Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Cracks My Writing Falls Into

I found this phrase in my old writing files that I am sorting and deleting. It describes perfectly how my writing time slides in and fills the edges of my life. It reminds me of these pictures of Japanese pottery, although I go back and forth about which is the gold and which is the clay. My attitude and I are also a work in progress.

Photo: Wikipedia

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Leftover Words

It turns out that having 20 unfinished first drafts or so is not all bad. Using Bibisco, I have now chunked it out into rough chapters and scenes, copy and pasting my favorite parts from various drafts. I picked Babisco off Google's list of free writing software because it sounds like Nabisco, but now I like it for itself and love using it.

I have 22, 398 words. And an outline! I am coming into this Nanowrimo with far more than any other year. Yay!

My writing affirmation for when the going gets tough is:


There may be a day that you give up, but it is NOT TODAY.

Time to read some Nanowrimo posts as encouragement and reward. Or browse Tiny Houses. I'm actually off to do a lava kit with my son that he got for his birthday. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Things I Want to Save

I am deleting my numerous book-related files and Word scraps, but there are a few things I would like to save.

George Orwell - Why I Write

Barry Schwartz - The Paradox of Choice

C.S. Lewis - Three Ways to Write for Children

Chris Guillebeau - The Happiness of Pursuit

Francis Frangipane - The Three Battlegrounds

"Writing a novel is more like a marathon than a sprint. Unless you're doing Nanowrimo, then it's like college all over again." Me

The name of the land and home we do not have yet - Piedras Paradas

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nanowrimo 2017

My daughter is now in preschool and my son is in 2nd grade. We live in the U.S. now, although still deeply connected to Ecuador and our ministry there.

I just finished moving the best parts (I hope) of my story from Word into Bibisco. I love how I can piece out the chapters and scenes, and move things around. Every time I use it I feel like the impossible is slowly becoming possible as I see my book taking shape. I am at the tipping point of my excitement overcoming my discouragement and fear.

I just moved the last scene over and feel tired. The skeleton of my story is mostly there, with a few missing bones here and there. My next step is to flesh it out, edit, edit, edit, then let some other eyes in. Then perhaps a professional edit, then sending out my manuscript. What a trip this has been and will be!

My goal is to finish the skeleton and muscles by Christmas. Actually sooner, by November 28. Nanowrimo here I come, again! The third year is the one. Ha ha.

So here I am again, taking a break from writing by writing. My new motto is: Writers Write. That's it. Like Dory would say, "Just keep writing, writing, writing, wriiiiiiiting, wriiiiiiiting, what do we do we write, write, write."

 I will now go and sign up for Nanowrimo. A treat to tell myself, "Well done. You are still here."

(I came back to add this year's participant badge. Yay! This year's novel is a go! Time for recess.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nanowrimo Stats

9,500 words a day or...

Estimated Finish Date: December 17, 2016

I can live with that. :)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Three Days Left

Today is November 28, 2016. This last week has been tough. One of my brother-in-laws passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday the 22nd. The kids had high fevers and colds and sleepless nights. And to wrap it up we had no running water for three days. Needless to say, there has been no Nanowrimo writing for quite some time.

Three days. 20,000 words to go. I may not finish on November 30, but I will not give up. One of my favorite writing quotes goes something like this:

The only difference between a published author and an aspiring writer is that the first didn't give up.

So off I go into the messy world of novel writing, after a few games of Plants vs. Zombies with my son, 7 years old and wearing a Santa hat while my husband and daughter sleep on. I won't remember the sleep I didn't get, but I will regret not finishing this novel. I think. At least on the days when I feel like it's actually worth it.

Impossible. That word floats around my head. Not good enough is another phrase I have to ignore. Keep writing. My goal was to have a working first draft by November 30.

Maybe I'll put my name on my books as RAG. :)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Writing Quotes

"Above all, Fantastic Four was about the strength of the family unit, and how crucial these close bonds are to holding onto your humanity in the wake of unimaginable transformation." Alasdair Wilkins

"Writers have a reputation for being distracted. That's because writers are distracted." Elizabeth Berg

"Some failure may be necessary so that the child can develop some modesty." Saul McLeod

"The truest test of character is how you treat those who are beneath you." Joe Bunting

"...what is most personal—our brokenness, our insecurities, our jagged edges—is most universal." Gabrielle Earnshaw, preface to Love, Henri

"I’m certainly not surprised that my book did not change your life. Writing it did not even change mine!" Henri Nouwen

"(Thomas Merton) was a genius, an artist, novelist, poet, painter and sparkling mind. I am plodding my way through life with much less." Henri Nouwen

"It is His story that makes our story worth living." Henri Nouwen

"The story is the place where we can feel at home." Henri Nouwen