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Writer Earns Fifth Year Victory as #NaNoWinner2017

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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Writer Getting Comfortable With Conflict

Good Evening! Confession – I have been avoiding conflict – and, as a writer, it’s not working well! Some of my scenes have been reported to be “b-o-r-i-n-g” because they are lacking enough conflict! Yikes!  In a nut-shell….I have run into scenes where ‘Nothing is happening’ to encourage my reader to keep turning the page! Yikes, again! I must learn to get comfortable with “ConFlicT” or let my story goooooo! Well…..I have certainly invested too much quality time and creative equity to let it go.  What’s a writer to do?!? Rise to the challenge! Oh yeah! Revision number 00XXX — oh…who’s counting! Lol! Time to get up close and very personal with this thing called “ConFlicT”! I bring my characters back to center stage and declare one single word, “CLASH!” Hmm…I thought I had passed this hurdle as a writer….another lesson learned! Back to the show! Happy writing!

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Journal Writing Resolves Character Conflict In 2016

Paperblanks Old Leather Journal Midi 5In. X 7In.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?

 

 

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Writer View of Conflict: Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block

Good evening! Stepping Stones versus Stumbling Blocks! Conflict will arise when we write – because no story is complete without it –  sometimes we welcome it – other times we dread it. How do you identify which category to place the conflict stirring on the pages? My view of conflict is determined by the answer to these questions – “Is today’s conflict moving my story one step forward with clarity?” If my summary is a solid “Yes!”, the conflict becomes identified as a Stepping Stone. I welcome Stepping Stones into my writing because this type of conflict elevates my writing – my imagination soars – the flow of my story is smooth – my characters step into the story at the precise time; their pace is perfect; our conclusion is in sync – and I have less editing before final draft. The second test question to determine my view of conflict – “Is today’s conflict challenging my ‘voice’ in this piece?” If my answer is “Yes!”, the conflict becomes identified as a Stumbling Block.  I dread Stumbling Blocks mostly because they steal my valuable writing time – attempting to hijack my story by transforming my voice.  In these instances I have to exercise continuous redirection of my characters – which throws off my rhythm and steals my creative efforts. I have formed a purely speculative conclusion – that Stumbling Blocks have forced many writers to give up on their story – I believe that this may be the number one reason that unfinished pieces live in manilla folders in the back of file cabinets – or on the bottom shelf of a bookshelf – never to be viewed again because they are proof of defeat. I,too, am guilty of conflict defeat! Let’s do ourselves a favor by visiting that file cabinet – let’s select one of our unfinished pieces and face this type of conflict as a GIFT this time.  Completing our unfinished story, with this new perspective, will prove that both  views of conflict add value that lead to writing growth.

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Solitude Plus Strong Belief Equates To Excellent Writing

Good evening! I think we are getting closer to Spring as it wasn’t too cold…and the sun brightened my entire day! You know what I love the most about being a writer? It’s the solitude! Just me – and my words – having an amazing time; getting to know one another very well and creating amazing stories together. I was reminded recently why I value solitude. As a writer, I need a conflict-free environment to allow my creativity to spark. Since I write in a quiet space alone, the only conflict that arises is intentional between characters on the pages. I believe every one of you, who carved time out of your busy day to read this, has the potential to write well because everyone has a story to share with the world inside of them. However, the belief in your ability to produce excellent pages begins with your belief in your potential to write! As is expressed in this amazing poem by Walter Wintle, “Thinking” – also known as “The Man Who Thinks He Can” —  my two favorite lines in this well-known poem are “If you think you’ll lose, you’ve already lost.” And the very last line..”The man who wins is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”  I encourage you, my fellow writers, to spend more time in solitude to allow yourself to get intimate with your words – to inspire them to fill up your pages so that you can keep sharing your potential with the world.

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Journaling Resolves Character Conflict In Daily Writing

Good evening! Journaling is a great exercise for many writers. 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 journaling 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?

 

 

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