Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNo Wri Mo Day 17

Number 17

Today is day #17 of Camp NaNo!! How are you doing on your project?

I must admit that yesterday I didn’t do much writing. Instead, I printed out my book and I plan to go through it and reorganize and rewrite it. Yes, I know. The Inner Editor is having time in the spotlight BEFORE the whole books is even in a first draft. Well, let’s just say I tried to make the book go the direction I wanted but found I was repeating a lot of what was said and I was just getting so confused. I had to make that decision to stop moving forward. Trust me it wasn’t an easy decision. It was quite painful. But you know I’ve decided to look at Camp NaNo as a stepping stone. It helped me get to where I am so I have something to work with. Plus, it gave me motivation.

I did some research on how to structure a memoir and often I kept running into the same information about how to decide what to write about out of our life and how to get started. I didn’t need that. I was looking for something a little more in depth and just before I was going to give up searching I stumbled across Wendy Dale’s blog. She has a great piece on how to structure a memoir and the different methods other memoirists have used.  This has been so helpful to me and I finally have a way to write my memoir that can be exciting and draw readers in instead of just the plain chronological chain of events. I was getting bored writing that way. Just event after event. Now I know of more interesting ways to write my book. Now I just have to decide which way I want to go.

Wendy broke things down into Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3 and tells us what to write in each one. So helpful and clarified a lot for me. If you’re writing a memoir, or even thinking about it, I encourage you to check out Wendy’s site.

So that is where I am right now. Rewriting and organizing my book.

Well, it’s time for me to be off and my daughter off to school. Best of luck today. May the words flow forth and fill the blank pages before you.

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CampNaNoWriMo Day 9

Number 9

Nothing like the warmth of the pellet stove encompassing me as sit comfortable in my old red swivel rocker with my dogs at my feet, KLove on the radio and gluten free bread rising soon to be baked.

It’s day 9 of Camp NaNo and to be honest I’m not totally sure what my word count is right now. Ugh! I have had to edit and rewrite and still have a little to do. I know I know, the rule is to write it first and edit later, but sometimes editing is necessary when what you have written just stops the flow of the story not allowing it to progress, or you find information that needs to be updated such is usually the case with nonfiction. I still have some editing to do, but hopefully it won’t be much. Then I hope to update my word count on the Camp NaNo site.

Does that inner critic bug you too when you’re in the first draft? What do you do to combat it?

I found the below picture when I was looking for inspirational writing quotes. It fits perfectly!

Neil Gaiman - One Word After Another

Neil couldn’t have said it any better! And that is what I must do now. Get back to writing while I have the chance to do it. Take every chance you get to write, otherwise, you may not get the time. This is something I am trying to do. Time management seems so simple but the more you try the more realize just how much you can’t stuff into a few free hours. lol

Well fellow writers I am off! Good luck to you all!

Camp NaNoWriMo

CampNaNoWriMo Day 8

Number 8

The sun is shining bright but the temp is still rather cool with a windchill of 25 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve done a bit of reading this morning in the Bible and in Joyce Meyer’s book Beauty for Ashes. Reading always helps me get in the mode for writing. Do you find reading helps you or do you have another way to get your creative mind going? I also have a writing buddy and we both take five minutes and work on a story together. She will write on it for five minutes and then after I read what she wrote, I pick up the story and continue it for five more minutes. This is also a great way to spark your creativity!

So far I am up to 14,000 words and I have not begun writing today but I am about to. How far have you gotten? No matter if you have 1000 words a day or 10 words, it’s all progress! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t make the word count as you would have liked. All that matters is that you sat down and tried. Any amount of words written is progress and that much closer to finishing your book. Writing is not supposed to be stressful and to me, it’s not supposed to be a competition with other authors. It’s about enjoying the craft and sharing your work with those who were meant to receive it.

I’m not one for competition. I know some people thrive on it. Me? I find it too stressful and it totally kills my creative flow. Stress = 0 Creativity! But that is me.

So as the sun melts the snow outside, and the pellet stove roars behind me, I am off to continue work on Secret Anguish. I just have to try NOT to do any major editing and just write to get it down. I can always make it better later. I already know I have some things to change, but I have made mental note of them and have pressed on.

Off I go to float in the sea of words, fishing for the words to haul in and create a masterpiece.

Have a great day!

Book Reviews, General Updates

Editing, Reading, Poetry, And Book Reviews

I am amazed how busy one can become without realizing it. Somehow I have attained three editing jobs, reading, writing book reviews, and I have started writing poetry again. As you can imagine this, and being a mom and housewife, take s a great  deal of my time. I wanted to write a blog post to update you, my readers, to let you know things are okay, just that I have been  so busy I am not able to write the amount of blog posts I would like to.

The books I have been reading are Outlaw Salvation by, William Tasch, which is a Christian fiction novel, Bringing up Girls, by Dr. James C. Dobson, Mastering Creative Anxiety, by Eric Maisel, and The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  Sourcebook, by Glenn R. Schirraldi, Ph.D. A lot to read at once and normally I read a nonfiction book in the morning and a fiction at night and that is all I will allow myself to read. It’s hard when there is so much you want to read about all at once, and hence, I know have four books all started and all being read at various intervals. I am thinking I will have to pick Outlaw Salvation as my fiction book and then choose a nonfiction book for the morning read. Bringing up girls may be the one I finish first. We shall see!

You can follow me on Goodreads for any updates and reviews on these books. Reviews will also be posted on Amazon.com.

A kindle book I just finished reading to my daughter last night was Tyrannosaurus T-Rex: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book for Kids About T-Rex (Kids Knowledge Series), by Deutsche Don Juan. I am in the process of writing a review and will be posting it soon.

That is all I have for now, but hope to be back soon and have more regular updates for you. Have a great day! 🙂

General Updates

Snow And Sunshine

I’m sitting here at the dining room table with KLOVE playing on my iPad, my daughter bouncing a balloon around the house enjoying her winter break from school, my two dogs lying in the bright warm sun shining through the sliding glass doors. Several more inches of snow fell last night, upon which the warm sun shines and threatens to melt over the next couple of days. The snow is pretty and I don’t mind it all that much, but I must say I am itching to get outside in the warm Spring sun and feeling the warm sun and light winds on my skin while listening to the birds chirping and the dogs playing in the yard.

I have been quite busy lately. Still working on updating my poetry and Sackets Harbor books. I am checking to make sure the covers, book descriptions and manuscripts are all up to date and satisfactory. I am working on one book at a time and then will be adding them to Smashwords.

I am also updating the books information and covers on Goodreads.

I am still also working on my novel writing course through Winghill Writing School, and I am planning on writing a review on this as well.

Then recently I was contacted to do a book edit for a woman in the medical field. I have agreed to do a one chapter evaluation to see if we will be a good match for each other and if my editing skills will what she needs.

Then I have a couple of book reviews I am thinking of and will post them in the next couple of weeks.

So busy, but I’m taking my time and enjoying the creative process. Of course, the creative process doesn’t just apply to writing. I’ve been in my kitchen as well and posting pictures and recipes on another one of my blogs Happy Bellyz Cafe

I’m off for now. Have a great day and God bless!

~Janis