Instead of a blog today, when I need to be busy getting ready for tomorrow, I wanted to do something different.
I wanted to list a few of the many people and things I am thankful for.
My God and His Son, Jesus, - who deserves praise even through the storms.
My husband, Norm - he is my leaning post, my confidant, and my best friend. I love you so much!
My son, Brian, his wife, Morgan and their kids. I love them all and love spending time with them.
My son, Dave and his wife, Meaghan. I love both of them and am thankful for their insight and wisdom.
My sister, Barb, and her family. My sister and friend always and forever.
My friends and critique partners, Brenda, Crystal, Karen, and Nanc'.
My friends Marti, Samantha, and my many other friends. Great friends are hard to come by.
I am also thankful for the roof over my head, food in my stomach, and for a vehicle that runs.
Even though my health isn't what I would like it to be, I am thankful that God is always with me, holding me.
I am thankful for the fun times my husband, and I have on the motorcycle.
Usually, however, the plot jumps into my head, then I make my characters fit. I want my characters to be interesting, someone my readers will care about, but more importantly someone who is real. Since I am a pantser, my characters take on their own personalities as I write. I enjoy watching them develop and mature as the story unfolds with each tap of my fingers on the keyboard.
Your turn! How and where do you get your character ideas?
I can’t begin writing without:
* Something to drink – usually water or coffee (a full glass or cup - not half-full)
* Having read my Bible and written in my journal
* Having checked and responded to my email (I don’t get a lot, but...)
* Having checked and posted to both of my Facebook accounts
* Having everything set out and ready – my mechanical pencil, Blistex, phone, and tablet or scratch paper
* Checking my website, www.deekincade.com, site stats
So really, I don’t have any rituals. Right?
Well, maybe I do have one.
Hey, my writing friend poked her nose in and said I have more than one!
Humph! Not me. I can’t wait to see her list.
I wonder. Does it count if I’m trying to start a new early morning habit? Probably not because it’s not a ritual, it’s a habit I’m trying to start. I’m working really hard to remember to exercises before I start writing. If I don’t do them early, I will not do them, at all.
Anyway, I enjoyed competing in NaNoWriMo. I was able to get a lot accomplished. Besides the focused writing effort, there are local blogs and meetings available. But I think the one thing that impressed me was the encouragement.
Many participants freely encouraged with helpful advice and thoughts that helped me keep on track. Others took time from their own writing to write, I mean, write paragraphs of helpful hints.
Okay, even though I’m a pantser, I did make up a skimpy outline, and I followed it.
This year I would love to do something that will ensure more of my NaNoWriMo writing is useful to my current project.
Am I the only person who had this problem?
Please, share your ideas and suggestions!
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