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Passion for Story Fuels Novel Writer

Good evening! Passion!….it’s what drives us to chase a story that we feel the world needs to hear! It’s what steals our sleep in the dark, ‘a.m.‘ hours. Whilst our body rhythms are demanding of us…”This is the time in which I require you to sleep!”  – Our thoughts ruminate on strategies — “How do I utilize my writing skills to glean enough facts to bring this story to fruition?”  Ahhh, the mind of a writer….does it ever rest? – Rhetorical, of course!  I have no idea why I thought researching facts for my fiction pieces would be any easier than is necessary in writing non-fiction. Hmmm…”Oh boy…was I ever wrong!” I find myself spending just as many hours – digging for facts – to make sure that my fiction pieces are just as accurate. I have learned much from many experienced fiction writers –  “to be absolutely sure that our readers canfeelthemselves in the stories we present“.  It has taken me a few years to really understand how valuable this step is.  I have been applying this lesson to my NaNoWriMo novel – during my editing stage. Bringing me back to why I opened with “Passion” – I have drafted and polished ‘four‘ novels. Each year I ask myself, “Will I shop my manuscript this year?” – Each year I decided, “Not this one!”  — But, this year – 2017 – there is such a fire burning inside of me to share this story with the world!!!!  I find myself full of Passion for this story! My behavior towards this ‘story’ has been unlike any of the previous three. I am pushing my writing skills to newer levels. I am chasing and verifying every fact to satisfy my future readers. Yes, my passion for this story still keeps me up at night…”What if…?”  C’mon…all of you amazing writers have experienced this, huh? My editing journey continues……

© Daily Writer Girl 02/15/2017

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Writer Ready to Say “Goodbye!” To 2016 Novel Characters, Maybe!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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 Discovers Key To Having a Joyful 30-Day Novel Writing Experience

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

 

 

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Writer Sets Boundaries to Enforce During Novel-Writing Challenge In November

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:

  1. What is my END-GOAL for this novel-writing challenge?
  2. How much TIME and ENERGY do I possess to invest in this writing challenge?
  3. 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

 

 

 

 

 

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