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I haven’t written for many days. Been busy, and whatever writing I could do on a weeknight went to my Nano novel. Same for weekends. It’s taking shape, and I’m over 46,000 words, but to finish the story draft will be at least 70,000. I’ll make it. I’ve learned so much from this experience that will help me in my writing career. It’s actually¬† a good model for writing any novel rough draft. Thirty days is enough if you have something of an outline or clue where your story is going and who the characters are. You can always improve on character development in the revision process, but I think the basic rough draft can be done in thirty days.

I had a strong impression tonight about a non-fiction book I want to write. Never thought I’d have something workable for that, but I definitely do. It may be my next project, or the one I do when I have the novels that are in progress ready to find an agent for.

This is proof positive that “this too shall pass.” I knew that already. Keep writing!

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Trying to keep up on my novel at about 2,000 words a day has been a balancing act this weekend. The novel has come out on the light end. Bob and I have been up here in Tacoma on a very fast trip to see one brother, two daughters, six grandchildren, one father nearly 92 years old, and a stepmom…and we’ve done pretty well with visiting all, though the visits with daughters and grandchildren was not as long as I would like. Usually when I come up, my brother is the one I see less of, because he has always lived in Gig Harbor…a half hour away from the rest of the mainstream of family visiting activity. He and my sister-in-law are separated recently, and he is living in a very nice apartment in downtown Tacoma; in fact, we are staying with him for this short visit. So, we are getting to see more of him than usual, and less of the girls.

What’s really getting back-burnered is my writing, and I hate seeing that. I will try to make up for it this coming week and actually get “ahead of schedule”. Bob’s interest in having me read to him “what happens next” while he’s driving has really been a boost emotionally.

I’m going to work on it for the next half hour or forty-five minutes before we have to pack up and get ready to go meet my middle daughter for breakfast. I haven’t seen her yet; she’s been in the process of moving and didn’t really want my help cleaning. (My standards don’t meet up to hers. Oh, well!) After we see her, we will go by and visit with my Dad and stepmom on our way out of town, and then hit the road for Florence. We have to stop and pick up our little dog, Boscoe, at the boarding kennel on our way home. He will be so excited to see me…both of us really. I’ll probably have to let him ride on my lap the rest of the way home.Gotta’ run now!

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I not only didn’t wake up early to write this morning, I was late to work. I feel pretty disappointed with myself, but I was in desperate need of sleep. In my spare time at work, however, I hand wrote another chapter. I was having a really miserable day at work. It was my last day, and the mother of the baby I take care of couldn’t even bother to say “goodbye” to me. In fact, per usual, she spoke as little to me as possible all day long. I’ve got to let that go. And I need to tell something my husband did today that I will never forget. He hasn’t been especially excited about the time I spend writing, and it’s not always possible to get him to read and give me feedback at times. While I was at work today I got a phone message from him, because I couldn’t answer my phone. He had read my first two chapters of “The Homesteaders”, my NaNoWriMo novel, and he called to tell me he really loved the story and the writing. I was so tickled. It lifted my whole day. I left them on the table, but didn’t ask him to read them; he just picked it up and read it on his own. That meant a lot to me, too. He’s a discriminating reader and he’s not afraid to tell me it’s “okay” or “so-so”, or he wasn’t especially thrilled by it. That’s why his taking the effort to tell me he really loved it was SO amazing. Gotta’ go get that handwritten chapter typed.

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Day One

Day One.

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Day One

I can’t believe, after not being able to fall asleep until after midnight…but being in bed trying, rather than being up doing something, I actually got up shortly after my alarm went off at 0400, and brought my laptop back to bed with me and started writing my Nano Novel. I wrote the first chapter, and logged more than 2,000 words in, which had been my goal. I will print it off and take it to work with me today, and see what I can do to improve it.

I did it! I achieved my writing goal for today.

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My inspiration seems to come a tiny piece at a time, day after day. The focus for this blog is going to be: My Journey from Writer to Author. We all know there’s a difference. An author is published. A writer? Maybe not.

I’ve been working on my first novel for a little over 3 years now. I started writing it on Oct. 3,2008, and believe me, it has really morphed from the first concept.I was thinking of another concept to bring in last night, so I only got about 4 hours of sleep. Oh well. The basic story is in place now, but some of the supporting or secondary characters are going to be antagonists instead of supporters. Especially one prime character that is important to the protagonist. And one minor character (sort of) is going to start out an antagonist and she turns out to be an ally in the end.

This has already been quite a journey, but there’s much to go until I see this book in print. I believe it has great potential, and I believe in my talent. I also believe in my determination and drive. Currently, I am continuing to type the messy first draft back into my laptop in a nice, neat format. I’m actually a very fast typist, but I get sleepy after awhile…just like reading. Not because I’m bored, but I’m sleep deprived usually to begin with, and focusing my eyes on a screen or page for a long time makes me drowsy.

It’s time for me to leave for work. Like most writers, I have to have a day job to support my habit:)

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