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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
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 can ‘feel‘ themselves 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……
© Daily Writer Girl 02/15/2017
Good evening! As a writer, it is difficult to ignore an observance that bears striking contrast to previous years……I have, unfortunately, experiencing such an observation. I realize that I am taking a risk in choosing to write about this observance publicly – but- isn’t that what’s at the core of being a writer – bravery! I don’t expect any responses – I just want to send my observance into the void – Certainly, things will return to normal in the near future. It has to get better than these past few months..because they have felt rather….. different. Like all writers, I like to explore – search ‘high-and-low’ for stories – Research everything my naked eyes absorb. Around this time of year, I especially look forward to experiencing LOVE in the air – but, I am finding a, surprisingly, limited supply of LOVE to write about. Please hear me out — No, I am not advocating that LOVE is completely non-existent…however, I have been digging for similar observances to what I witnessed in previous years…because I don’t want to believe that LOVE has decreased to such a level that it is alarming me. Thus, leading me to the question, – “What has happened to LOVE since my post in 2016?” I have observed unusual demands being put on LOVE these days- causing me to ponder – “Where did LOVE go?” — “Can LOVE be RESTORED in 2017?” I am hopeful, that in the months ahead, LOVE will find its way back. In taking this risk, I, also, sincerely hope that I stand alone in this observation – because I want to believe that LOVE still exists in this world. I also feel strongly that the cure to all conflicts – is to share LOVE. Allow me to share some LOVE today be presenting a portion of one of my favorite posts about TRUE LOVE —————– From: Daily Writer Girl archives………… True love is a unique feeling. It’s the type of feeling you experience that you can measure every relationship against. It’s a feeling you share with one unique individual that you are drawn so strongly towards – like two powerful magnets connecting. A type of relationship that allows you to experience emotions so strong and so deep that it does not equate to any other emotion that you will be exposed to in your life – which is what makes it ‘unique’. I am not speaking of passing attractions or fixes to temporary urges because ‘true love’ in no way compares to such false emotions. ‘True love’ is authentic! ‘True love’ is so real that it makes you wonder if this ‘level of real’ is even possible – which is why some people feel like they are ‘simply dreaming’. ‘True love’ is very real! For those of you who have found ‘true love’ — you know what I mean by the way you look at each other and everything else around you becomes a blurrrrr; the way your hand feels so secure in theirs when they meet and your fingers lock immediately – like a piece of a puzzle that fits perfectly in place; the way you hug so tightly – because you never want to let go – that you actually forget, in that moment, that you ‘need’ air to breathe; the way you can detect their very voice in a room full of many loud voices; the way you stare at the cell phone after talking for hours – as if they are going to climb out of that tiny screen and jump into your arms; the way you can detect their very scent even if they were in a candle store with all the many fragrances colliding in the air; the way one word takes on a new meaning as a code that only the two of you can decipher; and oooh the way you kiss this particular person – it is more intimate than any other kiss you ever experienced – – each one feeling like your very first combined with the fear of it being you very last exudes deep passion — is so very intimate that the feeling lingers for hours, sometimes days, and, yes, sometimes years. Many people will only get to experience this once in their lifetime. A few are fortunate and get a second chance, or even a third – but it is hard for me to believe that one would get many chances because this experience is so unique that these two people want to feel this way forever – which is why they invest time, patience, and whatever is necessary to nurture such a unique experience to never lose it. Many of us are so busy or distracted that we, sadly, allow it to pass-on-by! To those of you who have never experienced true love, my heart aches for you because this is the type of emotion that leaves an everlasting imprint on your heart – one that I feel everyone should have the opportunity to experience at least once in their lifetime. For those of you who let this unique love slip through your fingers – I say do not give up on love! For those of you who fear letting someone know that you feel any of these emotions in their presence – I encourage you to be brave enough to share it because you lose less when you share ‘real love’ – try looking at your fear from this positive point of view – even if you get rejected, you will feel love in your own heart from the courage you exercised to risk exposing your feelings to an uncertain outcome. Another benefit is that you will no longer go through life ‘wondering’ – “What if they are feeling the same towards me? How will I know unless I tell them how I feel?” Taking action to get answers to these lingering questions brings clarity in your heart. Once you gain such clarity, you can make room for true love to enter your heart! I want to close my post today with a snippet of a short poem that I have treasured for many years. I do not have a clue who owns these amazingly patterned words – in honoring credit to them – I am identifying them as “Unknown” and thank them for writing these motivational words — “The love in your heart was not put there to stay — love is not love until you give it away!”
© Daily Writer Girl 02/14/2017
Good evening! Divert Distractions! Wanted to share a post I wrote in preparation for last year’s 30-Day writing challenge that really helped me to stay focused – I will use it again in 2016. Hope you enjoy!
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 3 hours and 10 minutes 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.
© Daily Writer Girl
Good evening! Play or Work! How do you feel when you approach your space to write? As many of you already know, I am a professed perfectionist…I’ve been committed to identifying the strengths in being a perfectionist to intentionally guide my writing behavior. My first attempt at NaNoWriMo was not easy – I was really ready to surrender to defeat – fortunately, I had strong support – my loving daughter kept encouraging me with Mr. Walt Disney’s” words – “Keep Moving Forward!” – each time she witnessed me staring at my laptop screen from the middle of the 30-day challenge clear to the very end. Then, after feeling that I had exhausted all my creativity at 30,000 words and only 7 Days left on the calendar – my wise son used reverse psychology on me with the same words I would shower on him as a youth — here’s how that dialogue exchange unfolded – Me: “I have nothing more to add to this story, I have failed at my first attempt to complete this writing challenge!” Son, “Mom, how do you know you can’t win this writing challenge — UNLESS you keep writing! You won’t know until you try to finish! Just keep writing and watch what happens!” Wow! How did I get such smart and savvy children! Their belief in my ability pushed me to dig deep inside my soul and utilize every ounce of my creative ability. I sacrificed sleep to complete 8,000 words in one day – which motivated to challenge myself to produce a higher daily word count – 2 days later, I sacrificed sleep again to produce 10,000 words. One day before the deadline — as I was compiling my files to form my completed story – I discovered an isolated folder I had not included in my word calculation that belonged in my story – a bonus – this put me slightly over the finish line goal of 50,000 words – earning myself a 1st time NaNoWriMo WINNER certificate for 2013. Although it was fun, it felt like a job – I didn’t want a skill I highly valued to feel like work. I decided to examine each of my writing episodes that I experienced during that 30-day period…my goal was to isolate moments my experience felt like play and those that felt like work. I discovered that my joyful writing moments happened when I trusted my ability to create more words – this led me to promise myself each following year to trust my writing ability! It worked! Trust is the key! — Trust allowed me to have a joyful writing experience. Trust took away self-doubt and exhaustion that is associated with work – trust replaced my feelings with calm and confidence that is associated with play. I find much more joy in my 30-day writing challenge when it feels like play. I look forward to entering my play zone in just 11 Days – 3 hours – and 10 minutes.
© Daily Writer Girl 10/20/2016