Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday night latte . . .

A little late and a little latte. 

NaNoWriMo continues to challenge my writing every day . . . but I can report good progress for ROW80 this week -- mostly. One day this week, I did slip under the goal of writing 1,667 words each day. And I haven't met my goals of reading what others have posted, or worked much on marketing, or reviewing works by others, or even blogging. Sigh.

Writing for NaNoWriMo pushes me well beyond what I've ever done before. This week I'm exploring new territory, reading and writing about unexpected advice and research, and practicing with little scene-lets, just straight drafting, rather than drafting and editing at the same time. I'm already looking forward to the end of November to see how this all fits together. I've played with Larry Brooks' Storyfix strategies and learned a bit more about plot twists from Dave King.

Thanksgiving fast approaches. Relatives start to arrive tomorrow. The round of cooking begins in earnest Tuesday. This year, I'm especially thankful to celebrate the arrival of our new grandbaby, who will be three weeks old by Thanksgiving. Life is always more complex and simpler than we realize. So I'll send wishes for a healthy and peaceful Thanksgiving for you all.

Special thankfulness goes to those intrepid and motivating facilitators: Kait Nolan, for A Round of Words in 80 Days, and K. L Schwengel for Wednesday WIPpet (snippets from works in progress).  

May your writing go well, and your heart be full.  

Today's meme is built around an inspirational photo from Allen English (via Flickr) and Louis Lamour.


  1. Enjoy your first Thanksgiving with your new grandbaby. Beth!

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo and with ROW80! I can't believe November is almost over. I didn't attempt NaNo this year, but I think it's a great way to stretch ourselves as writers and see what we're really capable of. Who knows? Maybe next year.

    1. Thank you, Denise. If you NaNo next year, I can tell you that the morning after the end of the month is bliss. And, yes, I feel stretched as a writer in unexpected ways. It's more than a jumpstart (how I've done NaNo previously). This time may have moved up finishing the current wip by a half year. Or maybe that's the bliss talking! May your writing go well, NaNo or not!


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