Writing Tips #1

If you weren’t aware, NaNoWriMo has online ‘camps’ twice a year: April and June. I am participating in April’s camp and saw a video recently discussing that particular lady’s top 8 writing tips. (I can’t seem to find the video now but it was pretty awesome. Check out YouTube writing tip videos!) I thought I would give you my top tips for writing.

  1. NOISE

Some people like to be surrounded by noise, some don’t, so this tip is to just look within yourself and decide what level of noise you can handle. If you don’t like noise you can go to a quiet corner or our to a field where there isn’t much sound. If you enjoy background noise I would suggest a music playlist or turning on a movie you’ve seen millions of times. The noise will fade into the background and just keep that noisy non-writing part of your mind busy.

2. Write by Hand

I know that most of my writer friends seem to be moving towards, or already are, doing all of their writing on a computer. I, personally, have found that I get more words that way BUT I DO NOT REMEMBER EVERYTHING I WRITE! When I write by hand I have a better memory about what I’ve written and don’t have to go back and remove or rewrite as much.

3. Carry it With You

Carry a notebook or small pad of paper and a few writing utensils EVERYWHERE YOU GO. (I have a spare in each car, plus several in each bag. Yes, even in the gym bag.)

Ok, those are my top 3 writing tips. I’m sure you’ve heard them all before but I hope they’ve triggered something in you. Let me know what your favorite tips are.

Happy Friday Friends!

 

Peppy Goals

There are ten days left in this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo and I have at least 2,000 words a day to write if I want to finish on time. I could be upset, I could be depressed, I could do the usual and completely forsake writing for a week in order to crochet and watch movies before futilely racing to write in the final hours of posting time. Not This Time!

This time I won’t do any of that. Maybe it’s because I’m another year older and, ostensibly, wiser. Perhaps it stems from the fact that we moved in the middle of November last year and my final NaNo word count was so pitiful that I’ve attempted to block it from my mind. Or possibly, and most probably, is that I don’t want to teach my daughter to give up…especially on something you love. So today’s pep is really this…if you love it, if you really want it, achieve it. As Sister Mary Clarence (Whoopi Goldberg) says in Sister Act 2: “If you wake up in the morning and you can’t think of anything but singing, than you should be a singer.” I say, if you wake up in the middle of the night and you can’t think of anything except what happens to your plotline next, you should be a writer.

Now that the semi-pep talk is over…wait, one more thing…Sister Mary Clarence also says “If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, you better wake up and pay attention.” (If you haven’t watched the movie…WATCH THE MOVIE)

Now then, I’m all out of the almost-pep so now that its over, here are my goals for this week:

1) Write at least two articles for Yahoo! Contributors Network

2) Work my fingers off and my brain gooey to get the rest of my word count, and beyond, for Camp

3) Practice drawing some more dragons and ships…I’ve drawn exactly one full dragon so far.

I’ve named him Bill the Ner…he doesn’t much look like what I imagine my dragons to be, but he’s family 😀

4) Use my daughter’s snuggle times as actual down times. I’ve been trying to research and write…even just on my phone…during these times and I’m not getting much extra done but I am missing out on snuggles. So instead of binging on Netflix and not writing at night, I’ll binge on My Little Pony and Tinkerbell during the nap time portion of the day. It might work.

5) write this week’s short story BEFORE I post it on Sunday.

What are your goals for the week? Campers, how are your word counts coming along? Do you have any tips, advice, or comments for me…please leave them! I love to hear from you all!

 

 

Tuesday-ish Things

Since I’m a day behind this week, today’s post will be all about GOALS (which is normally a Monday deal). I have several writing goals this week, including catching up on my Camp NaNoWriMo word count (I’m only about 15,000 words behind at the moment 😀 ). I also have 3 articles to turn in this week and, of course, my blogs (Wouldn’t want to leave you hanging!). I’m setting the total word count goal for this week at 20,000. A fairly manageable goal if I get my NaNo word count back to where it should be.

Ok, I tried to make it look as if the pen was on fire…but it just looks like a flame under the pen. pfft

My goals also include reading some of that stack of books I have in my room…they keep staring at me belligerently.

What about you? Do you have any goals to met this week? If so, what are they?

Tyree Tomes Fridays

Things have been a bit slow lately for Tyree Tomes, so here are a few quick reminders:

  1. Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree’s e-book version of What 3000 People Believed is currently available for FREE download through Sunday, April 13th. Please tell your friends and, while you’re getting your own copy, don’t forget to look around at his other available works.
  2. I-Elizabeth S. Tyree-am currently using Camp NaNoWriMo as the push I needed to get down to some serious work on the fourth novel in my Stone Dragon Saga. The first three books are currently available through Amazon.com, createspace.com, and Kindle.
  3. We are very close to our goal of 100 ‘likes’ on our Facebook page. When this happens, we will run a contest with the prize being a free, personalized copy of one of our books. DON’T MISS OUT!! Go “Like” Tyree Tomes today!

Thank you all very much for the time you take to read these posts. I appreciate each and every one of you more that words can say. May you have a happy and Blessed weekend.

Aside

What are you “Writing” Wednesday

Since my decision to be a part of Camp NaNoWriMo this month, writing has taken up most of my usual reading time. Since I know that several of you are in the same boat, or should be anyway *hint, hint*, I have decided to dedicate my usual reading Wednesday to writing.

What are you writing about? If you aren’t writing, what do you wish you were writing about?

Are you taking part in Camp? If so, have you attended any virtual write ins or weekend writing sprints?

So far, I have written almost 3,000 words…I need to step up my game! But I am finally about to introduce both factions of characters (old and new) to each other in what should be a rollicking good time for everyone reading who isn’t an actual character! I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Join us at http://www.campnanowrimo.org

(please excuse the long links…I haven’t quite figured out how to make hyperlinks work!)

I would love to hear what you are working on right now! Or even what you are reading, if you aren’t a slave to the pen and ink at the moment, so leave me a comment and let me know what goes on in the real world 😉

 

Welcome to Camp!

 

 

I know that some of you are now glancing around cautiously and wondering, “What is she on about? It is only April 1st—we have barely even hit Spring! And look at her…even if she were young enough to attend a camp, it wouldn’t be for at least two months!

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An actual picture of me enjoying a friendly game of volleyball at Camp Crossfire…an undetermined amount of years ago.

Normally you would be correct, other than thinking that I don’t look young enough for camp (I could still be a counselor…). However, this year I am participating in my first ever Camp NaNoWrimo!! http://campnanowrimo.org

I have been a happy, and usually also frustrated, participant of National Novel Writing Month for five years now, so I am incredibly excited to see what the camp is all about! I have virtual cabin mates to meet, daily goals to decide on and to achieve, and a laid back writing retreat atmosphere to enjoy.

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Today’s camp look. The Only difference is the lack of volleyball…

Today’s goals? Write a couple of chapters and finish up the character notecards. I think I may take a hike later and spend some time writing in a clearing or on a cliff…I could hop over and snuggle into a nice cottage in Ireland. It IS a virtual camp after all!

Would anyone care to join me?