Daily Archives: October 8, 2013

Oct. 8 Update

  1. I tossed and turned my story over in my head.  I had some insights both when I was dreaming and awake.
  2. Added some links to the blog in the morning.
  3. While we were doing our family bonding exercise (aka watching Dr. Who) I googled outlining software and writing tools.   I bookmarked the ones I liked at https://www.diigo.com/user/mcgaughey/nanowrimo.
  4. I started a timeline for my story using SmartIdeas software, because I need to teach one of my classes how to use SmartIdeas.

More Pre Wrimo Resources

Today I printed two copies of the NanoWrimo Young Novelist’s workbook, and made SJ and I each a writer’s notebook for our pre-wrimo activities. They make versions for elementary, middle school and high school.  We chose the middle school one because SJ is in eighth grade but they all seem quite similar.  It’s a Free Download from the Young Author’s Program at Nanowrimo.

I discovered the Nanowrimo Community on Google+.  From there, I read a great blog post called something like “You are NOT going to write a novel in November”.  I can’t find it again. I will have to look for it tomorrow.  Update: I found it:  Nanowrimo Tips – You Will Not Write A Novel During Nanowrimo. It was on a blog called The Write Turn, which on first glance is a resource chock full of daily writing tips, exercises, and nanowrimo preparation posts.

Oh, and SJ and I set up this blog and I back dated a week’s worth of more than 100 word daily posts.  Well, at least I know I can write in quantity, and my journal is complete for my first week of nanowrimo prep.

Good Night Intenetz

My philosophy

So today in class one of my friends said to me, “I think I’m going crazy, I need help with the state of my sanity.” My response:

“I am a writer: I create fake worlds, with fake people and fake places and fake events. Then I put it on paper and thrust it towards other people and try to make them believe too. Do not ask me about sanity.”

This is writers in a nut shell.