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Writer Attempts 30-Day Novel Writing Challenge for Sixth Consecutive Year

Good Evening!  It’s that time of year again! National Novel Writing Month – NANOWRIMO – On November 1st at 12:00am my fingers will be glued to my keyboard, as I attempt the NANOWRIMO challenge of writing a 50,000 word count novel in just 30 days for my sixth (6th) consecutive year!  Each year, at this exact point in time, I ask myself this same question, “Okay, why I am attempting NANOWRIMO again this year?”  And, yes, each year I laugh at myself as I answer back – “…because I cannot NOT do this! NANOWRIMO is in my soul!”  Actually, by ‘actively’ participating in NANOWRIMO for the past five (5) consecutive years – I’d like to share just three of the benefits I have gained:

1) NANOWRIMO has given me the confidence to DECLARE myself “A Writer!” –

2) NANOWRIMO has made me a better writer by allowing me to build a strong foundation for my stories!

3) NANOWRIMO has allowed me to ‘grow’ in my writing skills, by enhancing the range – depth that I can go with character development!

I feel joyful as the calendar gets closer to November 1st, knowing that I will be joined by over 300,000 writers around the globe, who will be taking this same challenge!  To all of my fellow writers, I have faith that each of us has the ability to cross the Winner’s line!  Much success to each of you!  Happy Writing!

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Writer Ready For Year Five Novel Writing Challenge

Good Evening! It’s year five for me! Thirty-day-novel-writing-challenge starts in just 6 days, 3 hours, 52 minutes, and 15 seconds…but…who’s counting! I keep asking myself…”Why do I keep doing this every year?”  What started as a divergence has led to a conviction! I now look forward to each November 1st to arrive on my calendar! I join many hundred thousands of amazing writers on this journey to reach our goal of 50,000 words in only thirty days! The most valuable gift taking the annual NaNoWriMo novel-writing challenge has provided me — is that I have become a better writer than I was five years ago — in many ways! NaNoWriMo has allowed me to identify my writing strengths and weakness. I embrace the challenge — eagerly excited to discover what I shall learn this year. I have several goals I want to achieve by the end of NaNoWriMo 2017:

  1. To Win!  Yes, I am in it — to WIN it!!!!!
  2. To exceed last years total word count – over 50,000
  3. Conflict! Conflict! Conflict!

Much success to all of you amazing writers!

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Writer Deliberating Definition of Done

Good morning! Pondering…what does it mean to be ‘done‘ – for a writer?….At what stage of the editing process does a writer enter the “done phase” of their story? Webster defines ‘done‘ as – “completed”. Hmmm…I sure thought I had met this definition with my story. It felt complete, it really did! Spoken like a true rookie writer! Lol. I think I need to add a little more ‘patience’ to my writing journey. Completing a book is beginning to feel a lot like cooking lasagna. I am learning that there are many layers in this writing stage. I am also learning that to allow my book to be really good, it takes time – Comparing the hours it takes to allow all the seasonings and cheeses to blend together in the cooking of delicious lasagna. {I’m feeling a little hungry now! Lol. Back to writing} My gut tells me that I need to face a hard fact – the final stage, and most delicious layer, of editing really could take a year or more(Argh!). Is this the reason many famous writers turned to drinking?!? Just curious! Well, I am going to drink a cup of “patience” tea and get back to my final layer of editing, as I continue deliberating the definition of “done” as a writer. Would love to know how you, more experienced writers, have endured this phase of your writing journey.

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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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Tea Time Becomes Treasured Moment for Writer

Good evening! How do you know if you like something….unless….you try it!  How many times does one hear this line in a lifetime? Endlessly! I allowed myself to embrace this opportunity, recently, with my amazing daughter-in-law! Allow me to share…my daughter-in-law can prepare nearly any meal – or drink – with amazing results. She did it again recently….listen to how charming she is:

Amazing Daughter-In-Law: “Would you like to join me in a cup of tea?”

Me: “I am not a fan of tea! I’ve tried tea before and never took to liking it.”

Amazing Daughter-in-law: “Will you try MY tea…I believe you’ll like the way I prepare MY tea…I add a few special things to MY tea! You’ll be so happy you tried it!”

Me: “Of course!”

C’mon………who says “No!” to an amazing daughter-in-law?? Not me! —

—– Whilst the tea is being preparing….allow me to share a comparison….this reminds me of those times when someone says “You’ve gotta read this book!” -but –  It happens not to be the genre you enjoy reading — so….what does one do? I usually ask tons of questions to encourage them to persuade me on taking a chance to invest my time in this book they are suggesting – I am always amazed when I find someone who can deliver a summary of their suggested book as though they knew the author personally. Anyone, who displays such strong passion about their suggested book, usually, wins me over.

My daughter-in-law displayed much confidence in the method of her preparation of this tea – she, too, won me over!

Results —Ahhh….she was correct! I was very happy that I tried it! — Because….I loved it!!  The smell and taste of the tea my daughter-in-law prepared, transferred me to memories in my home town – A  quaint tea shop that I would visit and have fabulous desert with…not tea…but water (because I thought I didn’t like tea).  I spent many days at my claimed cozy table, three windows left of the french doors, and directly in front of the faux fire-place that emitted faux flames, to enjoy during any season.  I loved this place! – I would sit in this spot, solo, for hours – writing in my journal.

The memory was so special! – And the tea was very delicious! Yes, I even asked for a second cup of tea!

This “tea time” was a moment that I will treasure! She shared her special recipe and converted me to a tea drinker…I look forward to many more of these special moments!

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3 Key Actions That Increase Writer Motivation

Good Evening! Let’s talk Motivation! As you know, from my previous posts, I am a huge “Zig” fan! Mr. “Ziglar” stated, “Action must precede motivation!” – This lesson he taught me, in listening to his audios for many, many years, has proven to be very valuable.  I thought that ‘motivation’ was a given in life.  If I just wake up and start my day – motivation was sure to follow – NOT!!! – I kept hearing about this “muse” that is supposed to appear to allow me to release my creativity.  An observation I captured when attending a writing event stayed with me – after realizing that it was a common pattern. During the audience response sessions – I kept hearing these same comments echoing – “I am waiting for my ‘muse‘ to appear to begin writing!”  – or – “My ‘muse‘ never showed up, so I didn’t get my story finished!”  – I had to find out, “What – or – who is this ‘muse‘? – Can I hire them?”  – When I concluded my research, I discovered that many people believe that this ‘muse‘ is supposed to magically appear and pour creative powder over writers allowing them to produce masterpieces.  – Okay – “Stop!” First, I don’t believe in ‘muses‘ – the same as I don’t believe in ‘luck‘ – I do believe in hard work! Second, what I learned ties directly to what “Zig” has taught me about Motivation! I believe that everyone has a story inside of them! I also believe that it takes skill and hard work to  – a) identify and b) release – those stories.  In my process of becoming a writer, I have put Mr. “Ziglar’s” lessons to the test – I was pleased with my discovery – I, and more experienced writers than I, apply the same basic daily rules –

3 Simple Key Actions to Motivate A Writer To Get Their Story Onto The Page:

  1. Locate a cozy writing space!
  2. Sit Down with writing tools!
  3. Write! Write! Write!

Each time I apply these 3 Key Actions – my motivation increases. I reject any excuses my daily life attempts to impose on me. I do not wait for any fictional power to appear to give me permission to do what I cannot get through a day without doing anyway – Write!  I request of you amazing writers to tap into your own creative powers – follow the 3 key actions – give in to your increased motivation – and watch how your creativity obeys your actions and allows your great stories to fill those blank white pages!!!!!

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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……

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