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Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Shhhh…. Can you hear it?

The plot bunnies are gathering… The dastardly villain is picking up his black cape from the dry cleaners. Witches, good and bad, are dusting off their books of shadows. And the unlikely hero is going about his daily life, blissfully unaware that his destiny is about to smack him upside the head. Ahhh, yes, NaNoWriMo …

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NaNoWriMo – 3-2-1… Blast off!

Originally posted on Words on the Page:
Three days. That’s all we’ve got left. On Thursday, the big bang will be felt around the world as midnight rolls around and thousands of people frantically start typing, trying to eke out at least a few hundred words before going to bed. Personally, I don’t stay up…

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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow, or Will It?

Have you ever noticed that life has a way of pulling the rug out from under you when you least expect it? There you are going through the day-to-day, working all day and arriving home with barely enough energy to cobble together an evening meal and flop down in front of the TV.  You wish …

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To Pants or Not to Pants?

If you have never attempted National Novel Writing Month, you may not know that “pantsing” is actually a verb, as in to write by the seat of your pants as opposed to planning out every aspect of your story. In a recent blogpost on the NaNoWriMo blog at the Office of Letters and Light, poster …

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Uh Oh, NaNo!

I was cruising along on the WordPress reader today and many posts about NaNo planning scrolled past.  Normally, I would be hard-pressed to pull myself away from the posts of my fellow bloggers as I tend to wallow in anything about writing I can find.  But today, I had to stop reading. For those who …

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More Rules for the Game

A few days ago, I posted some simple rules to help newbies approach NaNoWriMo with the right frame of mind.  I have come up with a few more… 6) Do not overplan.  In NaNoWriMo, there is such a thing as being over-prepared.  If you spend months in advance planning out every plot point, character quirk, and …

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Rules for the Game

In my blog reading and face booking surfing, I have noticed a lot of folks out there who are interested in NaNoWriMo but have never taken the plunge. They are standing at the edge of the pool, dipping their toe in the water, then pulling it back and shaking their head. Nope, no thank you. …

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The Monk strikes again!

In the October 2012 issue of The Writer there was an illuminating article by Craig English titled, “Set your writing free.”  In it he quoted Ram Dass, which I found to be serendipitous as I had just mentioned him a few posts ago.  The monk is everywhere! Ram Dass says we have to invite our demons …

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