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Writer Prepared To Begin 30-Day Novel Writing Challenge

Good evening!  Only twenty-seven hours, nineteen minutes, and five seconds until the writing madness begins!  I have my idea and character profiles…I am ready to face the blank pages as I craft the first draft of my novel over the 30-Days of November!  I am a declared  “Pantser” and eagerly anticipating the journey that my characters will present this November.

This year I was torn between two (2) books as my inspiration whilst preparing to take the NANOWRIMO challenge this November 2018!  I couldn’t choose between either, so I dug into both, and will utilize the great advice provided in Dr. Kevin Cordi’s “Playing With Stories”  – and –  Sol Stein’s “How To Grow A Novel.”

I would love to hear about the authors that have provided you with writing inspiration for NANOWRIMO 2018! Happy Writing!

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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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Writing Letting Characters Start The Show for Novel Writing Challenge 2017

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!

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Writer Chooses Walter Mosley’s Book as Guide For Novel Challenge Month

Good Evening!  “When the student IS ready – the teacher WILL appear!” This year I decided to look for new inspiration to help me stay motivated during my fifth year novel-writing-journey.  My search lead me to a new teacher. Whilst browsing the stacks at my favorite library – I stumbled upon a book by an author I never read before, This Year You Write Your Novel, by Walter Mosley – This book was published in 2007 – at which time Mr. Mosley had written 25 books and multiple articles. This student is ready to learn from an author with a body of work such as his.  I have taken pages of notes, already….Ah, I am highly impressed by this author’s writing style in the examples he provides throughout the book. The instructions he is providing are, likewise, AMAZING!  We have 3 hours, 24 minutes, and 3 seconds left before NaNoWriMo begins…just enough time to run to your nearest Barnes and Noble – or – Half Price Books and purchase your copy too.  This Year You Write Your Novel is a powerful – but easy read – 102 pages – “less than 25,000 words” – size 12 font makes it easy on the eyes too.  Once you get your hands on this book, take a peek at his example on character development – pages 43-44 – I promise it will inspire you too! In fact, I want to read the entire story about ‘Bob‘ after I finish writing my novel. Lol.  This year I choose Mr. Walter Mosley to be my teacher, vicariously, as he guides me via his book, This Year You Write Your Novel. I feel strongly, with this book as my guide,  I will have a richer first-draft novel. Let’s win this year’s writing challenge!

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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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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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