NaNoWriMo Day #9

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 9! How’s week two coming? 🙂 Anybody else freezing? Thrown off by the extra hour? You’re not alone. Today’s inspiration comes from Chris Baty, creator of NaNoWriMo: “As you write your way through the next seven days, know that Week Two hurts so bad because you’re making huge strides in your book, solving a year’s worth of plot and character problems in one overcaffeinated week. The answers will come.  Just keep at it, and before you know it, Week Two will be a distant memory.  The sun will be shining again, the way will be clear,...

Just the Facts, Ma’am

~ By Jeff Salter Fact-checking. In my five completed novel manuscripts, I’ve often marked places with bracketed question marks which indicate:  “Jeff, research this.”  I usually don’t stop the flow of my writing at that point, but I DO come back later. Why?  A real-life example of the importance of fact-checking: When I needed to change the oil in the riding mower we’d just gotten from my wife’s Dad, I found a label inside the engine cowling which conveniently listed pertinent maintenance info, including its oil capacity:  48 ounces. Fast-forward:  it’s time to add the new, clean oil.  Some...

NaNoWriMo Day #8

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 8! And to the second week of this noveling madness. Week 2 is famous for being a pain. Yeah, yeah, it’s Monday, and that doesn’t help. But if we stick together, we’ll be fine. Pinky swear. Sometimes, inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. For example, check out this example of how a conversation overheard in a coffee shop could work itself into a novel: Mid-morning in a coffee shop, two baristas and a customer discuss airport security hassles. “Yeah, you can fly with a gun. You just have to pack it in a special...

NaNoWriMo Day #7

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 7! It’s Sunday. Time to rock that word count, people! But first, we highly recommend treating yourself to a leisurely cup of coffee. Today’s inspiration comes from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: I believe that – if you are serious about a life of writing, or indeed about any creative form of expression – that you should take on this work like a holy calling. I became a writer the way other people become monks or nuns. I made a vow to writing, very young. I became Bride-of-Writing. I was writing’s most devotional handmaiden....

NaNoWriMo Day #6

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 6! Finally. The weekend! Let’s all try to put our busy weeks out of our minds and settle in for a fantastic, writing-filled weekend, okay? Today’s inspiration: Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. ~ Barbara Kingsolver Huh. Sounds kind of like singing in the shower, doesn’t it? Snoopy seems to understand the quote perfectly: Your random challenge word of the day is:...

NaNoWriMo Day #5

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 5! The beautiful thing about today is that no matter how many words you’ve written, you’re in a great place. It’s still early in the game, and the weekend is ahead of us. There’s time to catch up and reach whatever goals you’ve set for yourself. Today’s inspiration: Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?  ~Friedrich Nietzsche Your random challenge word of the day is: adventure That’s...

NaNoWriMo Day #4

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 4! Hard to believe we’re 4 days in. How’s it coming? Hey, one more day and we’ve got our first official NaNo weekend! Whew! Some inspiration for you: And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath Hear that, Evil Internal Editor? You heard what Sylvia said. Bye now! Your random challenge word of the day is: farewell Aw, is your protagonist bidding somebody a fond farewell? Poor dear. Write on, and pay...

“Tude-torial #5

~ By D.D. Scott For today’s Chick Lit “It’s all about the attitude” ‘Tude-torial, I’m Goin’ Babbitt! That’s right…as in Sinclair Lewis’ famous 1920’s satirical character George Babbitt. ***Note the rather Chick Lit-esque cover art?!  How’s that for some fun stuff?!*** So why Babbitt? Well…let’s face it… Just like Sinclair Lewis said in one of my favorite Bitchy Quotes: “It is impossible to discourage real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.” And after all, it is the launch of NaNoWriMo 2010 so all you NaNoWriMo chicks and chuckies best be pullin’...

NaNoWriMo Day #3

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 3! How are you all doing today? Writing like the wind and pleased as punch with your word count? Crying over cold cups of coffee and rueing the day you created your NaNo profile? It doesn’t matter. You’re participating, and writing, and that’s what counts. Here’s your daily dose of inspiration: “Never save anything for your next book, because that possible creation may not be properly shaped to hold the thoughts you’re working with today. In fiction especially, anything that could happen, should happen.” ~ Tam Mossman That’s right. Give your novel everything you’ve got! Your...

NaNoWriMo Day #2

Welcome to NaNoWriMo, Day 2! How’s everything going so far? Any successes to share with us? Leave us a comment and let us know how you’re doing! Here’s your daily dose of inspiration: Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” ~ E.L. Doctorow Your random challenge word is: triumph Ooh, and triumph we will! In honor of all of our suddenly neglected pets, we leave you with a laugh, curtesy of Cheezburger.com: Write on, and happy noveling! :-)

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