Elizabeth: I Read it in a Fortune Cookie

fortune_cookieNaNoWriMo is less than a week away and, as I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ve been laying some ground work to (hopefully) ensure my November is as productive as possible.  Tonight’s fortune cookie message seems to agree with that plan.

“Prepare today for the demands of tomorrow”

On a whim, I gathered up the other discarded fortune messages from the dinner table this evening to see what other helpful advice I could find.

“You will enjoy doing something different this coming weekend”

Hmm.  Continue reading

Michaeline: NaNo on my mind, too

Woman in a cape, looking through an oval in cardboard

Now here’s a lady with a story — noblewoman, adventuress, photographer . . . Virginia Oldoini, via Wikimedia Commons

National Novel Writing Month is coming up in just 20 more days! That crazy month-long dash to write 50,000 words is supposed to be a spontaneous exercise of joy, but the more I do it, the more I want to prepare for it. And I’m afraid that it’s a very fine line I walk between preparation and over-preparation.

NaNo welcomes rebels, but in order to rebel, there have to be rules to rebel against. You can see the rules here, but the one I’m worried about is this one:

Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works). While this is no longer a hard-and-fast rule, it is still very strongly recommended, ESPECIALLY for first timers.

To tell the truth, I’ve never done any of this before my three NaNos. I started with a protagonist and a starting incident on November 1, and that was it. This year is a little different. Continue reading