NaNoWriMo

The Time Has Come

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Dear Fellow Writers & Readers alike,

Of course I’ll be blogging during NaNo! Did you think I would drop off the face of the cyberworld like so many other writers during this time? Writing is already a lonely business, so it is good to maintain our social habits during this time.

Also, word count… And blogging counts.

I will be putting our 10 Deadly Habits series on hold again. My apologies. It’s taking longer than expected. You set yourself a goal and somehow life happens. But not to worry, we will come to the end of the horrors of these habits in due time! Fortunately, we are halfway there already!


I am writing to you today to reach out into the writing community. Are you participating in #NaNoWriMo2017? If so, I wish you the best of luck, and I encourage you on this journey. Being a bit of a veteran myself, I have felt all the feels you may be going through right now.

Excitement.

Anxiety.

Stress

Elation.

Positivity (don’t you autocorrect me. That’s totally a word.)

Downright fear.

Hopelessness.

Depression.

Anger.

Frustration.

Cowardice.

Blasé.

[Insert yours here.]

A wise person would remind you that it isn’t about the destination or the end result of the matter. It’s all about our individual journeys. How you conduct yourself along the road of life says more about your character than showing up at the end victorious. And how you run the race gives or takes more from your victory than you may realize.

So we can twiddle our thumbs, mope and complain, make excuses for why we are not writing. Or we can climb aboard our Imagination Stations, buckle in, and get ready for a bumpy, but exciting ride.

I welcome you to join me this November session. You can follow my progress and share yours here or on my Twitter account @FanTCBooks. I’ll keep you updated on which project I’m working on (Clara and the Chronicles of the Locket leaps out of the starting block with a whopping 10 words this morning,) and together we will conquer this great and glorious thing.

Happy National Novel Writing Month. May your pens flow with ink and your keys never stick.

This has been,

Fanny T. Crispin

 

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My 500 Words 31 Day Challenge

I am not a dedicated blogger. I know this, you know this. I write when whimsy strikes me. But I joined up with Jeff Goins and his team over at The Write Practice, and on a whim decide to take the challenge.

That whimsy is going to get me into trouble one of these days.

I am not going to write a novel. I have enough of those that need editing and publishing. I want to be a diligent blogger, but I will admit, I am lazy. I do not have a lot to say about the world, I am still young and unexperienced. I do not care for super serious topics, because that is not who I am. But I am not funny enough to add a satirical twist to events. So therein lies my challenge.

Wish me luck.

Have I written 500 words yet?

Notice the lack of contractions, heehee. I found a word count tracker and realized the first half of this (before the quote)did not even breach a halfway point. As you can see, I am not a wordy individual. So here I am trying to figure out what to write for the first day of this challenge. In conjuction with the blog, I will also be going through Jeff Goins’ new book The Art of Work to figure out a vision for this blog. I have been using it mostly as an update for the new books coming out, and to occasionally voice an opinion on the world (in my humble, limited experience).

I am a fantasy fiction novelist. Seventy-five percent of the time my head is peeking in on other works, checking up on my characters, matching wits with the villains, and building up worlds with mountains, valleys, and cities which do not exist in the real world. This every day…stuff…does not make sense to me. Truly. I wake up, go to work, catch a nap, play with the cat. Sometimes I catch a bite to eat. Rarely do I work out. Where was I going with this?

I am officially terrified of this challenge.

NaNoWriMo was not this scary!

So far, three hundred and sixty words…come on! Give me a break! Okay, two hundred and forty left, you can do this. You got this. Just keep babbling on like an idiot until all your readers get bored and leave you… Not that you had many readers to begin with, I suppose that is some consultation. What am I even saying?

Vision. This blog needs vision. However, as I already expressed, I am not a blogger. I do not rightly know why people blog. I enjoy reading them, to be sure, but I have no interest in writing about my sewing hobbies, I don’t paint enough to get all philosophical, I’m not studious in the Bible to be a theologian, and as far as writing about writing, so many people are doing that already, what is my input worth? Although, if I revisited some of the books I read, collected the research, I could work on some lessons–but 31 500 word lessons? I do not know. I just do not know. I have no vision for Written Things.

542 words! Yes!