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Where Did She Come From?

The end of Week 1 and as usual my story has taken a few twists.

Highlights this week:

  • An unexpected character showed up but turns out I needed her and the subplot she dragged in.
  • Scrivener for Windows had an extra coupon so I was able to buy it for less than 1/2 price.
  • Found a great new coffee place thanks to our Friday Write-In and they have nummy hot chocolate.
  • Florence and the Machine makes my fingers dance across the keyboard.

Report card for the week:

  • Word Count – 12,000
  • Flash Fiction –  completed  2 days
  • Word Count chart on blog  – updated 5 days
  • YWP Write-In activity – nothing figured out yet X
  • AW Novel Hub – updated today
  • Food Calendar – followed every day

So far so good. How’s everyone else doing?


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November To Do List

Here it is. My public declaration of my November intentions.

1. Win NaNoWriMo

2. Post on the G+ No Na-No Flash Fiction Project at least two times a week

3. Update my word counts here at least four times a week

4. Prepare at least one fun NaNo lesson/activity for weekly YWP Write-In

5. Update my progress on Absolute Write W1S1 Novel Hub at least once a week

And now to get to it!


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Get your Scrivener

At long last Scrivener for Windows is available for pre-order! And if you pre-order they’re taking 10% off.

Any one who’s seen my posts on G+ or the NaNoWriMo forums knows that I LOVE Scrivener.

Last October I downloaded the NaNo special beta and this year I’ve been patiently  updating the beta version and heading over to the Literature and Latte forums ready to report a bug; which someone else had inevitably found ahead of me. Kudos to all the betas who found things so quickly.

I think I’ve finally tried out all the capabilities of the program – but don’t quote me on that. I’ve  dumped links into my research file as well as images and documents, endlessly re-organized items in the binder and  then moved chunks over to another Scrivener file,and even generated character names by culture or meaning. So nice!

So thank you Literature and Latte. I’ve placed my order and received my serial number. November 7 can’t come soon enough for me.

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NaNo and the Food Calendar

I’d like to thank Tamara Sellman at Writer’s Rainbow for being kind enough to include me in her ongoing NaNoWriMo tips.

For our busy family, NaNo preparation has to involve having a food plan and prepping ahead of time.  Yes, that’s  a picture of our November food calendar. My sanity requires this.

The food is mostly homemade, sometimes eaten on the road, and always balancing everyone’s food preferences. I’ve got the freezer partly stocked and we’ll make a warehouse store run this weekend to get some final supplies – including snacks of course.

One thing’s for sure, I’ve got writing to do and this place needs to run like a well oiled clock.

Please check out the wonderful Writer’s Rainbow blog. It’s always full of writing tips and news.

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What’s Beyond the NaNo Month

Every year thousands of us begin NaNo with the greatest of intentions. We’re going to write a novel. Okay, we’re going to get the first draft of what could sometime become a novel done. Also every year we have inspiring stories of people who have taken their NaNo stories and done something with them. Woo-hoo publication land!

I know many people write just to know that they can get the story out of their mind and onto the paper. That’s where I was last year. But what about if you want to get somewhere and need a community to help push you along?

Let me introduce you to the Write1 Sub1 blog. It’s a group inspired by Ray Bradbury and founded around the idea that once you write (and edit) then you have to take the risk to get it out the door.  This year a lot of talented people have pushed themselves for weekly or monthly goals. It’s amazing seeing what others have been doing and pushing myself to be more productive.

The group checks in at the blog but chatters over on the Absolute Write forums. Along the way on the forums someone suggested adding a year long novel challenge to the group.  So come November 1 we start!

So far we have 50 people who will cajole and console each other along through this next year. If you’re starting with NaNo, already working on something, or have plans for several novels this year come and join us.

Some have highly detailed plans and some of us just know we want to get it done. I’m in that second group. I know that being with this group will help hold my feet to the fire to keep working. And if I don’t succeed, they’ll be there with comforting words.

So come and join us as we kickoff our inaugural W1S1 novel year with NaNoWriMo and aim to finish with a novel! The “official” Novel sign up thread is on the Absolute Write Forums.

Come on in, sign up for Absolute Write, and prepare yourself for a year long novel writing challenge with inspiring and motivating people!

Nov 5 update – we’ve added a Novel discussion hub on the AW forums and we have a new badge. We’re getting very organized.


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