53917 / 50000 words. 108% done!
Christine Duval 38,115
Felicia Chernesky 50,531
Lynette Stone 916
916 / 12500 words. 7% done!
Sheri Oshins 14,633
14633 / 50000 words. 29% done!
What's your daily promise for yourself today?
And while I'm here, I thought I'd remind those of you who might be sleeping under a rock or living in a cave....
ONLY 13 MORE DAYS UNTIL NaNoWriMo!!!!
I am so excited.
My genius husband created this phenomenal Excel spreadsheet for me to keep track of my daily words, total words, percentage done, percentage remaining... It does everything but write the story for me. I think I am going to use NaNo for two things - one for my WIP just to get me to the end - so for that I won't do a 50,000 word challenge because I don't need it. AND either for the revision which I already started OR for a brandy-new story... I can't decide. It's like trying on shoes and making yourself buy only one pair. Impossible!
There are A LOT of things that get in our way but did you know that that is because there are two of you?
According to Robert Olen Butler from his book, From Where You Dream; the Process of Writing Fiction, there are two of you; the one you are aware of – the writer-self – and the one you might not be aware of – the nonwriter-self.
The writer-self says, I want to write! The nonwriter-self says, No I don’t. And that is the voice that tells you to do the dishes first, or fold the laundry, or let the dog out, or second-guess your every writer decision, or write this blog article instead of edit pages to send out for submission.
Now that you are aware of this saboteur you can look her right in the eyes and say, “CUT IT OUT! I mean it. I’m serious. I WANT TO WRITE,” and silence her once and for all.
Butler further goes on to say, writing, like all other art forms, must stay a sensual experience. Easier to do for dancers, musician, and artists, but not for writers whose art is words. So how does one create a sensual experience through words? Think of the five ways we experience emotions.
I recommend adding this one to your bookshelf dedicated to writer How To's. I am on my second reading now. There were some parts that were not so helpful for me. But the parts that were have changed my writing forever.
Now let’s share. What are ways you tell the nonwriter-self within you to PIPE DOWN and let you write?
Goal for this week:
There will be two winners per category, a 1st place and 2nd place. All winners will choose from a variety of prizes.
A gift certif. to Wegmans
A gift certif. to Zanya's Day Spa
Bottles of wines
How to books
A candle basket
An illustrators gift basket
Please do not wrap gifts so winners can see the items in order to make their selection.
Each member can only enter the contest once. Sorry.
If you will be unable to attend, you can still place your flash fiction piece here under the comments sections, but winners and prizes will only be chosen by those who attend. Still, it is a great exercise and I hope you give it a shot!
Please join me in congratulating Leeza in this awe inspiring accomplishment!
Always remember, if you stick with it, eventually, you will break in!
Whatever your dreams are, turn them into goals. And then watch your goals become reality!
February 15th is going to be a fun day. Don't forget to RSVP by Jan 15. This event will be catered and we will play lots of games and get to know all our new members. Plus, there will be door prizes! If you have not RSVP'd, do it today!
Sheri Happy Writing!