Writing Groups, Pray, NaNoWrimo & Love

Hello Everyone, How have you all been? This will be a quick post because it is currently 1:30am here… I just wanted to say that I finally caught up on my word count today for my NaNoWrimo Novel… oh man, I am sure half of it will need to be edited. Am I thankful though that you are allowed to write a crappy first draft! Thank goodness! :)

I joined a writing group here in Brisbane and absolutely love it. It’s the best writing group I have been a part of… well, it’s the only constant writing group I’ve been a part of and by constant I mean that they meet every week. I got a brilliant idea for a new story this wednesday when we did a writing prompt! I loved the free-flowing feeling I got from just writing and creating something from something so random.

Also I am planning on doing some research this week on writing fight scenes… I am horrible at it and there are a few of my characters who will need to fight some… this is a random thought, but I thought I would share it with you all.

Also as I am sure the whole world knows that Obama got re-elected as president again for 4 more years. I am not happy about that at all, but I will remain positive because my God is greater than all the problems combined in the world. That also means that God is bigger and wiser and way better than Obama. God  knows how to run the world and take care of us amidst anything and everything, so I will trust in him (In God We Trust)… I know America will have a Great Awakening soon! Watch these two videos… they are awesome… This song is called the Great Awakening and is sung by Leeland! :) I really like Leeland!

This is my cry and prayer for my lovely country, America and that American’s eyes will be opened to this too. :)

Much love to you all,

I will update you all very soon on other things! :)

Current WIP Word-Count Total: 55, 241

NaNovel Word-Count Total- 13, 168

Introduction to my blog! :)

I decided to make an introduction video for my vlog. I have been hearing from a lot of writers that it’s a good thing to be on Youtube as well, so I am going to try my hand at Vlogging as well! Watch out for my next vlog – It will probably be on the outcome of NaNoWrimo! :)

P.S. Are you participating in NaNoWrimo (Nation Novel Writing Month)?? If so add me as a buddy on there. I am interested in doing some writing sprints with people. (A sprint is like a race to see how many words one can write in a given time like 30 minutes, or an hour.)

Also If you haven’t seen it. I was a guest blogger on writing blog Write It Sideways! Want to know how to boost your writing creativity with a camera? Check it out here! 

Afraid of NaNo??

Lacock Abbey, I was excited to see that Harry Potter was shot here!

A scene from the cathedral in my novel. (I actually took this picture in England when I was there!)

Are You Afraid?

Earlier today I had to answer the question “What do you fear most with NaNoWrimo…”. My answer about then was something like “I am afraid I will never finish my novel.” and “Oh, that people wouldn’t enjoy it.” Or even “That my characters won’t be interesting enough!” Do you ever have answers like this floating around in your mind?

Most of us do!

Today I just wanted to leave you with a short blog entry. But not just with a short blog entry… below I have placed an inspirational quote and a few websites that I have found inspiration and helpful. They are super helpful especially for during NaNoWrimo.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

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Websites

Need a timer to time writing sprints? Set it for 30 minutes to see how much you can write in that amount of time. http://e.ggtimer.com/

Are you writing a compilation of short stories during NaNo? http://bluemonkeywriting.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/guest-writer-prose-tales/

Want to know what will add extra words? *Couch* Deep Point Of View *Cough* http://bluemonkeywriting.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/tapping-into-your-characters-blood-flow/

Not inspired? http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/how-to-get-inspired-in-less-than.html

Why you shouldn’t give up on your novel!!! http://www.writingforward.com/news-announcements/guest-posts/why-you-shouldnt-give-up-on-your-novel

Be sure to get up and move! :) http://bluemonkeywriting.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/the-seven-deadly-sins-for-writers-part-1/

Guest Post

Chech out my latest guest post on writing blog Write It Sideways. http://writeitsideways.com/boost-your-writing-creativity-with-a-camera/

And if you are doing NaNo add me as a Buddy! :)

This is Clamillda My Baby Word-Count Dragon…

Photo Credit : mightykatara deviant art

Hello Everyone,

It’s only two days till NaNoWrimo begins and I have decided to find something that would push me to write everyday. I am going to reward myself everyday by doing something for myself. I need to start going to the gym… so, that will be one of the things that I will poke Johan and I to do.

This adorable little creature in the photograph is my word-count dragon. And through out November you will see her glow, glitter, and grow.

I just recently read something on the Nano site about word-count dragons and how you have to keep writing because YOUR wordcount feeds your dragon… and well, we all know what happens when you don’t feed your dragon. You end up with an antsy, grumpy, and fiesty fire blowing or ice blowing dragon, depending on what kind of dragon they are. (who may just eat you, if you aren’t careful.)

I have decided to name my dragon Clamillda. She is a gold-ish pink dragon that lives in the mountains near the sea villages in the country of my story. At the moment she is just a baby (I am sure you can tell… hehe). But her mother has been missing in action. She was the fearless beast that ravaged treasures and ancient lands golden ceremonial ground. The pirates off the coast hunted her down in search for their treasure – they were quite sick of arriving at empty treasures. They found the mother and killed her, but have yet to find her cache of gold or little Clamillda. Will they find her?

Add me on NaNoWrimo and I will be your buddy too.

What about you? What is your Word-Count Dragon’s name? Tell me their story?