NaNo 2020 Week One Roundup

We’ve gotten through the first week of NaNoWriMo. How are things going on your end?

I thought that by trying something new for the adventure, it would make things a little easier, should obstacles, such as the dreaded mythological beast that is known as Writer’s Block, pose a problem. Rather than writing a single story, I’ve decided on tackling a collection of short stories–different genres, too, because I’m clearly a masochist–to fulfill my NaNoriffic requirements.

There are Plotters and Pantsers when it comes to writing. Plotters like to have a roadmap that clearly shows them where they’re headed in the story. Depending on the genre, writers will sometimes start at the end and work their way backwards. Pantsers, on the other hand, as the name implies, write by the seat of their pants and I’ve been told, find the organic process of getting the words out to be fruitful in its spontaneity.

I find myself somewhere in the middle, a Plantser, if you will. I like to loosely plan out a general idea of the stories, which is what I did for the week, but have the flexibility to switch things up, as needed.

There are pros and cons to this.

PRO: The ability to switch between stories when the mood strikes. This works especially well, when you’re in a writing groove overall, but the current story you’re on isn’t moving forward.

CON: You have a starting lineup for your collection that is quickly multiplying like Gremlins in the rain.

PRO: You can avoid staring at a blank screen or page because you have multiple stories to jump to (provided there was some initial plantsing) and you can always meet your writing quotas.

CON: Unless you set specific goals for each story, it’s just as easy to end up with half a dozen unfinished stories by the end of the month. You get all excited with the story in front of you, then a new idea pops into your head and now you’ve got a case of the ‘ooh, shiny!’

I could go on but, ain’t nobody got time for that much writerly brooding.

Now, all I have to do is write with as much gusto and multiply that times six, or seven… or… I’ve been dancing between two new stories. *le sigh* Memo to self: try combining story ideas rather than creating an entirely new beast to slay.

I’ve decided not to put too much pressure on myself. It’s been a while since I really dove back into writing. I did Camp NaNo this year and it was mostly prep and background work for an ongoing project. This time around, my hope is to have a handful of completed short stories. I know it can be done. I wrote a short story based on a dream I had several years ago. Woke up on a Saturday and had it finished by Sunday afternoon.

Easy peasy, right?

How’s the first week of NaNo been treating you? What have you been doing to keep the fire stoked?

Remember, you got through the first week. Keep going. Write now, edit later–as difficult as that might be to do. Get the words out of your head and onto the screen or page. You got this.

Stay creative, stay weird, be kind to yourself and others.

Until next time,

T out.

Why, Hello There!

a.k.a. Writing During Rona

Hey, how are you? I hope you’re safe and well.

It’s certainly been what the kids these days are calling “a hot minute” since I’ve posted. It’s been pretty much about four years since my last one. Yikes. And with what’s happening in the US on Tuesday, you’d think dirty, petty politics and ongoing social unrest are what kept me away. Alas, I’m Canadian. However, I’ve never been more engaged in election coverage until now. It’s unreal how certain people like that exist outside of books, television, and film. I can certainly see why the writers at SNL are more relaxed these days. They’ve got dumpster fires full of writing fodder. Most of the time, the jokes write themselves.

Anyhoo, what kept me away is that life happened and happened hard. Health and life issues might or might not appear in a future post. For now, I’d rather talk about what I plan on doing going forward.

You’d think that with being in quarantine, I’d have more time on my hands to write, but so many factors, both external and internal, can make it difficult to tap into the creative mojo. You know what I’m talking about, right? Once you get an inkling for a story, sometimes you can’t rest until everything’s out on the page or computer screen. The opposite extreme is the creative black hole. Took me a while to find my way back and it was no bueno.

So, what’s a girl under self-renovation, self-reflection, and the eternal quest for finding her place on this spinning rock to do?

NaNoWriMo 2020. Goals, some kind of routine, accountability, and a community of other creative masochists (lol) combine to create a delicious recipe that will help kick into high gear the smattering of writing I’ve been trying to slog through these past several months.

It’s November 1, 2020, so this is my Hi, Hello post. The regular posting schedule will be Fridays to give a weekly update of the highs and lows of the ongoing writing journey, at least for the next month. I intend to have another post scheduled either at the end of the month or at the start of next month to do a roundup of the NaNoWriMo 2020 experience. I’ve done NaNo and Camp NaNo over the years and it’s always helped me to improve my skills, so I look forward to it. Baby steps, right? No need to jump out of the plane wondering if you took the parachute or the backpack with all your writing gear–let’s be real, both are essential.

Originally, I had a story idea I wanted to work on for a submission due in December. Upon a second reading of the guidelines, it turns out that they’re looking for short story submissions. I figure, it’s not Camp NaNo, so the word count would be too short. Then I had a bunch of other ideas that I’ve been wanting to tackle. So, in the spirit of masochism, I’ve decided to do all of them and write a collection of short stories to keep me on my toes for the writing challenge.

So, join me and let’s write through November, together. My handle there is transientsolitude, if you need a NaNo Buddy.

NOW, OVER TO YOU:

I’d like to start a dialogue with my lovely readers. Today’s question is this: What have we been loving during quarantine to keep us entertained? Books, movies, series, hobbies, boardgames? I’m curious what’s been keeping you afloat in 2020. What do we love, what can’t we stand? I’m curious to hear your recommendations and suggestions. Sound off in the comments below.

Stay creative, stay weird, be kind to yourself and others.

Until next time,

T out.

The Middle Of…

 

 

 

 

 

A.K.A. One Writer’s Reality of Writing Fiction

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We’re always in the middle of something, no?

Hello, interwebbies. It is I, Tonette of the Moon, blogging to you from my laptop. Yes, yes, I know it’s been a terribly long time, eight months, give or take. I had a feeling 2015 would be an eventful year and it certainly isĀ indeed!

Now, this is the story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there…

Well, not quite like a certain rapper-turned-actor, but I’d like to think it’s been an ahmahzeeng adventure, so far!

Let’s catch up, shall we?

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