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 first novel. I've certainly done much more preparation this year as far as outlining and character development. I even have a rough list of scenes that I've sketched out with a short summary and a note as to the POV character. I have a total of 80 scenes planned, but I may need to pare that down during the revision process. The good thing is that I have fairly deep characters with a pretty compelling story goal. Hopefully this will guide me through NaNoWriMo this year and leave me with a diamond in the rough, or at least a cubic zirconia.

I also participated in the Writer's Village University's free F2K writing workshop recently. It was a great experience that opened my eyes to some of the elements of fiction writing. It also introduced me to some really great writers and mentors that gave me some valuable feedback on my work. It was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend to writers of any skill level. At the very least, you'll meet some interesting people and get to read writing from a variety of genres and viewpoints. Honestly, it's truly a wonderful thing, and you can't beat free. In fact, I loved it so much that I became a member of the Writer's Village University. They have an overwhelming array of online writing classes and a great peer review system. I'm hoping that all of this interaction with other writers will help me to grow as a writer.

This blog may be kind of a smorgasbord of writing and miscellany as I plan on posting snippets of my work as well as information on some of my favorite books and tools for writers. Hopefully someone will find something interesting or useful here and I'll get back into the habit of writing more frequently.


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