The Writing Life

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I’m a writer. I’m a writer because I write. I try to write something every day, even if it’s only a journal entry with my thoughts. Here is where I’ll be sharing things about writing, what it’s like to write, how to find an editor, and all sorts of other things of interest to writers, or to anyone who wants to write. If you’re into writing, this is the right place to be!

You can see in the picture I made (and it took a long time to make it, lemme tell ya!) that I view my writing world through rose-colored glasses. Everything’s always peachy keen in my writing world! Even when there are earthquakes, hurricanes, and invisible ninjas chopping onions under my nose, everything is still peachy keen! I love my writing world!

Beyond NaNoWriMo

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but only in that I plan to write at least 750 words every weekday throughout the month. I chose that number because it’s not going to burn me out, as has happened ALL the other times I’ve done 50,000 words in November. I would reach that milestone, yes, but then I would be so burnt out that I couldn’t even pick up a book to read until spring, and couldn’t bring myself to write anything again until fall. I can’t do things that way anymore. So, rather than do just the one mad frenzy of writing bad first drafts every November, I’m writing a slower, less frantic bad first draft at about half the speed, and focusing more on doing the writing every day in the work week, without feeling guilty about taking the weekends off from the daily grind. This way, I won’t burn out, but will be able to continue my daily writing even after November.

And I’m not the only one doing this, either. Here’s an article about how to do this all the rest of the year, in case you’re actually trying for 50K words this month. Click on the link below; I think you’ll find it worth your while.

6 Steps to Writing Like a Boss The Rest of the Year (+ a Calendar of Action Steps)

Source: Beyond NaNoWriMo

Writing the Middle of a Novel: 9 Tips to Avoid Sagging | Now Novel

NaNoWriMo begins today. I have 759 words so far today. My goal for this month’s challenge is merely to write every day, even if it’s only 750 words or so, so I’m writing at 750words.com this month. So far, I’m off to a good start. I have a story idea, and have a fairly fun beginning planned, but then, what about the middle? My middles all sag (even my physical middle!), and that’s a very common problem with many writers, so I don’t feel like a failure because my middles sag. They need work. Well, here’s an article with some ideas for how to tone up those middles! Click below and read some great advice for sagging middles!

Writing the middle of a novel requires understanding what makes story middles effective. Read 9 tips with examples from Dickens, J.K. Rowling and others.

Source: Writing the Middle of a Novel: 9 Tips to Avoid Sagging | Now Novel

Ask Ethan: Why don’t we shoot Earth’s garbage into the Sun? – Starts With A Bang! – Medium

While the orbital mechanics mathematics is a bit beyond my instant comprehension (math with letters confuses me), the numbers with actual words in them make tons of sense. Shooting our waste into the Sun is a science fiction staple, though; something to aim for being able to do cheaply and safely, with no risk to the ground below. However, until we CAN feasibly guarantee such safety, this is a very good explanation of why we shouldn’t yet. Click the link and read on!

If the waste we have is so hazardous, and we have the capability, why don’t we hurl it all into the Sun?

Source: Ask Ethan: Why don’t we shoot Earth’s garbage into the Sun? – Starts With A Bang! – Medium

The Most Important Working Habit Of Hemingway: Stop At The Height of Your Day – Art Of Practicality – Medium

I found this bit of wisdom while reading on Medium.com. It’s some very good advice! Basically, don’t work until you’re bone dry; work until you’re on top of your task, at the peak of your creative process, and then stop for the day. You’ll have extra momentum to start again from the next day if you stop when you still have work left in you! Make a note of what you want to continue on with, if you need to, but stop while you still have juice!

Go ahead and click the link and read the article for yourself. I think it’ll be very helpful!

One of my favorite things to study is the working habits of people I look up to. I’ve read about athletes, entrepreneurs, painters…

Source: The Most Important Working Habit Of Hemingway: Stop At The Height of Your Day – Art Of Practicality – Medium