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Thanksgiving 2013

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First of all, drum roll please. I am thankful for making a grand total of 51,066 words five days before deadline. NaNoWriMo is said and done. No, the novel is not done yet. No, it will not be published next month. Remember there is six levels of editing yet to be done. A few reviews by alpha readers and then the beta readers have their turn to review.

Now, I am grateful that I can focus on the break Tim and I are taking in Sun Valley, Idaho. The weather has been lovely. The area has changed dramatically since we last visited one of our favorite places.

We decided we needed to retreat and regroup.  Our entire family is coming home for Christmas. We are so excited it has been a year since that has happened. We are using this time to relax and plan. (Okay, I wanted to get NaNoWriMo completed, also.) There is merit to going some place that is different from your regular routine.

It took us three days to learn our way around an area we thought we use to know. It was amazing to see what o…

Week 2-NaNoWriMo 2014-Pushing Through

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This second week has been tough. Many outside distractions and personal hits attacking my focus. Family issues: a sweet person who had experienced some terrible demons died this week. I still see her big smile, hear her laugh, and I'll never forget her big brown eyes that twinkled when she talked to me. I've known for more than forty years. She is at peace. I pray her family is at peace also.

Last week I had workmen finishing up on the updating of our furnace, air conditioner, and hot water heater. This week the painter has arrived. There have been color decisions, lighting decisions, the elimination of more "stuff," and the moving about of furniture in two small rooms to get this paint job  done.

Then there is the writing, oh what a story is being woven.  I think I like being a "pantser." I find it is a process that suits me for NaNoWriMo. I like rereading what I wrote the day before and then just picking up the story.

Yes, my novel has characters, confli…

NaNoWriMo-Week 1:Characters Takeover Story

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This is my second year participating in the worldwide writing event known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This event dares participants to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This year I vowed I would be prepared. I would have an outline, storyline, and characters flushed out. I diligently read all the advice leading up to November 1 on the NaNoWriMo.org website.

When the clock struck 12:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time on November 1, my computer was opened on a "new blank page."  I took a minute to visualize the story: the beginning, middle, and the end. I began typing.

Three sentences into the story and three new characters showed up. Yes, you heard me. They appeared on the page. By the time I had keyed more than 250 words two more new characters showed up. Once again, my original idea was hijacked my story.

This is a relatively new phenomenon for a veteran non-fiction writer like me.  I like organization when I write. I like to know where  my writing is going, who i…