The year goes by in a flash, and before I know it, we’re in the most magical part of the year.
Not Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or your grandmother’s birthday, but National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you haven’t heard of it, or heard your writer friends planning/crying about it, NaNoWriMo is a month-long quest to write 50,000 words. It’s the minimum word count for a novel, but many writers use it as a time to write a first draft. If you write 50,000 words by the end of November, your win is commemorated by a certificate, a shirt, and several discounts on writing goodies. Or bragging rights for the whole year if that’s what floats your boat.
If you don't happen to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I announced that I entered my first short story contest. I tried writing a short story before National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) last year, but it ended up turning into an unfinished novella. I really, REALLY needed to figure out the ending before meandering.
I've read and agree that writing short stories can help a writer become better and get published. I haven't written many, but when I have a word limit, I have to be more careful about which words I use and what actions I show to complete a story.
Happy Friday, everyone! I follow a wonderful blog by writer Chuck Wendig called Terribleminds. It's actually more hilariously inappropriate and blunt than anything, and he's written some books, well on writing, and they're on the nose.
Anyway, he sent out a challenge for people to choose from a list of titles, first lines, and last lines. I chose three and started brainstorming, writing, and editing this week. It's posted below and I'd really love to hear what you think because I didn't get the chance to workshop it like I usually do.
I tend to write more on the "dark" and murder side rather than the puppy and kitten side. I guess that's what happens when Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft are your favorite authors. I took the title literally, but you'll see.
Happy Tuesday, writers! Well, non-writers too, of course. I hope you had a relaxing Labor Day with little to no labor.
I know it’s not fall yet in certain parts of the United States, but it’s already here in Minnesota. It’s my favorite season of the year, and no, it’s not for the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Halloween is approaching, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Thanksgiving is around the corner, and Christmas finishes out the year.
I’m back! I’m proud to launch my new blog and my pen name.
Nicole C. Thomas is a combination of my middle name and family names. Although I love my real name, using it on my blog proves problematic for me. I started having people come up to me and say that they found my blog. I even interviewed for jobs not too long ago and the hiring manager said she found my blog and thought it was neat that I was a writer.
I’m sorry for all the awful things I’ve been saying about you, Alabama. It’s really not your fault. Some of the people inhabiting you are short-sighted, apathetic, and all-out racist, but you’ve done nothing to me. When I’m asked about you, I pretend you’re an old boyfriend and proclaim that I couldn’t wait to get away from you.
But, you aren’t an old boyfriend, and you didn’t break my heart.
It’s only been six years, but I can admit that I made mistakes-a careless chain of them. You remind me of the people, places, and other experiences that broke my heart. That’s not fair to you though, is it? You’ve always welcomed me with open arms, and some of the most beautiful scenery I could hope to see. Minnesota has absolutely gorgeous and awe-inspiring falls, but you have cerulean skies during the day and open, black pools comprised of stars and galaxies at night. Seriously, I haven’t seen such a clear sky in a long time and I always forget how much I took it for granted for almost 22 years.
Hello there, Cotton’s Corner!
It’s been three weeks since my last post, and while I shot for many things to happen, not everything went my way.
Now, that’s not to say that’s a bad thing because I learned a lot about myself. I’ve never made resolutions, but rather goals and I break those goals down into steps as I see fit.
But what I really needed was a break. The first of last year was a blur with trips to the hospital and doctor, and the latter half of the year didn’t fare much better. I was proud that I made real steps toward working on my book and blog, but I suffered from real burnout.
Hey gang, and welcome to the first post for 2017!
I can’t believe 2016 is over, and so much happened. Not just to the world, but to me personally. I always forgot how long and short 365 days can feel sometimes and what can be accomplished in that time.
I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November, not knowing what to expect or where it would take me. All I knew is that I wanted to start my first novel. It seemed like a simple goal with dozens of tasks attached to it.
I’ve been largely absent from my blog for the majority of November, but I wanted to take the opportunity to cover my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month.
First Week - Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed
I work Monday through Friday, exactly 9am-5am which an English teacher once told me that such working hours did not exist. Anyway, I also take care of most of the adult responsibilities around my house so there’s not much time for me to do anything else.
I thought I could beat the busy part of my day and fit my writing earlier in the day by joining the 5am Writer’s Club. And I did it! November 1st, I jumped out of my bed without hitting the snooze button and started writing. Luckily, I participated in Preptober so I had my outline and other materials, a method which works best for me. For more about Preptober, look for my prep articles at the end of this one.
DISCLAIMER: This is my first NaNoWriMo so I’ve never participated before and therefore cannot tell you what the experience is like. Hence, the title of this article is, “Why I Love the Idea of NaNoWriMo.” I’ll be happy to come back and write a finishing piece once I’m done!
Who doesn’t love to hate on popular topics? C’mon. You’ve done it at least once.
My favorite football team is the University of Alabama, and believe it or not, we weren’t always a National Championship team. When I was in school, we lost the Iron Bowl for several years to Auburn University and I never heard the end of it. But, Nick Saban was hired in 2007 and we started winning. A lot.
Nicole C. Thomas
Nicole is a writer working on her first novel Samantha Darkened, created during NaNoWriMo 2016. She writes weekly posts regarding books, writing, and mental illness. She has an interesting sense of humor which includes a love of alliteration and puns.