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Does Your First Sentence Come First or Last?

Does Your First Sentence Come First or Last?

Write write write

 

Since I read this quote I’ve been thinking about whether I write my first line first or after the last? Honestly, I think I always go back and make the first line better; but before I can do that I have to know the ending.

NANOWRIMO Begins in Two Days

NANOWRIMO Begins in Two Days

 

San Diego NANOWRIMO

National Novel Writing Month begins on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and runs through the end of the month. In case this is your first introduction to #NANOWRIMO, the goal is to write 50,000 words during the month. If you’re a math whiz, you’ll know that this equates to 1,666 words per day. Or, very long weekends!

Although I’ve written 30 books, all of them are non-fiction. However, I did my best to prepare by taking two online courses: J.F. Penn’s How to Write a Novel and Sara Rosett’s How to Outline a Cozy Mystery. I considered doing a time travel novel as that’s more where my heart is, but for now I’m going to try my hand at the cozy.

Honestly, though. I get so hung up in worrying about plotting that I make myself nuts. Right now I think the best thing I can do is just start writing and see where the stories leads. I guess that makes me a pantser, not a plotter. Ok.

I’m going to do my best to check in here every Friday with a word count and comment on the process. I invite you to join me. Let’s see what we can create.

 

Finish the news article #challenge89

Finish the news article #challenge89

Writing challenge #89. Finish the news article

 

You just read a news article about a woman you happen to know. The article begins: “That was the last time I saw her.”  Finish the article, writing as much or as little as you’d like.

Leave your article here in the comment box, on Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #challenge89. (And jimeny! I may miss it if you’ve posted it on a blog or on FB where I can’t find it. If that’s so, help me cause I’d like to post them all here at the end of a week.)

Write from the Heart

Write from the Heart

Write from the heart. Always

It’s so easy to get caught up in grammar rules and “how to” books that you can edit the heart out of your writing. No matter what writing is on your desk right now, don’t forget to leave in your heart. Yes, a reader really can tell the difference. When you write this week, before you close up for the day, read back over your writing and see if you can still see the heart.

Sometimes a Picture is Worth 10K Words – #challenge 88

Sometimes a Picture is Worth 10K Words – #challenge 88

Nancy Hendrickson writing challenge 88

I am just in love with pictures as I am with words.

For this challenge, use any picture you choose and write a ONE WORD story. On Twitter or Instagram use the hashtag #challenge88. I’ll post them here. Please upload your photo to Twitter or Instagram of Facebook so we can all enjoy your story.

(I’m @nhendricksonauthor on Instagram, nhendrickson1 on Twitter)