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Ah… the simple English language…

Cafe Book Bean

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A long break – and NaNoWriMo!

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I apologise for the long break between posts. I’ve reblogged a couple of interesting posts lately, but have not put up any of my own. The main reason for this is that my mother passed away in September. I’ve been dealing with that and trying to get back into my work proofreading and converting books, but I’ve also been planning my next novel. This is something I’ve been wanting to get serious about and do for a while now, and it’s a good distraction from my grief.

I have signed up with NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – to help me get focused and stay focused. For those of who don’t know what that is, it’s an event organised on the Internet for anyone who wants to write a novel and might need some motivation to just do it. Or if you just want to have fun while writing.

It was started in 1999 and originally had about 120 people doing it. Now it has thousands worldwide. It’s free to join and the goal is to write a first draft of a novel during the month of November. At least 50, 000 words in 30 days. If you reach the 50,000 word mark, you are declared a winner.

50,000 sounds like a lot, but if you break it down, it works out to be 1,667 words on average per day. You probably think that that’s still a lot of words, but it isn’t really. I can type that in about 40 minutes. Believe me. I’ve done it. Today even.

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo and although the day isn’t over yet, I have written 3369 words already! And it was easy! When I get into the flow of writing, time flies by and the words just magically appear on my screen, and before I know it, I’ve written a chapter.

A lot of people on the Net have recommended doing “Word Sprints” to help you get going. All you do is set a timer for a short period of time, say 20 minutes. Think about what you’re going to write first, before you start. Have it cemented in your brain. Turn off all distractions. Then start the timer and just write. Don’t stop for anything (unless the house is on fire) and just let the words flow. The secret is not to try to edit as you go or think too much about whether it’s good writing or not. Just go.

Once your timer goes off, stop writing and take a break. I did my first one just after midnight, then another 20 minute sprint this morning after breakfast. And the third one was a bit longer because my timer didn’t go off for some reason. It was about 35 minutes.

So I got 930 words done first, then 968, then 1498. It wasn’t hard. The sprints made it easy and made it so I didn’t stress about it. I just did it.

The other advice is to not edit your draft while you write. Just concentrate on getting to the end. You can edit later. If there’s something you need to change, just make a note of it that you’ll act on when you edit, and just keep writing.

I hope you have signed up, or are thinking about it – I think you can still join now. You can meet other authors on the https://nanowrimo.org website, participate in the forums, get help, get pep talks and motivation, and attend meetups near you. Even if you have no intention of joining, go check out the website anyway.

I think this is just the kick in the pants I needed to get motivated and stay motivated. I can’t slack off now… everyone will know… lol.

If you’ve signed up too, let me know in the comments below.

 

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Eight Easy Steps To Writing a Bad Novel

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Food for thought…

Cristian Mihai

Lots of folks have painstakingly tried to write all sorts of guides to writing a bestseller or a perfect novel. How-to guides are quite abundant. But I thought I should try to write a guide on how to write a bad novel. How does one go about that? Let’s find out.

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Four dystopian novels that are eerily close to becoming true

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Pretty scary when you think about it

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Dystopia literally means “not-good place” and is a term used to describe a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Dystopian novels were all the rage back when during the Cold War, possibly as a way to warn people of the perils of such a totalitarian regime as the Communist one. As a fictional genre, dystopias have the uncanny characteristic of painting a rather hopeless future for society.

Here are four dystopian novels that are eerily close to becoming true:

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Drama free love

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This is what my parents had. We lost Mum two weeks ago…

Sara in LaLaLand

She loves him, he loves her back

They have nothing to prove

They are best friends

They are lovers

They are the foundation

They are the pillars

Together they are strong

Together they are understanding

They are two, they are one

She loves him, he loves her back

They have nothing to prove

They just are

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The thing about procrastination

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Life is short, people. Stop putting things off. You’ll run out of time. If you’ve always dreamed of learning how to play Stairway to Heaven on the violin, just do it!

But seriously, I’ve always had trouble with me procrastinating about something. I don’t know why, but sometimes it’s just too hard to make a decision, so I put it off. Or sometimes I get distracted, or there might be some other reason I don’t get to do whatever it is. I run out of hours in the day. That’s a really common problem for me.

I need to manage my time better. I know this. I’m working on it.

But sometimes something happens and you can really see the consequences of putting things off. My mother passed away on 6th September and I’m still in shock. She had a split in her Aortic Artery and they couldn’t operate. She’d already had open-heart surgery for this same problem six years ago.

There were so many things that I was going to do with her. For her. And now it’s too late. This is the ultimate price we can pay for our procrastination.

I’m rethinking things. Not only do I have to give myself a kick up the bum as far as working on my business and writing my next book goes, but I also need to look after my health. I’m fairly healthy, but need to lose some weight. I don’t want to have a short life. My mum was only 70, but my nan lived till she was 92. I want to live a long life and be there for my son and the rest of my family, and I want to write heaps of books before I’m done here on Earth.

So… I need to change a few things and just DO IT!

What about you? Do you put things off? Tell me in the comments below. What do you want to do and how are you holding yourself back?

 

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Goodreads Giveaway!

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I have organised a Goodreads Giveaway for the next month, starting today! All you need to do is click a button to enter – and that’s it. It’s free. Goodreads will pick ten people at random who will receive a signed paperback copy of my book, Tamisan (Tamisan Book 1). I will post them to the winners of the giveaway.

Here is the link to the book’s page on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35879941-tamisan

Scroll down to the section where is says WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK and click on Enter Giveaway. It’s that simple. I hope you win!

*Note: The widget for the giveaway isn’t displaying properly, but the link still works.

 

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