November ALREADY?And New York!

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Yep, that’s me at the Top of the Rock!

So if you’re friends with me on Facebook–and if we’re not, I hope we’ll soon be!–you might’ve seen the pictures that Juniorette Hall posted about our recent birthday trip to New York City.

And if you’re a follower that keeps up with my blogging–here or over at the Muffin–then you know I love talking about my life experiences and somehow connecting them with a writing point.

I did not realize how often I do that until just recently. But I have to come up with stuff to say and so far, my family and friends haven’t minded being the source of inspiration and/ or tall tales.

Which could be because my friends and family don’t read my posts and/or tall tales.

Hmmm…I’m going to pretend I didn’t just have that particular thought. I did, however, have a couple of thoughts on New York and National Novel Writing Month in “New York and NaNo” over at the Muffin today. If you don’t want to read it, just keep that thought to yourself, okay?

Jersey Boys and Writing Stuff

Juniorette Hall and I took each other to Jersey Boys for our birthday and for once, nobody told me (or her) to shut up during the singing parts. It. Was. Heaven. So then the sweetest daughter in the whole wide world bought me the CD. Possibly because she received a gift certificate to a shoe store so that she could buy new boots.

Whatever. The point is, Jersey Boys came to the house and I cranked the music up and wrote my latest blog post for The Muffin. Or tried to write my blog post (entitled, coincidentally, Oh What A Post!). I hope you’ll give it a read and answer my burning question. I’ll even provide a little music to read by (from Jersey Boys, the movie, because who doesn’t love a little Christopher Walken, singing and dancing?):

Nano Inspiration: Still Great After All These Years

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbIt took a couple passes through November posts, but I finally found what I was looking for in November, 2011. I didn’t see how I could improve on this gem and P.S. my writer friend, Kara, who shares her writer wisdom, now has a contract for her YA manuscript. So see? Hard work, butt-in-chair writing pays off. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s some Nano inspiration that never gets old:

So, I know that hordes of writers are out there, busily pounding out their 1,569 words today so they can make their National Novel Writing Month goal of 50,000 words. Kudos to y’all!

And kudos to all y’all who may be a NaNo writer like me. Maybe you’ll make 45,000 words. Maybe you’ll forget to actually sign up. Maybe you’ll manage to pound out only 1500 words. Doesn’t make you any less of a writer. (It does, however, leave you with an awful lot of manuscript to finish.) You might be the kind of writer who could use a little extra inspiration and some serious writerly advice. Go here.

Or maybe you’re skipping Nano this year in favor of something different. Maybe, like me, you’ve signed up for Picture Book Idea Month. Because, honestly, who can’t come up with an idea a day? Kudos to y’all! But maybe, inexplicably, your ideas sort of sputter out on the third day, along with your kudos. You might be the kind of writer who could use some extra inspiration and some wonderful writerly advice. Go here.

Okay, yes, it’s the same writerly advice and inspiration. Because it doesn’t matter what you write. It only matters that you write. At least, if you were born to write. And kudos to my writer buddy, Kara Bietz, for sharing that little nugget of writer gold.

Writers Jingle Bell Rock!

DSCN8538And so this is the first of December…

Some of you are downright euphoric, coming off a November of major writing accomplishments, whether it be 30 plus picture book ideas or 50,000 plus words for your novel!

Some of you…not so much.

I won’t say what camp I fell into this year. I’m just going to direct you to “Counting Your Writing Blessings” over at The Muffin. I smiled, writing that post and thinking up blessings. I hope you’ll smile, too, after following the directions.

Because it’s December, and all of you writers–wherever you are in your journey–Jingle Bell rock!

Will I Ever Learn? (November Lessons)

2012-11-20 02.40.05Holy Tom Turkey–November already! And I’m sure lots of you are rockin’ National Novel Writing Month or Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month. Keep up the good work!

I’m doing something a little different this November: I’m taking off.

Not that I won’t be working. Quite the contrary. I just returned from a lovely writing retreat up in the North Georgia mountains where I started my next middle grade novel and I can’t wait to work on it. So I will be deep into novel-writing this month. And I have a couple other projects that I’ve been dragging my pen on–and I absolutely need to finish them.

See, the mistake I make (and honestly, not just in November) is over-committing to challenges. Sometimes, it’s a big and fancy challenge like NaNo and sometimes, it’s just me, setting one goal too many. When I impose too much, I fail to accomplish what really matters.

But here’s the great thing about mistakes: we can learn from themSpeaking of which, I wrote about New Writer Mistakes (That No Writer Can Afford To Make) over at The Muffin. The truth is, new writer or experienced writer, we can always learn from our mistakes and learn a lesson or two.

So, this November, I’ll be working alongside all of you, working on your challenges. And here’s to all of us, accomplishing what really matters!