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National Novel Writing Month! November 2010

It’s that time again, folks! Or, that time is right around the corner, I should say…

From the Official NaNoWriMo Site:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”

My Decision to Participate:

I’ve been aware of NaNoWriMo for the longest time, but was always pretty afraid to actually participate. Writing a novel, let alone writing one in thirty days, is a daunting task. I know people who’ve done it for years and, through the process, have grown as writers.

So, what made me change my mind?

Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I started a novel last spring as part of my graduate studies at Mount Mary College. I plan to use that novel as my master’s thesis in December 2011, and the entire process, though very daunting, has been a tremendous learning experience thus far.

Enter NaNoWriMo 2011. While I have to write this from scratch, I welcome the entire opportunity with open arms. Cliché, I know, but it’s the truth. I’m not sure if I’ll even come close to the 50k word mark, but the experience should be an interesting one. I’ve finally come up with an idea (whew!). The tentative title is “The Consequence of Liking Girls,” though this will probably change at least once. I’ve never been good with titles for my own work.

As I said, this is my first year f participation, so I’m still figuring some things out, but I’m looking forward to it.

Want to add me as a buddy so you can track my progress? Click here or click on the NaNoWriMo badge on the sidebar to get to my profile. If you add me as a buddy, I promise to return the favor!

And if you’re taking the plunge this year too, I’d love to hear about your past experiences or what you’re hoping will happen this year. Let’s discuss it all in the comments!

Writing Prompt: Life-Altering Advice


Photo courtesy of Creative Commons & John Althouse Cohen.


Writers block, defined as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work,” is a plague that we’ve all dealt with at one point or another in our writing careers. Ideas are hard to come by sometimes. Ideas are like fireflies; they flit in and out of mental vision, but they are hard to catch.

Keeping this in mind, a writing prompt will be offered here every Sunday (in different formats, of course). The length of what you write is your decision entirely. It is my hope that these prompts will spark creativity and kickstart the writing process.

This week’s prompt: A close friend has a life-altering decision to make and asks you for advice. What advice do you give? Write the conversation between you and your friend.

[How did this prompt help you? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or send an email!]

The 100+ Follower Giveaway at Roof Beam Reader!

Adam over at Roof Beam Reader is holding a fantastic giveaway in honor of his blog reaching 100+ followers! To be eligible, all you need to do is visit his blog, follow a few simple steps, and share the news about his giveaway.

It’s simple, and he’s offering up one of four great prize packs to the one lucky winner. The prizes include Salinger, Twain, and Harry Potter book packs, as well as an open one of your choice.

Adam has worked hard to get his blog where it is. Return the favor and spread the news about his generous giveaway!

Act quickly. The contest ends on August 15th at midnight CST! For more information and to get yourself entered, go here.

Congrats on the milestone, Adam! Keep up the good work!

Relocation & Makeover

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything writing related, but a few things came up that prevented me from doing so. Summer classes kept me very busy and I lost a very close friend, all of this occurring in the last two months.

I decided to relocate my blog from it’s previous home at (it’s actually still there and will be for a while yet) because my friend who recently passed is the one who was kind enough to host it there for me. He renewed the domain for another year before he died, so technically it’s still good until next June. Rather than chance losing everything, I decided to make a farewell post to him there and move here.

The new address, as I’m sure you can tell, is As I mentioned the old address is still up and working, but nothing new will be written there.

In the event that you had me bookmarked or were subscribing to my RSS feed, please update those things accordingly.

I’m still tweaking a few things here and there and have yet to find a theme that I really like, but for now, I think I’ll leave that as it is.

I am planning to write more often and will try to keep most posts related to writing, including posting on how my novel is coming along. I’m a bit new to this game, so we’ll see how it all pans out. For now, though, I hope you’ll stick with me.

Cheers and stay tuned!