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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 9 Recharge With A Change Of Scene

Last week’s writing took place mostly in the first-floor den of my two-story townhome. I needed a change, a recharge. The downstairs den was cool. Perfect on those recent near 90° Los Angeles days. Plus, the relatively new sofa was comfortable enough not to torture my back after falling asleep writing some time after 2 AM. However, the weather turned cold, and I found myself waking at 4 AM shivering in 50° weather with the windows open. Of course, I could have gone upstairs to bed…

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Nanowrimo 2015 – Day 6 Life’s Intermissions Can Lift Your Writing

Intermissions Aren’t Only For Long Movies Novels are call “long form” for a reason. Writing one is a prolonged journey. This 50,000-word section of the trip called NaNoWriMo is nearing the end of its first week. It’s been a production day for me. My sister was due to visit me today, so some preparation was in order. She, the school teacher, is not known for short conversations. Since I value her words, opinions and experience I knew I had to do some serious writing before…

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Day 4

Keep On Keepin’ On On the page Since I’m off work this week I sleep without an alarm clock. Still, I rose from sleep at 4 AM, ready to stretch, walk the dog and start writing. I began the morning writing a blog post about the beautiful bridge and breakwater area here in Los Angeles where Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Rey meet at the west most bridge over Ballona Creek’s. My walk yesterday was wonderful. You can find that post here. Back to…

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NaNoWriMo Soundtracks

Music Playlists: Rock Your Novel to a Beat Is your National Novel Writing Month story epic? Does the hero storm the castle, talisman in hand, lessons learned with an absolute resolve to do or die? Did you hear that? There, in the background. That’s your novel’s soundtrack. What music is playing? Music makes my heart pound and my imagination sour. I know some people find it distracting. Maybe, they just can’t write to music. Maybe, they have never found music that fits the mood their writing calls…

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NaNoWriMo: Ride Your Creative Wave

According to the Berkeley-based non-profit, Office of Letters and Light, November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge: write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Meet that challenge and you are a NaNoWriMo winner! Na=National No=Novel Wri=Writing Mo=Month I first heard of NaNoWriMo in 2011. Fresh of a lofty inspiration to write a novel, I googled “How to Write A Novel” [I know, not original] and found the NaNoWriMo website. The site is adorned in  a welcoming, lively and playful light blue.  The content works…

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Scrivener Tips for Writing Your Novel

Scrivener is my jam. Like most, I started creative writing with Microsoft Word. That venerable word processor is still the industry standard but, when it comes to organizing, researching, drafting and revising a novel, Scrivener is hard to top. Scrivener’s origins go back to 2005 when writer and programmer, Keith Blount, offered the beta version in the NaNoWriMo forums. He, since, has formed Literature and Latte with a feature-packed Scrivener as the flagship product and regular NaNo Sponsor.  It truly is a “Complete Writing Studio.” Here…

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Let’s Tell A Story

Imagine, if you dare, a doctor’s scrawl across the back of discarded scrap paper. This is my free-writing process. My words tilt this angle and that. Some words are circled. Some encased in rectangles. Lines connect and weave. A crawl of letters frame the edge is places. In others, they J-walk across the page and insinuating themselves into some bit of intrigue. I’d love to claim this makes sense to me. But it doesn’t. I’d love to say this is a mind-map, a map of…

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The Writing Journey

Something magical happens when you read a story. One day it occurred to me that one of the most enjoyable and powerful aspects of medical practice was listening the answer to the question we are taught to ask: “What Brings You Here Today.” [Under construction please come back for July 1 Grand Opening]

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