Writing

It’s Been Too Long

It’s been a long time since I’ve published anything to this blog. I recently purchased a couple of books to get me back into writing: Writer’s Boot Camp by Rachel Federman (which I can’t seem to find online anymore) and Complete the Story which you can find at Barnes and Noble. The goal is to immerse myself in writing for the next 30 days and post it here.

I’m a little worried about this because we have 17 more days left a school which means that I’m going to be really busy trying to get papers graded and fit in any curriculum that needs to be completed. Waiting for summer is a viable option, but I was hoping to be writing in full force before summer came so I could use summer vacation effectively. It would also be a shame to wait for summer, work a writing regimen into my schedule, then have to create a new regimen all over again when school starts back up in September. It may be tough now, but it will be worth it if I can pull it off.

I will be posting for the next 30 days as part of this boot camp. If I miss a single day, I’m not reaching my goal. Wish me luck.

Fiction, Writing, Writing Ideas

NaNoWriMo

Screen Shot 2013-11-02 at 5.21.19 PMIt’s here! National Novel Writing Month. This year I’ve signed up as a participant, and I’m very excited. Originally I was going to meet with my writing club every Saturday during the month of November, but I got scheduled to work so I’m on my own. This really stinks because it’s the 3rd, and I haven’t written any words yet. The goal is 2000 a day. I’ve never attempted anything like this, but I think that it will force me to put fingers to keyboard and get this book written that I’ve thought about doing for almost three years. And thinking is about all I’ve done for it. I’m excited and nervous at the same time because it is so easy to just think about doing it. So much easier than actually sitting down and making myself do it. However, that time has come and gone. It’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty, shed my fears, and just do it. Wish me luck!

If you’re interested in signing up, here is the link: National Novel Writing Month

Good luck to you too if you take the challenge!

Story-Starter Sunday, Writing, Writing Ideas

Story-Starter Sunday

magic pen (series C)Sunday!!! I’m in the process of watching my Steelers playing the Jets, but there is a commercial on, so I’m getting ready to post Story-Starter Sunday. I love this day. It’s always fun to think up different ideas for you. I hope you have as much fun using the story starters as I have writing them.

Story Starter: No matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t break through to him.

Happy writing!!!

Writing, Writing Club

Writing Club

Typewriter with Writer buttons, vintageTonight was my first night attending a writing club. I’d heard of writing clubs before, but I’d never joined one. I hadn’t even known one in my area back in Nebraska. Moving to Washington has made me look at things a little differently. I started looking for ways to meet new people, and I happened to find two interests. One is a writing club which I attended for the first time tonight. The other is a book club that I haven’t had a chance to attend yet. But I loved the experience of the writing club.

We met at a Panera to have some drinks and share our writing. It was two-hour meeting. While we were there, we did a fun writing activity of a round robin writing. We all wrote for three minutes on a given topic (a modern-day Icarus), then we passed it to the person on our left. We continued in this fashion until we received our own back. Then we shared them all and had a great laugh about where each person had taken the story. It was interesting to see that some people really went the Icarus route with a true wish to fly. I took a different route and looked at Icarus as a metaphor. Instead of someone who wishes to fly, I saw it as a person who had achieved a lot and was about to take a hard fall. It was neat to see where my story went.

After we did this activity, we each shared a piece of our own writing. We read out loud while each person looked at a copy of our work. I was a little nervous about what the others would think of my writing, and I really wanted help figuring out how to take the writing somewhere. I have an idea for a novel that I think is really kind of unique, but I just can’t get my plot figured out. The group really gave me some great suggestions on how to flesh out my characters in the hopes that the story will come from their development. I’m really hopeful about that, and I’m very excited to do the activities they suggested. It was a great experience.

If you get the chance to join a writing club or set up a club, do it. I found mine through Meetup. I’m not sure if it costs anything to set up a group, but it doesn’t cost to join a group unless that particular group specifies a price. Sharing your writing with others is a great experience, and I think we sometimes needlessly suffer alone when we work on writing. Let the suffering be done.

Story-Starter Sunday, Writing, Writing Ideas

Story-Starter Sunday

WordsAs you all know, I love story-starter Sunday. I’m sitting at Barnes & Noble, and I just finished listening to my Steelers lose to the Vikings in London. It’s been a rough start for them this year. This is the first time since 1986 that they’ve started their season 0-4. They get better every game, and that’s all I can ask for. So I think my story-starter will be based on today’s events. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Story-Starter Sunday, it’s just a one-liner for you to begin a story. Of course, you can use it any way that you want, but it’s meant to be the first line of your story. Have fun!

Story Starter: He picked himself up from the ground, slowly and painfully, then looked his nemesis squarely in the eye.

Hope you enjoy this one! Happy writing!

 

Short Story, Story-Starter Sunday, Writing, Writing Ideas

Story-Starter Sunday

Sadly, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. Hopefully I’m back in full swing. I’ve been catching up with my other blogs and twitter. Now it’s time to catch up with this one. I try to think of interesting story-starters for those who desire a little inspiration. The idea is to use the line as the first sentence in your story or poem, but it’s really up to you to do whatever you really want with it. Here is your story-starter for this Sunday:

She looked out the window, saw the rain, and thought, “Thank god for cuddle weather.” 

Hope you have fun. Happy Writing!

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