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Introducing… The Off-Balancing Act Series!

Yes, that’s right, it’s time for another series from the RRFS! (Please note, we created the lovely banner with the picture Lazy Limbs by Michael via Flickr’s Creative Commons with the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. The image was slightly resized, and our text added. No other changes made.)

Do you ever feel like, no matter what you do, you can’t find creative balance? There’s always chores to be done, meals to be cooked (and, most importantly, eaten!), people to see, places to go… How does one do it all?

Well, sometimes you just don’t. And we Ferrets have, appropriately, not even started on this particular series yet (I’m writing this the evening of April 25th, and it will go live on April 26th). We usually have a series mostly written and pre-scheduled at least a couple of weeks before the introduction goes live. Oh well!

The fact is – sometimes you can’t do it all. But you don’t have to lose your creative balance just because you’re overwhelmed, but it’s okay if you falter a little.

So every Tuesday in May, we will take turns discussing how we deal with being creatively off-balance. Stay tuned!

Is your creative life on- or off-balance currently? If you could change one thing about your creative struggles right now, what would it be?

On Writing First Drafts: Don’t be Afraid of the Bad (And Some Announcements)

Hey everyone! We’re getting the blog back in order, and we’ve got a few things coming up that I need to cover really quick before getting to the meat of this post.

First off – new blog theme! Isn’t it puuuuuurty? Let us know if you have any issues with readability.

Second – the RRFS is participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April. Because of that, while we’re getting this thing back up and active over February and March, we’re going to be a bit slow. We’ll be posting every two weeks until April. If you’re looking for a way to get some good exposure for your own blog and meet a lot of different people, you should try out the A-Z Challenge. Just go visit their site for all the information!

Now, on to the real post! Continue reading

The End is Nigh! – On Finishing NaNoWriMo

progress bar by Sean MacEntee

We’re down to the final week of NaNoWriMo (and November, for that matter of fact).

None of the Ferrets are quite sure how this has happened. It seems that November just began, and suddenly it’s almost over.

So, how are we doing? It’s been a crazy month for most of us, but we’re surviving. Here’s a bit more to go on (at least, as of 9 pm our time on Sunday night):

Just FYI: To be on track for 50,000 words on November 30, an estimated goal for November 24 is 40,000 words.

Rebekah

Word count: 40,002

How it’s going: Gah, this month has been a little rough for me writing-wise. I haven’t worked with this world or these characters at all for nearly two years, and I’m only just now starting to find their voices again and be able to get into their heads. I’m also finally not running 1-2 days behind on my word count for the first time the entire month. Now I just need to keep writing everyday until I hit that magic number!

Michelle

Word count: 51,307

How it’s going: I just crossed the finish line yesterday! This month has actually gone fairly smoothly for me, which is shocking. Most of my stress has come from stuff like forgetting power strips or name tags or not getting confirmation on a write-in location until less than two weeks before the event, rather than from the story itself. Now my goal is to get as far through the rest of the story as I can before midnight on November 30!

Lissa – not doing NaNo

How it’s going: Lissa is taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in 6 days. Her brain may not be NaNo-mush, but it’s anyone’s guess which language she’ll pull her grammar from next.

Jess

Word count: 34,219

How it’s going: 2,255 words per day to finish on time. It will be a miracle if I finish before December . But! I’ve got huge headway made on my story, and it’s very close to finishing. Very thankful for that.

Eris

Word count: 31,000

How it’s going: Okay. I am currently at 31,000 words, that means I’m more than 10k behind. I have 5 days to catch up and I am never going to make it. *random screaming*

Serena

Word count: 74,750

How it’s going: My goal is 100,000, not the standard 50,000, so I am actually behind. *wails despondently* Really, I have been for most of the month, though, in sadly honest fact, through craziness above and beyond the usual NaNoWriMo breed. I am determined, though! Both to make up the difference – I only need to get an 8k day down, and then keep to my 3.5k per day – and to make it to that 100k this week!

So how has your November gone? What all are you trying to accomplish this week?

What NaNoWriMo Means to the Ferrets

All the Ferrets!

The Ferrets, October 2012. NaNoWriMo was approaching quickly, and they were all together for the first time.

It’s that time of year when the world goes insane, every word you hear seems to say, “NaNoWriMo is approaching way too fast!”

Ahem.

Sorry, Christmas Waltz is one of my favorite Christmas songs, so it only seemed appropriate to mutilate it for NaNoWriMo.

In the midst of the soon-approaching holiday madness, there’s something coming up that is very special for all the Ferrets.

National Novel Writing Month

Because the Ferrets wouldn’t exist except for NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month is described as thirty days and nights of literary abandon – the event for everyone who has ever wanted to write a book ‘someday’. Well, readers, ‘someday’ is November 1st. The goal is 50,000 words.

Today, you’re going to read a little bit from each Ferret about  why we love NaNoWriMo, and every Monday from here on out until the end of November, we will give you some advice or encouragement to get you through the NaNo journey.

Links to each of our profiles on the NaNoWriMo site will be included here, so please feel free to add us as a writing buddy! Continue reading

For Help with Goals – July #WriteMotivation

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sahlgoode/ For a little over a year now, there has been an event most of the Ferrets regularly participate in. It’s called #WriteMotivation (yes, it’s a twitter hashtag), and the intent behind it is to connect with and encourage other writers along the journey.

It is, at this time, a monthly event. #WriteMotivation is founded and organized by KT Hanna. Sign-ups for the July 2013 round are now open, and you can sign-up until midnight CST on June 30th.

On July 1st, the roll call will go live on KT’s site, and from there you can go and follow the blogs and Twitter accounts of your fellow participants. We typically post our goal updates weekly on our personal blogs (so for me, that would be Rebekah Loper, Writer), mostly on Mondays, though you can post whatever day you need to.

You can have as few or as many goals as you would like. People have done as few as one goal, while KT typically does about 10. I usually stick around 3-5. If you need an idea of what types of goals people do, here are mine for July:

Ferret Rebekah’s July 2013 Goals

  1. Critique Cloudy for Eris.
  2. Catalyst re-write for Camp NaNoWriMo.
  3. Read A Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. (It’s 900-ish pages. I think finishing this in a single month is a reasonable goal.)
  4. Survive the uncle & family coming to visit, and MOM GOING OUT OF TOWN FOR A WEEK. The goal is literally DO NOT DIE OR HAVE A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. (Because I will have to be the sole caretaker for my elderly grandparents while mom is gone. And help take care of her pets. GAH!)

Obviously, the emphasis is on writing, but if there are some personal things going on simultaneously that will affect your writing? Absolutely put them on the list.

So, #WriteMotivation is really fantastic for helping you to stay on track with your goals, and everyone should try it at least once. Hope to see you there!

The Relevant Links:

Sign-ups on KT’s blog – don’t forget, the cut-off is midnight CST on June 30th!
#WriteMotivation on Twitter