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Novel Month Casualties

Scraps of paper lie listlessly on the floor. Scribblings of half thought out ideas and various combination spelling of ordinary words are written there and the paper is just waiting to be picked up and delivered to File 13. Smoke from the flurry of typing is still rising from the keyboard after having been abandoned hours earlier. The keyboard’s keys mourn the loss of letters that have been worn away by endless finger compressions. The old chair, which bore the weight of frustration, turmoil, and sweat for the past 30 days now sits empty. It doesn’t know what to do with itself anymore. Neither does the table. It has rings from coffee cups and mocha stains upon its finish that may never come out. What will happen to them now, the unsung warriors of this writers indulgence into the madness that was NaNoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month), now that the novel has been written?

Eventually the papers will be cleaned up and the computer keyboard brushed off and given care. The table will be wiped of its stains with care and the old chair will be treated to a much deserved cushion and padding to extend its life. All signs of the month long struggle will be gone and replaced with the light musings of a content writer.

Oh. Wait a minute. The story may be written, but the work had only just begun! Now comes the editing, and editing the editing. The query letters, the endless hours of searching through internet sites to see what people are saying is the best way to network. They make enough coffee to handle the things that are yet to come!

Sorry computer, sorry chair. Scraps of paper, it’s time you got yourself in some type of order. November was just a warm up; now it’s time for the big leagues. We’re going to need some new recruits.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in writing

 

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This is how we NaNo

Every November I take part in National Novel Writing Month – or better known as NaNoWrimo (I simply call it NaNo). It’s an event where people from all over dedicated the month to writing a novel of, at least, 50,000 words.  Why? Because they’re crazy!  We’re all just a bit crazy, a little bit.

This year I’m using NaNo to revise, update, and rewrite the novel that I was able to complete last year.  I’m quiet happy with it – even though rewrites are killing me at times – that I thought it would be nice to share a chapter!  I’ve listed it under the ‘Stories’ section, but I ‘ll provide a direct link to it here as well.

Enjoy and, to any of you tapping away on the keys on your path to NaNo victory, good luck!

Past’s Prologue Chapter One

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Inspiration, writing

 

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Never Underestimate a Writer.

“How could you understand, you’re just a writer.”

Anyone who says that, or thinks it, clearly doesn’t understand what it means to be a writer. It’s not all about sitting down and putting words to paper or taking dictation, if it were that simple then anyone could do it. Writing is art. Sure, it can be taught, but some are inheritable gifted storytellers.

That’s what we are. Story tellers.

Writers are the creators of worlds, religions, people. Writers influence perception; cause people to take a second look at something they otherwise may have overlooked. They open eyes to new worlds beyond dreams. Writers inspire style and nurture new ideas. They coach people through difficult situations and help inspire confidence.

A writer is often labeled as an outcast, a person who fails to see life for what it really is, but I venture to say that this isn’t so. Not only do they see the world and it’s faults, but they have the audacity to see something better. To see the lessons that people need to learn and teach it in such a way that the viewer doesn’t know they’re being educated.

Taking nothing, and turning it into something, that’s what a writer does. Never underestimate the power of words. Never under estimate a writer.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in writing

 

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