Writer In Preparation Mode For 2016 Novel Writing Challenge

Good evening! What motivates you? What, exactly, is motivation? Webster defines motivation as,”a force or influence that causes someone to do something.”  — Hmmm…I like Webster’s definition because I am ‘influenced‘ every year to take a writing challenge. Why does this challenge motivate me?  The reasons are many – but, the most important one is – the creative brain preparation that is required before the journey begins on November 1st at 12:01 am. You see, I have promised myself to obey the NaNoWriMo novel-writing rule. –  RULE: “Novel must be an ‘original’ idea to BEGIN writing ON November 1st.” –  While this is a difficult rule to obey, as a writer, because it requires training your brain to suppress any ideas throughout the year, until preparation time arrives – It is the driving force that keeps me motivated throughout the year – especially during the days leading up to November 1st . Add this fact to my excitement – I am a ‘Pantser’! — Yep….I like to let my characters run the show! When my fingers turn the page on my calendar to reveal October – something electrifying happens in my brain – it feels as if the novel-writing stimuli awaken from a ten-month hibernation screaming, “Novel Alert! Wake up and start creating your story!”  Each touch of my soft calendar pages – reveal hints of how my story might unfold – like flowers peeking out of the ground in the wake of Spring. The words dancing around in my psyche – feel like a ray of sunshine soaking my body – I welcome this ‘word therapy’! NaNoWriMo has become one of my favorite writing exercises of the year. Let the countdown begin! — Only 18 days, 3 hours, and 40 minutes before I type my first word – that will lead to my 50,000 word count novel. Happy novel preparation to all of you fabulous writers around the globe!

© Daily Writer Girl 10/13/2016


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