Good evening! Hello fellow writers! A huge “Congrats!” to all of you fabulous fellow #NaNoWinners of 2018! We did it! We crossed the finish line! I’m going out on a limb here by guessing that many of you are taking a short break from all the writing madness. I did too! It’s been eight days since we achieved our novel-writing goal. I must say that the feeling in my soul, after my final calculation populated, was very gratifying, indeed! The victory, this sixth year, took me back to a childhood memory of learning to ride a bike – and how similar the writing process is. I remember my first bike with training wheels; I spent an entire day sitting on my new bike, “imagining” pedaling on only two wheels down the hill in front of our yellow house, on a quiet street, in my small home town. Whilst sitting on my anchored bike, I “imagined” what my Mom would say if I would reach the foot of the hill, “Sweetie, I am so proud of you!” I would also “imagine” my big brother saying, “Wow, you actually did it!” I remember the smile on my face as I “imagined” hearing both of those remarks. I also remember the realization I felt as I stared at the peak of the hill, wondering how I would ever earn those words, knowing that if I did not learn to ride the bike – without the training wheels attached – I would not get to hear their words. I remember how real their “imagined” words felt to me. I wanted to hear those words badly! I was a determined child. I remember requesting the training wheels be removed. I remember that each time I attempted and fell off the bike, it was their “imagined” words that gave me the courage to get myself back on that bike and keep trying. Mom could not pedal the bike for me. My brother could not pedal the bike for me. I remember feeling the strength in my determination. My faith grew in my own ability to pedal the bike, control the handle bars and brakes. After, a short while, I stopped falling off the bike because I built up the courage to ride my bike down the hill, and was greeted with the words I imagined from my Mom and brother. Likewise, this November, each day I could taste the victory, but to earn it, I had to keep my butt in my chair, and my fingers on the keyboard, to earn the victory. When I received the word calculation results on November 30th and the “Winner” certificate earned, I “imagined” what my Mom would say to me, if she were still in this world, “Sweetie, I am very proud of your sixth NaNoWriMo Victory!” Happy writing!
(C) 2018 Daily Writer Girl
Good Evening! It’s that time of year again! National Novel Writing Month – NANOWRIMO – On November 1st at 12:00am my fingers will be glued to my keyboard, as I attempt the NANOWRIMO challenge of writing a 50,000 word count novel in just 30 days for my sixth (6th) consecutive year! Each year, at this exact point in time, I ask myself this same question, “Okay, why I am attempting NANOWRIMO again this year?” And, yes, each year I laugh at myself as I answer back – “…because I cannot NOT do this! NANOWRIMO is in my soul!” Actually, by ‘actively’ participating in NANOWRIMO for the past five (5) consecutive years – I’d like to share just three of the benefits I have gained:
1) NANOWRIMO has given me the confidence to DECLARE myself “A Writer!” –
2) NANOWRIMO has made me a better writer by allowing me to build a strong foundation for my stories!
3) NANOWRIMO has allowed me to ‘grow’ in my writing skills, by enhancing the range – depth that I can go with character development!
I feel joyful as the calendar gets closer to November 1st, knowing that I will be joined by over 300,000 writers around the globe, who will be taking this same challenge! To all of my fellow writers, I have faith that each of us has the ability to cross the Winner’s line! Much success to each of you! Happy Writing!
(c) 2018 Daily Writer Girl
Good Evening! Victory! I finished my fifth 30-day novel challenge a winner! #NaNoWinner2017 – Yay! My intent going into this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge was Conflict! Conflict! Conflict! My characters performed well! I must say that I felt emotionally exhausted after this year’s journey. Lol. I wondered what I would learn about my writing at the end of this journey…my list is too long to include in this short post. However, I do want to share one of the valuable lessons I learned about myself. I relaxed my mind to the point that my characters were saying and doing things that I would never, ever, have considered doing or saying on paper or in any manner. There were times I wanted to give up because I thought I wasn’t being authentic. Then I went back to Mr. Walter Mosley‘s book – This Year You Write Your Novel – that I used as my vicarious teacher this year – and I following his instructions, I did not stop the show! — I let my characters continue to stretch beyond my comfort zone. Whilst they did, I cringed and yelled and cried….”Why did you say that to her?” and “What are you thinking! Who does that!” – “Yikes!” I wanted conflict, and my amazing characters gave me exactly what I asked for! Occasionally, I had to abandon my pages, take a walk, remind myself of my goal “Conflict!” and give myself permission to revisit my conflict-ridden characters again….until, I reached “The End”…and then….I smiled! This year’s amazing cast of characters taught me to never stick with the status quo – instead, push myself! I did! I am very pleased with the outcome! (c) 2017 Daily Writer Girl
Good evening…nearly 12am — I am ready for NaNoWriMo -2017. My characters have been patient — there are only 20 minutes and 12 seconds before I can let them fill the blank pages to start this year’s novel-writing-challenge. Yes, writing is just like any other business that goes from month-to-month then quarter-to-quarter to wrap up each fiscal year only to start fresh with new goals and objectives. I consider November the begining of my writing year. My goal is to win strong – by exceeding 50,000 words. This will give me the momentum I need to meet my annual writing goals. Enough said…my characters are ready to “start the show”! Time for me to start the engine on my laptop and keep my fingers glued to my keyboard for 30 days to finish this first draft novel. Happy writing!
Good Evening! “When the student IS ready – the teacher WILL appear!” This year I decided to look for new inspiration to help me stay motivated during my fifth year novel-writing-journey. My search lead me to a new teacher. Whilst browsing the stacks at my favorite library – I stumbled upon a book by an author I never read before, This Year You Write Your Novel, by Walter Mosley – This book was published in 2007 – at which time Mr. Mosley had written 25 books and multiple articles. This student is ready to learn from an author with a body of work such as his. I have taken pages of notes, already….Ah, I am highly impressed by this author’s writing style in the examples he provides throughout the book. The instructions he is providing are, likewise, AMAZING! We have 3 hours, 24 minutes, and 3 seconds left before NaNoWriMo begins…just enough time to run to your nearest Barnes and Noble – or – Half Price Books and purchase your copy too. This Year You Write Your Novel is a powerful – but easy read – 102 pages – “less than 25,000 words” – size 12 font makes it easy on the eyes too. Once you get your hands on this book, take a peek at his example on character development – pages 43-44 – I promise it will inspire you too! In fact, I want to read the entire story about ‘Bob‘ after I finish writing my novel. Lol. This year I choose Mr. Walter Mosley to be my teacher, vicariously, as he guides me via his book, This Year You Write Your Novel. I feel strongly, with this book as my guide, I will have a richer first-draft novel. Let’s win this year’s writing challenge!
(c) 2017 Daily Writer Girl