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Countdown to NaNoWriMo – Let the Weirdness Begin

Whenever I start a new project, I get weird. I don’t understand why. And don’t tell me to get therapy – it didn’t help.

The NaNoWriMo crowd claims, “No plot? No problem,” but November begins in 10 days, and for me, the weirdness is already setting in. I’m myself questions, such as:

“Which character profile worksheet should I use?”

“What outlining plan works best?”

“What about world-building? Holly Lisle’s method? Or does Jill Williamson have a better plan?”

“What plotting method is best – Snowflake, Hero’s Journey, 3 Act-9 Block-27 Chapters?”

“Which craft books should I read – Donald Maas, James Scott Bell, Jeff Gerke?”

This is why I don’t write fiction. Whenever I write a blog post, I choose a topic, perhaps do a bit of research, then I sit down and type. Boom – it’s done.

I would say I’ve failed at completing NaNoWriMo more times than I can count, but NaNoWriMo only started about 15 or 16 years ago, and I can count that high. Besides, I’ve skipped a few years because, well, because I just get too weird about it.

Why put myself through such weirdness? I love writing fiction! I don’t finish it, but I love wandering through worlds that exist only in my mind (and my notes). I love meeting new people, and characters are people, right? Even if I’ve only jotted down the bare bones facts about them. And plots – my favorite! Don’t get me started on how much I love plotting.

I also love reading books on the craft of fiction writing. I probably read more about writing than I actually write.

Even though I’m already feeling weird about starting this project, I’m excited about it. I’ve registered at NaNoWriMo.org (username is lindafulkerson – add me to your buddy list & I’ll add you back!), recruited some accountability partners, brainstormed some characters, outlined a plot, created a world, and typed up 7 pages worth of notes from voice notes or scribbled Post-Its. I’m ready!

What about you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Please tell me it makes you weird, too!

Announcing – DLF Digital Services

DLF Digital Services

I’ve recently launched a digital services and marketing agency – DLF Digital Services. I wanted to invite all my friends here to visit the site and, if you’d like to sign up for free blog updates while you’re there, we’ll be sharing information about how to market your services, your products, and yourself online. I’m also preparing to launch a podcast that will also share marketing tips, industry news, etc.

There’s also a FREE gift waiting for you over at DLF Digital Services – the FREE Small Business Marketing Guide. Head on over, browse around and see if you need any of the services we provide, and grab your copy of the free marketing guide while you’re there.

Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous new year!

Sunsets and Friendship

C.S. Lewis once said “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Well, it’s quite possible that one can’t find enough C.S. Lewis quotes to suit me. So today’s inspirational image shares another one. This one on friendship, which I placed on a sunset photo. Friendship and sunsets – two things that make life worth the effort!

Photo Note: I was driving in Michigan’s UP, along Lake Superior, when I noticed this amazing sunset in the rear view mirror. The sun was nearly set by the time I found a safe place to pull over and set up for the shot. That’s the Keweenaw Peninsula shadowed under the clouds. The shot was taken in June 2008. (Click to enlarge.)

 

On Giving

“The Prophet” is a collection of prose-poems written by Kahlil Gibran on the topics of joy and sorrow, good and evil, reason and passion, and many more subjects, including giving. The quote in today’s image is taken from the chapter on giving.

Photo Note: Oxbow Bend on the Snake River backdropped by the Grand Tetons playing hide and seek through the clouds. Taken June 2011.