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
Filed under NANOWRIMO, novel
Good evening! Daily writing in a journal is great exercise for many writers. January is a great time to start a new journal. I decided to share my post written at the beginning of last year because I feel very inspired when I write about my journal. My journal is my favorite daily book. When I journal, I feel like I am entering the safety of an emotional cocoon, which allows me to shut off all my filters, and knock down all my defensive walls — leaving pure, honest, and raw words to flow across the pages of my journal. When I arrive at the end of my journal entry, I am always amazed at the results of allowing myself to be vulnerable to what my true emotions reveal to me through the journal process. Have you ever had one of those writing days of attempting to complete a scene — and it feels as though you (author) and your character are in direct conflict — which results in your deleting and rewriting the scene’ over-and-over’ again, as you (author) face difficulty in identifying what the conflict is? This is a perfect time to take a ‘journal break’; if you are willing to allow yourself to be exposed emotionally, then you may be able to reveal what the conflict is by the end of your journal exercise. Identifying the conflict will bring you much inspiration and encouragement to revisit the scene, resolve the conflict and watch your character perform with excellence as the scene unfolds. I invite all of you amazing writers to challenge yourself to such a journal exercise on a regular basis and observe how much inspiration it brings to your daily writing. Tell me how you recently resolved a character conflict?
Good evening! Recently I took along a book, that I thought I would read, while visiting the airport – I never opened the book! I am not sure if any writer can ignore such an opportunity to be surrounded with ideas for stories in the continuous activity that abounds at the airport. The airport is a great place to build character profiles also. There are many people from multiple generations – children young enough to be strapped to their parents – to little toddlers – to elementary, middle school, high school, and college students – to brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Some flying solo and some flying in groups. I drifted back to memories of a time when airports were a fun place to visit. I have fond memories of spending quality time with my grandfather at our local airport many Sundays – sharing a meal in the restaurant and then standing close enough to the runway to watch the planes lift and land. If geography is an area that has you stuck in your story – why not try visiting an airport near your home – find a spot near the schedule board to open your writer’s book and spend a few hours observing the different locations appearing on the board. Notate any other observations that interest you. There is no doubt in my mind that you will leave with your geographic details resolved – along with a few other ideas to add to your story as your creativity gets stirred. When was the last time you visited your local airport with your writer’s book open?
Good evening! Confession! One of the most difficult character traits for me to create is a deceptive character! This is a true challenge for me in writing. So far, none of my characters have surprised me with this hidden trait. I know that this trait is a treasure to plant inside a character to really turn up the volume in a scene, however, it is a thorn in my writing scope right now. I am at the stage in my writing where I am ready to come face-to-face with this obstacle and defeat it! Here’s a fact that I know to be true – when we push through a challenge – on the other side is growth! With that outcome in mind, I have decided to challenge myself to write a short story – creating one of the characters to be filled with deceit. I will keep you posted on my progress!
Good evening! I was reminded today of an observation I made in the fall. A few teenagers were talking and one of them shared with the group, “I really like my mom!” This was a wonderful observation, to me, because she was speaking compassionately about her relationship with her mother without any concerns of how her peers would react…she continued her conversation, elaborating on why she liked her mom and expressed many positive attributes she admired in her mom. I understand why someone might say, “What’s the big deal about a kid saying something nice about their parent?” But, I have had a great opportunity to spend many years with a lot of teenagers, thus, allowing me to observed many of their verbal exchanges – I was able to make a fair comparison — many teens try to avoid their parents at this stage of their life, especially when they are with peers– not her – she was unique and courageous in sharing her feelings. Any parent would have been proud to learn that their child, willingly, shared such positive comments with her friends about them. I learned a great lesson from my observation that I was able to apply immediately to my writing. The lesson that was most beneficial – was how I learned a lot about her mother without needing to meet her because she described her so well in her expression. After this observation, I applied what I learned from this brave and compassionate child toward my character profiles. I added depth to my descriptions to help my readers get to know more about my characters. My goal is to increase the chance for my reader to bond with my characters.
Good evening! One of my favorite processes in preparing to write a novel is writing character profiles. I attempt to learn every detail that my character is willing to disclose. You see…I don’t want them to reveal e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g…because that removes the element of surprise that I enjoy in my characters. When my characters surprise me – it serves as confirmation that I am on a path to an amazing story. Their surprise sparks my curiosity and encourages me to write more scenes that will allow them to reveal more layers as the story unfolds. It’s a wonderful feeling to re-read your pages, after such surprises, and be able to appreciate your own work, while stating, “Woe, where did that come from!” I encourage you, my fellow writers, to learn a lot about your characters, however, do leave some wiggle room to allow them to grow.
Good evening! How do you determine that you have made progress in your writing process? Allow me to share a surreal experience, as I feel that you (my fellow writers) will really appreciate. While attending an event, my heart skipped a beat when the speaker was introduced, because this is the name I had given to a main character in one of my stories. The name familiarity was not what caused my heart to skip a beat – as it was very ironic how identical this individual’s physical traits where to my character. The moment they stepped to the podium to speak — I began to tremble — thoughts were racing through my mind, “Did my character jump out of my story and come to life?” At the conclusion of the event, I fearfully and excitedly approached this individual to get a 3D observation. Thank goodness I was not alone because the closer I stood to this person – the more they matched my character – I was not certain that I could survive such a surreal introduction, “To actually shake my character’s hand! I had never met this person before — how can it be that my character is standing directly in front of me – talking directly to me!” It literally took me a few hours to fall off the cloud I was on…I mean, how often does this happen to writers! This experience felt like ‘progress’ for me; the identical traits confirmed that my character was authentic..which is important to me, as a writer. I want my audience to be able to connect my characters to some real person in their life. This speaker was real, the physical traits were real, the personality was real….the handshake was real! This may be common amongst you amazing seasoned writers, but it was surely a first for me — that I will treasure – and chart as progress in my writing journey.