Friday, November 27, 2009

I'll Miss You, NaNoWriMo!

I can't wait until next year! Yes, I said it, I can't wait until next year.
When I began the NaNo journey, I had no idea what I was in for. 50,000 words in 30 days. 1667 words a day. How hard can it be?

Well, all I can say is that the people who have have full time careers or are stay-at-home Moms (which is also a full time career), and actually finish NaNoWriMo, are the real heroes. Congrats! to all of you. This is definitely an endeavor, of which to be proud.

Now, that it is over, I am hoping to make sense out of the first draft of my novel and mold it into something that I would be proud to submit to an agent and/or publisher. Or even to self-publish, whatever the case may be. This experience has given me the confidence to work even harder to accomplish my dream of being a novelist.

I must say 'thank you' to my family, who understood what I was trying to accomplish and steered clear of me this month of November, for the most part. :-) My twitter NaNo friends, who were so supportive and helpful with writing tips and inspiration, I thank you.

How many of you will be signing up for the April Script Frenzy? Oops! Maybe, I should let the fingertips heal up a bit, before I ask that question.

If you have a minute, please post some of your NaNo nightmares.
Thank you, my friends,
Cynthia

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Meet Mr. Gobble Gobble!

He became my backyard pet. He strolled up one day and has been visiting just about every day, since.
My grandchildren named him Mr. Gobble Gobble. (Go figure) Thanksgiving is and always has been, one of my very favorite holidays. For many reasons, including the scrumptious traditional Thanksgiving meal I cannot, however, eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day if it is presented in it's full form, any longer.

We love you, Mr. Gobble Gobble!

Let's give thanks for the things we have and not dwell on what we may had to give up these past few tumultuous years.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

So Close, But Still So Far..............

I was really beginning to scare myself, wondering how I would ever finish NaNoWriMo. I actually spent five days where I didn't write at all. (Family emergency, but everything going well, now) Falling so far behind, I was sure I would have to give up. Now, that isn't something that sits well with me. My pride gets in the way. I can handle rejection and still persevere, but when I lose, because of my own doing, because I threw in the towel. No, No, that's not happening.
I am still a 1000 words or so behind, and may fall behind again on Thanksgiving Day. However, I am determined to finish; and finish, I will.
This wonderful post from Rochelle Melander, the Write Now! Coach, and my self- determination will take me across the finish line. Thank you, Rochelle!

Pay Yourself First
by Rochelle Melander

You have to pay yourself first. You can’t let other things get in your way.
—James O’Shaughnessy


Nine days and less than 15,000 words away from finishing my first National Novel Writing Month Challenge, I woke startled. In the passion of the race, I had totally forgotten about two editing projects that I needed to finish by the end of the month. And, oh yeah, there was Thanksgiving thrown in there, too. How would I write 15,000 words and edit nearly 40,000 more words in a single week? I sighed, shrugged off the covers, and slunk downstairs for coffee.

Then I remembered the famous financial wisdom that I’d been repeating to writing and life coaching clients for years: “Pay yourself first.” Financial gurus encourage us to sock away a bit of money in savings and retirement accounts before paying the bills. The only way I would succeed at National Novel Writing Month was to follow this wise advice: pay myself first. I would need to give my first or best moments of each day to writing.

The poet William Stafford was known to be an early morning writer. He would write each day between 4 and 7 AM, when the world was quiet. Stafford's daughter Barbara once spoke about getting up early, too, to spend time with her father. The poet did not discourage her but got up earlier and earlier to preserve his writing time. Stafford said this about his morning practice in his essay, A Way of Writing:

When I write, I like to have an interval before me when I am not likely to be interrupted. For me, this means usually the early morning, before others are awake. I get pen and paper, take a glance out of the window (often it is dark out there), and wait. It is like fishing. But I do not wait very long, for there is always a nibble--and this is where receptivity comes in. To get started I will accept anything that occurs to me.

I have also found that the first hours of the day lend themselves best to writing. Before I check email or phone messages, before my children tug at my sleeve for food and lunch money, before the demands of the day come calling, I am at my desk writing. Once I have my time in, I can go about the day without angst.

Counting today, you have seven days left on this writing adventure. But even if you are not doing the NaNoWriMo challenge, you are a writer. You have dreams, goals, and projects waiting to be completed. All I can say to you is this: keep at it. Do not let it go. Hold onto your dream, and pay yourself first. You do not have to write for many hours each day. Just give your first or your best minutes of the day to your creative work.


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Day Six in NaNoWorld

How is everyone doing out there in NaNoWriMo land?

I think I have experienced just about every emotion you could imagine and sometimes it feels like I'm banging my head against a wall.

What about you?

So, why do we do it? Very good question!

This, being my first year, participating in NaNoWriMo, I have learned so much about myself.

I have learned:

1. I can discipline myself to keep writing without looking back. (no, editing, very hard for me to do)
2. I can develop a writing routine.
3. I can become one with my keyboard.
4. My Muse is there for me.
5. I can live without watching television.

All these things I have learned. And following, are the most important:

6. I am not just going through a phase.
7. I really do want to write.
8. I really do love to write.
9. I will continue to write.

And

10. I am a writer.

All of this in only 6 days. What are some things you have learned?
Good...Bad...Serious or Hilarious!

I would love to know.....please comment.

Happy nanoing, my friends.