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A little NaNoWriMo advice

Yes friends, it’s that time of year again. The time for throwing caution to the wind, ignoring household chores, isolating yourself from friends and family, and logging way too many hours behind a computer screen. No, I’m not talking about a marathon World of Warcraft session, I’m talking about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The time of year when all of us crazy writer types attempt to bash out 50,000 glorious, or not so glorious words, in a month of literary abandon. This is my second year to participate, and since I actually won last year, I thought I’d post a little advice and a few tips. Not that I’m qualified to do so mind you; I’m just going to do it anyway.
First and most important in my opinion, is don’t doubt yourself. You can do this. You have it in you if you just stop listening to those negative voices in your head. I had to drown mine out with music last year. Eventually the voices of my characters overpowered the other voices and I let them guide me to the finis…

POV exercise

Okay, so I actually wrote this for lesson three of F2K, but I had a lot of fun with it and thought I'd share it here. We were supposed to write a scene from two different POV's, either third person, first person or second person. I chose first person and third person limited for my original posting, but then Benning posted an optional assignment encouraging us to write a 1000 word story with a beginning, middle and end using the POV that we hadn't used in the original assignment. So I used second person since I hadn't used it before. I have to say that I was kind of worried because I, along with most of the reading public, hate second person, but I must say I really enjoyed using it here. It was definitely a challenge to stay under the 1000 word limit, but I did my best. The result is my tribute to the pulp fiction/film noir stories that I remember so fondly. Enjoy!

The Drop (WC 1000)

She told you this one would be easy, but you knew better. You just couldn’t resist Eve…

Getting back into the habit

I love to write, but I'm certainly not the most disciplined writer by any stretch of the imagination. That's why I'm starting another blog. I'm making another attempt to journal on a regular basis and to get back into the habit of writing daily. You can see by the blog's title that I have fairly realistic expectations of my overall level of ambition. We'll see how well this works over the next few weeks.

I've always wanted to write a novel, and to that end, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) last year and actually finished with 50,006 words. A whopping six words over the finish line. The problem was that while I did get into a daily habit of writing, the finished product was quite a mess. So much of a mess in fact, that I couldn't bring myself to revise it and polish it into a finished piece. I'm hoping the results of this year's NaNo effort will leave me with a more cohesive work that can be molded into my very …