november nano

Printed Manuscript

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That’s it folks! This is the printed first draft of my NaNo novel. I’m letting sit for a few days and I’ll start planning a new novel before I do any read-throughs of my manuscript. Need to give my brain a break on that one for now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch more errors when I go back to it.

I don’t know where you live, but here in Maine there frost most every morning so it was cold waiting for the bus to pick up my daughter. For me this is just the kind of weather to be working on a novel. Or reading a book to help inspire me. Reading always makes me want to write and writing makes me want to read. lol Too bad I can’t do both at the same time. Then I’d be set.

Well, I’m off to walk on the treadmill and start that next novel which is tentatively titled 1977.

Before I go, if you have a finished manuscript I would love to see pictures of it. If you can, leave a picture in the comments or send them to jisoucie@hotmail.com

Good luck everyone.

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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!