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Writer Prepared To Begin 30-Day Novel Writing Challenge

Good evening!  Only twenty-seven hours, nineteen minutes, and five seconds until the writing madness begins!  I have my idea and character profiles…I am ready to face the blank pages as I craft the first draft of my novel over the 30-Days of November!  I am a declared  “Pantser” and eagerly anticipating the journey that my characters will present this November.

This year I was torn between two (2) books as my inspiration whilst preparing to take the NANOWRIMO challenge this November 2018!  I couldn’t choose between either, so I dug into both, and will utilize the great advice provided in Dr. Kevin Cordi’s “Playing With Stories”  – and –  Sol Stein’s “How To Grow A Novel.”

I would love to hear about the authors that have provided you with writing inspiration for NANOWRIMO 2018! Happy Writing!

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Writer Attempts 30-Day Novel Writing Challenge for Sixth Consecutive Year

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!

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Writer Begins NEW Writing Challenge 2018 – 100 Days: 100-Word Stories

Good Evening!  A fresh new year brings NEW challenges my way! I enjoy reinventing myself for continued growth in my writing ability.  I have been wanting to try short-form writing for a few years, well..the wait is over.  I have decided to push myself into unfamiliar territory by challenging my writing ability to 100 Days of 100-Word Stories…beginning today, February 18th, 2018.  My goal is to push myself to learn something new — which will allow me to continue to develop my skill as a writer. I’m hoping you’ll stick around for my 100-day journey.

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December 5, 2017 · 8:22 pm

Writer Chooses Walter Mosley’s Book as Guide For Novel Challenge Month

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!

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Writer Deliberating Definition of Done

Good morning! Pondering…what does it mean to be ‘done‘ – for a writer?….At what stage of the editing process does a writer enter the “done phase” of their story? Webster defines ‘done‘ as – “completed”. Hmmm…I sure thought I had met this definition with my story. It felt complete, it really did! Spoken like a true rookie writer! Lol. I think I need to add a little more ‘patience’ to my writing journey. Completing a book is beginning to feel a lot like cooking lasagna. I am learning that there are many layers in this writing stage. I am also learning that to allow my book to be really good, it takes time – Comparing the hours it takes to allow all the seasonings and cheeses to blend together in the cooking of delicious lasagna. {I’m feeling a little hungry now! Lol. Back to writing} My gut tells me that I need to face a hard fact – the final stage, and most delicious layer, of editing really could take a year or more(Argh!). Is this the reason many famous writers turned to drinking?!? Just curious! Well, I am going to drink a cup of “patience” tea and get back to my final layer of editing, as I continue deliberating the definition of “done” as a writer. Would love to know how you, more experienced writers, have endured this phase of your writing journey.

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Passion for Story Fuels Novel Writer

Good evening! Passion!….it’s what drives us to chase a story that we feel the world needs to hear! It’s what steals our sleep in the dark, ‘a.m.‘ hours. Whilst our body rhythms are demanding of us…”This is the time in which I require you to sleep!”  – Our thoughts ruminate on strategies — “How do I utilize my writing skills to glean enough facts to bring this story to fruition?”  Ahhh, the mind of a writer….does it ever rest? – Rhetorical, of course!  I have no idea why I thought researching facts for my fiction pieces would be any easier than is necessary in writing non-fiction. Hmmm…”Oh boy…was I ever wrong!” I find myself spending just as many hours – digging for facts – to make sure that my fiction pieces are just as accurate. I have learned much from many experienced fiction writers –  “to be absolutely sure that our readers canfeelthemselves in the stories we present“.  It has taken me a few years to really understand how valuable this step is.  I have been applying this lesson to my NaNoWriMo novel – during my editing stage. Bringing me back to why I opened with “Passion” – I have drafted and polished ‘four‘ novels. Each year I ask myself, “Will I shop my manuscript this year?” – Each year I decided, “Not this one!”  — But, this year – 2017 – there is such a fire burning inside of me to share this story with the world!!!!  I find myself full of Passion for this story! My behavior towards this ‘story’ has been unlike any of the previous three. I am pushing my writing skills to newer levels. I am chasing and verifying every fact to satisfy my future readers. Yes, my passion for this story still keeps me up at night…”What if…?”  C’mon…all of you amazing writers have experienced this, huh? My editing journey continues……

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