ReBlog: NaNoWriMo Survival Guide: How I Write 50k(-ish) Every Month « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Some really good advice in here for those participating in NaNo and hoping to keep it up after the 30th.

FTA: “I do NaNoWriMo roughly every month. That probably sounds like a humblebrag, and maybe it is, though you’ll note I’ve said nothing about the quality of my writing and am only noting its quantity — but I write anywhere from 40,000 to 60,000 words every month.


How can you not love this guy??

Source: NaNoWriMo Survival Guide: How I Write 50k(-ish) Every Month « terribleminds: chuck wendig

ReBlog: Screw Finding Your Passion

Remember back when you were a kid? You would just do things. You never thought to yourself, “What are the relative merits of learning baseball versus football?” You just ran around the playground and played baseball and football. You built sand castles and played tag and asked silly questions and looked for bugs and dug up grass and pretended you were a sewer monster.

Source: Screw Finding Your Passion

I am so feeling this article right now.  I have dozens of hobbies and passions (long time readers will already know that), and they all take their turn garnering my full attention when the mood strikes.  I have always felt a little left out when folks find out that they are “insert discipline here”.  I am me.  I am a Jack of All Trades – screw being a master of any of it.

I love what I do in the fits and spurts that I do it in.  I am suddenly feeling inspired to write up a new bio.  You can just call me Jack.

What I Want For Christmas

…is for WP to make the links in my admin page go to the article itself rather than to the edit page.  Sometimes, I just want to read the page.  I know it’s a little early for Xmas presents, but I figure if I get my request in now, they have time to get this glitch fixed by the holidays, right?

Seriously tho – who is diving into NaNoWriMo this year??  Two weeks left!  Eeep!  In typical ‘me’ style, I scrapped my nicely-planned-out-since-August outline in favour of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants epicish high fantasy.  What was I thinking?  I blame the distinct lack of coffee in my blood stream of the past few weeks.  I cannot brain without my caffeine.

I think this story will be great fun – and that’s what NaNo is all about.  The characters are from an old story, so I don’t really need to do much, if any, character development on them.  It is all world building and scene descriptions.  I have never written high fantasy before (urban/dark fantasy is my usual genre), and so far I am loving the freedom to do what I please without having to care about silly things like physics (pfft, who needs it?).  We’ll see if I still feel that way mid-November.

My NaNo profile is HERE if you want to be my writing buddy.  And new for this year, I am going to try to tweet my progress every couple of days – I could say I will definitely tweet everyday, but then I would fall face first off the wagon because I suck at follow through.  If you don’t already follow me on twitter and want to watch the crazy live, you can find me @dreacros.

If you’ve ever wanted to get into writing, but didn’t know how, NaNo is the way to do.  Dive in!  It doesn’t have to be good.  It doesn’t have to be polished.  It just has to be out of your head and on the paper (or screen).  No one even needs to read it but you – and trust me, my first novel was definitely for my eyes only (serious stinkfest – but a learning experience, so it was worth it in the end).

Hermit Mode

There are so many things spinning around in my mind lately, that it has been hard to choose one thing to focus on long enough to write about it.   I have actually been avoiding writing at all since I finished the outline of my new story.  There has been a need to purge, and knitting has been a good distraction while I work out what to say.

Ultimately, the decision on what to write about has come down to a simple question: do I want to write about dark, depressing things, or do I want to write about hopeful, happy things?  The Internet is already so saturated with violence, hurt, hate, and corruption so blatant that it has become a caricature of itself.  Do I need to add to that?

When I was on my social media hiatus, I avoided American news.  I avoided all news except for the tornado warnings that came directly to my phone (no funnel clouds where we were, thank goodness).  I spent a lot of time purposely not thinking.  I spent a lot of time doing.  A lot of time enjoying my family, my books, the weather (I am a storm nut, so rain is something I love), making things with my hands — from finishing old craft projects to making potstickers, stews, caramel all from scratch, to just ordinary dinners and a perfect cup of tea.

It really helped me to realize that what I want out of life, what I’ve always wanted, was simplicity — peace.  In the 10 days that I have been back on FB, it has been really driven home that I don’t have the stomach for the nebulous Internet anymore.  The rage, the trolls, the wilful blindness, is just too much — and at the same time, the syrupy, wishful thinking of the small enclaves of inspiration memes shoved down your throat has too much of a Stepford feeling for me.

I think that the only viable option is to step away from social media again.  What do I want to think about?  I want to think about my life — my family, my neighbourhood, my town, my plans, and that little stone cottage by the sea.

I have things set up so that my blog posts will seed out to where folks can see them, and I always try to respond to comments made here, but I have been out of balance for far too long.  I need to find a new equilibrium, and it’s going to take more than a month.

I’m not going off the grid, so those who need to get in touch with me will still be able to do so.  They say it takes three weeks to form a new habit.  Standing outside of the social media storm is my new habit.

Someday, maybe putting the laundry away after it’s folded will be a new habit (though, if I did that, my family would wander around naked trying to find their hidden clothes).  For now, I am diving down the rabbit hole of my own imagination.  Hopefully I will come back with a good story.  Wish me luck.


My reading has slowed down a bit this week.  I am up to 6 books read, with about 3 more before I have to hit up the library again.

We have had some truly awesome thunderstorms this week, which, unfortunately, means I have been battling the notorious Calgary Headache.  It’s worth it, though.  I love storm season.  And until I can get back to the island and watch the rage come in off the ocean, I have to take what I can get.

Also, my slowly developing novel outline should be ready for me to start writing the first draft in about a week.  I am so enamoured with this story that I have decided that I am not going to wait until NaNo to begin.  With November only a few months away, I can probably use the insanity to help me hit the finish line.  I have a bad habit of getting to the final climax, and then dropping off instead of finishing out the end of the novel.  I think I have a penchant for cliffhangers.

One thing I am finding really entertaining, is step five of the Snowflake method.  Specifically, writing the story line from the point of view of each of the main characters.  Since I only skimmed the page last year, I didn’t notice this part of the step the last time I used it.  I think this is now my favourite step, and having only three main characters, I am going to be a little sad when it’s over.

That said, it might motivate me to try writing the novel itself from multiple POVs.  Those stories are great fun, if done correctly.  We will see, I suppose.

Well, coffee is calling, and I have one more short MC POV to write.  See you on the flip side!

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