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Posts tagged writing
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Made it to the finish line! #NaNoWriMo
If you are still writing away: GO WRIMO!
I am also glad I reached my personal goal which was to WRITE EVERY DAY
Getting back into the habit was important to me and I plan to keep it up, though I will stick to a goal of 1,000 words a day. My average was ~1,700/day but some days I only squeezed a few hundred words out of my fingers, while I did have a few prolific 3,000-4,000 word days.
I hope everyone had a lot of FUN in NaNo 2013. Even if you did not complete 50K, just practicing writing, socializing with other Wrimos, and celebrating writing for a whole month are the best parts, imo.
Can’t wait until next year! Until then, WRITE ON!!
When you finish:
- Sit on it. Don’t immediately launch into editing it, don’t go back and look at rewrites, don’t take extra notes unless you desperately need to, just sit on it. Put it away for awhile, do other things, read a book. This story has consumed your life for a month, and you need some…
Go, go, NaNoWriMo!
Final Countdown! It’s all about words now!!! Write On!
I have a friend who decided to rent out her house in the city, pack a suitcase and take off for the Far East to teach English. She is a great writer too and she wants to write about her travels. ‘I can’t find my writing voice for this,’ she wrote. ‘I have all this material and lots of anecdotes, but where do I start?’ Her fear was that she would produce a boring, egotistical travelogue. She wanted a structure that would support her story.
As a travel writer, I think it would great if you approached it in terms of the romantic past. When you travelled, you would send a short – or long - letter to loved ones at home, or pop a postcard when you found a letter box. Today you could write a short blog or Facebook post, with a picture or two, recounting your adventures and anecdotes.
When we are away from home, we carry ourselves with us even more closely. We have time to think of the past, of our dreams, our relationships. We become introspective as we stare out of train and plane and hotel windows. What a perfect time to keep a journal, to write a diary. When we write the stories of our lives, we find what it is that makes us unique and what makes the world extraordinary. We discover how to live in the present and anticipate the next big adventure. When we’re brave enough to share it with the world, we call it a memoir. You could blog or simply start keeping a diary.
As to the concern about viewpoint, as to whether you should use third or first person, it doesn’t really matter. The voice is yours. You’re narrating your own life. You could be keeping a captain’s log book, sending yourself postcards or even creating an alter ego. Stick to the traditional methods or have fun and play with time and narrative. It doesn’t matter – the voice is yours.
by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
A message for #Wrimos still working on #NaNoWriMo
Write for your life.
Holly McGhee gets me.
#DailyNaNo - How to Write a Scene in 11 Steps http://bit.ly/1erhQlA #writetip
"Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised." ~ John Steinbeck
#DailyNaNo - Having trouble finding time for writing? Here are 8 tips to become a more productive writer: http://bit.ly/17PiN86. #writetip
I have truly enjoyed Errol Elumir’s NaNoToons this year. They have made every NaNoDay a bit more enjoyable (and I can’t wait to see how the drama ends;).
But, this Pep Talk is exactly what I needed to read today. It’s chock full of his and Inkygirl’s cartoons, and a lot of Real Talk for wary Wrimos still writing away.
5 days and counting. I need almost 15K words still, and the pressure is on, but as all good procrastinators know, this is when I do my best work :) Write on, y’all!
Writers don’t wait to write. Writers get words on the page. The good, the bad, the ugly. Ugly writing is still writing.
My students are powering their way through NaNoWriMo!