NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 24

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 24

If you don’t allow yourself the possibility of writing something very, very bad, it would be hard to write something very good. — Steven Galloway I’ve won NaNoWriMo most of the years I’ve sat down to do the madness. I love much of what I’ve... read more

Caro Kinkead

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something or the other and finished my first “novel” at the age of eight (five pages, which my mother still has and threatens to sell to the National Enquirer when I make the NYT bestseller list). I have the usual collection of adolescent bad poetry and purple prose, much of which has thankfully disappeared — though I recently unearthed the first romance novel I completed. :: shudders ::


What I Write

These days, I’m focused on a contemporary romance series set in the fictional town of Henry’s Mills, close enough to New York and Boston to enjoy their amenities — but far enough away that urbanites wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle can deem it “rural.” The residents have cannily embraced this designation for tourism purposes.

The first book is in editing, with the second in the series planned for NaNoWriMo 2015. With luck, both will be published in 2016. Of course, that’s not to say something shiny and new won’t come along to catch my attention at any moment…

What You'll Find Here

At this point, I’m sharing my thoughts, knitting projects, general geekiness, and whatever else might fall out of my brain. Current media obsessions are The Flash, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Blindspot, and comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 13

“My notes are written in blood on the sand, the same as any writer.” — J. Michael Strackzynski

It’d be so easy to just say “Yup” and move on. I don’t think any writer’s story has ever turned out exactly the way they imagined it would when they started. Even if your ending is what you imagined, and the big scene in the middle hit all those right notes that came to you like a vision in the shower, it’s still not exactly what you thought it would be. Somewhere along the way, you write something and it comes out…different. Maybe it’s the heroine’s cat or the old friend you didn’t know your main character had. Maybe it’s a allergy to citrus or a shiver that passes over their skin if they touch raw wood. Maybe it’s just a minor detail that adds color and maybe it’s something that sends everything careening in a different direction that you didn’t anticipate, but you know that this is a thread you have to follow.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 12

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill

Does it feel like a slog yet? For some folks, that comes during Week Three. For others, it starts on Week Two. I’m not experiencing a great deal of it, but there have been moments when I’ve looked at the words that are still yet to go and I just groaned. I know it’s going to get more difficult as I start trying to fill in the connective tissue of my major scenes. Those are the worst moments.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 11

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” — George Orwell Ever have one of those moments when you know what you want to write but the words seem some just out of reach? They’re right there, but… It’s a... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 10

“Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.” ― Isabel Allende “Arewethereyetarewethereyetarewethereyet?” — Bart and Lisa Simpson Energy and enthusiasm seems to carry folks through the first week of NaNo — or any new project, for that matter.... read more

Happy 101st Birthday, Hedy Lamar!

If you need any other inspiration today, take a gander at the tale of Hedy Lamarr, once dubbed “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films.” She was gorgeous in Ziegfeld Girl with Judy Garland Lana Turner, though most people would probably immediately recognize her... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 9

“I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by.” — Douglas Adams Monday morning and we’re back at the grindstone. Funny, but I’m dealing with whoosing deadlines in my day job as well as with NaNoWriMo... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 8

“Have you ever seen a little girl run so fast she falls down? There’s an instant, a fraction of a second before the world catches hold of her again… A moment when she’s outrun every doubt and fear she’s ever had about herself and she flies. In... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 7

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” — Pablo Picasso We’ve made it a week. If everything has gone as it’s supposed to, then you should be seeing 11,667 words by the end of the day. If things have gone really well, then you... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 6

“The best part of the journey is the surprise and wonder along the way.” ― Ken Poirot Yesterday was definitely a good writing day for me. I’d lost considerable ground on Tuesday due to a number of factors which upset my writing schedule. Thursday, though, saw me... read more

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