Category: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWri-Reminder 0

NaNoWri-Reminder

Glad you joined in the fun, the intensive writing and the pain of stretching yourself to write with abandon? I’m with you. I’m finding the writing a challenge some days but it’s provided an interesting look at myself as a writer. I’ve finished my 50,000 words and am going on to try to finish as much of the story as possible by the last day of November. It will probably end up as a 65,000 word rough draft. As a sidelight, many writers I know are writing more this month than they’d planned. They have not undertaken NaNoWriMo, but they...

NaNo (Writing Event)Update 0

NaNo (Writing Event)Update

The official National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins on Nov. 1st and lasts thorough the entire month. I’ve been busy planning, outlining, plotting and scheming and hope I’m ready to take the leap of faith and worn-out fingers to write 50,000 words, a rough draft for a new novel. Earlier in October, the Edmonds Library and EPIC hosted a kick-off event in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library. We had 4 speakers who inspired us and encouraged us to take the challenge and then had timne to chat with each other before setting out to get ourselves organized. (You...

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo? 0

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo?

5 Tips About Writing with Rhythm by Mark Nichol from Daily Writing Tips Think of all the things you do each day, including mundane tasks like getting dressed, cooking meals, and speaking to other people. They all involve patterns or random sequences of ebb and flow: rhythm. Writing is like that, too. Just as with any other activity, rhythm in writing can occur automatically, but it’s improved by conscious attention. Here are five tips for enhancing your writing by attending to rhythm: Alternate Sentence Length Vary the word count for your sentences – not mathematically, not analytically, but naturally, organically....

Writer-y and NaNo Books 0

Writer-y and NaNo Books

I hope you took advantage of the back-to-school sales just ending. I always look forward to finding new pens and notebooks to refresh my writing times and help get me back into the writing groove. Before NaNoWriMo begins (or as you settle back into fall writing), you might want to ‘shop’ the library and bookstores for books to inspire your writing. Here are a few: On Writing by Stephen King Pencil Dancing by Mari Meisser Elements of Style by Strunk and White Writing Tools: Strategeis for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark The Artists’ Way by Julia Cameron Writing Down...

NaNoWriMo Events 1

NaNoWriMo Events

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a national non-profit established to encourage writers to sit down and write 1500-2000 words a day in November and produce a rough copy of a novel. I have resisted it for years but, belonging to a writing organization, I now feel it’s time to join in the fun (many call it agony after a few weeks) and see what happens with my ‘novel’ novel idea. I also felt my organization, EPIC needed to sponsor NaNo events so I became a committee of one and hope to increase that to a committee of...

Writing Directions – What’s Next?? 0

Writing Directions – What’s Next??

Lately writing has been like a slowly circling wind of uncertainty. Maybe it’s because of my spending 15 years glued to my computer chair writing stories, blogs and math games or maybe it’s because the burning stories have been shared and I’m looking for new writing adventures. I’m not feeling nearly as intense about writing as I did over the past two decades. So what’s next for me and writing? I’ve already finished my brief memoir (Small Town Girl). I’ve evaluated my 100+ poems and found those worth saving that I plan to enter into gifted journal books over the...