23 Nov 2011
It’s a bit hard to predict where you’ll be at twenty-three days into your National Novel Writing Month campaign and how you’ll be feeling about your novel and your chances of reaching the target – or whether you’ve already given up by now.
But at the time of writing, at the tail end of October, this is what I have to do. In order for me to maintain some stamina and interest in my novel, my...
22 Nov 2011
Full disclosure: I’m writing this on October 18. You’re reading it sometime in November. This gap in time is important because it serves as a signpost of how NaNoWriMo can infect your mind. With two weeks to go until the start of NaNoWriMo (from my perspective back here in mid-October), I made the firm commitment not to participate this year. My current WIP, “Goodbye Grammarian”, is...
21 Nov 2011
If you have 35,000 or more you are on the right track for NaNoWrimo.
If you have less, I can make you feel better. My current word count is 0/50,000.
I decided not to NaNo this year for various reasons, but mostly because I would like to conserve the little sanity that remains in my mind. The last few weeks of October and the first few weeks of November were really intense for me, and I knew since...
20 Nov 2011
Spoken Sunday Submission #42 for 20th November, 2011
For full details check the page.
How To Play:
1. After you have submitted to [Fiction] Friday – or written a passage of around 600 words, record it.
2. On your blog, or audioboo site, post an explanation of your piece (if its a passage from a larger work) or ask readers for specific feedback about it – as well as a link to your...
19 Nov 2011
If you’ve been following along with us here at Write Anything then you already know some of us participate in NaNoWriMo during the month of November. It just so happens that my birthday falls at the end of this month too. I’ve set a personal writing goals for NaNo to have me done with my 50,000 words by my birthday, the 24th. This means 2,084 words a day. It isn’t easy but I’ve managed to pull it...
18 Nov 2011
[Fiction] Friday Challenge #234 for November 18th, 2011
NaNoWriMo has a tradition of the TSOD..(travelling shovel of death.) in order to add a new element to a story which may be floundering. Write a scene where someone is killed by a shovel. It need not be the gory details, but can hint at how the person has died – or it can be as graphic as you like. The point is to write this event in with your...
17 Nov 2011
It’s November, so you probably can’t move on the Internet without brushing up against yet another NaNoWriMo post. What’s one more between friends?
I freely admit, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against it. I’ve done it since 2008 (I won in 2008 and 2010) and I think it’s a fabulous kick up the posterior to get people to shift...
16 Nov 2011
There I was, a lonely red-jerseyed body in a sea of blue. I didn’t have my pencil in hand, but my mind was working overtime. After all, next month’s expat newsletter was to include an account, not of the match, but of my experiences watching it surrounded by Frenchmen. How, I wondered, could I put the wonder of the occasion into words? After all, it was only a rugby game, and a pretty...