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Get the word out. . . and down on paper!


National Novel Writing Month


My 2010 New Year’s resolution is in jeopardy.

Yes, I still want to write a book in 2010. But the book about Cortez, the domination of Mexico and the role of his interpreter/spy Malinali is still in the early research phase. It turns out, my high school world history class, and one semester of college level history is a woefully inadequate foundation for a serious work of historical fiction.  (Who Knew?)

Fortunately I have 3 things working for me.

1.   Next month affords me several stretches of potentially good writing time. First week, I am taking a business trip which leaves me  stretches of time in a lonely hotel. The second week, I have a vacation in New Orleans, where great writers like Anne Rice, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and others have written amazing things. The third week, I have Thanksgiving which gives me a few extra days off. Now, all I have to do is leverage all that time for writing.

2.   November is National Novel Writing Month. That wild and exciting time where writers creep out of their solitary dens to intermingle and beat one another into a wild, frenzied word orgy of prose proliferation.

If you’ve never heard of it. The purpose of National Novel Writing Month is to reach anyone who has a story to tell and encourage them to pledge the month of November to the telling of it. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. (actually, in literary terms, that makes the work a “novella” not a “novel.” Still, you can add a sub-plot and some back story in the revision phase and easily get that up to the full 80,000 word minimum to turn it into an honest-to-goodness novel in the re-write.) National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is also taught as part of the Young Writer’s Program in high schools and colleges across the country to encourage both the consumption and creation of literature. It’s also just plain FUN!

3.   The last thing I have going for me is: Zombies. You heard me right, zombies, rotting, staggering, moaning victims of Voodoo-gumbo-ya-ya, ZOMBIES!

Throw a zombie in a story and you have the perfect excuse for wild writing abandon! Crazy plot twists and verbose scenes of wordy mayhem, what else does a writer need to bash out 50,000 words in 30 days?  Except lots of coffee, of course.

Want to learn more about NaNoWriMo? Want to read my plot synopsis and monitor my progress? Better yet, want to join us with your own story? Click on my novel’s title banner below. It will take you to my profile page at: NaNoWriMo.org

Published in: on October 16, 2010 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Welcome to (this) life.

     I was talking to Jack Canfield today.  Really, Jack and I spoke on the phone, one on one, for about half an hour.  TaoDiva will not lie to you.  I had a few questions I wanted to explore with him surrounding my decision to return to writing.  Of course, the conversation quickly turned to more personal concerns which, on the surface, had nothing to do with writing but had a dramatic effect on my plans.  The single thing he said to me that made the pivotal shift in my approach was this. “Balance is a verb.” 

     Think about it. We all say we are “looking for balance” or “trying to achieve balance.”  When what we really need to do is consciously decide what is important to us, what its worth to us and constantly revise our schedules and adjust our efforts to “balance” the shifting landscape of life to our advantage.

      That is the intended purpose of this blog. We will explore the art of balance in every area of life. We will seek out tips, links and resources to help manage the multiple, challenges, dreams and desires of our lives.  Keep in mind that we will never “graduate” from this class. Balance requires constant attention and response to changing situations.  The inconsistent wind of life will always blow from a new quarter and only by constant adjustment of our sails will we stay on course.

     Then, of course, there is the problem of your guide on this journey.  I am Angela Hilbert. For years “TaoDiva” has been my “altar”-ego but I am far from an expert, guru, teacher or wise woman.  I’m not above an occasional rant against the lunacy of our present existence nor do I always make the best of decisions.  No, I don’t pretend to have the answers but I do have a way of exploring questions that might help us come to a conclusion that works, at least for the moment.  And if we live moment to moment in the present moment, isn’t that all we need?

We’ll see. . .

Angela TaoDiva

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