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Finally Started

I finally got started with NaNoWriMo yesterday, which is why I’m a day late on this post. I know have 811 words and I should have over 13,000. It seems like a lot but I know I can overcome it. I find NaNo to be an interesting challenge in getting all the words written, but this year I had trouble getting started. I started the month working a booth at a conference over nine hours a day. The result is this week I’m trying to find my words through exhaustion and through the emotional issues I fight when I’ve had long periods of time without sunlight.

My other problem this year is my story.

... Or Not To NaNo

It’s almost November and my writers’ groups are talking about NaNoWriMo.

For those who don’t know, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. When I first learned about the challenge I thought “no way can I do this.” But thanks to my pushing, prodding, shoving, and daring friends, I finally tried it one year. After participating for several years, I’ve learned some good reasons to NaNo and some good reasons not to NaNo.

To NaNo...

It’s almost November and my writing friends and I are talking about NaNoWriMo.

For those who don’t know, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. When I first learned about the challenge I thought “no way can I do this.” But thanks to my pushing, prodding, shoving, and daring friends, I finally tried it one year. After participating for several years, I’ve learned some good reasons to NaNo and some good reasons not to NaNo. This blog is why authors should NaNo.

  1. It teaches me to free my mind.

Why can’t I just write?

I’ve been working hard with a lot of deadlines right now. But while I’m getting my writing done, I’m also trying to put everything together for a proposal and establishing ways to promote myself along with getting ready for a presentation. I will soon be speaking at a conference about the Bible study workbook I’m writing, so I’m putting the speech together.

Most of this I can handle without too many problems, but the proposal and the ways to promote myself is not what I enjoy nor do I have many of the skills needed.

Starting Again

Today I made one small change to this website. I no longer have a “Bible Blog.” It is now called “Scripture in Your Heart,” because I have started a new phase of writing. I am continuing to work on my novel in hopes of getting it published, but I have added the project of writing about a method of Bible study. For the past few months, my goal has been to write a verse by verse personal commentary of the Bible. Now I am feeling led to write up my method of completing this project and create a workbook so others can do the same if they are interested.

Conference Lessons

Not all lessons are learned in the classroom. I was reminded of some important lessons this week at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in Estes Park.

I took a clinic at CCWC where each person submitted the synopsis and first ten pages of his or her novel prior to the conference. Then, during the meetings we discussed each one and the instructors went over the manuscripts. The instructors were experienced authors and editors. When mine was discussed, they pointed out good aspects and some that needed to be corrected.

Let Your Characters be Naked

In the genre of Christian Romance, we are told to keep our characters clothed and appropriate at all times. However, as I was listening to a sermon on Genesis, chapter two, last weekend, I started thinking about how important it is for our characters to be naked, based on verse twenty-five – “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (NKJV)

Ok, before everyone faints from the shock or starts writing me emails, let me explain. True love only occurs when we are totally honest and totally vulnerable with each other.

Voices in my head

[NOTE: This is the same blog entry as I posted on the ACFW Colorado website] A few days ago, I think it was on Facebook, I saw these words: "Writers are people who haven't given up their imaginary friends." (Jacob Nuckolls). All the characters in my mind started to laugh hysterically. “And you never will get rid of us,” they yelled. This started a string of memories and thoughts.

Education with Chip MacGregor Part 2

Below are continued thoughts from Chip macGregor’s presentation on From Wannabe to Published Author . In depth information on these notes can be found at Chip’s website.

Education with Chip MacGregor Part 1

I attended a continuing session with Chip MacGregor entitled From Wannabe to Published Author. Below are some of the highlights from that presentation. In depth information on these notes can be found on Chip’s website.

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