The first full week is here. How’s everyone doing? So far, I’ve done better than I anticipated. We’ll see if I can keep it up. I’ve followed some of the NaNo chatter, from ‘I’m getting nowhere,’ to ‘Yeah me, got 2,600 words today.’ One list I follow on Facebook has a Google doc where everyone can upload their goals and how they did toward them each day. There is a lot of support out there for this event. Whether you’re struggling or just want some interaction through the experience check out other NaNo competitors and embrace a little socialization. 🙂
Love this piece of advice on writing a novel from Brian Klems:
Your novel needs less “trying” and more “doing” from you. Like Yoda said, Do or do not. There is no try.
What am I reading? (Yes, I’m avoiding writing for the moment) I’m reading Her Last Breath by Linda Carillo. I finished Heather Gudenkauf’s One Breath Away, and it was amazing. It looks like I have a thing for books with breath in the title, doesn’t it?
Now, about last week’s goal on the Ready. Set. Write Challenge… I’m happy to report that I completed the three chapter revisions that I needed to do this week in spite of an amazing number of interruptions. They were hard-fought for but completed, and it allows me to move on to the next section. YEAH!!! Phew.
My goal for this next week is more complicated. (Cause why not, right?) I want to complete three more chapter rewrites AND complete another section of my series bible. I completed a section this last week, and it wasn’t even on my goal list. 🙂 Yeah, me! We’re not going to think about all the company here this week or our boys coming this weekend…nope, not going there. I will get these things done even if it’s 2 a.m. Where there’s a will…
At the end of the week, I may look like this:
How did you do this week?
***This post is part of the Random Acts of Kindness Blogfest by Wayman Publishing, May 27 – 31, 2013. Visit the blogfest for free downloads of ebooks, including Open Doors: Fractured Fairy Tales.***
Not only is this a great opportunity for us to focus on the positive in a world increasingly concentrated on the negative, but it is important that we are all aware of the importance of keeping the kindness going. Check out E.C. Stilson’s blog and the other blogs participating and sign up to share random acts of kindness yourself.
Like many people, I’ve had many occasions where someone caught me off guard. It can take a lot of different forms. For instance, when I was raising small children and living paycheck to paycheck, and I wanted to write but had nothing but paper to do it on. It didn’t deter me. I had a complete novel on legal pads when my parents showed up at my door one afternoon with my first word processor, brand new and all mine. It wasn’t my birthday or a holiday. It was a random act. Not only was it a perfect gift, but it was a validation of who I was. My folks were saying they believed in me. I cried.
At an awards ceremony, my students stunned me by turning the tables and presenting me with bouquets of flowers and thanks before they moved to the high school. The flowers died, but the hugs and validation of their thank you’s did not. They graduated this year. I drove across the state of Kansas to attend their grad parties. I love them. I cried.
Like most teachers I have received many gifts over the years. However, some stick out as particularly awesome because they were perfectly geared to me. One student found a first edition of Huckleberry Finn, knowing I was a Twain fan, he brought it to me with a touching inscription inside. Another student donated money to a homeless shelter in my name. When I found out I was moving, a student brought a flower bouquet to my home so I would know she was going to miss me. Yeah, I cried.
It really isn’t what people do. It’s the fact that they care enough to do it. And it can be something simple and small. It can be unexpected in source or object. The only thing that doesn’t change is the importance of keeping the kindness going. We are all in this walk through life together. If we aren’t there for each other, it’s a much sadder journey.
Other Random Kindness Bloggers:
Mayor of Crazyville
Writers across the net are gearing up for the annual writing fest known as National Novel Writing Month in which the goal is to complete a novel of 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s an amazing journey undertaken by many every year. Last year our writer’s group got involved for the first time, officially. (We’d done our own version during a less busy time of the year) For me, it is a one-time experience. I loved doing and being able to say I produced 50,000 words in 30 days but frankly, they were worth little, and I developed some horrid habits in my need to reach the word count. Passive structure provides a higher word count…just saying.
People participate every year successfully so this is definitely a good event but like everything, it isn’t for everyone. The process for writers differs and some of us cannot survive under the pressure cooker of NaNoWriMo. I wrote my YA in six weeks. It wasn’t perfect, but it had a solid plot. What I wrote in 30 days was a mess, wandering all over the place because I didn’t have time to stop and assess it. Like most people, I had a job and a family. I also had a sick father so maybe my mind didn’t cope with that 30 day game as well. At any rate, I’m excited for the people participating this year. It is a great feeling to meet that deadline and receive that, “You did it!”
Good luck to all!
There is nothing like a writer’s conference to give a writer a natural high. Spending time with writers and agents in an arena where it’s all right to discuss nothing but writing and writing related things is as good as it gets for us. I don’t have to defend my interest in a random person in a restaurant. My fascination with the way someone walks or the conversation at the table next to us (as interesting to me as the one at my own) is acceptable to everyone else in the conference world. They get it. I don’t get weird looks. No one calls men in white coats to bring jackets or nurses with medication to make me catatonic. My particular weirdness lets me fit in with everyone else. Phew!
OWFI is an awesome conference which is why we attend every year. It offers so many opportunities to attendees. The contests, the presenters, the agents, editors, publishers, authors, and the importance of opportunities to pitch to those publishing officials cannot be underestimated. This conference is a win for Novel Clique every year. This year was a blast. We enjoyed time with agents; Louise Fury, Jessica Sinsheimer, and Emmanuelle Morgen, at a buzz session on Friday night. We were also lucky enough to pitch to these ladies who made that nerve-wracking experience so easy and pleasant. It was an excellent adventure that I recommend to every writer truly seeking publication.
What conferences do you attend? What is it about them that gets your writer’s juices flowing?