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Writer Lets Characters Finish Their Show After #NaNoWinner2016

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Good evening! Whew! I did it! I completed 56,092 words in 30-Day Novel Writing Challenge! I am an official #NaNoWinner2016. Something very amazing happened in this 4th year of taking the  NaNoWriMo writing journey – I ran out of month before I ran out of story. Ahh…I also must share another amazing experience – I was able to capture NaNoWriMo’s “Tears” badge at the early stage of my story. Ohh, these characters kept pulling on my heartstrings – I am so proud of the courage they showed throughout each scene. I love being a “Pantser” because it truly allows me to ‘get out of the way’ and give my characters full control. usually, arriving at the end of NaNoWriMo is 2-fold emotional for me – In one sense, the glory of crossing the finish line. In another sense, the sadness of departing from characters I’ve come to know and love during the 30-day challenge. However, since I still have more of my story to express, I don’t have to say “Goodbye!” just yet. I am going to spend just a little more time with them to tighten up some of my scenes that I allowed to dangle – Umm…because, “Let – me – tell – ya!”, I created some very stubborn characters this year. Lol. But, I love them dearly and my job is to let them “finish the show!” – which means, although NaNoWriMo 2016 has come to a close…I am not ready to end this journey and neither are my characters…so the show will continue…I am sure they will give me a new ending. I hope each of you amazing writers had just as much FUN as I did participating in NaNoWriMo 2016. A huge “Congratulations!” to all of you amazing writers who participated and crossed the finish line to join the rank of #NaNoWinner2016 – Also…to every writer who was brave enough to attempt this writing journey…please keep trying every year because the world needs to read your story!

© Daily Writer Girl 12/01/2016

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Distraction Responses To Protect Time During 30 Day Novel Writing Challenge Again In 2016

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

 

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Writer Sends Encouragement for 30-Day Novel Challenge in 2016

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

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Writer Examines Quantity Against Quality in 30-Day Writing Challenge

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

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