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NaNoWriMo 2013 – But where to find the time…

Someone asked me this question:

Dear Zane. I’m participating in the NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. It’s so hard to find the time to write, especially when you have little children and a job. How do you do it?

It is a question that pops up every NaNoWriMo. Every writer has a period in his life when he asks himself this question: where do I find the time. Especially when you have a day job, whether that is your child(ren) or a job, or both.

The answer is simple. It can be hard. Especially for new NaNoWriMo’s. Last year I managed to rush through those 50.000 words by spending all my off-work time on writing. I hardly cooked, I neglected my child and spouse. I finished early, but it just wasn’t worth it. Last year I had a story I desperately wanted to tell. It was an accumulation of about 14 years not-writing. A dam broke at the start of November and I had to ride the flood wave in order to stay on top of it.   [More...]

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Still brainstorming

I know I should have been well on my way towards the 50.000 words… but I’m not. Somehow I’m still in the planning phase. Stuck in brainstorming the actual story.

This year’s NaNoWriMo novel is going to be a novella. Something between a short story and a novel. No really. I’m actually going to keep it short and sweet. Yes, me. Short. Well, you can stop ROFL-ing now, alright?

So there is this story that entered my mind last December, just after the NaNoWriMo 2012 ended. December 12 was nearing and everyone was talking about the ‘End of the World’, as prophesied by the Mayans. Particularly, how idiotic it was and how stupid people who would believe that they had actually meant it as a literal ‘end of the world’ and it would be that day.   [More...]

Dealing with a stubborn scene

Sometimes there are scenes that keep resisting. What I learned from the Writing Excuses Podcasts was that this probably meant that the scene just wasn’t right.
So, the last few days I went back to the drawing table (alright, outlining table) and had a good talk with the characters and the plot in general.

It wasn’t easy. They obviously didn’t want to go in the direction I wanted them eventually to go. Which doesn’t surprise me at all. I *like* those characters, they’ve grown on me, even though they weren’t originally planned to be there. And while I don’t like what I’m about to do to them, messed up as I am, in a way I still secretly *do*. <insert very evil laugh here>.   [More...]

Back to work

Finally, after a month of being stuck, writing again. Outlining done, analyzed the problem with the stubborn resisting scene.
Then lured two of my former muses into having diner with me and covertly picked their brains and made them talk until I could find the voice I needed again.

Now, if I only actually had *time* to write, instead of doing groceries, house cleaning, raising my wee baern and having a frightfully demanding day-job.

Overcoming writer’s block

Don’t Wait For That Stubborn Muse! By Barbara Alvarez   [More...]

What’s in a name

Names are important. A name should tell you something about the bearer of that name. Traits, habits, personality, or wishes for that person: happiness, wisdom, joy. In some cultures, the giving of a name is one that takes a lot of time and deliberation. A child remains unnamed until he or she has reached a certain age and a suitable name can be chosen or acquired. In other cultures names are given at birth and at certain special moments in life, either adding to the first name or replacing them.

Here in the Western world we usually don’t give that much thought to a name. We have to give a newborn a name a soon as possible because all kinds of official parties want to register the new human and need to know its name. And most of all, need to make sure it keeps that name. If names were changeable, it would result in total chaos. Or so I’m told.   [More...]

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