Can You Write…

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Is it possible?

Is it possible to rise above all the extraneous parts of your life and participate in NaNoWriMo?

Yes!

I lost my husband to Stage Four Lung Cancer on August 11, 2017.

It has been a life changing experience, yet I feel that I can do NaNoWriMo this November.

Why? Because  I feel that I have grown as a writer. I can do this.

I will write with more passion and more feeling than I have done before.

It is a challenge, but it can be done.

I have not yet planned out an outline. I will do that before November 1st.

I will succeed,  because I have met the word count for many years before this.

I will do it!

Are you with me?

As a writer, do you feel the path to success is yours?

Join me, and we will succeed together!

NaNoWriMo name is faerieblu

Want Good Writing Software? Read On.

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There are some extremely popular writing programs out there. Check on Facebook or in Google and you will most likely find them.

I have three writing programs on my computers. One was discounted when I completed NaNoWriMo. The program offers a free version to NaNoWriMo writers, which they can use for the month of November, so I understand its draw.

Nevertheless, there are two other software programs that I want to mention, especially for those of you planning to write your 50,000 words in November.

Let me say that I am not receiving any remuneration from either of these companies. This is just my personal opinion.

The first is WriteItNow!  This is a very customizable program that offers a story board, colors of choice and spell checker among other things.

It costs $59.95 US for the download version, and $69.95 for CD.

The second is WriteWay Professional. It too offers story board, character charts and word count report.

It costs nothing. The creator has turned it over to the web and to writers, free.

I recommend either of these options, for first time writers, or those who have perhaps tried other software and given up because it was too complicated to use.

So check them out and see it you don’t find one or both to be of value as you write.

Of course, there is also Libre Office which is a free program too, for those who prefer plain word processing.

 

 

And Then What?

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With NaNoWriMo fast approaching, and no idea what I will write about, the muse having left me while I mourn my late husband, I have decided to add to this blog.

Here is a tip for writing when you are stuck for an idea.

This is something that has worked for me in the past.

Find a photo, or a scene from your window, or a passage from a book – it’s alright to do that, because you aren’t going to plagiarize (at least I hope not!).

Let’s work with the photo suggestion.

Above is a photo of balloons.

There are people in each one of those balloons.

Pick one of the balloons at random.

Who is riding in the balloon?

How did they end up in that balloon?

Is there anything the people in the balloon have to say?

Who do they wish to say it to? Another person in the balloon? Someone on the ground, waiting for them? Someone who is not nearby?

Why do they want to say that?

What happened to make them feel the way they feel?

Is the balloon going to land safely?

If not, why not?

If yes, then what happens next?

Okay, this is the longest piece I’ve written since my husband passed away.

Success!

Cherish those around you.

I will be back again, soon.

In the meantime, those who are planning to participate in NaNoWriMo, get ready. It’s always a great ride!

Still Busy, and Not Writing

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I am not writing yet. There are a few – a very few – things yet to be done, in taking care of the estate. Then, oh then! I will foray into NaNoWriMo this November (I hope) with renewed energy and dedication.

I have no story line simmering on the back burner. I have no thought of What to Write.

But I think that it will come to me, soon.

Bear with me a little while yet, and I will begin to write again, because it is necessary.