Writing Prompt Friday (Bridge)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt FridayLast Friday was my husband’s birthday. (Yay!) As the birthday boy requested, we went to the local casino buffet…only to discover it was closed for remodel. (Boooooooooooooo!) So I stuffed him full of tacos and cocktails. (Yay!) I stuck to soda because I was driving. (Yay for safety.)

Really, it was an emotional roller coaster.

On to this week’s prompt…

What lives under here? And how did that come to be?

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Yours, Ducky

Why NaNoWriMo 2019 is not for me

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As many of you know, November is coming up and with it, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Now, I love that for an entire month, writers gear up for a marathon of dedicated writing at the cost of personal time, family time, work time (I assume) and in some cases, personal hygiene—or so I’ve read. For writers who need an organized kick in the tail and the public support of fellow writers who’ve made the same commitment, I wholeheartedly shout, “Sally forth sweet souls!”

I’m not one of those writers. Not because I’m prolific year-round (I’m not) or because I shun organized, public activity (I do).

NaNoWriMo is not for me because the tradeoffs are not worth for me.

My busiest time of year

Family birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, and during it all, visiting family. Three months of celebrations and peopling kicks off in October and runs into January. I don’t have a month to spare to log several thousand words a day to make NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 word count or support fellow writers as they try to make word counts, too. I also don’t have time in October to prepare—and NaNoWriMo takes preparation.

Quality of life

Empty Inside LolCatI have a full-time job, a commute, a home to keep clean for my own sanity and a cat that does not fall under the “low maintenance” category of felines. I also love spending time with my husband.

My hands are filled with daily life, earning a living and making room for more books (also important). Throwing in the pressure to write 50,000 words in a month will take a memorable toll on these other, more important aspects of my life.

Besides, my cat has never respected “Mommy needs to write, so please get off my keyboard.”

Low quality work, low self esteem

grammer-lolcatIf I’m going to bust my tail writing a novel in a month, I want something worth editing at the end. I’m still cobbling together short stories; I’m not in the right stage of growth as a creative writer to draft a novel-length I think is worth the 50,000-word marathon.

Meanwhile, I’d get to participate in NaNoWriMo alongside others who are already published, have already completed novels or are dedicated, budding writers who live, eat and breathe writing in a way reserved for those in that magical stage of life. I already have a well-developed case of Imposter Syndrome; participating in NaNoWriMo would not help.

I’m working on other projects. I’m writing my short stories. But I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who are participating, however, I hope you kick some creative tail and come out the other side as a super-powered writer with your sanity intact and a first draft we’ll all soon be reading.

How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo from NY Book Editors has some good advice, which is good for writing in general.

NaNoWriMo: The Good, The Bad, and The Really, Really Ugly by Chris Brecheen offers thoughtful, balanced perspective on why or why not participate. Highly suggest every writer read this one.

How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo: Top 5 Tips by Leila Dewji offers straightforward advice on getting ready before you get started.

What about you? Do you plan on participating in NaNoWriMo? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Sincerely, Ducky

Writing Prompt Friday (what if)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! I love changes in seasons, especially if that season is fall or winter. Those are my favorites. Fall and winter signal the holidays, which are my annual Olympic-esque seasons of joy and activity. And I finally know what to wear everyday: layers. Comfy, boofy, soft layers. That I can curl up under my desk for a nap during lunch and passers by can’t recognize me…except for my nameplate. Clearly this plan has a flaw.

Now, on to this week’s prompt…

What if you were kidnapped by alien clowns on your way to the dry cleaners?

Want to share your writing prompt result? Share in the comments.

Yours, Ducky

Writing Prompt Friday (leaf)

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt FridayThis week has featured a broken hot water heater, two floods in my laundry room, a sick husband and an angry cat who doesn’t like when giant dryers turn her carpeted floors into moving obstacle courses.

On the bright side, this has all led to finally getting that pesky stain out of that one spot in the carpet. So that’s something good. Yay!

On this this week’s writing prompt…

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Where has this leaf been and how did it get here?

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Yours, Ducky

Why writers should blog

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Writers write. Good writers write a lot. Or so I keep telling the junior writer I currently mentor.

She’s talented, has a terrific attitude and a bright future ahead of her. I still want to flick her in the forehead when she rolls her eyes at the suggestion that she start blogging. Especially when she follows her eye roll with “Yeah, I know I should,…but…you know…”

Incidentally, “…but, you know” is one of the worst responses ever and sets my teeth on edge every time. But I’ll spare you my rant and move on.

There exist tons of articles and posts on why writers should blog. These articles exist for a reason.

Blogging is good for you. For so many reasons. Even if no one ever reads it.

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