Welcome to National Novel Writing Month! So you have taken up the challenge to write 50,000 words this month. Congratulations! You’ll need a way to keep your goals in sight.
Your NaNoWriMo calendar for 2013 gives you an invaluable tool for successfully hitting your word count goals, and vanquishing your evil inner editor. Think of it like a second conscience, or a trusty sidekick to keep you on course.
Here are a few of my personal word-tracking favorites for NaNo 2013:
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Everyone who sets pen to paper or fingers to keyboard will agree writing at times is hard. Yet of all the arts, writers alone seem to suffer a strange affliction known as “Writer’s Block.”
“Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?” -Philip Pullman
Writer’s Block: What’s holding you back?
Writer John Maxwell uncovered 8 mistaken beliefs that keep us from reaching our potential. I believe these same villains are out to destroy our word count.
I value vivid imagery in books I read, and strive for clarity as I write. As a result, the style tips I value most involve cleaning away dead wood to reveal the heart of the story. What do I mean? Ruthlessly replacing dull verbs, and breathing life into dead words.
Up for the challenge? See if these sound familiar.
Eliminate “that” and “this”
Writing tip: Avoid empty words
We fall back on “that” and “this” when we’re not sure where to draw the reader’s attention.
Be specific. What is “that” really? Could you replace the imposter with a real noun? How can you make the passage clearer?
If you pen foggy lines, you risk setting your audience adrift.
What are my strengths and weaknesses as a writer?
Great question to ask. Sometimes hard to answer. Michelle and I had a great conversation about that recently, which led to this example.
We all struggle in one area or another. We all have gifts. Some aspects of writing come naturally to me, while others have knocked me down more times than I care to count.
Do you have a story to tell?
Now is the time. The team who inspired over 20,000 writers to knock out their novel during NaNoWriMo invites you to Camp NaNo. Pack your pens, your laptop, and your world building notes.
Q: So what is Camp NaNoWriMo?
A swift kick in the pants to get your story started. Also a national movement. Started in 2011 as a challenge to write 50,000 words during the summer instead of November, the traditional month of NaNo.
Q: Can I write about ducks?
If you’re a fantasy fan, or simply appreciate a well-crafted story, you should know the name Patrick Rothfuss.
Ferrets in an elevator with Patrick Rothfuss
The Ferrets and I had the good fortune to meet him in person at the OWFI conference this year.
I followed my personal writing credo: Ask interesting people crazy questions. You never know what will happen.
Name: Jessica Fontaine Jones
(Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perciever)
Tea! I have a goal to try 100 teas this year. Green with coconut and ginger is my current favorite.
I also enjoy snipping fresh fresh spearmint from my garden. Great for tea, and mint has long been a favorite flavor of mine. Also love clear, clean water (even without plants in it).
Favorite Genre(s) to Read:
Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance, Children’s, How-To, Humor.
Favorite Place to Read:
In a tree. Feeling the branches rocking in the wind is the best.
Second favorite: Anywhere. 🙂
Things you do when you’re not writing:
Running a business with my hubby.
Escaping into the woods for rock climbing or yoga (also with hubby).
Cooking for friends and loved ones.
Talking to my herbs, trees, and flowers.
Playing Minecraft with my little niece.
Talking with my grandmother about herbs, trees, and flowers.
Volunteering with Rotary.
Pondering the meaning of life.
Favorite Genre(s) to Write:
Children’s, How-to, Interviews, Romance.
Writing Tool You Can’t Live Without:
Uniball signo micro 207 pen. It is my sonic screwdriver.
Used in conjunction with various notebooks, and an iPad with USB keyboard.
Question from Rebekah :: What are your 5 favorite trees? Continue reading