Tag Archives: Writing

snippets of thought

4 Jul

I am becoming reacquainted with the lighter side of life. Rising out of a quagmire where I have been neglecting my writing and neglecting this blog. The only constant habit I have maintained is always carrying a notebook and pen so I can scribble any errant thought which holds my attention.

So, while I am getting back into my groove I thought I would begin again by sharing with you a few lines of the snippets of thoughts which have made it to paper in these last few months:

“Nature seeks balance, even in her most eclectic of designs.”

“There is something beautiful in the patterns of flocking birds as they dance across the sky.”

“The play of shadow and sun in the morning mist.”

“Taming the wild garden.”

“As I walk the line between light and shadow.”

“Watching the world stream by in all her many shades of green.”

And with this I am remembering to take happiness wherever it can be found, in the little moments and details of life.  I am remembering to look on the world with the wonder I had as a child and I am reminded that everything in transient and has value even when you don’t see it.

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NaNo wind down

24 Nov

The first of the plums are starting to blush with ripeness, and summer is just days around the corner.

This change of seasons is also the closing of NaNoWriMo.  These last few days of spring will be full of furious typing by tens of thousands of writers around the globe.  And if all goes well, sometime in the next year or so, there will be some new novels born from this month of literary abandonment that we all can enjoy.

I am one of those typing manically to try and achieve my goal (50,000 words by the 30th of November).  And in between I’m looking at my garden growing wild with my neglect, and wondering if I’ve done enough to prepare it for the sun-filled months ahead.  Only six more days and I can play in the dirt again!

While life beckons me to come back and enjoy it’s richness, I am happy to have had NaNo to push me to write every day (almost) and to find my way past any plot walls.  Without it, when you get to that point where you don’t know what comes next, it’s so easy to put it aside for another time.  NaNoWriMo gives you the urgency to think it through, to try other avenues you may not have envisioned at first.  It has been a wonderful experience, and I will try it again.

I still have thousands of words, and many chapters to go and less than a week to get there.  So it is back into the wilds of my imagination for me!  And I wonder what I can make with the plums this year…

                        

NaNo beginnings

3 Nov

So NaNoWriMo 2011 http://www.nanowrimo.org/ has officially begun.

All those hours spent daydreaming with a purpose has led to these days working to manifest the story.  There is an extra energy in the air and a sense of ‘needing’ to achieve your goal, there is also a sense that you may have been mad to commit to this when there’s, you know, life.

My first moment of NaNo madness came in my dreams after day one…  By the end of Day One I had written chapter one and 2,368 words; my imagination was spinning with where the story would go next and in this mind I fell asleep.  In my nightmare the words I had written went through the ‘official’ count and came back with only 892 words because all the words with three letters or less were discounted…

There are an awful lot of words with three letters or less…

And now the first day excitement is wearing down and it is time for the real test: can I change my habits for the month and sustain a daily writing regime?  I confess my daily word count is dipping after some long draining days at work… still 27 days to go and 4 weekends to make up some ground.

Surely this is where the ‘persistence’ mentality must kick in… https://emilyelst.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/living-in-flux/    ‘Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence…’

There are 27 more days of possibility to go.

If I truly believe I can do anything then I can surely do this!  I wish my fellow NaNoWriMos out there all the best of luck for their storytelling and their sanity in this month.

 

plotting…

26 Oct

Every idea is a seed.  Sometimes seeds don’t germinate and they either hibernate until the conditions are right, or they break down and become part of the earth.

When a seed is planted in the right ground at the right time it will grow.  How well the plant (or idea) flourishes depends on the care it is given.  You can let it run wild and grow organically into it’s own shape.  Or you can prune it and train it into the shape you desire.

Nourishing new growth will make it stronger.  Fertilising plants and feeding ideas, especially in the beginning, gives you the best opportunity for a robust result.  Eventually you will need to trust the elements will sustain the life you have started, and just remember to appreciate how fragile this balance can be.

I have firmly planted the seed of my idea.  Now I need to decide how to let it grow and feed it daily.

brainstorming for NaNoWriMo

11 Oct

So I have discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) http://www.nanowrimo.org/ which in its essence is ‘thirty days and nights of literary abandon’.  So between the 1st and 30th of November participants try to write a 50,000 word fiction novel (roughly 1,667 words every day).  And, I figured why not?

This leaves me with a few weeks to settle on an idea for a story which I can visit every day in November with motivation.  Sounds easier in theory than it is in practice.

Do you go the Mark Twain route and ‘write what you know’; or on the premise of having no time for research do you go for wild fantasy where the world is tailored to your tale?

So many ideas, so little time…  And then, you start to think “it’s all been done before” and “how can this be different” and then you reach your worst fear: “what if I get halfway through and I don’t like it anymore?”  It is astonishing how much easier it is to entertain your doubts than it is to commit to creating.

The next couple of weeks I can luxuriate in all the possibilities.  The hundred and one tales I could possibly tell.  Then on the 1st of November, one way or another, I will put pen to paper (or finger to keystroke!) and one of those stories will begin.

And really, in the end, what have I got to lose except for the disappointment of not even trying.