You do have a story inside you; it lies articulate and waiting to be written — behind your silence and your suffering. ~Anne Rice, Pandora

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

An Apology (Sit Down and Write 5) and #CampNaNoWriMo


Well, my two weeks of prep during Sit Down and Write 5 went down the tubes. I hope you all were able to get some writing in on whatever it was you were working on. You can leave me a link in the comments if you posted a wrap-up, or if you just want to let me know how you did. I apologize for dropping the ball.

Now onto the pink elephant in the room...Camp NaNoWriMo. Yup. I'm still going forward with it. I've set my word count for 30,000 words which is about 968 words per day, or counting 4.5 (approx.) weeks in July, that works out to 6,776 words per week (with a little under 3,000 for that half week). I am determined to put a really great effort forward this time. Not sure how I'm going to do it with work and kids and real life and all of my reading commitments, but I'm just going to do it. Just do it.

Are you doing Camp NaNo? Look me up over there...thetruebookaddict

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sit Down and Write 5 - a write-a-thon for whatever you need to write #sitdownwrite


Guess what? Sit Down and Write starts Monday! I know, I know. I'm so behind. Tell me about it. I sincerely apologize and I could postpone, but I'm not going to. Why? Because I've been planning this in my head for weeks and I am using this little write-a-thon (version 5...can you believe it?!) to prep for Camp NaNoWriMo in July. That's right...once more into the fray!

You might ask what you can do for Sit Down and Write. Well, you can catch up on book reviews (or other blog writings), you can work on your work in progress, you can journal, you can write short stories, you can prep your novel (research, take notes, etc.) or other writing project. I'm not fussy and I HATE rules. So, let's do this! Sign up below if you're in and write up a post if you want. I will be posting updates (you're like, "yeah, sure you will.") periodically so hopefully I can stop in and check on what you're doing...if I'm not hiding under a rock from my writerly misgivings.

Good luck! Now sit down...and write!

P.S. Don't forget to grab one of the gorgeous buttons I created for the occasion.

P.S.S. I forgot the to mention our Twitter hashtag! Tweet your progress at #sitdownwrite


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Friday, November 1, 2013

National Novel Writing Month 2013 #NaNoWriMo


For what it's worth, I'm in again. I honestly feel like I have a different mindset this year...and yet I'm behind on my preparations. Go figure! Anyway, I'm staying positive. I'm working with a new idea. One I had kicked around previously and then tabled and now I'm back to it. I feel like if it keeps popping up, it must mean something. I just wasn't feeling the other WIP I was working on so I put it aside for the time being. We shall see where this journey takes me.

Now, if I can just avoid my new addiction on Facebook (curse you, Bitstrips)...


Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Look me up under thetruebookaddict and be my buddy!

Happy writing!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Sit Down and Write 4--Check-In


Hello, fellow writers and bloggers! I hope your writing is going well. In my case, I realized I made a critical error in planning this write-a-thon to start during the last week of the month. Why? Because I work at home as a virtual assistant and end of the month is always a scramble to make sure we have used all of our client's hours (most of them pay a retainer for so many hours per month). I had a lot of work and hours to do for my client so I was busy, busy, busy. So...no writing on the novel AT ALL. I did write some blog posts and a couple of reviews, but that wasn't really what I wanted to focus on. However, I'm not going to get too bummed out. I still have this week. Plus, research, etc. is part of the writing process too. So, I'm doing some reading on writing. I purchased the book that J. Kay (Amateur Novelist) recommended, The Definitive Guide to Writing on Your Terms, Using Your Own, Honest-to-God, Gut-Wrenching Voice by Rebecca T. Dickson. I also purchased an online speed reading course that Amazon Local (one day left on this one) had a deal on for $29. I'm SICK of reading slow! It's the Iris Speed Reading Foundation Course. I so hope it works for me!

So tell me...how's it going for you? Feel free to link up a progress post in the comments, or just tell me what you've been doing. I'll do my best to stop by if you post a link.

Good luck on the second week of SDW4!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Sit Down and Write 4 starts now! #sitdownwrite


Well, to be honest, I'm not prepared for this at all, but I have a last minute plan...sort of. My good friend, J. Kaye, advised me to focus on 20 minutes of writing a day so I'm going to take her advice whether I'm writing actual novel pages, or just outlining, writing notes, or doing research. So, I will be doing some form of writing every day, but the first week I will probably also be focusing on deciding if I want to continue with current WIP, take it in another direction, or start fresh with another of my ideas. This will be in addition to the daily 20 minutes. I WILL MAKE SOME KIND OF PROGRESS. I want to have a WIP half finished by the end of the year. That's my long term goal.

What are your goals for this two weeks? Are you catching up on reviews or working on a WIP? Share the link to your goal post in the comments (or just leave me a comment with your goals). If you haven't signed up, you still can (and get all the details) HERE. Remember, our twitter hashtag is #sitdownwrite so feel free to check in with us on Twitter. I'll also be posting a few check ins so stop by and share your progress in the comments or leave your link.

And so...once more into the fray! Good luck!

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