The After(NANO)glow


I want to express my gratitude to each and every one of my guests.  THANK YOU!

Weren’t they awesome?  Maybe I can persuade a few of them to come back again.

I enjoyed reading through each of their views. I employed Lizette’s plan for making 30 points to work on each day.  For the most part, it worked.  There were a couple of points that carried over into the next day but since towards the end I utilized my Dragon Naturally Speaking software  to dictate about 14000 words and  covered 6 of my  30 points, it all worked out.  I’ve tried different methods, most of which haven’t worked for me.  I tried pantsing and ended up with scenes that really didn’t advance the story,  that just took the characters into an interesting little side loop rabbit trail.   I tried  to outline in detail and that was stifling to my creative mojo.  I’ve tried various plans – book in a year,  book on index cards, book in 30 days, in addition to  several that I’ve forgotten their labels.  So far,  Lizette’s simple plan has worked for me the best.  It allows a framework yet  freedom to be creative.

There has been much discussion as to what word processing program is the best.  There are many systems on the market.  Word is a standard option if you have Office. My husband got me Scrivener with my winner’s discount after winning in 2011.  Can I just say,  I LOVE my Scrivener! There are so many cool features it’s difficult to  highlight just a few, so I’ll just mention my three favorite.

  1. typewriter mode –  everything you type stays in the middle of the screen, so your words don’t drop down to the bottom of the page.
  2. daily targets – as I type it adds every word I put down.   I can see my word count climb as I work.
  3. the corkboard –   I can create my index cards for each chapter,  each scene within a chapter,  my characters,  the entire story on index cards on a virtual corkboard.

OK, so maybe you don’t get excited about word processors but it’s a vital tool for me.

It’s fascinating that  if you ask 10 writers the same question you get 20 different answers!  How is that possible?  Oh,  come on guys.  You should know by now that getting inside a writer’s mind is like opening a bag of popcorn.

You grab it by the opposite corners with every intention of keeping things neat and tidy, then transfer into the waiting vessel for consumption,  but the dog runs in and bumps your leg and you pull harder than you intended and popcorn goes everywhere much to the dog’s delight!

Most of the writers I know are not just one trick ponies.  If they were, they’d be one hit wonders and be done.  That old line that everyone has a book inside them holds true,  but a true writer has a library of books inside them.

This  fact makes for some interesting  forums in my writing groups.  For the most part I’ve found that writers encourage each other.  It’s not like some other fields where it’s backstabbing and trampling over one guy to push themselves higher.  We are on similar paths and there is a sense of camaraderie.  Well, at least for the friends  I have in my circle.

For everyone that attempted NANO,  congratulations!  It’s not an easy task.  Simple, but not easy. Just like baking is simple, but not everyone does it well.  I am working on honing my craft, practice does indeed make perfect.  It works with  piano lessons,  with golf, with most everything we do.

I figure whatever you are passionate about –  pursue it.  For me it’s a writing career.  I’m sending out finished manuscripts, which is a step in the right direction. NANO  is yet another tool for a writer to break old habits,  reestablish or establish good habits and focus on the goal. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me.

Thank you to my guests and to my readers.   You guys rock!

Write on my friends, write on!