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 can ‘feel‘ themselves 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
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! How easy is it for you to relinquish “control” in your life? Have you attempted? Was it easy? Difficult? Writing a novel is one of the best exercises to help you master this healthy step. For all you fellow perfectionists out there – I understand how difficult this step can be. As perfectionist, we have this theory that the only way something will meet our expectations is if we are always in the driver’s seat of every task we approach in our life — and I do mean e-v-e-r-y!! — I found that one essential step to resolving the “control” syndrome – is to allow yourself to release “control”. The process of writing a novel requires sharing control with our characters – which result in a story that last the length of a novel that has the ability to sustain our readers interest. Mastering this technique in writing takes effort, perseverance, physical and mental endurance, and patience – just to name a few skills. Ironically, it takes these very same skills to convince yourself that it is healthy to not always be in “control” mode. Think of many benefits we can gain by not needing to be in “control” of everything – gain time; build strong characters who perform well; gain compassion because we allow people to feel appreciated; learn to be humble because we realize that we do not have all the answers; learn acceptance because we let people be who they want to be rather than conforming to our demands of who we want them to be (important for our characters too); and gain insight because we learn that the only actions we can control are our own. Try to surrender control in just one small area of your life today and share the outcome with someone you trust.
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! My favorite movie is “A Civil Action” because I really enjoy the journey that the writer sends the attorney through — the attorney’s perspective of this particular case from the onset – to his amazing internal transformation throughout – especially at the end. I encourage you to watch this movie and pay close attention to the very last line, spoken by the judge, at the close of this story – what an amazing ending! Do you know how your story will end before you begin writing? I remember when I wrote my first novel, during NANOWRIMO, I had no clue how the story would end. I had committed myself to let go of my perfectionism and allow my creativity to breath. In other words, I stepped out of my comfort zone by allowing my ‘creativity‘ to get in the driver’s seat and take me along on the journey. It felt good to be the passenger. I learned that I like getting out of my own way because I discovered how much more potential I have when I tame my perfectionism. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I decided that I never want to know the ending before I begin the pages of any of my stories – I want to keep being surprised when I reach “THE END”. I love that feeling of having a smile as a result of completeness from ‘work well done’! What is your favorite movie and why is it your favorite as a writer?
Good evening! Do you enjoy writing pages that read like a sprint? – Or writing pages that read like a marathon? For the purpose of this post, we will refer to a writing sprint as a story that can be read from page 1 to “The End” in less than one day – while a writing marathon is a story that takes a minimum of three days to read from page 1 to “The End“. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong answer – I am just sending this question out into the void. My preference is writing pages that read like a marathon because I enjoy the slower pace – I like to take my readers on a long journey that feels like a scenic leisure drive on a lazy Saturday or Sunday in the beginning of Spring or Fall. I have not been successful in my attempts to write pages that read like a sprint – because it feels like I am telling the reader too much – thus denying them the joy in taking the short journey. However, I will keep practicing because I do enjoy reading such pages from the experts who can deliver this method well – for they teach me a lot each time I read their pages. Which is your preference?
Good evening! A friend once said to me, “How is anyone going to read your story if you do not share it?” Of course this was a rhetorical question to motivate me to identify a method that I am comfortable sharing. As writers, we know that we want to share our work s-o-m-e-d-a-y! Granted, there are some pages that we write with the intent to keep private – such as our daily journal entries. Writing is a vulnerable industry; each time we click that little blue “PUBLISH” button – we are taking a risk! We have no clue if our audience will embrace our words – or reject them….yet, we, confidently, continue to write because we know that we have something valuable to say, as a writer, it is just an unspoken rule that someday another set of eyes will review the pages we created – the fact that we are writing these posts show that we do believe in our ability to produce valuable words. My theory is this — I like to compare writers to candles, there are many uses for candles: a source of light in dark spaces to help you find direction; a source of heat when you feel cold; a feeling of calm when you feel stressed. I feel that our work, as writers, provide the same benefit to our readers. When I click the “PUBLISH” button – I am always hopeful that at least one reader feels a sense of calm from a stressful day – or that my words remind them of something pleasant that provide a sense of warmth in their heart – or that my words provide some insight to guide them through a decision they are making. If my words have touched just one reader in a positive manner – that warms my heart!