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Are you stuck somewhere in your NaNo Novel? Need some help?

It is no secret I’ve been stuck in my Nano novel for most of this month … stuck in that I have not written to bring my story to a satisfactory end. I stopped last November at a place where the reader should be eager to turn the page to see what comes next. My sister was when she read my very rough unedited first draft after the last NaNoWriMo ended. In fact, she told me she was perplexed and wondering where is the rest of it! She thought I had skipped a page in my binder — I write longhand — but no, it just wasn’t there. I had purposely stopped there, unsure how the story would proceed, anyway, but I had run out of November and had to lay down my pen to finalize my word count.  I left off where a mystery box had been discovered. “Laurice took the key, put it into the keyhole, and turned. It clicked.”  You see why she was perplexed? There was such a tension build-up to this point, and then … nothing more to read. Mean me. 😉


Now, here I am with less than two weeks to go in NaNo 2013 and I still don’t know how to end this story, or how to move from the cliffhanger and on toward the solved mystery and sensible end. I’m sure it is there waiting to be found, I just have to LISTEN and write what I hear and see.

I tend to be a very visual person; I often see words as they are spoken, and when I write I see what I hear in my mind – not only in words but in scenes. Sometimes I see it and then have to listen for the words to go with it. Is that bizarre?

I thought maybe someone else might be in the same predicament – stuck in their NaNo novel (or any writing they’re trying to work through) – so on the odd chance one of my readers fits that category I am posting here something that might help you. I’m even testing it out right now.

Are you a writer who likes background noise or do you prefer absolute quiet? Do you like the murmur of voices or it is music that helps you write? I have, during the past NaNos, usually preferred QUIET but sometimes low instrumental music or some other nice calming music. Nature sounds come to mind. Somewhere, was it on the NaNoWriMo website? I can’t recall, I found Coffitivity – a free link for people who would like to do their writing in coffee shops or cafes but can have the same background ‘noise’ without going there. What you get is the sound of people talking and laughing but you don’t ever catch what they’re saying, so there is no distraction of conversation. It’s a constant hum and rise and fall of voices along with the occasional clink of a cup or spoon or the clatter of dishes being cleared. Interesting, but it has been proven to actually help people in their creative thought. It seems there is a level of such sound that doesn’t hinder but helps people think better. Of course it doesn’t work that way for everyone, but if you are stuck give it a try!

This morning two of my girls were chatting about their cats, comparing notes and cutesy things they do, which gave me Idea #25 for PiBoIdMo! Yeah! Just now something happened here at Dad’s regarding a chiming clock and my daughter taking a picture of it, and her tale of woe regarding a mouse … ideas #26 and #27! Gosh! I’m on a roll~ Maybe this link works! or my daughters inspire me.   Yeah, that. 🙂

And now my post for NaBloPoMo is done. On to NaNoWriMo with the hope I can break through the block and help my characters find the resolution to their dilemmas. And mine!


If you try Coffitivity, please let me know does it work for you? What tricks do you use to help you write?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s quote – one worth pondering

“She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


I read the above quote recently and saved it because it seemed a good one to ponder. As a young girl I read Alice in Wonderland more than once. At the time this quote didn’t set itself apart but reading it again I can relate to it.

I quite often give very good advice  – to others and myself. None of us give my advice the full respect it deserves.

The advice I give myself most often leans heavily toward being more organized and on schedule. It doesn’t work out very well, though, mostly because I balk at being stuck in routine. I like my routine to have wide boundaries, flimsy (pliable) structure for when I feel like changing things up, and varied so that I … don’t feel stuck.

Does that make me a bit of a rebel? Perhaps. But maybe that is why I like to NOT be like everybody else. Not too different and out there, but not a carbon copy of everything around me. 

How about you? Do you – like Alice – give yourself very good advice? And do you follow it? Or do you find yourself chasing the white rabbit now and again, just trying to find out what oddity lies ahead? 

Nano at a standstill; one more idea for PiBoIdMo making my total 24 ideas for day 18.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!

Who was born on your birthday?

My writing update: the usual ‘nothing more’ for NaNo, but I got one more idea for PiBoIdMo today, making my total 23 ideas for day 17.







I’ve still got the ‘warm fuzzies’ from the love that came my way on my special day, including e-cards, emails, phone calls, a parcel in the mail – some of them a little early which adds to the fun. Because I’m still on a bit of an emotional high from all the festivities Saturday, I would like to tell you about a link I found awhile ago.

It’s called:  Who was born on your birthday?

When you click on the link above and enter your birthday month and date it will bring up names of famous people born on your birthday. It also will show the year of their birth.

For mine, November 16, I learned of four famous people born on that date:

Who was born on your birthday?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂



Birthday surprises!

Nothing to report regarding NaNo, but I have added one more idea to my PiBoIdMo list of ideas now totalling 22 on day 16.

Today when I got up I walked into the living-room and there were … um …  many…  pink balloons tied up by pink cord and strung in the living-room and dining-room. My husband got them put up as a birthday surprise for me.

My sister and I went to a wonderful craft fair this morning where I bought a few Christmas presents. Then later my family had a birthday supper for me at Dad’s … thirteen of us there … and lots of special birthday balloons, bouquets of flowers, cards and gifts. The one they all contributed to is an album full of pictures and memories. They had me crying from the start when I first opened the album. There were pictures of Mum and me; Mum passed away five days after Christmas of 1997. Each page was for a member of my family .. and me. So sweet and special. I love them all! Plus, we face-timed with my daughter who lives in Alberta, so she was part of it with us.

Today was a special birthday and a very special day. 🙂

Do you have special days like that?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!


Longhand or computer?

It is late. I will be “calling it a day” soon .. another day in which I got no writing done. I feel as if I have this dark cloud around me through which I get little glimmers of inspiration … but not enough to motivate me. blah! Some would call it writer’s block, but I call it oppressive tiredness. I hope tomorrow (my new year) is better!

NaNo novel — zilch for yesterday and today.

PiBoIdMo – one idea for yesterday and one for today = 21 ideas so far

Here is a better link than the one I posted a couple of days ago, and what I was wanting. Thanks, Jamie! The link I posted stopped working, anyway. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/  On this one you’ll find a new picture daily.

I have some questions for you writers.

  • When you are working on your story, do you write longhand or do you type?
  • If longhand, do you use pen or pencil?
  • If you type, do you strictly use a computer? did you ever use a typewriter?

I write longhand, usually using a pen. I have yet to type the very lengthy very rough draft of my novel over onto computer. That is going to take a long time to do!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂



NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo updates

Friday is almost over as I sit to write this post.  I didn’t update yesterday in a post, but you can find my puny word count for my NaNo novel in the link at the top of the page. 

I have added all of 18 words to my continuing NaNoWriMo novel, (I know, hardly worth mentioning) and that is just because as I’m doing a read-through (another rule broken!) I am writing in a word here and there. Because I haven’t started a new project for this year’s NaNo, reading the whole rough draft through seems necessary. This is also giving me a better feel for my story, enabling me to see where changes have to be made when I begin editing, and setting the stage for me to begin writing this time until I finish the story. That’s my excuse, anyway!

For PiBoIdMo I wrote a few character names down for a possible story, but I’m counting them all as one idea since I will try to select one of them for a character when I start the story I have had in mind from before PiBoIdMo started this month. I’m not happy with any of them, but can’t seem to pull anything better out of my hat tonight. With yesterday’s idea and one today my total thus far is up to 14 for day eight.

Just a side note: Soon my daughter will be taking her little dog from our home after eight years of his living with us. She is renting a house where pets are allowed, so Sammy will be moving in with his “mama”, and we will be dog-less. Isn’t he cute?

DSCF0684And this is my blog post for NaBloPoMo!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂

Challenge updates: NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo

My writing challenges update:

NaNoWriMo: I am not doing well when you look at my link (at top of page), but I am thinking about it. That’s a start, isn’t it? 🙂  So far … zero words written.

PiBoIdMo: It’s day four and I have 9 ideas so far. Tara Lazar has fabulous guests again who have fabulous suggestions to help us with our picture book idea writing. I feel good about it this year.

NaBloPoMo: As you may have noticed, so far I am keeping up with daily blog posts.

Health: The first part of this week is busy for me in other ways, so my writing time is chopped up. Monday – an information education session called Understanding Dementia. It was very helpful, some of it new info for me. Tuesday – a Caregiver Stress Management workshop, which I expect to be more of what I need to hear. Wednesday I have three appointments for myself, including with my naturopath and my reflexologist. They have helped me with health issues, and aided me in regaining and maintaining my health – very important to me. I have to be well in order to better take care of others. It looks as if I will have Thursday and Friday for writing. All this takes place when I have someone present for my respite time. It probably won’t be uninterrupted, though.

Writing: I went through a blah spell with my writing, low on inspiration and energy for it. In early Spring one of my daughters got me into a game to play on my iPhone and it has turned into a vehicle of inspiration for my writing. Each day when I ‘visit’ my ‘neighbours’ I leave a little blurb of 120 characters or less. The response has been generally good, and that has served to keep me going. I found it has even released my creative thinking so that now I’m into these writing challenges it could be of help. My wheels didn’t rust or seize up during the slow time. 🙂  In fact, I am seriously thinking about a story book I can write from what I have been posting there. One never knows from where will come the next inspiration.

That’s all for now. I will post something tomorrow.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂