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#790759 - 11/02/12 07:11 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Dear all,

After finally sitting down to write last night, I have determined I may need to pass on NaNoWriMo this November. When I look at my commitments and schedule, I know I can not put the time and effort in that I would like - all of which makes me very, very sad. I may have to do my own DiNoWriMo early next year. :-)

Sometimes it's about knowing our limitations and when I look at what I'm behind on, I grow weary...LOL...even though I know the point is to stretch one's self out of one's own comfort zone and make it happen - I think I need to recognize it would not be a good idea at the moment. This month I'm teaching, going to conferences and preparing for a certification exam, plus I my writing projects (i.e. two sites at BellaOnline)...

However, I am here to support you all and will be cheering you on because it is definitely an exciting and worthwhile exercise. I'm excited to see so many people participating! Keep it up!!!



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#790762 - 11/02/12 07:18 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Dear Dianne -

Don't look at it as an all-or-nothing thing. It's like meditation. Meditation isn't about perfect no-thought bliss for a full hour. Meditation is about training your mind, bit by bit, so that it runs more smoothly. Sometimes it's only 2 minutes. Sometimes it's 30 seconds! It's that repeated practice that makes the wheels turn more smoothly and the thoughts roll out like smooth waves.

So many people put off writing until the time is right and they can make the perfect effort. That's what often stymies us. Shake loose those expectations. It is NOT going to be perfect! It is NOT going to be stellar! It is simply going to flow. Whatever flows is going to be wonderful, for the mere fact that it *did* flow.

Try stream of consciousness plot releasing just for ten minutes. You don't have to make a perfect story. You don't even have to write a coherent chapter. Simply release a scene from your mind. Releasing that scene frees your mind up for other thoughts! And it lubricates your mind in the process of releasing scenes smile.

No stress! It's like journaling smile


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#790765 - 11/02/12 07:34 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Dear Lisa,

I know I should have that mind set and trust me - I did just free flow last night, but then I kept stopping, not to correct myself, but rather to work on an article, go shopping for a kindle...LOL...while cooking dinner, reading a chapter to study and all that other stuff.

I guess if I stop thinking that I have to reach 50,000 words I can do it. I've bantered this about in my head all day and gosh my mind is exhausted trying to figure out when I will have a minute to sit down and free flow (write).

Hearing someone else take thoughts out my head, I feel like mayyyybeee I can do this. You're so right, we put things off waiting for the right moment and that right moment may never materialize and I think that is my struggle - realizing that but then also having other stuff going on. For example, I say if I didn't have to teach, go to conferences and pass that test this month - I would be all over NaNoWriMo. But if I try and don't make it, at least I started a foundation for something that i really want to do. If I don't try, then I would definitely have nothing.

Anyway....enough of my musings...Thanks, Lisa!


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#790796 - 11/02/12 09:20 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Dear Dianne -

Right it sounds like the meditation analogy works wonderfully here. You keep getting distracted, so you think it's not worth the effort. But the core idea of meditation is that you *are* going to be distracted. Life is about distractions. The meditation is the training, tiny bit by tiny bit, to help you focus through distractions. You feel a call to lose focus, you gently draw yourself back. You feel like you can't quite do it. You gently draw yourself back with the idea that yes, this will be OK.

Don't think about 50,000 words. Don't even think about 1,667 words. Just think about one little piece of a scene. What interesting scene could you release? The beauty of it is once you release that scene, your brain now has space within it and new things flower there.

And the additional beauty is that the more you make these little forays into success, the more smoothly everything flows in your life - not just the writing, but your other writing, your other projects, and so on. It is training your mind to focus and "just do it".


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#790811 - 11/02/12 10:23 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Lisa,
That's exactly what I did the first year and probably why I was successful. You make it sound so peaceful :-) - gently drawing myself back in, but it's true.

I'm going to keep going. I know whatever happens at the end of 30 days, I will feel like I accomplished something.


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#790813 - 11/02/12 10:31 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Dear Dianne -

That is great! Whatever you create, it will be something that did not exist until you wrote it down smile. Sometimes short stories are the most beautiful ones!

Lisa


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#792191 - 11/10/12 06:19 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Maeve Maddox-School Ref]  
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Maeve, maybe next year. It is hard work and fun at the same time! Plus, you can write nonfiction or fiction - your choice.


#792192 - 11/10/12 06:21 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Maeve Maddox-School Ref]  
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Maeve - way to go. Let us know your progress.

#792193 - 11/10/12 06:25 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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Well, it's day 10 and as of yesterday I was a little ahead of the game. Haven't written anything towards NaNo yet today, but will by the end of the day.

Word count as of yesterday was 18102.

How are you doing? How many words so far? We would love to hear your progress report and if you need a pep talk or have a question, just let me know.

#792341 - 11/11/12 09:23 PM Re: Have You Signed Up for NaNoWriMo Yet? [Re: Edie - MysteryBooksEd]  
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That is great news, Edie - congratulations! Is your story going the way you initially thought it would?


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