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Archive for October, 2011

18 October

Writing in Fall

Fall Trees, originally uploaded by ArnK.

There’s an energy in fall that matches its colors—crisp, cool, high-color. Each season has its own writing energy. It doesn’t matter what you write, this energy is concentrated in the words. Another interesting thing about writing and seasons is freelance writers are always thinking six months ahead for their articles, so seasonal topics we think about in October are Earth Day, Easter, Spring Equinox, Mother’s Day, start of summer vacation….

Quite different from this amazing photo.

16 October

Coffee and Croissant

Coffee and Croissant
, originally uploaded by nyoin.

It’s all you need to get your day started! I used to work in a huge hotel with a classic bakeshop. At 3am we were pulling croissant dough from the proofer, punching it down, rolling it out, cutting the triangles that would form the croissants, rolling them, letting them have another rise, then baking till golden. This card reminded me of those Octobers I kind of missed because I worked the night shift.

03 October

About Your Story…

I’ve started to write a book…., originally uploaded by lo83.

Whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo, or even if you’re not, if you’re writing a story, you can’t go wrong with Larry Brooks and Victoria Mixon. Here are two masters who will help you define your story and get it written. Highly, highly recommended!


Get a sample chapter here.

03 October

Countdown to NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo enthusiasm, originally uploaded by Inkygirl.

For those of you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, you have just under a month to get ready. Some of the things you can do:
1. Make a calendar ahead of time. I know someone in Austin who makes a huge calendar, and it is the cover for all her notes and scribbles; it is her organizer for the whole month. With this calender you can map out what you’ll focus on for each day, what you’ll eat, who’ll you’ll write with, and when you’ll rest.
2. Map out your plot and structure. Character studies‚—short or long.
What’s your story about?
3. Sign up for NaNoWriMo here.
4. WordPress supports NaNoWriMo. Find out how here.