Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Never Mind

I'm a Gemini. Therefore I jump into making decisions much too quickly. Worse, I am never sure exactly what I want to do. Half the time, I'm ambivalent. I can see the good in all things. The successes in every project.

It's extremely exasperating. So... after I decided to join the thousands of writers in the below mentioned 'NaNoWriMo' I did a little research. Yes, I should have done the research before I committed myself. Hence, my previous divorce.

I found an interesting article written by two sisters who thought that reading books was actually more worthwhile than just typing out a zillion words off the top of your head. Time well spent, in other words. 

Yes, getting into the habit of writing can help an author become disciplined and perhaps successful. But reading can excite the soul and feed the mind. It can make you a better person. Teach you a lesson. Make you look at things differently.

Unless you're a Gemini. That part comes naturally to us.

I've decided to read and to study books on writing. Become the writer I want to be. Not just wish on falling stars.

Good luck to all the writers out there! Break a pencil!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Jumping In

Many of you know me as a fearless woman who is always looking for new adventures. Ready to fight for what she believes in. Tireless. Some say, a woman ahead of her time. Of course, those people only live in my mind.

However, I have had a few adventures, some of them actually dangerous and exciting. And I'm not talking paper cuts suffered from discreetly tearing out recipes from magazines in a doctor's office for a future dinner party I'll never have. I'm talking skydiving, stand-up comedy, witnessing a crime in progress, having a novel published (however short-lived the success) and finding Mr. Right.

Now, I'm about to enter something I've always wanted to do, but never did. What stopped me? Was it fear? Lack of confidence? No time? Nah. Probably more like lazy and watching too much ID on TV. 

But those days will soon be over. I'm going to start by entering 'NaNoWriMo'. Sounds exotic, doesn't it? Challenging! Exciting! Yes, that will be the new me. Mrs. Productive! This annual contest is for all writer's published and unpublished, successful and not, old or young, anyone, anywhere who has ever had a desire to write a novel. It's a way to get you away from the TV, off the couch, a no excuses excuse to write that new or next novel you've always thought about writing.

There's no winners.. only finishers. Those who dedicate themselves to writing 50,000 words in one month. Spelling, punctuation, nothing counts, except number of words. It's quantity not quality. And that, folks, is me to a tee. Always has been. You'll see.