Bloggy Update 12/9

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You know what I like about December? NanoWriMo is over. πŸ™‚

How did you do? I came in at 50,011, so I made it. It’s certainly a first draft – I know it’s riddled with clunky writing, poor phrasing, missed points, and wrong names – but it’s done and that’s the great thing about Nano. I now have something to start with when I go back and start revising in 2020.

I’m one of those folks who, after a month of cramming words onto pages, allow it to sit for a while. Over the next couple of months, I’ll think about it, maybe jot some ideas or plot points down. Perhaps add some backstory to characters. It gives me a chance to look at the big picture…or not.

And that is just as important – taking time to NOT write.

I find that ideas and characters come to me when I don’t force it. I’ve written about that before, but I think it’s good to mention it again, especially after something like Nano. Those that just finished a month long marathon of “forcing words and ideas” down on paper (or computer screen) might find that a break from all that is actually good and useful (unless you have an editor or someone who is requiring you to finish).

So, let’s take December (those of us who can) and relax a bit. Watch some TV (we finished Mindhunter and the latest season of Glow and are almost done with NOS4A2), see some movies (I really want to see Joker, The Lighthouse, Jo-Jo Rabbit, and some others I can’t think of right now), read some books, and chill out. Sure, it’s “the holidays”, but taking even brief respites when you can might prove helpful and calming.

I do plan on poking around the internet in order to line up some events for early 2020. If you happen to know of any in Illinois, let me know, okay? You guys are probably way more in the loop than I am! LOL!

Thanks so much and check back for new Meet & Greets / Flipsides / Spotlights!

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Sue πŸ™‚

5 comments

  1. Congrats on winning NaNo. And surviving, LOL!
    I’m with you on taking a break from writing for a while. Even though I ended up with a mess of a story forcing that mess onto the paper was work–and fun πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to tackling new writing goals in 2020!

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  2. Congrats on winning, Sue! I agree with you about taking time to not write and let things gel. I’m usually so busy this time of year it’s hard to squeeze in writing anyway. Like you, I’ve been catching up on the DVR (finished NOS4A2 and The Purge) and watching Christmas movies.

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    1. I really liked NOS4A2 – better than the book, actually. For some reason, the characters (in the book) didn’t work for me and I found the whole story kind of trite. But on screen, I’m enjoying it and can’t wait for Season 2.

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