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National Novel Writing Month: Tools and Thoughts to Help Make It Through

Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 24 The Ghost of Nano Present

I crossed the Nano finish line last night. I’d been tired and sore after getting that cast on. However, an idea for a scene came up so I cranked up the dictation software and gave it a go. I didn’t expect to have enough to make 50,000 words. I was wrong. It feels good.  I think the ghost of Nano present paid me a visit, took pity on me and stimulated a little creativity.  Thank you. I shall be good all year. 

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Nanowrimo 2015-Day 23 Looking New in Blue

I spent today in the orthopedics office at Santa Monica-UCLA-Orthopedic Hospital. My highfalutin hand surgeon turned up his nose at the splint the emergency physician put on six days ago and quickly ordered a new set of x-rays. The fracture was still well aligned and apparently not much of a big deal, so a cast would do; no surgery was needed. Several hours later I exited with a nifty blue fiberglass cast. It itches like crazy in there, but it is an improvement over that splint.…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 22 Visiting Ghosts Of Nano Past

At 46,000 words my 50,000-word victory is within reach. Learning how to write in spite of my right wrist fracture has made me rather reflective. What is so important about Nanowrimo that I would work so hard to succeed in spite of the obstacles at hand (pun intended)? National Novel Writing Month has come to mean a great deal to many people. Participation has grown from 21 to over 400,000 since its 1999 beginnings in Oakland, California. Up Bubbles Something Wonderful Its creator, Chris Baty, describes its…

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Guide To Dictation by Cindy Grigg

Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 20 – Dictation for the Productive Writer

Dictation: Salvaging Nanowrimo after a wrist fracture September 2015 was my Nanowrimo pre-preparation month.  I knew which story I wanted to write and planned to dedicate October to brainstorming and outlining. Before undertaking planning, I thought I’d take time in September to get all my tools together. I made sure the MacBook was in working condition and that  I had the current Scrivener version.  I double checked my external hard drive, Time Capsule and thumb drives for backups. Initially, I was not sure about diving…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 19 Dictation show and tell

I’m still working out the bugs of my dictation set up,  but I can at least show you my toolbox. Dragon for the Macintosh OS version 5 is my go-to dictation program. Created by Nuance, the Macintosh version has some significant differences from the original PC versions. Still, it is head and shoulders above the built-in Mac OS dictate application and gets better the more you use it. I bought mine directly from Nuance for $149.   For instance, yesterday’s blog I used the built-in…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 18 – A Wrist Fracture as Midpoint Obstacle and My Dance with the Dragon

No sooner had I written about resistance yesterday, then I slipped on the wet bathroom floor and fractured my right wrist. Yikes! This is going to be a tough hurdle to overcome. A six-in-the-morning ER visit, a revealing x-ray, a failed attempt at work and an afternoon visit with my primary doctor later, and I was splinted, medicated and swiftly contemplating how to meet my word count with a non-functioning right hand. While limited, I had some fairly good possibilities. Fortunately, I had everything I…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 17 Resistance Arrives and My Mind’s Wandering, Maybe It’s Time For A Subplot

Resistance Rears Its Head Argh! I still have a cold. Vacation’s over and I’m back at work. Finding minutes to write is more and more challenging.  The reasons why I should slow down or stop mount. Resistance is trying to have its way with me. In his book The War Of Art, Steven Pressfield, calls it resistance. Resistance is that soul-sucking force that whispers doubt, hesitancy and criticism in your ear.  From resistance spawns writer’s block, procrastination and resignation. Maybe it masks as boredom. Add your…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 16 What Makes You A Writer?

I have a cold. Thanks to a humidifier and NyQuil I slept late into the morning. So, the AM walk was later than usual, 10 o’clock. This meant that a different mix of neighbors would be out and about. Sure, enough, my neighbor from across the street was walking her feisty, petite  brown long-haired dachshund. He’s cute and territorial. While he and Juliette, my chihuahua mix, did the chase-me-no-I’ll-chase-you dog thing, my neighbor asked me a question that made my day. “How’s the writing coming…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 15 Who Says You Can’t Outline A Book In the Middle of Nano? 

Outline Revisions on the Fly—It Was Bound To Happen I know, I know, I know. Nanowrimo is about world production. The higher the count the better. Today, I needed to push the pause button. I got a flash about the how the story should begin. Making the change was simple enough. Scene 1 now becomes scene 3. I’d need to make some notes about changes in scene 3 then move on. Here’s the thing about little changes. They lead to bigger changes. So, I stopped…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 14 Repetition is the Mother of Completion

Write, Rinse, and Repeat The beauty of persistence is that when writing becomes a daily routine, things get completed. This fact may be one of the greatest lessons of National Novel Writing Month. At the month’s midpoint, I’ve written 27,000+ words. Some I’ve flagged with questions such as “I really want to change this character’s name” or “add the name of the street here.” I’m pretty happy with many of the scenes. Others I see the potential to move up or down in the story.…

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