Down In Flames – NaNoWriMo 2014

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Learning To Write

OK, I admit it.  I’m learning to write, all over again.

I’ve written songs.  I’ve written poems, and I’ve dabbled in Flash Fiction.  Now that I have enough meat in my story lines, I’m going for the short story form.  What a wonderful discovery!!  I’ve learned the hard way that research is integral to good story telling!  Yay!

I’ve also learned that the amount of research I did in preparation for NaNoWriMo was inadequate – yay!  And no, I don’t mean that sarcastically.  True, it will cost me a win in the 2014 challenge (yes, I’m already conceding).  BUT – it prepares me for the challenge I have on my plate – complete this series.

I’m still excited by my story premises.  I’m still excited to meet my characters and find out more about them as I write.  I just can’t move forward with the story lines until I have all of the geographical, historical and timeline perspectives in place.  In other words, I’m learning a great deal about the best way to process my own writing.  I’m learning what kind of writer I am in terms of that process.

I’m still excited.  For me, that’s the best sign of continuity.  Cheers!    ~TH~

A Week Plus To NaNoWriMo

IMG_0200Starting the week a little sluggishly from a pen-and-paper perspective.  I’m digging into some necessary research for my NaNoWriMo work, and I’m attempting to get a regular schedule together for more Flash Fiction work.

As I’ve mentioned here before, I rarely have anything akin to writer’s block.  Historically my largest problem is one of follow through.  Any good batter or golfer will tell you that you have to follow through with your swing if you’re going to hit the ball well.  Well, I’m a quitter by nature.  For some unknown reason, that mental anguish that most people feel when they give up before the finish line is behind them?  Never affected me.  I’d get tired, or bored, or distracted and then – poof!  The desire to achieve just vanished.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve finished things – chess games, album releases, heck – even real life races!  But since I have a special gift for guilt free quitting, it’s probably best if I get every possible obstacle out of my own way before diving in to this year’s contest.  When I get there, I just want to be writing and writing and writing.  So I’ll continue my research and chapter outlines for the rest of this week.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?  How do you prepare?  Let me know, thanks!  ~TH~

Fools Rush In… to NaNoWriMo… GO FOOLS!

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”

– I have always held that line to my heart, through all my weary years – up to 52.9 (where I now stand).  I capture it here for you now because –  I’m seriously considering the upcoming NaNoWriMo.  Yes…nano-wrimo-logo

NaNoWriMo…    Years ago when I was writing songs (which I still do) I took up a similar challenge in the February Album Writing Month (FAWM).  It was a wonderful exercise, attempting to write 14 songs in 28 days.  As I recall, I did quite well at the beginning of the month, but then I let all manner of excuses derail me.  I won’t bore you with the details – all atrocities that came along to derail me.  As a kindred spirit of writing, you well know the fragility of motivation during a self-imposed state of constant uncertainty.  GAAAHH!!!

You may be pleased to know that, I failed  I did not write 14 songs…  BUT YET!  I also succeeded…

I ended up writing more songs in a shorter period of time than ever before.  I also ended up venturing down conceptual roads that I never would have continued pursuing had it not been for… Duh Duh DUUUUH!   THE LOOMING DEADLINE!!

So now I find myself lured; yes, sirens upon the wind doth call, and I am obliged to answer…  *cough, gag*  — anyway –

I find myself developing a short story concept which I started 1.5 years ago.  I abandoned it to the mists, assuming it was no good.  BUT- Now that I have resurrected it for possible use as fodder for NaNoWriMo, well…  let’s just say, my feet are back in the starting blocks!

As the Chairman Of The Board once sang – “If I can – Fail it here, I’ll fail it – Anywhere…!”  What?  That’s not how it goes??  Well – we’ll see soon my pretty, we’ll see   … AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO!    ~TH~