Surprise Appendectomy!

Experiencing physical pain can help our writing!

Sly Twin Tiger

Usually, on Fridays i post Fridays Findings. But yesterday I had to go the hospital because I was in pain. I thought I was having severe indigestion or something worse but it ended up being my appendix. So, I’m sitting in the recovery room feeling much better now that it’s out of my body.

Yes it’s an annoying situation, but all experiences are valuable to the writer. For example, if my character is having problems with his or her appendix, I’ll know better how to describe the pain.

So just remember: every experience, whether good or bad, is fodder for the writer.

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NaNoWriMo on the Horizon …

There’s another link within that holds my favourite advice: “He gripped her hand in an even tighter grip.” Andrew reminds us that NaNo is not about beautiful prose.

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A warning: I’m going to vent a little in the first half of this blog posting, but I’m offering up some NaNoWriMo advice in the second half.

First, I want to mention something I’ve noticed about haters of NaNoWriMo. They just don’t get it. NaNoWriMo haters assume it’s about getting published. “Most NaNoWriMo participants never finish …” or “Never get published.”

Well, here’s something I’ve noticed about those nay-sayers:

  • They see writing as a chore. Sure writing isn’t easy, but just because it’s not easy, doesn’t mean it’s not fun. It’s about the joy of creating something new, not worrying about perfection. Get the corn cob out of your butt.
  • They keep saying it’s not a novel. No, it’s a rough draft for a potential novel. We know that. Quit thinking you’re opening up an epiphany to participants. And National Rough Draft Writing Month just doesn’t roll off…

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Hey, MIF, sorry about yesterday…


Yesterday exhausted me beyond measure; I’m still feeling the after-effects, today. Don’t ask.

It’s 6.55 hours. I’m going to have an early night. If Chuck Wendig gives me permission, I’ll place a link to his site, so you can read one of his blog posts.

In the meantime, if any of my writery followers happen to see this post, here’s a link to one of Chuck’s awesome books on writing: Damn Fine Story.

Hi, MIF – Check this out…

So interesting! See link below my response to read an article written by Simon Horrocks, who creates awesome movies using a digital phone. He’s in good company.

I know money is a factor in any enterprise, but I’ve always felt the stratospheric realms of the so-called A-listers in the film industry hold to the assumption ‘the more money we chuck at it, the more people will buy the idea this is a blockbuster (and we’ll make a ton of gold).’ So we get all the crashing bells, diamond-studded whistles, and yummy faces and forms to distract us from the fact there is no attempt to tell us a story that will either resonate or truly entertain us.

When money is tight – whether deliberately (Soderbergh) or actually (the rest of us) – the writing has to be good, the story has to be sound; the plot and structure have to be solid – then the performances (the vision of the writer/creator still intact!) together with a small band of trusty allies, and this modern-ish idea of using the iPhone are free to come into their own to give us a memorable, entertaining human narrative that stays with us longer than (many current) “A list” films.

Onward, Simon and your band of heroes! 🙂



What do you read when you’re writing? It’s complicated

Ditto! Great article.

Nail Your Novel

You’d think a writer would have the best excuse to read all the time – an unrestricted diet of anything and everything. But I find my relationship with books is somewhat complicated.

Like everyone, I have a stack of titles I’m eager to read – and never get to them unless I declare a special read-what-I-like holiday. Otherwise, my reading is on a permanent specialised regime.

A book in progress can be very fussy about what it’s fed, like an athlete.

I’ve identified that this regime has several phases.

Research – complicated but not really

I love factual research. Perhaps it’s a hangover from my ghostwriting days. Research was essential to the job, but also innately rewarding. Exciting ideas always came from these new territories of experience. Research was also darn good discipline because my editors were fearsome. If you know you’ll have to defend your plot decisions, you’re careful…

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Inject some adrenaline into your writing craft

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When I feel stuck in a rut with my writing, I will try one or two actions to inject some adrenaline into my writing craft. I’m still working on my W.I.P. but I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo throughout November just to give me a break.

Here are some other things I do:

  • Read a book on the craft of writing.
  • Go to a writer’s conference.
  • Handwrite a scene from one of my favorite novels.
  • Read a book in a genre I usually don’t touch.
  • Go to a book discussion group.
  • Design a cover for my WIP.

Here’s an article with more ideas when feeling overwhelmed as a writer:

5 Practical Goals for Writers to Avoid Overwhelm 

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