Happy Noveling Month All!
Even if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo (yet I highly encourage you to do so!), November is a great time to redirect and allow writing to be a priority in your life. If you’re so passionate about it you wanted to be on this email list, there’s something inside of you screaming to be fed. Feed it. Give it time to get words and stories out. Even 30 minutes a day is better than nothing. Heck, 3 minutes a day even. Scrawl a poem, scratch out a character introduction — whatever you can do. Do it.
Have to mention that last night’s Snoqualmie Valley National Novel Writing Month kick off at the Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room was fabulous. We even got our server to consider joining in on the noveling fun! Woot! Go Allison! Again, as I mentioned last week, there is a theme to our NaNoWriMo efforts this year here in the Valley: 30 Days, 30 Ways to Play…Writer! So each day there is a write-in, writer’s cafe or other such event to get you focused on your writing. Give yourself permission for just this month at least.
Today’s prompt is dedicated to Sheri Kennedy, who is taking on an ambitious challenge in doing a thematic short-story collection for NaNoWriMo:
Free write for :20 on what the image speaks to you. Write as the rain. Write as the child. Write as the photographer. Write as your main character. Look deeply at the photo and make sure you don’t miss a detail.
Put it in your novel if it works. Put it in your novel even if it doesn’t work. Just get the words on the page.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone.”
― Emil Cioran
P.S. Write-In tonight in Carnation at the Jin Heng
restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m., your host is Kathy Gabriel. Thursday’s Write-In is Late Night at the North Bend Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Casz will be your host. As with all of these — it’s come when you can, leave when you must. Do be prepared for some head-down writing time.
What did you Write today?
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