Friday, November 30, 2012

NaNoWriMo Last Day 2012

Congratulations to all who participated in year 2012 NaNoWriMo.

Everyone who wrote came out ahead. And to all those who won, Wow! We did it!

A month of writing for this year’s contest has finally ended. The contestants are finishing up their 50,000 words in the last dash. I am grateful I completed the task. It was a bit nerve racking on some days, especially through the holidays when traveling to be with family on Thanksgiving.

Now after all the unleashed ideas have flowed onto the screens around the world, now is the task to edit the small novel, or add to it, whatever the case may be.

During this frantic month much support was given by fellow writers, and there are a lot of sources and good writing tips presented that we can use to complete our projects. I hope everyone uses the resources offered and finish the novels.

Many participated just for the intense fun of it all. Others used it as a jump off platform for a story they had already contemplated. I myself decided to start a brand new book.  I still have to finish up the last bit of editing on my first, Breaking Cursed Bonds, but took this opportunity to start something new and fresh, Horrible Sins. Now when I complete the editing of my first, which I hope to be soon, I will have another book on the side ready to get my editing attention.

This all sounds like work, right? Well it is a lot of work, but I love the work. I tend to get so involved in the characters and story I create, that I talk about them all the time in conversation. It drives my husband nuts sometimes.

Good/ Bad? I am not sure. You be the judge next time you have a conversation with someone who writes.

Please consider joining the group for future contests, or consider a donation.  This is a great program to encourage writers or all ages.

Friday, November 2, 2012

National Novel Writing Month - Year 2012

Finally it has arrived. So many writers have been preparing for this event, writing blogs on how to prepare, creating groups of support and even support events. It sounded like great fun, and at the same time a lot of pain. This is the first I have ever heard of NaNoWriMo and I was all set to sit back and observe.

Then in the last moment, I decided I needed the fire of this yearly event to help me push forward too. I am not sure how this all works, but I am giving it a shot. I signed up on November 1st, a day before my birthday.  It was supposed to be a gift to myself - you know a challenge to be the best I can be...

Right off, I noticed there are many programs they offer, especially for young writers.  At first I had some trouble getting onto the site, with so many updating records it was no wonder.  With perseverance, I signed up and even figured out how to load in my total number of words for day one.  Whew!

Today on day number two, I updated my word count and added a picture for my name. I also joined my local group, Memphis NaNo region and realized I had already missed the first online group function. Not to worry - there are many more events scheduled, and I wish all the talented (and many young) writers best of luck and free thinking.

That is what this is all about - FREE THINKING.

Everyone is encouraged to write, and write more, and still write more....

Save the editing for now, a real challenge for anyone following the writing habits of Dean Kootnz, who chooses to edit as he goes. The rules are pretty simple.  Write 50,000 words in a month - piece of cake.  Not really!  Some are pushed by the challenge itself. Others seem to thrive on the competition. Personally, I just like to know there are others out there in the trenches, experiencing this shared event. I feel honored to be writing with them this month.

As the month progresses, I am sure I will learn more about the trappings of this wonderful event. I hope I succeed as well as all the others, and just the joining has proved to be inspirational to me. 

There are a number of wonderful programs that this group provides throughout the year to encourage writers  -  children and people of all ages to write. If you want to support the arts - here is a great cause.

Please consider donating in any form you can - visit this site.

Donation Station

Watch this video by Mikey's Mind - he explains NanoWriMo...follow his channel as he continues through the month....

My Word count end of Day 5


My Word count end of Day 2 = 

Total Collective Word Count for 2012 day 5



Total Collective Word Count for 2012 day 2


Keep Writing Everyone!!!!

 Have a wonderful November!