October 2010 Blog Posts (527)

NaNoWriMo

One of my favorite cartoons when I was a child was Wacky races - 34 episodes produced by Hana-Barbera between 1968 and 1970, a series of races picturing crazy competitors, each one hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer." Some characters are in people's minds to today.



Tonight at midnight, a modern wacky race is going to start, a 30-day race to write a 50,000-word novel: NaNoWriMo. It is an international writing challenge happening every year for the past 12 years in… Continue

Added by Kenia Cris on October 31, 2010 at 5:35pm — No Comments

NaNoWriMo

One of my favorite cartoons when I was a child was Wacky races - 34 episodes produced by Hana-Barbera between 1968 and 1970, a series of races picturing crazy competitors, each one hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer." Some characters are in people's minds to today.



Tonight at midnight, a modern wacky race is going to start, a 30-day race to write a 50,000-word novel: NaNoWriMo. It is an international writing challenge happening every year for the past 12 years in… Continue

Added by Kenia Cris on October 31, 2010 at 5:33pm — No Comments

From fragments we build a story – holy cow I’m in a movie with Matt Damon and directed by Clint Eastwood

Apologies for the bragging headline. At the beginning of the year I was an extra in Clint Eastwood’s latest film, Hereafter, starring Matt Damon. However, I also feel there is

a level-headed, writerly post in it…



I just stumbled across my first review of Hereafter, in The Economist. I am of course, detonating with excitement (although I have to wait until January before it arrives in the UK). But reading the review, I can see for the… Continue

Added by Roz Morris on October 31, 2010 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Beauty

We’re late. I clutch my daughter’s hand tightly as we hurry up the stairs to the railway platform, partly because that’s the way she likes it (‘tighter, Mummy, don’t let go!’) but mostly because I know that if I do let go she will probably start zigzagging up the stairs or hopping or…something, something that will, invariably, make us even more likely to miss our train.



But when we’re halfway up something makes me pause. My daughter, stopped mid-hop, tugs at my hand, and for a moment… Continue

Added by Kate Paine on October 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fat Girl and the Full-Length Memoir

Reposted from The Writerly Habit



As I was writing for section three of my independent study in creative nonfiction, I realized that my food addiction kept coming up. I've written snippets before but never felt like I needed much more. In writing about place, I see how my life has been fully impacted by my size. My size impacts where I go, the landscapes I allow myself to see, and what I do, the internal landscape of… Continue

Added by Brandi Ballard on October 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Act Like You Know (How To Be Free)





Think for yourself. Return to yourself. Not what you have been told or taught, but what you know. Get into a timeless space. Start looking from the big picture, the biggest picture you can imagine. Imagine every situation as if you're looking at it from the solar system's perspective. Get in touch with the infinite you. The you than was never… Continue

Added by Aimee Loves You on October 30, 2010 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

The Latest Lesbian Issue of TRIVIA

It may be the last. Editor Lise Weil is stepping down after her monumental commitment to the magazine that has been vanguard as much as a feminist classic. The last two issues on lesbian identity -- from the seventies to now -- are a breath of fresh air in our back-lash-polluted culture. I am lucky to be part of this last grand departure with an excerpt from the novel I just finished.

The journal with a mission:

"TRIVIA publishes feminist… Continue

Added by Renate Stendhal on October 30, 2010 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

Why do I write and what is my process? | By Brett Foster

Why do I write, to explain myself, over explain myself, tell a story, make someone cry tears of joy at an ending they never thought could be.



No, I write because a fire inside me burns with such a fury I have to find a way to let people here my war cry.



I write to yell out for the world to hear: "If no one believes in you, believe in yourself, never stop believing in yourself! Society does not determine who we are,… Continue

Added by Anjuelle Floyd on October 30, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

My NaNoWriMo Pencil-Case of Tricks, Tools & Software

My NaNoWriMo Pencil-Case of Tricks, Tools & Software



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It is just under 12 hours until the Mad,Wonderful Craziness of NaNoWriMo 2010. Based in NZ has its advantages and disadvantages. We are the first to open Christmas prezzies. We are the first to celebrate New Year. But we are also the first to start NaNoWriMo. I will be starting at midnight in under 12 hours time. Does this fill me with trepidation, excitement,… Continue

Added by Kim Koning on October 30, 2010 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Member News Week Ending October 30, 2010

Jude Marr has two poems forthcoming in the next edition of the Courtland Review.



Becky Povich has stories coming out in two anthologies next month. One is in a new Thin Threads anthology and one is a new Patchwork Path anthology.



Toni… Continue

Added by Member News on October 30, 2010 at 7:01pm — 1 Comment

Go to "Naughty Paris" this Halloween

I've always loved Halloween and dressing up in a pretty costume. Especially a can-can outfit with a white petticoat and layers of ruffles and black stockings. Imagine if you could go to Paris and dance the can-can at the famous Moulin Rouge.



You… Continue

Added by Jina Bacarr on October 30, 2010 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Once upon a time...

I'm new to this forum - actually I'm new to all forums on writing.



I write scholarly research for my profession, but have only just started exploring the world of fiction. Oh, I've READ fiction - I LOVE fiction - but I've never written fiction before. This is a new frontier.



I'm sure my story isn't unique. I started writing as a hobby about six years ago when my mother passed away (it was either writing or finding a good psychiatrist!) Writing brought me through my grief… Continue

Added by Jae Misra on October 30, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

'The Cruiserweight' Contest - Win a Free Copy of the Ebook

Want to do something entertaining between getting stuck on your NaNoWriMo project and ease the stress of the coming holiday season?



On Monday November 1, a new contest will begin. Get your creativity caps on and dash out an essay in 500 words or less about a character from The Cruiserweight and why you liked that particular character.



The best essay will win a free downloadable copy of The Cruiserweight from Smashwords. All entries should be emailed to… Continue

Added by L. Anne Carrington on October 30, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

Scary/mystery movie picks & ebook giveaway

In the new issue of Kings River Life Magazine the staff shares their favorite picks for scary/suspense and mystery movies! Check it out and share yours with us as well http://kingsriverlife.com/10/30/scarymystery-movie-pics/

Also, read an interview with vampire author James Garcia Jr., a review of his book, and enter for a chance to win a copy of his ebook!… Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on October 30, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Scary/mystery movie picks & ebook giveaway

In the new issue of Kings River Life Magazine the staff shares their favorite picks for scary/suspense and mystery movies! Check it out and share yours with us as well http://kingsriverlife.com/10/30/scarymystery-movie-pics/

Also, read an interview with vampire author James Garcia Jr., a review of his book, and enter for a chance to win a copy of his ebook!… Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on October 30, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Any Nova Scotia NanoWriMo participants, and/or first timers?

November 1 is approaching far too quickly for my liking. NaNoWriMo will soon be starting and thousands of us will be lurching out of the starting gate. I for one am excited and nervous about it.



I am looking at this writing challenge as a way of motivating me, of propelling me into 'real' writing - meaning committed writing. I know it is not going to happen without work, but it could be a sound beginning for me.



My problem, as I see it, is that I have nothing to start… Continue

Added by Lynn A. Davidson on October 30, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Why You Don't Need Discipline: Secrets to Writing Every Day

I write daily, and I usually write all day, clocking as many as 10-12 hours a day. But on occasion, I daydream or engage in other creative activities and really only write for a couple of hours. Regardless, I write every day, and I produce a lot of work—some of it rubbish and some of it brilliant—but it’s all still writing.



Why do I write every day? The short answer: writing is my primary occupation. Sure, I have other, better-paying gigs. I’ve been touring and… Continue

Added by Ami Mattison on October 30, 2010 at 9:59am — No Comments

How's your memory?

I turn to my husband as we are driving down the highway and ask, “Did you notice if I turned off the pot of chili on the stove?” For the life of me, I cannot remember. Or, my husband asks me, “Did I shut the garage door?” I didn’t notice and he’s not sure whether he did or not. We replay the scenarios in our mind but to no avail. So what do we end up doing? We turn around, of course, and go back home only to find that everything is all right.



The first thing we ask ourselves is, "Is… Continue

Added by Anna Eleanor Pinette on October 30, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

IMHO: How the Publishing World Has Changed (or Not)

While Googling myself (Hey, 'fess up! You do it, too!) I came up with this article, in LiveWires.com, dated April 3, 2009. In it, I was asked: "How do you see the world changing from a writer’s point of view?"



My answer is below.



Do I still feel it hits the mark? Hell yeah. In a nutshell, my two cents: as online distribution of digitial books grow, the roles of publishers, agents, and book retailers will have to change, in order for these functions to survive. I… Continue

Added by josiebrown on October 29, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Today's lesson - Flexing those mental muscles & getting fir for NaNoWriMo.

I am centering today’s mental muscles in honour of this being the last week before the gun goes off and the writers are sprinting away in the mad creative marathon of NaNoWriMo.



So is your story clear in your head? Is your story as tangible as a photograph or is it a scarf, flung carelessly, constantly been blown out of your reach? Could you describe it in a page, in a paragraph or in a sentence? Are character/s knocking on your mental doors or have they been breaking & entering… Continue

Added by Kim Koning on October 29, 2010 at 4:49pm — 9 Comments

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