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NaNoWriMo 2017 | Day 1

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Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2017

That’s right, I’m doing it again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is right around the corner, and I’ve committed to doing it again this year. I’m taking a short break from my Otherworld Trilogy to start my Murphy Family Mysteries series. So, what book am I doing this year?

Murphy'sLaw of theJungle

This will be the first of many mysteries for the zany but endearing Murphy family. I’m not letting myself do a whole lot of over-planning for this one. I’m trying to short-circuit my perfectionist tendencies that usually make me bog down in my writing. This year, I intend to make steady progress and have an extremely rough draft to work from by November 30.

What tools do I have in my arsenal for this November? Here’s a short list:

  • A Basic Idea of Where the Story Is Going
  • The 5KWPH App/Technique Developed by Chris Fox
  • My Bullet Journal/Planner
  • Pens
  • Papers
  • Notebooks
  • Supportive Family & Friends Who Will Hold Me Accountable Via Our Facebook Group
  • My Awesome Word Count Widget In the Sidebar of My Blog! →
  • My Fantastic Blogging Community
  • Some New ADHD Management Techniques I Learned from Overcoming Distractions by David A. Greenwood
  • My Amazing Friend Lacey At The Creative Kitchen & Her YouTube Channel (Daily Check-Ins Are Totally Going to Happen)
  • My Trusty, Well-Worn Copy of A Writer’s Guide to Persistence
  • Did I mention COFFEE?

Well, that’s about all I have for you guys right now! 🙂 Stay tuned for all the NaNoWriMo shenanigans!

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Are You Called To Write?

Have you ever had a thought like this? Man, I’d really love to write a book someday, but I have no idea where to start.

I used to have similar thoughts, but I worked my butt off over the past 11 years, and I’ve been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Noir Nation No. 3, as well as having self-published A Collection of Reflections (poetry) and Frost: An Otherworld Tale (my debut novel).

If you love a good story, that love is all you need to become a writer. I’ve invested a lifetime of passion and thousands of dollars in learning about writing craft and the publishing industry, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with those of you who have an inner storyteller begging to get out.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reserve your seat at my upcoming writing workshop dates HERE. The workshops will be held at The Creative Kitchen in my aweome hometown of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Here’s a fun exercise for those of you considering attending the workshop (or anyone who wants to join in, for that matter):

Describe your worst fear in a single paragraph, but there’s a catch; you cannot name your fear in the paragraph. Post your answers in the comments and we’ll try to guess your fear!

Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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Is Busy Best?

I’ve been doing a little prep for Camp NaNoWriMo the past few days, and by prep I mean reading No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty. In it, Baty states that there’s no better time to work on your novel than when you’re already busy. Part of me has a hard time believing that, but that’s probably just because I have ADD and I’m easily overwhelmed due to my personal organization challenges. One thing I can say for myself, however, is that I do seem to do better and work harder when I have impending deadlines hanging over my head.

I’ve got a very busy July ahead of me. So, I guess we’ll see if busy really is better!

A Little Lost

So…my last living grandparent passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015, and I feel absolutely lost. It was very difficult for me to see such a strong woman go downhill so quickly. My Granny Clemmons was 92 years old, and she was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known in my life. I’ve been trying so hard to work on my writing, and I’m just too emotionally exhausted to function right now. All my creativity just seems to be gone. It’s like her death turned my soul into a sieve and my creativity seeped out. Everything is tired: mind, heart, body, and soul. It’s like my mind is in a stall pattern due to grief or something.

The odd thing about it is that I was more prepared for this death than I have been for any other in my life, but it still hurts. I’m glad that my Granny isn’t suffering anymore, but there’s a very big hole in my life now. I just feel lost. There’s no other way to say it. It’s like everything that makes me who I am as a writer is out to lunch. I really hope it decides to come back soon because I have several books to finish.

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