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Day 5: NaNoWriMo & PiBoIdMo

Wow!  It’s the end of day 5 already in these challenges.  Today I only got around 13oo words written for NaNoWriMo, less than the 1667 I was supposed to write, but I was ahead so didn’t really lose anything.  As it adds up, I’m 300 words into the next day.  The weekends are going to be much harder to find writing time, I think, and I’m not sure how to keep this story going so that it makes sense, but aside from that .. it’s all good!  🙂

When only two days into the NaNoWriMo challenge, I started to talk to my husband about something that evening, then stopped, thought a moment, and said, “Oh, never mind, that isn’t here, that’s in my story!”  🙂

Even though I am already thinking in terms of my story much of the time, I also am aware of the little things going on around me.  There are picture book ideas everywhere.  Today I captured three for PiBoIdMo.  Of course, some of those will never go anywhere, but this is all part of the brainstorming that has to happen in writing.  It’s fun.

This evening I took a pause from writing to do some reading.  I am still working my way through the Bible, but I also read another little book today and added it to My “have read” book list page.

It has been a very windy and rainy day here in Nova Scotia, but we are having warm days and warm nights after a cold spell.  Our beautiful leaves have finally reached the end of their colourful display, I’m afraid.  The wind has been plucking most off their trees and is now blowing them helter- skelter.  It makes the trees bare of colour but adds variety to lawns and fields.

Don’t forget to check my new page: NaNoWriMo Updates (2010).

What do you like about Autumn/Fall?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Manuscripts and capturing ideas

Today I am still stunned by something l learned last night in writers chat.  Our guest author revealed to us that he has over 700 – yes, read that as OVER SEVEN HUNDRED, completed manuscripts waiting for a home!  Each of those has been submitted at least once.  He also already has 500 published short stories and poems!  And he is only in his 40’s!

I sat here marvelling, first at his achievement of 500 in publication, but when he said he has over 700 yet to be published — well, I don’t know if I have recovered yet from that announcement!  I hardly can grasp the image of that.  Imagine it! …  Can you?

From that I realized I am not capturing my thoughts and ideas nearly the way I should be doing.  Some writers carry a notebook and pen everywhere they go, others take a little tape recorder to talk into when something triggers their imaginations, some keep paper and pen by the bed at night (I do this) in case they get story ideas as they are falling asleep or are wakened by them, or maybe even dream them.

The point is … write, write, WRITE!  Don’t lose ideas  by not capturing them, thinking you will remember and then losing them!  Ever have that happen?  Never trust your memory, especially since – as a writer – you have so much creative thought happening.  For sure some of it will get lost.

Do you have a stockpile of manuscripts?  Or maybe you have tips to offer regarding capturing ideas ?  I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Writing from prompts

Have you ever had the fun of being challenged to write using prompts?

One of the writers chat rooms I visit did this writing exercise last evening.  I must say, I was apprehensive at first, and a little nervous having never attempted this before, but by the time we had done a couple I was right into it.   In fact, the challenge ended much too quickly.  I couldn’t believe it when someone said it was two hours well spent, it didn’t seem that long at all!

Here’s what we did.  We were given a prompt by our room moderator, and had about ten minutes to write according to her scenario.  When we felt we had it the way we wanted it, then we posted to the room.  It was fun!  And it was hilarious!  Some of the participants came up with the funniest lines and ideas that I was laughing most of the time.  My nervousness left as I sat thinking and waiting for ideas to formulate in my mind.  Of the eight prompts we were given I managed to write something for all of them.  On five of my writings I received very encouraging comments from the other writers in the room, and comical remarks on the first one I wrote.  The other two fell rather flat, but that’s okay.  I got some story ideas started!  And I learned a little about where my strengths are and where I either need work or had better not venture.  🙂

So, tell me … have you ever done this?  And if so, did it generate a story that you did something with later?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Now that you have found me I hope you will continue to visit.

Here at WordPress I plan to keep a sort of journal of my renewed journey into becoming a real life published author.  I already have a small collection of rejection letters from several years ago.  Back then I didn’t know much about how to go about things, but I did know that I wanted to write for children.   Since that time I have taken a couple of excellent writing courses so that I have a better understanding,  and now I am trying again.  Last year I received my first two rejection letters in my new beginning .. so I am on my way!  🙂

Following the tip of Laura Best who has a blog here, I sent off two of my stories to two different publishers.  (Thanks, Laura!)  The wait has begun anew.  But, I am not just waiting and doing nothing else.  The ideas are coming quickly right now so I keep paper and pen by my bed in order to capture them.  It seems that when I lie down to rest is when my ‘muse’ comes alive!  Perhaps that is when my mind is not as preoccupied with the things of life and the ideas are free to flow through.  Strangely, I have beginnings of six stories and only a few vague ideas for them, and one very dark poem which is not for children.  In fact, the stories I have started are suited to different age groups, and perhaps not all are for children.  That I expect to learn as the stories develop.

So, enough for my first post.  I welcome you to travel along with me on my journey.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂