Good Evening! Victory! I finished my fifth 30-day novel challenge a winner! #NaNoWinner2017 – Yay! My intent going into this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge was Conflict! Conflict! Conflict! My characters performed well! I must say that I felt emotionally exhausted after this year’s journey. Lol. I wondered what I would learn about my writing at the end of this journey…my list is too long to include in this short post. However, I do want to share one of the valuable lessons I learned about myself. I relaxed my mind to the point that my characters were saying and doing things that I would never, ever, have considered doing or saying on paper or in any manner. There were times I wanted to give up because I thought I wasn’t being authentic. Then I went back to Mr. Walter Mosley‘s book – This Year You Write Your Novel – that I used as my vicarious teacher this year – and I following his instructions, I did not stop the show! — I let my characters continue to stretch beyond my comfort zone. Whilst they did, I cringed and yelled and cried….”Why did you say that to her?” and “What are you thinking! Who does that!” – “Yikes!” I wanted conflict, and my amazing characters gave me exactly what I asked for! Occasionally, I had to abandon my pages, take a walk, remind myself of my goal “Conflict!” and give myself permission to revisit my conflict-ridden characters again….until, I reached “The End”…and then….I smiled! This year’s amazing cast of characters taught me to never stick with the status quo – instead, push myself! I did! I am very pleased with the outcome! (c) 2017 Daily Writer Girl
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Good evening…nearly 12am — I am ready for NaNoWriMo -2017. My characters have been patient — there are only 20 minutes and 12 seconds before I can let them fill the blank pages to start this year’s novel-writing-challenge. Yes, writing is just like any other business that goes from month-to-month then quarter-to-quarter to wrap up each fiscal year only to start fresh with new goals and objectives. I consider November the begining of my writing year. My goal is to win strong – by exceeding 50,000 words. This will give me the momentum I need to meet my annual writing goals. Enough said…my characters are ready to “start the show”! Time for me to start the engine on my laptop and keep my fingers glued to my keyboard for 30 days to finish this first draft novel. Happy writing!
Good evening! Letting go is never easy! My story has come to an end — a second end, that is! The extra time was necessary! I wasn’t ready to say “Goodbye!” in November. But…the time has arrived…or at least, I think…okay…Maybe! Never has my heart felt heavier than to bring closure to my 2016 novel….I mean, really, just how long can a novel be before it’s considered too long? Find the details HERE. After reading this amazing article…it appears that I am in the ‘safe zone’! Now it’s time to go deeper! – Adjust my lens! – Put my EDITOR hat on! Edit! Edit! Edit! I have avoided this stage long enough – I realize that I must ‘put my heart on the shelf‘ to allow my novel to live. I must force myself to let go of my precious characters. Saying “Goodbye!” means having to critique my very own characters. Confession – this is a very difficult stage in the writing process for me…especially this year – because I am very attached to my characters. Is this normal??? How many of you fabulous writers get this attached to your characters? Before you answer…Do I want to know this answer???..LOL
© Daily Writer Girl 12/29/2016
Good morning! What happens when your pages are not clear? Confusion? The characters are misinterpreted? The author’s point of view is misunderstood? The reader abandons your story? The reviewers – oh…it takes courage to imagine what they might write! Unless….of course, we make sure that our pieces are clear – that our point of view is clear; that our characters roles are clear, that our title and our content are congruent. When we are clear, we are honoring ourself as a writer and we are showing deep respect to our readers. We are increasing the likelihood that our readers will want to stay with our pieces from cover-to-cover and linger in anticipation of our next published piece. This is the desire of many writers that I have followed – it is also my writing desire! Before printing a piece – or publishing – I ask myself, “What am I trying to say in this piece?” Then I re-read and edit until that particular point of view is resolved. For example, today, I wanted to write about “being clear as a writer” and the question I share at the opening of the post are the very same questions that I ask myself before I begin a piece. When I keep these questions in mind – in the process of writing – it keeps me focused on my intent for the particular piece to be clear. How do you approach your pages to ensure that your writing is clear?
Good evening! Today I was inspired by an old tape recorder (I am sure there are some folks reading this who remember that great gadget). I was observing the function buttons and thought how similar the prompts are to how we chose to behave in our life….allow me to demonstrate –
FAST FORWARD: This button is for people who skip ‘the process‘ and speed ahead – learning that ‘the process‘ was there for a reason.
REWIND: This button is for people who live life full of regrets – thus always wanting to return to their past and fix something – only to realize that if they had the chance to actually do this, they would not want to change anything.
STOP: This button is for people who get stuck – they make no progress for long periods of time – in essence, they have lost their desire and motivation to move ahead – so they remain where they are, and pretend to be happy.
PAUSE: This button is for people who have learned to relax and live life at a healthy pace – they live long, happy, and healthy lives.
PLAY: This button is for people who keep moving forward, despite obstacles – they are driven! They reach their goals!
This is just my creative spin on these function buttons that I will utilize with my characters in future stories that I write. Make up your own – or let me know which of the categories created above that you feel best fits your behavior.
Good evening! Ahhh…a tease of Spring today! Love it! Days like these make me homesick. When I create characters that stray far from home, I can dive into the pages because this subject really pulls on my heartstrings. I comfort these characters with fragrances and sounds that are similar to their hometown, then slowly introduce them to the new surroundings. I hear this statement a lot – “Home is where the heart is!” I’ve seen it displayed on pillows – and posters – and wooden picture frames. Personally, I think it is the other way around – my heart is back home – and that is where I keep my characters heart too. While I do not think I will ever return to live in my hometown – I know that I could never stop visiting. Every time I travel down the highway and get closer to home – I feel a warm sensation in my heart that reminds me how special home is. While I create a comforting environment for my characters new dwelling, I keep them connected to their hometown. I’ll keep doing this until one of them surprises me and rejects my theory – it’ll be an interesting surprise because I cannot say, as of today, how I would actually handle such a surprise.