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Fluctuating Word Count

Do you get discouraged by your word count? Do you have one week that is really fantastic and another that is just not something to be proud of? Yeah, well that’s me. Some days, some weeks I have so much going on at work, with my life, in my head that I don’t get the word count I’d hope for. Doing NaNoWriMo this month, we … Continue reading Fluctuating Word Count

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My Reflections of NaNoWriMo

My first week of NaNoWriMo 2019 I’m not sure what I expected this week during the first week of NaNoWriMo. My only other experience with NaNo in 2015 was more harrowing. As an inexperienced writer who usually only made five-hundred words per day, trying to triple my output to make my NaNo goal wasn’t easy. I had to really push myself to write every day. … Continue reading My Reflections of NaNoWriMo

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Enjoying the Breeze with Maida Malby

It is so nice to have author Maida Malby here at Creekside Café. Welcome Maida, have you ever been to North Carolina before? Maida: Yes, I have. The first time I came to the US was in 1994 as a participant in the YMCA International Camp Counselors Program. I was assigned to the Sandy Ridge Girl Scout Camp in Bennettsville, SC for two months. I … Continue reading Enjoying the Breeze with Maida Malby

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What Happens When a Pantser Plots?

For years I have suffered a debilitating disease of UNABLE to Plot. I’ve taken classes and courses, bought books and listened to other authors, but when it comes down to plotting and outlining, I freeze up. This year for NaNoWriMo, after listening to several YouTube videos and webinars, I decided to give it another try. In the past when I thought of outlining my story … Continue reading What Happens When a Pantser Plots?

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The Role of Secondary Characters and Their Importance to the Story

Part of my Prepping for NaNo Series In most stories there is more than one character. Even in Tom Hank’s Cast Away, Wilson, the soccer ball became a secondary character in the story. He didn’t talk much but he was an important part of the story. In some stories the weather, as in The Perfect Storm or even an animal as in Jaws may be … Continue reading The Role of Secondary Characters and Their Importance to the Story

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The Importance of Developing Characters (NaNoWriMo)

Whether a plot driven story or a character driven story someone or something has to be doing the action, at least in most stories. It might be different in a literary novel, but I would think something, or someone has to move the story from beginning to end. A brief explanation, plot driven is all about what is happening, and the characters are secondary to … Continue reading The Importance of Developing Characters (NaNoWriMo)

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Sticky Notes and Note Cards NaNoWriMo Prep 2

My secret weapon isn’t so secret: Sticky Notes and Note Cards, color coated of course. Now many of you probably use Scrivener or some other program. I do have it on my desk top in my office, but I haven’t fallen in love with it yet. Plus, since I also write on a cheap laptop with not a lot of memory it cannot handle something … Continue reading Sticky Notes and Note Cards NaNoWriMo Prep 2

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo As a Pantser

I have searched the web for programs, YouTube videos, blog posts, and webinars to help me get ready for NaNoWriMo. The one thing I’ve noticed is they are not geared to pantsers. I know, I know, if I’m a pantser how can I “get ready” for NaNo? Well, when I was preparing for my very first NaNoWriMo in 2015 I knew I had to have … Continue reading Preparing for NaNoWriMo As a Pantser