‘The Winner Is’ – By Devotchka
‘The Winner Is’ – By Devotchka
My first 5 observations entering NaNoWriMo Day 1
(Note: Music Song Selection @ bottom of list)
Do all your laundry & clean most of your house
Have quick and easy food to prepare. Also try to have ‘Healthy snacks’ around.. I say this because I just bought a bag of Oreos…not cool man.
3. REALISTIC SCHEDULING:
Create a daily or weekly schedule; and for those who are more ambitious you can do the entire month. But like a budget you need to account for the unexpected…you know, the things that will take you away from your writing.
4. WRITE A LOT:
I meet a 7-year veteran (Find her on Twitter @so_she_writes) of NaNoWriMo and she said to get in as much as you can the first week because life happens and there will be days that you won’t get the word count you scheduled. Like exercising if you miss one day of writing it becomes that much easier to miss another…another. I guess you can look at it like the treadmill will always be there- but NaNo is only once a year.
5. WORD COUNT:
She also said some writing platforms count hyphenated words as two words but NaNoWriMo verifier will count it as 1!
MY MUSIC SONG SELECTION FOR
WRITERS LIKE ME..ENJOY!!
‘Hayling’ — By FC Kahuna
Up until 4am last night/morning writing…..
Woke up at 12pm to start again.
Feeling like I’m about 4 weeks behind schedule and 9 hours too late. But I made it through the ugly NYC snow…. found a seat.. sipping a hot coco, and prepping for NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH http://www.nanowrimo.org/
-Beginning Nov 1st- November 30th
My hope is that this blog will be another tool to hold me accountable to something other than the sad looks I get from my dogs when I cop out of writing that day; but to also obtain some encouragement from seasoned professionals and newbies like me.
But above all, I want to share my experience as a new writer and soon to be author. Everywhere there are artists asking each other for advice and support in their field of work. Each guarding their “process” in creating and developing their craft but secretly wondering how others do it.
WHAT THE HELL….. being new I’m happy to share a little while hoping to gain some knowledge as I make my way to the last word on the last page.
Music is one of the most important things I love and need when I’m creating. So I listen to a lot of it as I write. I will share one or two songs as I am actively listening to them in those moments.
I do a lot of research, and in doing so I find some really interesting things. So you see how I obtain the info I get while learning about some of my characters- I will post some of this information to the blog
After long week of writing…IF, I find a passage from my novel that makes sense & is understandable I will share.
Because sometimes words are not enough
Essentially, this is where I use poetry as a cathartic process of releasing the things that weigh heavy on my chest and grip my heart
Because we (writers/ artists) all could use a little help… I will post resources, links, NaNoWriMo info including grants and fellowships.
As much as I would like to say that I am full-time published writer, traveling from one city to the next on book tours, negotiating with producers for movie right deals….Alas no, this is not the case.
I actually work full-time at a university as a grants (federal and private foundation) administrator. I’ve spent the last 8 years of my life cultivating private donors, researching and writing many grant proposals; each in an effort to obtain funds for many great non-profit programs I believe in, many of which work with the communities that mean the most to me… Youth & Teens, HIV/AIDS programs and of course for Artists.
YES, I’ve been able to secure large amounts of funds (yup, a lot of $$) for non-profit organizations and groups over the years.. However, now that I am finally doing what I want to do most I’ve been trying to translate this skill to help myself as a new writer.
Well, it’ has not been easy to say the least. Competition is high and resources are always limited. So in my research and learning this ‘new’ craft of trying to find funding I thought I share some of the things I have found…maybe something that may not work for me may work for you…..
QUESTIONS & COMMENTS: Leave a comment or send email, I will try my best to help. OR if you have info to share GREAT!!!!
WHAT WILL BE LISTED HERE?
STAY TUNED AN UPDATE WILL BE POSTED SOON on the top Home Page!!
My story takes place in the state of Washington. More specifically Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. I wanted and needed a place that could be detached from the world, both with its physical isolation but also carry a sense of beauty.
Each of these things needed to be overshadowed by a big city in its direct view (Seattle).
Having never visited Washington I needed to familiarize myself with the area. I Googled and printed information on the local high school, where the police station was located and visited numerous realtor web sites and identified my main character’s apartment and layout.
After downloading numerous maps of streets and neighborhoods I said to myself….
1) I need to get my butt over there soon and
2) I need more information.
With that, I made up in my mind that this coming year I will fly out to WA for a few days and two, I decided to pick up the phone and call the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce.
I explained who I was and what I was doing (writing a novel that takes place in your neighborhood) and how I needed some information. The friendly voice on the other line replied “Sure! That sounds exciting, I think I can help”. With that she sent mountains of maps, demographic information, newsletters and special events calendars. I was so excited to open my mail each day until it arrived. A little shy and nervous to call…but I’m very glad I did.
Thank you Bremerton Chambers of Commerce!!