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#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!!


L is for… Le Guin on Writing (The Wave in the Mind) (Book) #AtoZChallenge

L is for… Le Guin on Writing (The Wave in the Mind) (Book)


This book has been knocking around on my shelf unread for a while too. The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin has the subtitle: Talks and Essays on The Writer, The Reader and The Imagination.

Once again I am led back to thinking that writers don’t half write about writing. This is one of the things that interests me most. It seems like there is a need to explore why we write.

I had a quick flick through last night and Ursula writes about a variety of topics, reading, writing, feet!!

I’ve decided just to pick a few select quotes and note what I thought when I read them.

‘…I tried to figure out what was troubling me. I did it in writing because I think best in writing.’ (p.152)

I feel this way too and wondered how true this is of writers in general. In fact this was one of my arguments for looking at doing online data collection rather than face to face interviews.

She talks, as others do about multiple meanings in texts and that there is no one way to read something explaining that is depends on who is reading/writing, ‘what their relationship is, what society they live in, their level of education, their relative status, and so on.’ Books aren’t there to simply disseminate information or facts. ‘They are full of meaning and of meanings.’ (p.187).

I wonder if this is true of the writer’s relationship to their writing too?

In an essay called A Matter of Trust she says ‘In order to write a story, you have to trust yourself, you have to trust the story, and you have to trust the reader.’ (p. 223)

•    You have to have trust and confidence in yourself as a writer – to do this you need to write.
•    You have to be prepared to lose control when in the composition phase (control comes in planning and revision)
•    In terms of trusting a reader she talks about dancing with them, not attacking them. Trusting them not to give up if your first line isn’t perfect.

I wondered whether getting to this state of trust links to engaging in writing being better able to support our health and wellbeing. I don’t think I have point one yet. I can definitely lose control in the composition phase but struggle to regain in when editing. I hope I trust the reader.

In The Writer and the Character she talks about characters starting to ‘have a life of their own, sometimes to the extent of escaping from the writer’s control and doing and saying things quite unexpected to the author of their being.’ (p.235)

Oh yes this happens – they do things like get themselves killed when you aren’t expecting it too.

Ursula says the question she gets asked most is where do your ideas come from. A comment I’ve heard lots about books are, I don’t know how they thought of that,  how odd. It made me wonder about openness. Are writers just more in tune with their thoughts and feelings, even the dark ones that some people repress?

In Old Body Not Writing Ursula lets out a secret, writing is hard work, it is challenging. She describes being in ‘a kind of trance state that isn’t pleasant or anything else.’ (p.283). To me this is interesting because of discussions about occupational flow and its link to health and wellbeing. This ‘trance state’ doesn’t really sound like flow so there must be something else to explore here. This is one chapter I want to read in detail.

The final chapter is an extended poem The writer on, and at her work – I’m just going to pick a very tiny portion of it to conclude.

‘So if I am
a writer, my work
is words. Unwritten letters.
    Words are my way of being
human, woman, me.

That certainly set waves going in my mind, especially the pause on the word being – what about yours?


By MG_FX – from (used with permission)

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