Tag: writing

Do You NaNoWrimo?

Yes, I'm a little crazy for taking up the challenge of writing 50,000 words for a new novel this month. Yes, I know I've tried a few times before and always fallen woefully (WAY!) short of that lofty goal. Yes, yes, I know the definition of insanity! Moving on... But (BUT!), I also know that I'm more prepared than I've ever been in the past. And (AND!) I've got some great (relentless) friends who have vowed to motivate (force) me to actually finish this year. But most important of all: I talked to hubby about it and feel like he is (mostly) supportive and willing (just a bit) to help out with the house and kids so that I can have (a little) more time to write. And guess what, folks. Yup, it's midnight and I met the word count goal for the first day. Just look at that beautiful NaNo widget on the right and you can see for yourself. Woo-Hoo!! Isn't that a beautiful little green square for the 1st of November? Yeah, I thought so, too. And that's my user name at the top, so feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you're registered at NaNoWriMo.org and help keep me motivated with a gentle nudge (or shove) toward writing if my word count falls too far behind. I'd love to hear how each of you are handling this crazy challenge after the first day. Be sure to drop me a comment and let me know! The next…

Wicked Words

Coming Soon: A Spooky Anthology! Just in time for Halloween,  Wicked Words: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Members of Wicked Wordsmiths of the West, will be available through Amazon on September 28 for Kindle. You can pre-order it here! Get your paperback copy of Wicked Words: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Members of Wicked Wordsmiths of the West from Amazon now!   **ALL proceeds go directly to Wicked Wordsmiths of the West, a nonprofit organization in Huntington, WV, dedicated to promoting an interest in writing and furthering the skills of local writers.**                    


What I'm usually doing when I'm supposed to be doing something else... If I'm on my computer, I'm probably playing with photoshop. Recently, I found some really old (1880s!!) cabinet photos in an old photo album, in an old chest full of stuff that had belonged to my grandmother-in-law. A lot of them were faded and cracked, but there was one of a family that wasn't too bad, just a bunch of small white spots where the image had flaked away from the paper. So, I scanned it and touched it up, playing with it just for fun. You can see a before-and-after in the image below. And if you look across the bottom of my screen in the image, you can see that there are also a couple games at the end of my dock. I try not to spend too much time on those, but it seems like a few minutes of playing turns into a few hours before I know it. If I'm not on my computer, I'm probably reading (most likely on my kindle). This is my biggest distraction; I've lost entire days! When I'm reading a book or series, I hate to stop. So I pretty much read every single moment until I finish. I can even get a little obsessive; just ask my family. I tend to snap when interrupted. Oops. Posted in response to the Wordsmith Studio Weekly Creative Prompt: Procrastination. Thanks, Kasie!


Daily Prompt: Progress Jeff Goins is hosting a challenge for writers: to write at least 500 words every day for the month of January. There are many reasons I love Scrivener for writing, and one is the session target. These little progress bars start red and gradually fade more and more until you reach your goal and the bar turns green. The above photo is my progress bar at the end of the day yesterday. I put a little sticker on my calendar and I'm thrilled that I'm off to a great start. I know it's only one day, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Anyone that wants to join me, feel free to leave a comment below and we can cheer each other on. Becca ;)

My Crazy Life!?!

So, I might have overcommitted, just slightly, this month. You might not see a lot of posts from me. But hang in there, I'll be back when things slow down. I've recently joined a new online writing group site, Writer's Carnival. I love this group of writers/reviewers and there are all kinds of fun prompts and challenges on the site. They are offering free one-year memberships if you create an account before November 15th. That's tommorrow. So hurry!! I'm teaching a blogging class there, Blogging for Beginners, and it is a lot of fun. I'm having a blast helping people get their own, customized, free blogs started. We meet for two hours, once a week. I'm also taking a Flash Fiction class at the same site. That has been awesome, too. Flash is my favorite fiction to write and I'm loving getting some new stories written for the assignments. It also meets for two hours, once a week. For my other online writing group, Wordsmith Studio, I'm part of the Wordsmith Advisory Group (WAG). There are four of us that get together for about an hour once a week to talk about how things are going in the group and any opportunities to get group members having fun and writing. I'm also working on the website for the group, organizing weekly prompts and guest posts. I LOVE what I get to do with this group, and every minute I get to spend having fun with them. They are super supportive and…

Got Community?

Writing is not usually a team sport. It lends itself to the solitary lifestyle. Some days, I don't even change out of my pajamas, let alone shower. But this is where writing communities can be helpful. And I'm involved in a few. I'm a founding member of an online group of writers. We call ourselves Wordsmith Studio. It is a fantastic group that is always ready to provide encouragement, comment on work, and inspire you to new heights. I love it! I'm also a founding member of a local writing group, Wicked Wordsmiths of the West. We met through NaNo write-ins and word sprints last November. We normally meet once a month at the local library and share resources, short pieces of writing, and have fun writing activities. We are currently prepping for NaNo this year and meeting once a week to plan our projects. Once November starts, we'll be meeting at least once a week for word sprints to cheer each other on to our word count goals. And I've recently joined another online writing group, Writer's Carnival. This online group is centered around writing and reviewing. Before you can post your writing, you must review at least three pieces already posted. This ensures everyone is getting peer feedback. They also have tons of great contests with cash (and other) prizes. For another month, you can join and get a year membership free, but after that they will begin charging a small fee. So HURRY! The newest addition to this…

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Not Even the Trees

Warmly colored leaves soften the cold forest floor beneath me. I scour the sky for meaning, in vain. The encroachment of evergreens and branches keep secrets. I shriek for answers that will never come, and tears burn unimpeded into my ears. But no one’s listening to me, not even the trees. And you’re still gone. Written for Week 2 (Relationships) of Jane Ann McLachlan's Memoir & Backstory Blog Challenge  (Read about the 2013 Challenge  - click here) 2013 Participants: Jane Ann McLachlan Joy Weese Moll @joyweesemoll Amanda M Darling Katie Argyle PK Hrezo Claudette Young Kay Kauffman Leslie Deb Stone    Twitter: @iwritedeb Gerry Wilson Susan Hawthorne Satia Renee Bonnie Angie Pearl Ketover Prilik Rebecca Barray (occassional) Lara Britt  (occasional) Linda G Hatton (occasional) Stephanie Ingram (Unable to join us now - maybe later) Signed up but haven't posted yet:Terri Rowe, Anastacia, Stacey Rene, Talynn