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Declaration of Participation in NaNoWriMo 2013…

October 7, 2013

Profess – definition: to declare openly; to announce or affirm

Today I am declaring my participation in this year’s National Novel Writing Month. This will be my fourth NaNoWriMo and as usual I am excited and anxious in equal measure.


This year’s novel is a new genre for me – cowboy romance. I have actually made notes and am in the process of plotting the story arc, something I never usually do! There is a format of sorts for this type of genre and I am certainly out of my depth with it. An extra challenge to conquer.

Other considerations are how to convey the Texan accent through dialogue and the love interest’s Italian heritage. Yes, I know I’m piling on the pressure. What’s the saying? ‘Ask a busy person’…

Added to my NaNoWriMo commitment is my year long ‘a blog post per day for 2013’…at least I am over half way now. It has been enlightening, knowledge expanding and a fantastic sharing journey so far.

Are you participating in NaNo this year?

What genre will you write?

Is this your first attempt or have you participated before?

Did you succeed in your last attempt?

What happened to your manuscript?

Two novels from my previous years of NaNo have been edited and revised several times. Life in Slake Patch is a speculative fiction and The Twesome Loop is a romance with a reincarnation twist. Both of these are awaiting representation. However, my fantasy, The Rython Kingdom is available as an e-book on Smashwords and Amazon Canada & UK. It was drastically revised after I won.

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That All Important Word Count…

November 12, 2012

For many writers November brings with it a sense of apprehension and anxiety as they make the commitment to National Novel Writing Month. The idea of writing a minimum of 50,000 words in one month seems like total madness to lots of our friends, family and coworkers but to others we are revered for taking on such a challenge. We are asked again and again – how do you do it? And that is the crux of the matter. All writers have their own unique methods of writing – which are as numerous as there are writers. All I can tell you is that in my experience I have always been a ‘free flow’ writer letting my mind control my fingertips on the keyboard. The spark of an idea can come from a phrase or picture even an overheard snippet of conversation. For me this sets off a internal visual scene and from there the characters take over directing me wherever they wish. I find this process enjoyable and in many cases surprising as my thoughts of where the plot may lead, doesn’t always happen.

Some writers have an internal editor who stops them constantly to revise, change and alter – I think myself lucky that I can turn mine off until I am ready for the revision process. During November to be able to write unrestricted is a blessing and one which we all hope for. Of course life has to go on as most of us are unable to disappear on a retreat!   So in between our working day, household chores and interaction with family we utilize every precious moment possible to write those wonderful words we hope will lead to our winning NaNoWriMo. It is primarily a personal challenge racing against time but we are lucky enough to be able to share it with buddies from around the globe.

To date I have 19,315 words written – what is your figure? Why not share your method?



October 17, 2012

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Photo by kawwsu29 taken in Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum

I hereby confirm my participation in the National Novel Writing Competition 2012

Buddies welcome – MandyB, Edmonton

Come & join in the fun…! Words linking the world for a whole month.

A Friendly Muse..

November 8, 2010

My NaNoWriMo 2010 begins!

I begin this NaNo with an idea, but also; unusually for me; I have actually written some back story and dabbled with characters names prior to 1st November.  Initially I found this arrested my spontaneity and I was struggling with how to proceed. This difficulty did not bode well on the dawn of NaNo and panic was crawling within my chest.

Just type, girl, it will come. Try to forget what you have written and let your muse guide you. Internal pep talks aside, I was on the verge of that dreaded ‘block’ even before I started. So I took a long walk in the autumn sunshine, met a few walking friends and relaxed my overwrought brain.


Back home with a steaming cup of tea beside my laptop, I freed my mind and let my fingers type. The words began to flow and I could feel my muse channeling my thoughts. At last the story would be crafted.

On the third day a sudden inspiration – why not write the two time periods side by side? This resulted in frantic typing, the words coming at a frightening pace – would I be able to keep up? Now I am happy with the direction my muse is taking me and true to my ‘twin’ personality (Gemini) I am going back and forth between the two era’s.

One dilemma has been solved whilst out walking and another by a chance glance at the TV. Unfortunately this black box is ever present as I type with my back toward it – but once I am absorbed – sights and sounds fade and I am inside the world I am creating. So deeply am I embroiled that my family has to shake my shoulder to get my attention. I have no concept of time until my tea is cold and I replenish it or when I stretch my shoulders from their hunched position to find the house in darkness and silent.

Writing, for me anyway, is a land deep within my mind filled with adventure, joy and accomplishment.

I hope you too find the awesome power of words – they create, they teach, they record.

Happy NaNo 2010 to those of you participating and happy writing to everyone else in the grips of this very engaging art form.

A Challenge…

August 20, 2010


My confidence has slowly grown with each circle meeting that I have attended and piece of writing, I have compiled. The generous encouragement and support of my fellow circle members is helping me on my journey to learn the ‘skill’ of writing.

Attendance at my first ‘workshop’ evening was a real eye opener. A theme was chosen by the hostess and writing ‘exercises’ were timed. The challenge of writing within a designated amount of time was thrilling. I found a deadline really focused my thought processes. Another delight was to hear the variety of answers that came from the same assignment. Each writer interpreted the prompt differently and in their own unique way. As I enjoyed these exercises so much, I began searching the internet for word and picture prompts, which has lead me to several great sites. With the creation of my own blog on the circle’s web site, I started posting small pieces of prose and the occasional poem. The responding comments have helped me improve and sometimes restructure a piece – my own virtual class room.

Daringly I decided to post on a couple of sites to see if I was good enough to be ‘published’. To my surprise and delight I succeeded – a happy dance ensued for each piece accepted. Now I am braver and post on several sites on a regular basis. Some are voted upon and others are reviewed – both types of response give me valuable feed back.

Then I was given a real challenge by a writing circle friend. “Why don’t you enter the NaNoWriMo?” At that time I had never heard of this contest so listened with growing trepidation as she outlined the premise – fifty thousand words or more written within the month of November. Well, up until that moment the most I had written was a couple of hundred words! Was she serious? As it turned out she was – and would join me in this quest. At the time I was just stunned – how on earth could anyone do such a thing? I had to work, parent children, keep a household – I didn’t have the time. However, I logged into the NaNo site and read several participants stories. One, in particular ‘hit home’ – a young army recruit in Afghanistan, who wrote after her day’s maneuvers. If she could complete a NaNo, I had no excuse! So I signed up for NaNo 2009. It was certainly a challenge, an adventure into my imagination and ending in a surprising result.

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