Wow, Am I Behind on the Updates!!!!

November 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm (NaNoWriMo)

Alright, I can’t tell a lie, I’ve totally been failing at the whole, inspiring myself and others thing that I’ve been attempting to do. (which is what I’m attempting to do if that hasn’t become obvious.) As of last night, I only had 18862 words. Yeah, and as most of you remember, yesterday was the big middle point of NaNo. Which means I should have hit at least 25000 words by then. See the difference.*

So I’m taking a different approach at finishing NaNo. The Scatter Method. What I mean by that is, I’m writing it scene by scene, in the most random of orders.  And at least from what I’ve gotten accomplished today, I’ve got to admit, it’s working for me.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that taking a different look at what your writing can be helpful.

Good luck!!!

*In case you’re not good at math, that’s 6138 words.


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So who looks like what???

November 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm (NaNoWriMo)

Okay, I had some time today (while I wasn’t writing, shame on me) and I decided to look for pictures of what my minor characters would look like. So here it goes!!!

Sam, the minor vision girl.

Liz, the major vision girl.

Hare, the boy in the loin cloth. (except with red hair)

Boss, the shape shifter.

Missy, the mom with telekanisis.

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Well I’ve Update Lazy Lately

November 12, 2009 at 6:26 pm (NaNoWriMo)

As you can tell from that cute little calendar to your right, I sort of forgot to give everyone an update yesterday so let me get everyone up to speed.

First of all, let’s talk characters.

Well, I’m currently at about 15000 words and working on chapter 6. Whoo hoo! But more importantly, I’ve been working on a whole bunch of new characters.

First off is Boss (real name is Mickey), the forty something shape shifter and guardian of the Chicago safe house.

Then we have the empathic Hare (really named Harrison), a fifteen year old stoner who only ever wears a loin cloth and can play the didgeridoo…sort of.

Next is Samantha, (she has powers that are very similar to Alice’s from Twilight) but she’s a very angst ridden individual who I totally plan on killing off, along with her vodka habits.

Then there’s Elizabeth who also has visions but unlike Samantha, she has only visions of tragedies which has made her a rather sad individual.

Lastly there’s Missy who’s telekinetic and who used to be the guardian of the house (Boss’s job) until she got married and had a kid and all that other fun little family stuff. Now she just shows up to cook and such.

So there you have it, the newest members of The Stray Flame.

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Day 10 is About to Begin

November 10, 2009 at 9:43 am (Uncategorized)

You guys remember all that stuff I said about Perseverance. Guess what, it pays off. 3 straight hours of typing while on the road yesterday, plenty of hand-writing after my computer battery died, and two word wars later in the evening and I had typed 2833 words. Just check out where I am.


Total: 12771

Behind By: 2232


It’s definitely better than where I was two days ago.

I did the math just now and if I can type 2600 words in the next three days I’ll be caught up, and in fact over, where I need to be.

NaNo is a lesson in perseverance. I don’t know how many times I will say this but it’s very very very very true.

Good luck everyone!

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Five Tips for Beating Writers Block

November 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm (Writing Tips)

Okay, so I’m currently typing this up outside of Colfax Iowa…somewhere…in the country…and I’m kinda of freaked out. Okay, so we’re only here because of Trainland USA. Yeah, my dad wanted to see a train museum. It’s closed but the guy is giving my pops a free tour and I’m stuck in the car with the rest of the family. *DORK ALERT* 

Now I’m going to give a few quick tips today…seeing as how I have the time.

Anyway, about the tips. I think we all know that writer’s block can be a serious, serious distraction, seriously. And when it comes to NaNo, that can be a really bad deal because, well, it’s all about the writing…not the blocking of the writing. So here are some very simple tips to defeat writers block.

  1. Just Take A Break:  Okay, it sounds silly to stop writing when you’re trying to, you know, write but clearing your mind for half an hour to catch the end of “Gilmore Girls” isn’t always a bad idea. Forcing it will just make it harder.
  2. Take a Shower: Sometimes writers block is only the result of stress. Take a hot shower and let it wash away all the worries that NaNo might have caused you. Besides that, you do really need to remember to bathe at least once a week during November. Bad sanitary habits just aren’t healthy.
  3. Listen to Music: Again, this is really all about just taking a little time to focus on something besides writing. Trying to force through your writers block will only make it harder for you.
  4. Do Writing Prompts: These can actually help add to your word count. There are plenty of writing websites out there that list writing prompts. Just google ‘writing prompts’ and I bet you’ll find something to help you out. Heck, you might even be able to incorporate your prompt into your NaNo.
  5. Don’t Think About the Story: Seriously, just stop thinking about it. I’ll know if you’re thinking and then I’ll have to sick the Zombie UPS guy on you.


Well, we’re about to leave the train thingy *eye roll* so farewell again from lilymoore until we get to a hotel with wireless internet. *bows*

Oh….and stop thinking about your story. or else.

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Plan Plan Plan or Not; Plans Get Ruined

November 9, 2009 at 1:36 am (NaNoWriMo)

Okay…bad things will happen to you as a writer. Maybe you’ll forget to save just before your computer gets run over by a bus. Maybe your son set his ice pop on your notebook and now you have to dry it out and try and read through the grape colored goo that’s got your pages stuck together. For me, it was the wedding…and the after wedding party….and the after after wedding party. I’m now farther behind then I ever expected to be. But I have to look on the bright side. I still have about 16 hours of driving ahead of me. If I can write three hundred words every hour…just imagine…4800 words at least.

But  you know what…percerverence will make me a stronger person. All I have to do, is you know…percerver.

As of Posting

Total: 9938

Behind By:  3398

Best of Luck to everyone participating in Nano…even those of you who may have fallen behind. 😀

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1 Day Down, 5 to Go!!!

November 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm (NaNoWriMo)

Okay, if anyone has been following, I’m currently typing this from my dad’s car and I’ve been in the car for 7 hours straight with the exception of2 bathroom breaks and we still have a good ways to go and it’s been such a huge NaNo helper. You might think that I’m crazy but I’ve been up sense 7:30 writing almost non-stop and I already hit 1830 in just 7 hours. I mean, that doesn’t seem like a lot but I did all of it by hand before typing it so that does change things a bit. 😛

Anyway, I’m giving a shout out from Iowa to anyone who might be reading this. 


P.S. Iowa looks just like South Dakota. And neither of them look great. ^^

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Day 4 is finished at 7118 words!!!

November 5, 2009 at 1:51 am (Uncategorized)

Now for those of you who are writing by the usual 1667 words per day calendar, that means that by day 4, I needed at least 6668. Obviously I majorly made up for everythign that I lost yesterday. What did I say about just sitting down and doing it? Oh yeah, sit down…and get this…do it. 😀

I can owe a lot of my success today to two factors. Word Wars and a new character.

For those of you who don’t know what a Word War is (and I’ll admit that I didn’t even learn about them until about an hour ago, it’s really about setting a start time, a finishing time, and then competing with other people to write the most words. It’s surprisingly helpful, mostly because it will make everything more competative. You can find WW challenges all over the NaNo site. All you have to do is go out there and look. You can even just set little challenges with friends, NaNoers or not.

And we also have my new favorite charater: Ms. Louise!!!!

She’s old, she’s missing some teeth, and she is way too dependent on superstitions. But she’s just too cool. Whoo! Day four is rocking!

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Well Not Only do I epically fail, but I also passed last night before I could update.

November 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm (NaNoWriMo)

Last night really must have been something. I felt absolutely alive at 10 when I sat down to write. I had put 743 words down on the page when I decided to lay back for a minute. (I was typing in bed) All of a sudden, before I could even remember forgetting to stay awake, I fell asleep. Unfortunately, somewhere in the night, I’m thinking about 2, I kicked my computer off the bed. Yeah, I fail.

But the thing is, this is proff that even if you encounter setbacks, you can still make it up. For me, it won’t be much of a problem. Tomorrow at promptly 7:30 in the morning, I’ll be getting into my stepmom’s car and heading to my sisters wedding. According to Google Maps, the 1213 mile drive should take 23 hours and 10 minutes. So who is going to make up a lot of words and then some. Me! 6 day weekends ROCK!!!

Now sure, not everyone will have six days of pure nothing to write. But even taking a single free saturday to WRITE! WRITE!! WRITE!!! can make up for even the most major losses.

So if you’re falling behind, remember to just focus. It becomes easier with every word.

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Finding Fun Settings!!!!

November 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm (NaNoWriMo)

NaNoWriMo can make you feel like you’re running completely out of inspiration, am I right? And for some, the lack of inspiration can make you feel completely defeated. Well, there is a way to fix it. My #1 cure for finding inspiration: Google Images.

I pondered over what type of diner I could put Cassie and Max in right after their run in with Sebastian at the laundry mat. So I went into google and typed in “Diners.” And after some searching and some narrowing down, I found something that really caught my attention.

A revamped version of a 50’s diner that reminded me of the one we used to go to when we were younger in Kimball, South Dakota. Called Ditty’s Diner. And with one change of a vowel, it went from Ditty’s to Dotty’s. And I had all the inspiration I needed (along with pulling some from my memory) of the old schoolish diner.

So if you’re running out of inspiration, just drop by Google Images. You’re bound to come up with something!

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