Good evening! Just want to send a message to ALL you fabulous writers out there — “I am cheering for you during our novel-writing journey that begins in just 3 hours and 41 minutes.” Let’s have some fun creating amazing characters! Let’s protect our boundaries to complete our novel in November! Let’s exceed our daily writing goal to push ourselves to do better than last year’s total word-count! We can do this — we can WIN at NaNoWriMo 2016! I have full faith in ALL of you! Happy 30-Day Novel Writing!
© Daily Writer Girl 10/31/2016
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
Good evening! Quality v. Quantity – how important is this issue? Very! Let’s start with a process of elimination – Fact: we already know that 50,000 words meet the QUANTITY test – actually, even if you don’t WIN (Yet, I have faith that you WILL!) If you get just slightly close to this GOAL – give yourself permission to claim individual success in QUANTITY during this writing challenge! At the end of November – when you receive your WINNER certificate – give yourself an A+ for QUANTITY! However, QUALITY — Aye! This is a challenge of its own! Webster defines QUALITY as, “high-grade; superiority; excellence” – How does this apply to words? One could simply write, “I am writing a 50,000 word-count novel in a 30-day writing exercise challenge.” – then choose to repeat this sentence numerous times until reaching a decided writing GOAL! — Enter ETHICS! Yes, I feel that this challenge is also a TEST in ETHICS! We are challenged – Not just to produce 50,000 words in 30 days – but to masterfully design these words in a manner that results in a creative novel. If one should intentionally dump 50,000 incompatible words into NaNoWriMo’s word-count validator at the end of this novel challenge – then one would only be cheating themselves out of an amazing writing experience – and would also seriously fail the QUALITY test – Yes, one may gain a WINNER’s Certificate – but Fail the ethics Test as a result of poor QUALITY – Only you will know – because no one will see these words – except you – unless you decide to shop your manuscript. Please, don’t allow QUALITY to scare you! Adding QUALITY to your plan can only result in a positive NaNoWriMo outcome! I feel strongly that each of us will produce a QUALITY – 50,000 word-count novel that we will be proud to present. An excellent benefit to passing the QUALITY test is that it decreases the amount of editing we will need to complete before presenting our manuscript – if we should choose traditional publishing. Only 13 Days – 3 Hours – and 56 minutes before we begin ‘Word 1’ of our 50,000 word-count novel challenge….happy planning!
© Daily Writer Girl 10/18/2016
Good evening! A valuable lesson I learned years ago, in an Economics class, is the definition of “opportunity costs” – this is my summary that I apply to many aspects of my life – “What would I be willing to give up NOW – that will allow me to have something, I deem more valuable, in the FUTURE?” This Economics lesson has proven to be very valuable to me in many aspects of my life. Usually, when we think about economics, our thought process may go directly to money – yet, opportunity costs are not always measured in minted bills — it could also be measured in intangible assets – such as time, sweat-equity, or, really, anything you choose. I want to apply this principle to the writing challenge in November. I learned, after investing multiple years in NaNoWriMo, that October is the time to be cognizant of my ‘opportunity costs’ – this early decision has helped me prepare my brain to endure the 30-day novel-writing challenge. Making this decision BEFORE the challenge starts on November 1st, has also allowed me to set healthy boundaries that are easy to enforce as I am in the trenches of writing my novel throughout November. I begin by asking myself 3 essential questions:
- What is my END-GOAL for this novel-writing challenge?
- How much TIME and ENERGY do I possess to invest in this writing challenge?
- Am I committed to WINNING this writing challenge – or is this just a method to ‘pass time’?
My answers to these 3 questions are the foundation to support the actions I intend to exercise within these boundaries that I set. — “What will I give up in November — to reap the great reward of a 50,000 word count novel that I will be able to treasure for many years?” – Decision Time! Be right back! —-
Done! My boundaries are written! I am In It to WIN It! How about you? What are you willing to give up for an entire 30 days to meet your novel-writing GOAL? Will you set boundaries NOW – to be ready to enforce them on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo? Will you be proud of your achievement when NaNoWriMo’s word-count validator reveals your 2016 results? Are you in this challenge to WIN – with many fabulous writers around the globe? Act quickly!…because time is escaping – only 14 Days – 3 hours – and 48 minutes remaining before the writing madness begins!
© Daily Writer Girl 10/17/2016
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
Good afternoon! I am inspired, again, to write about true love because every store I enter has created an environment to entice our memory of love. Some people walking through will feel happiness and some will feel sadness. 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!”
Good afternoon! Countdown – Six Hours to 50 years of Football Madness! Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again – 50 amazing years of bonding on the football field! I will be watching the BIG GAME today – “…she says as she controls the tear attempting to escape her eye – as her team did NOT make it, yet, again! Yep, I am hopeful that next year my team will be on the field!” Nevertheless, I am a fan of this AMAZING sport – and I, too, have chosen a side for today’s showdown to begin in only six hours EST. Let’s support the great, amazing, game of FOOTBALL! Oh…and it’s ok to write during half-time! LOL. Enjoy the game, my fellow writers!