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.
How a Cow and a Wildflower Saved my Writing – Kicking Writer’s Block
All writers get stuck.Call it writer’s block, or call it losing a plot or outline. For me it was slogging through the opening paragraphs of an article I was writing for Astronomy Magazine. No matter how I tried coming up with a slam-bang opening paragraph, everything I wrote stunk. I just couldn’t get my teeth into the heart of the article.
In desperation, I got out photos I had taken during the assignment (to the Very Large Array in New Mexico) and there, staring me in the face, was the answer to my stuck-ness: A cow and a wildflower. Duh. I had forgotten to take my own advice and use visual imagery to add magic to my words. From then on, I’ve been a visual writer and would like to introduce you to my book, Vanquish Writer’s Block!(once upon a time titled The Visual Writer). …
I write non-fiction books and articles. But do I want to write a novel (or more than one)? Yes!
I’ve been following Joanna Penn for a long time (never miss her podcasts) and was thrilled when she released her brand new course How to Write a Novel. I’ve signed up for the course and am almost finished with Module 1 (of 5) and actually feel pretty confident that I can do this.
If you’ve been looking for that “PERFECT” course for novel writing, this is it. I’ve read a ton of books about writing but honestly, getting the info from someone like Joanna who has written so many books is so much better. That’s because I KNOW for certain, she knows what she’s talking about. If you want to write a novel too, I encourage you to go take the class. Let’s compare notes and cheer one another on.
Did you catch my interview on The Creative Penn Podcast?
Joanna Penn, most-excellent thriller writer and podcaster, interviewed me on TheCreativePenn Podcast, on the topic of Visual Writing. Joanna and I share a love of using images to inspire our writing and this was the topic of the podcast.