Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Setting Those Writing Goals to 'Cruise'

     Since no National Novel Writing Month goals have been met here in the last three years, I decided to forego the formal challenge, and just write to my own self-imposed and less-demanding deadlines in November.  Working at a slow but steady pace, I'm at 31K for this novel. Pretty good for a month when subbing full-time in a pre-school class and a head cold have challenged my progress.
Meeting goals, yet taking it slow and steady this month
     A few articles I've enjoyed this week:
     It's inevitable that you will get asked to talk about your new book, so the 'Surviving Public Speaking' post over at Writers Helping Writers might be useful;
     I'm currently working on getting another manuscript ready for publication, so I loved the post on Book Cover Design at Creative Penn;
     Also, Sharon Creech's photo journal post at Words We Say about 'simmering' her second draft is especially timely. With NaNoWriMo and the holidays pulling us in all directions, isn't it time we all adjust the dial to 'simmer?'
     And finally, a favorite passage on the importance of reading for writers, from Ursula LeGuin, and found at Brain Pickings this week:
     'Beginners’ failures are often the result of trying to work with strong feelings and ideas without having found the images to embody them, or without even knowing how to find the words and string them together. Ignorance of English vocabulary and grammar is a considerable liability to a writer of English. The best cure for it is, I believe, reading. People who learned to talk at two or so and have been practicing talking ever since feel with some justification that they know their language; but what they know is their spoken language, and if they read little, or read schlock, and haven’t written much, their writing is going to be pretty much what their talking was when they were two.'
     So true. 
     Enjoy the rest of your week!


  1. That's a great word count when you're busy with other things as well! I'm not sure who decided NaNo should be in November, though.

  2. My writing group was talking about the bad timing for NaNo last night. January or even February would be so much better.

  3. I have always been intrigued by NaNo- but November is such a busy month for me. Always impressed with those who give it a try and all that they accomplish. I totally agree that reading is the best thing you can do to become a better writer. :)


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