2016 Year In Review

Hello, writers and bloggers. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. I understand it can be stressful. As such, writing can be rather scarce. Because of this, I am posting my self assessment a little early. I mean, if TV can broadcast their “best of” lists a week or two before the year ends, why can’t I do the same?

2016. What’s the one word that can sum up my writing journey?

Honesty. Continue reading “2016 Year In Review”

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Rest and Recharge

Hi again, you lovely writing people. This will be short, I promise. I just wanted to let you know that I am taking a little time to recharge and prepare for the upcoming year. Can’t believe it’s about three weeks away. I thought about writing a Christmas story, and I still might. For now, I’m putting it on the shelf. Continue reading “Rest and Recharge”

2016 NaNo Rebel Wrap-Up

It’s December 1st. November felt like it flew by. Having said that, another NaNoWriMo is in the books. Congratulations to everyone who participated, whether you accomplished churning out 50,000 words or not. Your efforts deserve commendation. As for NaNo Rebels like myself, I hope the month was just as productive. 

I set out to write three short stories during NaNo. I failed. I finished two stories. I think what hindered me was getting the writing time I want. Family and jobs took up most of my time. Gathering the energy to write was challenging. And there were days where I was in no mood to write. I thought about quitting on one occasion.

From this, though, I learned to take advantage of the free time I had to write something. As such, I couldn’t spend time editing while writing. So, I forced myself to use my spiral notebook, a.k.a. my draft book. It would have been easier to put it on my iPhone, but I wouldn’t have gotten as far. The temptation to edit would’ve been enormous. Writing it out in a notebook propelled me to get the words out, set the groundwork for my story. Only when I was finished could I edit and revise. That was not an easy process, but one I relished. This will be a new process for my stories. 

Even though I didn’t participate in NaNo,  I think this month was my best month writing-wise. I pushed myself to do something I hadn’t thought possible. And while I came close, I take comfort in knowing I have the capability to meet the goals I set.

So, where do I go from here? Right now, I am working on a new short story for Christmas. I’m pulling characters from a story I posted on my blog at the beginning of the year, putting them in a new situation. I’m in the rough draft stage right now, but hope to have a full-fledged story typed up before Christmas. I’m debating whether to post it here, but I’ll cross that bridge later. In the meantime, if anyone wants to know about and read the two stories I wrote during NaNo, feel free to let me know in the comments. We’ll work something out. 

Until next time…