Monday links

Monday morning.  Back to the regular work hours and the daily grind.  

I am more than ready for the presidential election to be over, as I know so many of you are.  Along that line I want to share a link to this article that echoes a lot of my own thoughts about our personal responsibility as citizens. 

Since November 1st I have been doing some writing every day as a participant in NaNoWriMo, and it is much harder than I thought it would be.  However, the daily practice, showing up and simply starting are turning out to be the most important lessons for me.  The idea is to write 50,000 words in a month (November), writing that novel you always had in mind.  

Some of the best advice came from a friend who told me that writing for NaNoWriMo is very much like taking photos. You take several images and maybe you have one that you really like. With writing this 50,000 word novel I know that there are a few paragraphs that I like…out of the 7,000+ words that I have put down so far.   Something good  will come of this, I’m confident, no matter if it actually becomes a novel.

Thanks to one of the contributors to Vision and Verb, I found out about a neat program you can download called Ommwriter.  It is a simple word processing program that plays lovely music and fills up your entire screen with a plain image that is soothing.  The idea is that it helps you in writing by helping you concentrate.  There is a free version (for PC or Mac) and there is a version you can pay for at a very low cost.  

I’ve used it the past couple of days and have to say it really helps me focus. 

Over the weekend I was fortunate to spend some time with Becky and Shelly again, this time taking still life images with the holidays in mind.  It’s amazing how once we begin we all kind of do our own thing and get into our creative “zone”.  We share questions and ideas, techniques and other stuff, and we just have a good time.  

I hope that each of you has a way to spend that kind of quality time with friends, no matter what the activity.  

Here’s to Monday!  Hope your day is a good one.

 

 
 

8 Comments

  1. Wow! My hat is off to you for sure. I struggle with putting together a 200-word post – I can't imagine the dedication and imagination required to put 50,000 words together. Kudos to you on taking on this challenge.

  2. I have heard of this before, thank you for reminding me. So glad your enjoying this and learning more about it. Thanks for the links, will check them out.
    So how do you keep track of your words, do you count each line and mark it?
    Just might have to do this too even if it's a little late.
    Hope your Monday was a good one!!

    1. Dawn,
      Most word processing programs, like Microsoft Word, have a word count tool in them. I have used that, but there is also one on the website for NaNoWriMo that I have used. These 'tools' do all the counting. You just have to know where to click to make it work.

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