Hanging Up My Pantser Ways

NaNoWriMo take

Honestly I can’t be sure, but I think this year will be my fourth attempt at the ever elusive NaNoWriMo crown. My Eleanor. My unicorn. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie Gone in 60 Seconds starring Nicholas Cage, NaNoWriMo is akin to a “mythological creature. Totally unattainable”.

In all fairness, prior years of missed opportunities have had their fair share of complications. Lack of time, means, and yes, even electricity. But they’ve also been justified by empty excuses. Writers write, and that is the underlying message behind National Novel Writing Month. Continue reading

Well…?

November is over and nope, I didn’t win NaNoWriMo. But that’s okay. I was able to get a huge chunk of my first draft down on paper and further solidify a writing process that really works for me. Probably the greatest accomplishment of all.
I’m still learning about the main characters of my story and that, evidently was a huge factor in my struggle. Who are these people and why do I want to write about them?
As with anything, the deeper in I get, the more familiar I become, in turn making the journey towards the end less treacherous. My new focus is to have the first draft complete by the New Year. I have a great head start and am very confident in my direction. So, here’s to a month full of vigorous writing! I couldn’t be happier.

Just Post-It

How do you Post-it Plot? The answer is simple. Any way you want.

I first learned about Post-it plotting two years ago at a small, intimate writer/reader conference. Two wonderful authors described how they both used sticky notes on a presentation board, mapping out the twists and turns of their storylines while keeping tabs on all loose ends that needed tying off. Feeling determined on my ride home, I stopped at my local Staples, purchasing a presentation board and a plethora of Post-its. Then I sat down on my comfy, leather couch and looked at both in complete puzzlement, asking myself, what the heck do I do now?

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How do you write?

In order to establish yourself as a writer, you must— well, write. Sometimes finding a process that consistently works is a far greater challenge than putting actual words on a page. I have a day job Monday through Friday and often squeeze valuable writing time in between. My brain seems to focus best when my butt is parked in that office chair. Go figure! I don’t have access to my digital manuscript files while at work, therefore I do a good chunk of my writing old school. Translation: pen and paper. (I could do a whole post on favorite writing implements but I will save that for another time.) Continue reading

Consistent Writer Wanted

I had perched myself on a comfortable fence regarding an attempt at NaNoWriMo this year and with good reason. I’m a repeat quitter. I would jump through the gate running and writing, determined to sprint on through the finish line, only to lose momentum and stamina long before I reached anywhere near my goal. After receiving Sara Megibow’s – NaNoWriMo Cheerleader article in my email from Romance University this morning, I decided to give National Novel Writing Month another try, but with a different focus in mind. Consistency. Consistency is one of my greatest opportunities in writing and I believe this will be the perfect venue for me to work on changing that.
I haven’t decided the writing project yet or my personal word count goal, but I do intend on setting up some kind of daily accountability here, and maybe even have one day a week where I’ll share a snippet. I refuse to disillusion myself. This will definitely be a huge challenge, but I’m determined to give this attempt my all.
My first step in the right direction is prep. I printed out my favorite planner pages to jot down a loose outline of my month of consistent writing. Lots of line space and each day includes a motivational quote. Perfection! You can find the planner pages here if you’d like to check them out. Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year?