8647 is the current word count for my Novel on Nanowrimo
One of my writing buddies, Ela Iliesi asked me this question:
“What do you do to write? What works for you? I for example like reading things other wrote and brainstorm on that, capture the best ideas and integrate them.”
I had never really thought about it before she asked me, and it was interesting that she asked me this yesterday because yesterday’s focus for me was character development. I got in there and made sure my characters were understood and profiled well, and I realized I really loved them as people. Even the antagonists who are unsavory or weird or bogus are people I understand. I know “why they are like that”, and I have compassion for them.
I also use a lot of old material from my past to glean from. Song lyrics, poems, short stories, essays and opinion.
So that’s the answer to her question.
Since you have come to the trouble of visiting, I think it is worth it for you to read this pep talk from a well published author Catherynne M. Valente who has done Nanowrimo in the past. This is really good stuff and what she says rings true for me, that’s why I’m linking to it.
That’s what I’ve got for today, hope you enjoyed it. Come back tomorrow and check on my word count for me.
Check out a day of focused moments, too, if you want.