50 hours before we let our imagination create characters who will find a home on our blank pages. I’m guessing that anticipation must be growing strong inside each novel writer around the globe! It is wonderful to be part of such an amazing community of writers. I feel motivated knowing that all of our amazing brains will begin working hard toward a common goal in November. Growing a seed of an idea into a full story. The process, alone, of taking this courageous challenge will transform our lives forever! I have no clue what I am about to discover on this creative journey within the next 30 days – but I have full faith that the outcome will amaze me! Much success to each of you!
Monthly Archives: October 2015
Good evening! Writing Zone! November is only 48.25 hours away. Have you developed a writing routine that will allow you to meet your daily goal? Wonderful! For those writers who are trying to resolve how to FIT a novel into your already hectic daily schedule – I would like to share a technique I discovered that literally made writing a novel easier on my schedule. My first attempt – I thought I had no time to develop any type of writing routine to actually successfully complete the challenge – but, somehow, I did it! I’m guessing that many of you are asking the same question I did – How do I develop a daily writing routine with such a full schedule? I promise you it really is not as difficult as it may appear. You can master this challenge with a lesson in self-discovery. It is two simple steps. Step 1 – identify your writing zone. Track your word count as you begin developing your writing routine. Step 2 – Notice the spikes in your word count. Search for sharp increases in your word count and be observant of an easy flow in the rhythm of your story. It is at this perfect intersection that you will discover the pieces you produce to be very productive – they will exude your voice. This is your body’s way of speaking to you – “I like writing NOW!” all of your senses are in sync during this time. It is essential to identify this amazing gift within your 24-hour writing window – then repeat it every day. Experience having an easier writing routine once you discover your writing zone! Have faith in yourself! You can do it!
Good afternoon! Divert Distractions! I want to offer encouragement to all fellow November novel writers to protect your time as we embark on this amazing 30 day challenge. There will be many distractions – phone calls, dishes, laundry, errands, newly released books, the list has no ending – now, with 58 hours left to start the writing madness – I want to encourage you to plan your divergence strategy with me. Let’s practice a few responses to some distractions that may arise as an attempt to lead us astray from our chair and keyboard for 30 days of November. Here’s a few:
“Not now, I am only 500 words shy of my daily goal!”
“Oh, did I forgot to inform you that I selected you as my chore replacement for the next 30 days!”
“Give me these 30 days, and I am yours for the next 335!”
“I cannot! – Why? Because my butt is literally glued to this chair for the next 30 days! Seriously!” (This one is my favorite!)
“I will eat – if you will feed me – while I keep my fingers on this keyboard!”
“Did I forget to send that urgent memo to the famous coffee shop requesting to keep their stores open for 24 hours in November?”
“Hello, You have reached the voice mail of a novel writer, I am unavailable to take any calls for the next 30 days. I will return all calls after November 30th. If this is an emergency, please make it wait until after November 30th. Thank you for calling!”
“Do not disturb! In the process of writing a great novel!”
I would love to hear some of your prepared responses to divert the distractions that will surface in November.
Good evening! “Always give your absolute best!” These are the words my mother encouraged me to strive towards in all of my endeavors. I remember how she stressed this point in our conversations, “there is never a time to NOT do your absolute best”. Of course, It took years to comprehend what she meant. Obedience to her instructions sure served me well until I finally reached comprehension of her wise advice. Allowing her words to echo in my mind is very important to me at this stage — because I am 72.25 hours away from writing a 55,000 word count novel in 30 days…..I have selected her words to serve as my motivation on this amazing novel challenge. Yes, I intend to repeat her words daily – as her words will be the force that will motivate me to keep writing when my fingers begin to ache – as I know they will! How do I know this? Because I plan to keep them glued to my keyboard for the 30 consecutive days of the challenge. My goal is to break my own record – to end with a higher word count than any of my previous years. When Day 30 comes to a close I will be able to say, with certainty, “I gave my absolute best!”
Good morning! I want different results – so I am going to do something differently! I’ve tried this strategy in many areas of my life for years — this year I am going to apply this strategy to my novel. The past two years of completing a novel – I aimed for the winning goal of 50,000 word count. This year I have decided to increase my word count by 5,000 words. I know it’s not much – but it is enough to push me beyond my comfort zone of 50,000 words in 30 days. Why am I making this investment in my novel? Because I am passionate about personal development. Another benefit of my perfectionism is that it pushes me to look at my previous achievements and ask myself – “Can you do better than your last performance?” – when I can confidently answer, “Yes! I believe that I can make progress!” – my mind kicks into a higher gear motivating me to rise above the status-quo. I have noticed that extraordinary people do not settle for the status-quo! Thomas Edison – The light bulb was not his first – nor his last – invention. He rose above the status-quo in his field! Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man And The Sea was not his first – nor his last – book. He rose above the status-quo, too, in the writing industry! I could list many more extraordinary individuals who have a common trait of making continuous progress in their field–I want to follow their pattern. Therefore, I, too, shall rise above the status-quo in my strategy of writing my next novel. I want to pacify this desire to improve on my previous achievement – allowing myself to try new techniques that will result in progress.
Good morning! Stories tucked away in our memory can segue into our novel! I have decided to spend the next few days revisiting some of my memories – to gain inspiration as I get closer to writing my next novel. Did you know how connected our memory is to many of the behaviors we perform? Think of something you do every day and ask yourself, “Why do I do this?” Join my journey down memory lane….As far back as my memory serves me – I have warm memories of how much my mother enjoyed a fresh cup of coffee every morning as she eased onto the front porch, retrieved the daily newspaper, relaxed in her favorite seat, engaged me in conversation of current happenings recorded of the previous day events in our community and world, followed by deeper conversations that I treasure. In the colder seasons, our daily ritual moved from the front porch to the dinning table. One day, as an adult, I decided to have a cup of coffee with our conversation. I kept saying to myself, “This taste awful!”…yet, I continued to drink it because, somehow, sharing that pot of coffee appeared to deepen our bond. I learned how to improve the taste of the awful coffee with tons of sweeteners and grew to enjoy the taste of the coffee (or so I thought). When I moved some distance from my mother, we could no longer enjoy a daily cup of coffee on the front porch – however, every day, as I poured my cup of coffee, the miles vicariously melted between us, allowing us to continue our morning ritual via telephone. I thought I had convinced my brain that I enjoyed awful coffee – my brain reminded me that what I really enjoyed was the memory it provided me of the special time with my mother. You see, unfortunately, when my mother departed this earth, the conversations stopped – the taste of the awful coffee surfaced. I could no longer tolerate it. The memory attached to the coffee changed and reality stared me in the face. Many days I forced myself to drink awful coffee just to gain a glimpse of the past memories of sitting on the front porch and engaging in warm conversation with my mother. The memory is worth every awful drink of that coffee. Then I discovered Latte’s, I was overjoyed with the ingredients – I have the smallest portion of coffee with the warm milk and my favorite flavor of syrup and now I truly do enjoy the taste of coffee. It is a win/win with each cup because now my taste buds are happy with the flavor and I am happy because I can revisit the memory of my conversations with my mother.