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Insecure Writer’s Support Group Jan 2014 #IWSG

The theme of my very first IWSG post is – Is this mine? Did I write this?


The other day I was going through the notes app on my iPad to tidy it up and I found the poem below (which I’ve tweaked a bit since finding it). My problem or insecurity this month is not remembering writing it. Did I? Did I see it somewhere and make a copy? I’ve Googled it and came up with nothing. I think it’s mine but what if it isn’t?

Is it just me who writes things and doesn’t remember writing it? 

I think this little foible of mine does make it hard to write longer pieces and keep them coherent. I think that’s why something like NaNoWriMo works for me – having that concentrated and dedicated time to work on things. Now to create that feeling year round. 

Anyway please enjoy this poem – and if it’s actually yours do let me know!

How to inspire a love of reading:
Make books like chocolate!
Don’t dictate what children should read,
instead place them in a library and
let them look, nibble, sniff out their favourites,
sampling from the entire range.
Some they will spit out, because they don’t like nuts
but others they will savour, not wanting it to end
reading again to re-taste the experience.
Let them write about why they devoured something
and when they didn’t love its flavour.
Let them explore everything to do with that world
beyond the words on the page;
often there’s another layer hidden beneath
and for each person that layer is unique,
based on their taste buds,
which mature over time,
coming back to old favourites
and trying the one spat out at five,
to discover it tastes different at thirty.

If you want to sign up – here’s the link.


#Hallowfic – Storified

I decided I’d quite like to keep a record of my little scary tweets so here’s a link to my storify – no embedding allowed on – boo.

Here’s the two that I like the best from the ones I added.

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So, on the 11th September, I had one of those, what-I-like-to-call, waking dreams. Not a dream when I’m awake, but the kind you get when you are just waking up, and that you manage to hold onto. Yes, it’s a mishmash of images and ideas, but there’s a hope it could be more. So once again I have decided to attempt NaNoWriMo. For those of you that aren’t sure what this is – it is basically a mad challenge to try and write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November.

Now with a memory as poor as mine I sometimes wonder if I’ve heard or read my story ideas somewhere before, so I’ve decided to try Grammarly’s plagiarism detector because I don’t want the big bucks I’m sure to earn to be snaffled away in copyright court. Good news – it doesn’t even recognise my title as a real word!

Now I have a slight problem – there’s a whole month until November, and I still have two NaNo Novels not yet completed.

That’s where #NaNoWarmUp comes in. Kat Zhang, author of What’s Left of Me and Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles), and Savannah Foley, the author of Nameless and a number of other YA fantasy books have decided to host a warm-up for the main event. So instead of 50,000 words, October’s challenge is 25,000 words in the month.

I will be continuing my first person rewrite of Training Time (because I didn’t get very far).

Now, I believe the pace for completing this is around 800 words per day (as opposed to the 1667 for NaNoWriMo). But, thanks to Nicole sharing this link with me, I can mix this up a bit because of Susanna’s Pacemaker V.09. I thought I’d try the random word count option – so one day I might be attempting to write near the NaNo target and the next 55 words! Here’s the link to my proposed schedule here or in the table below. I’ll also be updating the blog widget with my progress, or lack thereof.

Good Luck to all NaNoWarmUp participants.

Day Date Words to Complete Words Completed Words Left
1 10/01/2013 1,356 1,356 23,644
2 10/02/2013 274 1,630 23,370
3 10/03/2013 192 1,822 23,178
4 10/04/2013 1,219 3,041 21,959
5 10/05/2013 1,356 4,397 20,603
6 10/06/2013 1,055 5,452 19,548
7 10/07/2013 96 5,548 19,452
8 10/08/2013 1,329 6,877 18,123
9 10/09/2013 315 7,192 17,808
10 10/10/2013 1,205 8,397 16,603
11 10/11/2013 55 8,452 16,548
12 10/12/2013 1,151 9,603 15,397
13 10/13/2013 1,219 10,822 14,178
14 10/14/2013 1,137 11,959 13,041
15 10/15/2013 1,233 13,192 11,808
16 10/16/2013 1,137 14,329 10,671
17 10/17/2013 151 14,480 10,520
18 10/18/2013 1,068 15,548 9,452
19 10/19/2013 343 15,891 9,109
20 10/20/2013 288 16,179 8,821
21 10/21/2013 1,123 17,302 7,698
22 10/22/2013 261 17,563 7,437
23 10/23/2013 1,096 18,659 6,341
24 10/24/2013 1,301 19,960 5,040
25 10/25/2013 1,137 21,097 3,903
26 10/26/2013 329 21,426 3,574
27 10/27/2013 1,055 22,481 2,519
28 10/28/2013 178 22,659 2,341
29 10/29/2013 1,192 23,851 1,149
30 10/30/2013 124 23,975 1,025
31 10/31/2013 1,025 25,000 0

Thanks to Grammarly who provided me with a free software trial and who have sponsored this post – I always knew I was rubbish at commas!!


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