There has been an interesting concept or theme. . . when it comes to October for writer’s of NaNoWriMo . . . many of them make survival kits. Things they will need to get through 30 days of nonstop writing frenzies.
Most of the survival kits consist of usual. . . pens, paper/notebooks, computer, sticky notes, lots of sugar and/or caffeine (coffee, tea, candy.)
Many use Halloween candy as treats or survival sugar. (Chocolate and gummy are my favorite. . . I love Charleston Chews.)
I think what is brilliant is someone said a crock pot. . . in genius. You make a meal in the morning: throw things in, plug it in, turn it on high, and by dinner time, you have roast, stew, roast chicken, casserole, or soup. (It you have a big enough crock pot, you could have dinner for days or at least lunch the next day.)
So my survival kit. . .
- colored pens
- hot cocoa
- Coffee/ tea
- Snacks: chips, crackers
- Supportive, encouraging boyfriend
- Reward list
- Cell phone
Things I will need to avoid. . . Internet, cleaning, and crying little sisters.
I have never had a first draft without missing words, spelling mistakes, or grammar errors.
I mean how can I not make a mistake when my characters are telling their stories, my muses are trying the twists and turns. . . the “OMG” moments. Then they both want to walk away from my outline and explore the path untraveled. They always seem to have ideas when I am exhausted or miserable.
I also rush when I write my first draft as that is when my inspiration hits me.
I’m also worried about my word count, especially when I write in November (NaNoWriMo).
Even on my blogs, I read and reread before I hit send to make sure things sound right, and I even miss things afterward. (It really irks me.)
I will problem have ten even twenty drafts of scenes and stories before I send it out to a publisher. I also cannot afford an editor at the moment.
If it is just for fun or with a friend, I will check once, maybe twice, because most of my co-writers understand my writing issues.
I am not perfect; therefore, my writing will not be perfect.
I have written more, in the last two months, in a hospital than I have at home.
I have learned something about myself. . . I write well in the middle of chaos. I like having things going on around me that I am not involved it. It keeps my mind constantly going. The only disadvantage is that it can cause me to get drained and exhausted.
At home, 9 times out of 10, I’m already exhausted before I write.
I really want a place where I feel I can write. 😦 Writing at home is hard.
I have learned something even though you sit at a desk and write a book. . . you technically never write alone.
You have you characters and muses arguing with you. They always want to go into the scary woods even though is not planned and 20 days off your writing path. LOL
Then you get the beta readers who give suggestions, some good and some bad. It’s like advice; you can take it or leave.
Then editors telling you change the same scene three times and then they are fine with the original . Grrrrrr
So in the end you really are never writing alone.
I do NOT read as much as I should. I have been told that for every book you write, you should read at least 10 in that genre. However it 2/3 through the month and I haven’t finished the list of books I want to read this month.
August: a month to read. . .
I just keep easily distracted. (I am more distracted against reading that I am with writing.)
- I like to write.
- Facebook is a huge distraction: I like too many mindless games.
- A good distraction is my boyfriend.
- I keep having eye issues and migraines. . . maybe it from reading from a screen too long.
- Cleaning: It’s like it is never done.
- Health issues.
- I’ve helping some sick family members as well.
- Endless Errands.
I will continue to finish my goals in September as well. October I am getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I will try to finish at least 2 out of the six things that I have listed.
I know I need to read more.
I am going to add a section on here called Writing Confessions. I will show secrets parts of my writing mind. . . like one of my happy places, my process, my issues etc. I hope it helps others to see in the mind of a writer.