Hump Day Musings

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Today is sort of an anomaly in itself. It's Wednesday, it's the day I crossed over the halfway marker for NaNoWriMo, and it marks two-weeks into the month. Pretty neat, huh? Well, I think so. And if you're like me, it's one of those oh-my-Thanksgiving's-NEXT-week kind of days. Every year Time decides to sprint towards Christmas. Research papers, finals, NaNoWriMo, book club, gift shopping, and many other things that I have to do keep me on edge about the time. All the stress makes me want to escape, and how do I do that? Books, of course! (Not to mention my favorite television shows, which might not be of interest to you since this is a blog for writers. Noted.)  
Anywho, the other day while sitting in the car waiting for my husband to come out of the hardware store, I jotted down a few lines in attempt to express my desire/love for books.
There's something to be said
about a life that's well-read.
One with countless stories
and characters immortal and undead.
A never ending flight
to a world behind sight
where minds are portals
and dreary days turn to wistful nights.
Life with a third eye
from which to question why
the world has definitions
but imagination reaches beyond the sky.
The most amazing power
comes from just one hour
nestled in a book,
and invisible to reality's watchful tower.
Are you thinking of making an escape? What book/s will be your retreat this holiday season?

A Writer's Tool Belt: Writing Tools for the Serious Writer

Just as a handyman needs his tool belt, so too, do we world builders. Building something takes longer and is more painstaking without the right tools. And if you're like me, I'm always on the look out for tools that are going to make my life easier. I mean - work smarter, not harder, right? Here is a list of tools for the serious writer.

- Dictate your novel with Dragon. Costs apply.
- FreeMind if you're a a concept map person. Free.
- yWriter helps you keep up with scenes and chapters. Free.
- Scrivener is an all-in-one tool to build your novel. Free Trail.
- Sonar is a submission-tracking software. Free.

If you've got others that help you, please leave a link in the comment section.

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Day 2 of NaNoWriMo

Okay, first of all... I promise not to write a post every day the entire month of November. BUT I figured I vent my already frustrations and motivations of NaNoWriMo.

First lesson/frustration: When your computer independently asks you if you'd like to save your document, click "YES" not "CANCEL." Because you think you're going to be able to keep writing, and somehow you're in complete control of your computer. Yeah, think again. I lost my first crucial 600 words yesterday and had to re-write them again (or what I remember of them) on an already extremely tight schedule. Here was my day:
    1. Get new tires on car.
    2. Hurry home and pack up my life in order to spend a day an hour away from home.
    3. Drive for over an hour to family's house.
    4. Have lunch with family.
    5. Jot down the measly 600+ something words, twice.
    6. Notice that your shoes have decided to fall apart an hour before you need to be at school.
    7. Rush to shoe store, buy ridiculously expensive shoes that cause you to immediately have buyer's remorse.
    8. Head to study group at school, which no one but you shows up for. Awesome.
    9. Have unexpected but pleasant informal meeting with professors.
    10. Sit through three classes.
    11. Drive over an hour home.
    12. Eat a late dinner.
    13. And fall flat on your face into bed.
Yay for my Thursday! I failed at meeting my 1600 word goal on the very first day! How does that even happen??

Okay - I'm done ranting. Now for the upside. I was able to exceed the word goal for today and totally make up for my lacking yesterday. Relief. Also, I checked my NaNo inbox and found a wonderful little pep talk from author Kate DiCamillo. She said:

"So as you enter this month of writing, write for yourself. Write for the story. And write, also, for all of the people who doubt you. Write for all of those people who are not brave enough to try to do this grand and wondrous thing themselves. Let them motivate you."

Ahh.. I feel motivated already. Maybe even motivated enough to spend another few minutes writing.  :)

My NaNo nickname is VanessaEccles, feel free to "buddy" me.

How's it coming for you?

First Day of NaNoWriMo!

On the first day of NaNoWriMo - My writer-self said to me, "A marathon in semester, ARE YOU CraZY?"

Okay... so it's been a long time coming, but I've finally decided to jump of the rollercoaster that is NaNoWriMo! I've been debating it heavily, but this year it just felt right. (Partially because I have this new novel idea that I can't wait to write.) I will be juggling three research papers this month for school in addition to what will be the madness of 50,000 words this month. God help me. I feel like I've lost my mind. That's a normal feeling for a writer, right? :)

I have the same feeling in my stomach right now as I've had while waited in line for a rollercoaster. The good news is that it will be quick and exhilarating. The bad news is I'm in for a couple of loops.

If you're a participant of NaNoWriMo, let me know. I'd like to follow your progress. We're all in this together.

Cheers to a month of fun!