Blog Tour Stop Number Three

Blog tour
The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to be portable. Long exposure lit by sweeping an LED flashlight over the scene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For today’s Apocalypse in the Balance Blog Tour Stop we have AC Elliot. He’s an extremely talented writer and poet.

He’s hosting a guest post I wrote about National Novel Writing Month and some preparation ideas I used to successfully complete the grueling November challenge. It is getting a little close to kick-off day, but it is not too late to put yourself in a position to succeed and earn yourself that shiny badge to place on your web site.

Make sure you stop by, give it a read and enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win autographed copies of my books.

My Muse Needs A Vacation I Suppose


I have a friend named Jan who is a talented writer and an absolute slave to her muse. Now I do not mean this in a negative way, it is what it is. When she feels inspired she writes, and writes, and writes until the inspiration has let her loose. In many ways I envy the way she gets pushed around by her muse, forced to put the words to screen, and creates incredibly imaginative fiction. On the other hand, the limited amount of time I have for writing has forced me to learn how to write in short spurts, so if I were driven the way Jan is I would be in bad shape. Picture me sitting at work, twitching, maybe drooling a little, while my muse breaks out the cat-o’-nine-tails and flogs the bajeebers out of me. Continue reading “My Muse Needs A Vacation I Suppose”

It’s 11PM…Do You Know Where My Head Is?

Sauron in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Ring...
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I’ll be damned if I do.  I’m so far behind on my writing and my editing. NaNoWriMo is looming close and I feel like I can’t stitch two coherent thoughts together.  For that matter I seem to have trouble coming up with one coherent thought.  I spent some time tonight wotrking on my Inspiration Monday piece and it’s coming along well, but I feel hollow.  I’m enjoying the writing, but I feel like I should be editing instead. I’m so tired and I feel spread thin…I love the line from the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (I honestly can’t remember if the same line was used in the book), where Bilbo says he feels like he’s spead thin, like too little butter spread over toast (okay, not sure if the quote is exact. I’m tired. Kiss my ass.). I feel that way more and more as of late. Soccer season is weeks away from being finished, but it will be replaced by Cub Scouts. Thankfully that will only be one night a week instead of four. At any rate, I must turn off the new Mastadon album, which kicks a lot off ass I must say, and head to bed.  See you all later.

Less Than A Month Away…Oh God

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It occurred to me today that it is October. While this by itself is nothing all that special, I realized that November is less than a month away and a severe hit of anxiety pumled me about the head.  why anxiety? Well as any self respecting, self loathing, self abusing…okay…any writer, might tell you, November is National Novel Writing Month. That’s right: NaNoWriMo!

Last year’s NaNoWriMo is what got sme started on my writing again.  I flailed about inefectually for a few weeks, okay months, and never did finish my NaNoWriMo novel.  I swore that next year would be different.

So far this year is not looking all that promising either. I have a bit more of a heads up this time, but I still have nothing prepared for it.  No outline, no characters, nothing.  I haven’t even started brainstorming an idea.  I want to go from fresh and hit that 50,000 word mark by the end of November.

So, instead of focusing my energies on the project preparation I am blogging here.  Are you planning on participating? Will you be my NaNoWriMo friend? What do you do for preparation? Are you ready to start writing? Have you already started (you cheater you!)?

100 Word Challenge

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So a couple of years ago I was reading a book about about being a better writer (I’ll hunt it down and let you know what it is later) and one of the chapters was about forcing yourself to write.  Now I have been pretty good since about October with writing consistantly even if my ADD keeps me from writing on only one project at a time and so I bounce around all over the place and though I am currently behind on my word count for April I’m hoping that I can make up some of that ground in the last half of the month.  Anyhow, the point of this bit of rambling is that one of the exercises in the book was to work on your story 100 words at a time.  Just sit down and write 100 words.  Whether it takes you five minutes or two hours, just get 100 words down on paper (or on the screen I suppose).  I tried doing this for a while and felt good about doing it, but the challenge, like the rest of my writing, fell to the wayside as work and school dominated my life.  I was re-reading the beginnings of the story I had already done for the challenge and I thought it might be fun to re-visit the story, if for no other reason to force myself to write on the days where I get busy and fail to produce more.  So here I go again…back on the 100 word challenge wagon.  I am going to post my 100 word tidbits on here, starting with the orginal posts, so in about a month and a half you’ll be reading the newer parts of the exercise.

Do you do little challenges like this to motivate yourself or do you have any other little tricks you’d like to share?