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October: Show Your Colors

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It's October and officially one month before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Now is the time for all writers to prepare for the challenge: 50,000 words, 30 days with no excuses.

Mimic Mother Nature. Use October to prepare for the NaNoWriMo challenge. Generate your ideas, devise your plot, develop your characters, loosely plan the setting, stock your refrigerator with your favorite beverages, store snacks in your cabinets and pantry. Warn your family and your friends that you are accepting the gauntlet and will be writing throughout the month of November.

Check out www.nanowrimo.org Join the millions of writers around the world who participate annually. Sign up "to write with wild abandonment." This event is a "significant emotional event"(Maslow) for any writer.

Observation: Springboard of Inspiration

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Observation is the springboard for all INSPIRATION.  The simple act of watching the trees move, a cat stretched in the sunlight, children playing, a couple holding hands, a headline, or a date on the calendar commemorating an event can catapult me to place pen to paper.  Observation allows one to look for the soul or the spirit of an action which transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. It sounds simplistic, but stop, watch, listen, and take in the ordinary. You will experience the more by just being present in the moment. You may become inspired.

"Rain isn't just water in the desert, it is a religious experience.  It is life's nourishment." (Coffey).

When a clerk asks, "How's your day?" and you answer back "Great, how's yours?" Be open to observe the richness of that person's life unfolding before you. Even the crowded streets are more than the impersonal masses in a hurry to a destination. Close scrutiny of the crowd reveals ind…

Recharge:Attend a Writers Conference

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Writing is a solitary activity. Writers need to get out and talk to other writers struggling with time lines, outlines, characterizations, plots, point of views, editing, publishers, queries, marketing, etc.
Conferences are the place where writers get this type of support. Yes, critique groups, small writing chapters are supportive, but the synergy of a conference cannot be measured by dollars and cents. A unique aspect of a conference is its energ. The exchanges of conversations between fledgling writers and published authors, presenters and struggling wordcrafters, the one on one exchanges fuel the gathering.

It doesn't matter if you attend a conference of 65 attendees or  500, it is those intimate exchanges which make a writer take stock. It is in one of those moments an ideas arrives, a timeline is adjusts, the "knotty" problem with your character or villain unravels.

Like all learning, which I personally believe is continuous, one needs to be open to it. Sophie Li…

Word Choice: Demographics or Competition

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As part of my prep work for my next book, I am reading classic and contemporary romances and short stories.  One of the most glaring observations is the vocabulary used in the books I have read. Perhaps it is my choice of books, but the more contemporary the writer the few syllables their words contain. It seems at some point either the writing schools or the demographics have changed how writers chose words.

Here are some examples of words used in early twentieth century writing (left side) and (on the right side) the words used today.

voluminous – biglanguorous –  slowluminous – brightunwholesome- nastyimmeasurable – vastunilluminated – dark (today unilluminated is not considered a verb)ludicrous- ridiculousruinous – harmfulmomentarily –shortlycoquette – teaseproposition – planabjure – avoid What caused the change in word choice? Is it brevity? Is a faster paced world? Is the demographic of readership changing? Is it competition with technology? I would be very interested in learning…