A look back at Thanksgiving past. . .
Sunday, November 17
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 2
I gave it a go last year and made it almost through the entire month, first in the summer boot camp and then in November. The Thanksgiving holidays were the deal breaker for me. Preparations during the week and then travel--I couldn't catch up. Still, I have the alarm set on my phone to go off daily as a reminder to write, even if it's not for the challenge. I got everyone in my family excited about the mystery plot I had half-created. I say 'half' because it had no ending. I had dozens of ideas of plot twists and crazy characters doing nefarious things, but I hadn't given consideration before I started about how it would all be resolved. I know some writers say the characters take over and the book writes itself, but after a few mornings of writing, mine just kept doing outrageous stuff without moving the plot forward. I was embarrassed to confess that when my family asked 'how does it turn out?' I had to admit I didn't know. The other downside is then they each started suggesting plot twists, character motives and endings. This only confused me more.
My recommendation: just keep the plot a secret. You need to appear more mysterious to your family, anyway.
Use a good text writer. Eliminate the clutter and distractions! You may use it for more than crafting your great American novel. Here are some resources for distraction free writing.
Here's a great post with a link to the NaNoWriMo main page to get you inspired if you've decided to accept the challenge. There's still time, even though November 1st has passed. There are some great links for writing to use any time.
Start writing on November 1. Keep writing. Don’t stop writing until you hit 50,000 words, or December 1, whichever comes first.Where do you write? Not on the site! In your word processor, notebook, or even typewriter, you iconoclast, you.
Update your word count by clicking “Update Word Count” in the topmost menu. Watch your word-count graph climb your novel as if it were Everest.
How about it? Are you up for it?
Friday, November 1
Trying not to get bogged down n tools for writing, I came across this which may be an answer to writing collaboratively or getting feedback without as much hassle. Check it out and see what you think:
Editorially, a collaborative writing and editing platform.
Sunday, October 27
October weather and my coffee cools off before I can skim HuffPost. I ponder if I have one of those heater/coaster things packed away somewhere from my other office. Hating to reheat coffee, I tolerate one more sip of tepid liquid and give up.
One morning, dashing out the door, I selected my thermos coffee carafe gifted to me by my thoughtful son. It's really too big for the car cup holder, but its lid was screwed on which meant minutes saved instead of searching for another cup's lid.
Flash of insight. Yesterday was a joyful morning with hot coffee down to the last drop.
[cross-posted at www.gottalatte.com]
Saturday, October 19
Monday, October 14
Instead of drawing in art class, I sat staring at a sketch pinned to a bulletin board across from me. The person in the sketch was ugly. The drawing was good, but the person was not homely, unattractive, or not pretty. The subject was ugly.
What did the person look like in real life? Was this a realistic drawing of facial characteristics? Was this the soon-to-be-ex-wife of the artist and this was how he perceived her? Was what the artist saw was completely different from how I viewed the paper? Was the person beautiful through the eyes of the person who was drawing? What is beauty anyway? And perception? And art? What is real? Isn't everything our perception? Am I just procrastinating from completing my own sketch?