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November Challenge Day 17 | #nanowrimo

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

I want to write so that it makes me FEEL the way I do from the “Avengers, assemble” scene through to the end of Endgame. I used to be able to write with emotion. But now it just feels dry and hollow. So I have to figure out how to tap into my emotions and feelings again and get it back into fictional characters so I can write the kinds of stories I love.

November Challenge Day 12 |#nanowrimo

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mac set the bowl on the table in front of Mrs. R. As soon as her employer picked up her spoon, Mac returned to the stove where she could watch without being quite so obvious. Mac had never made chicken and dumplings before—and rarely had she ever cooked something with the recipe’s proprietor sitting across the room talking her through it from memory and peppering in anecdotes illustrating the importance of the dish to her family. Mac had never felt like both her job and home depended on getting one dish just right.

November Challenge Day 7 | #nanowrimo

Saturday, November 7, 2020

“Next time you come into work service”—the restaurant floor manager’s gaze ran the length of her disapprovingly—“lose the cosplay look.”

Mac swallowed back her feeling of embarrassed disappointment over the harsh tone. While her black pants and white shirt were nearly identical to every other server’s, she’d known her retro hair and makeup would stood out. But her unique style usually made people smile, not criticize.

November Challenge Day 6 | #nanowrimo

Saturday, November 7, 2020

It’s just a first draft, and the important thing is that I’m writing and shouldn’t be worrying about or even thinking about how pretty much everything I’ve written here so far will end up on the virtual editing room floor. Right now, I just need to let myself word vomit onto the page and wait to worry about the technical aspects of my writing until after I’ve written the ending!!!

November Challenge Day 5 | #nanowrimo

Friday, November 6, 2020

Something was happening. Mac struggled against the confusion and darkness and reached for the thing that seemed to be the root cause of the perturbance. A loud clatter brought her closer to a sense of reasonality. Forcing her concrete-laden lids open a crack, she rolled over, leaned over the side of the bed, and picked up the cellphone now creating even more ruckus by vibrating against the wood floor as the alarm continued to beep at her that it was time to get out of bed and become a productive human being again — or some semblance thereof.

November Challenge Day 4 |#nanowrimo

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Karsten stood just beyond the doorway, numb. After years of nearly silent melancholy from his mother, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing coming from the kitchen. Chatting and laughing like her old self. Mom had rarely even cracked a smile for her husband and sons since the accident landed her in the wheelchair. Yet after just a few days of knowing Mac, Mom was acting as if the accident had never happened. What was so special about this somewhat bizarre redhead — who dressed every day as if it were a 1940s costume party — that made Mom so happy, when nothing Kars had tried in the last five years had elicited much more than a wan smile?

November Challenge Day 3 | #nanowrimo

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

If there was one thing that had been true all her life, it was that she couldn’t depend on anything to just work itself out for her good; and when everything hit the fan, she was good and truly on her own.

November Challenge Day 2 | #nanowrimo

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

When Mom and Dad said they were going to hire someone to help out with cooking and light housekeeping, Kars had imagined someone like his grandmother, not this curvaceous creature who’d looked like a 1940s starlet the first time he’d met her.

November Challenge Day 1 | #nanowrimo

Sunday, November 1, 2020

At his intense scrutiny, Mac became suddenly and acutely aware of her appearance: no makeup, yoga pants and oversize T-shirt, and hair still in pin-curls and covered with a flowery chiffon kerchief. At least they weren’t pink foam rollers, right?

November Writing Challenge | #nanowrimo

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November 1 is once more upon us, which means millions of published, unpublished, and first-time writers are picking up the challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Many times in the past, I’ve signed up for this challenge, assuring myself that even though I haven’t created a daily writing habit in . . . ever . . . I’ll write at least 1,667 words per day for the next thirty days. I’ve even written a NaNo prep series in order to help prepare myself and others for this daunting task.

In October, I was supposed to be doing a writing marathon with a small writing group I’m in. My goal was to write something every day—the idea was at least five to seven hand-written pages on my reMarkable tablet, which would be about 500 to 750 words. I even had a story idea I was interested in working on.

Then October came and the motivation didn’t. And instead of following my own advice, given countless times to aspiring writers over the past couple of decades, instead of making myself sit down and write whether or not I felt motivated to, I just didn’t write.

So now, in a month where it seems that half the world’s population will be focused on writing a story, I’m making a commitment to myself.

I will write at least one sentence of a story—any story—every single day in November.

And my secondary commitment is that I will share one sentence of what I’ve written every day here on the blog. No context, no explanation. Just a sentence of whatever fiction writing I did that day. I may even have to use the daily blog post to compose my sentence for that day.

So if I don’t do this—if you don’t see a daily post from me here—hound me until I do it. I want to go from a water pump with a handle so rusty it won’t move to a flowing fountain by the end of the month. (And by “flowing fountain,” I mean writing at least a paragraph or two each day, LOL.)

What’s your challenge, writing or otherwise, for November?

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