It’s NaNoWriMo. The goal is 50k words by the end of the month. And I’ve written about 1700 (give or take, I’m estimating my longhand words). All those words have been difficult, as writing has been for the last couple of months. I can’t get in the flow. For my NaNoWriMo novel last year, I…… Continue reading Letting Go and Getting in the Flow
The final countdown for NaNoWriMo is here. Are you prepared? Well, the good news is that you don’t need to be. I have drafted up some random scenes over the last few months. I summarized the parts I wanted to keep and added them to index cards then arranged them in the approximate order I…… Continue reading The Final Preparations for NaNoWriMo
A couple of weekends ago was the Write on the Sound writer’s conference in the scenic Edmonds, WA. I’m always amazed how far people will travel for this little conference. It’s very affordable in a quaint and scenic location. My first year was last year, and I’m committed to going every year. It’s that good.…… Continue reading When Can I Call Myself a Writer?
It’s that time of year again. National Novel Writing Month. This will be my second year, and I’ve already ordered my “winner” shirt, so now I don’t have a choice but to participate and finish with 50,000 words. I planned to write the second novel in my series. As I’ve been talking about in my…… Continue reading The Impending Doom of NaNoWriMo
I’m a self-proclaimed pen addict, collection all sorts of fountain pens. I had always used them for writing, but then October came. For those that don’t know, October is also called Inktober by the artsy folk. The challenge is to draw one picture with ink every day for the month. Last year I did it…… Continue reading The Many Purposes of Ink
I was thinking about a time I felt called to do something creative, but I ignored it. My muse came and whispered in my ear, and I refused to listen. I had stories to tell, but I let them fade from memory. I didn’t nurture them. I put them in a notebook in flashes of…… Continue reading How to Capture the Elusive Muse
I came back from my weekend on Whidbey Island and I wrote nothing on my novel. I holed up in solitude specifically to write. Instead, in the last week I’ve written a grand total of 10,000 words. None of it was for my novel. I procrastinated. I said that I was getting more into writing…… Continue reading Writing 10,000 Words of the Wrong Story