Last night, I validated my novel. I wrote over 50,000 words and won NaNoWriMo for the first time! I can’t believe it. Continue reading
Wow. Nearly a month has flown by and within a few days, it’ll be over. It seems like I was anxiously waiting for November just yesterday. But the end is here and near.
November is nearly over and winning has already begun for NaNoWriMo! I can’t believe how fast November went by…although I’m not ready to validate my novel and win just yet. I’m taking it slow and steady until I reach the finish line. This week was pretty good but there were some hiccups here and there.
We’re now halfway through NaNoWriMo. I can’t believe it. November is already almost gone and I’m almost at the halfway mark. This week has been pretty good and I even managed a two-day break.
While the weather steadily cools and the coloured leaves continue to fall, Wrimos everywhere are setting their sights on reaching 50,000 words as the days grow longer and the nights grow shorter. I’m one of those fellow Wrimos, typing down the words day after day, discovering more about my characters and story as I delve deeper . This is my fourth year of NaNoWriMo and despite the fact that I spend more time inside the warmth of my house and less time outdoors, I’ve made leaps and bounds in terms of my writing. Continue reading
The Joy Luck Club is the first book by Amy Tan I’ve read and although I initially had mixed feelings about it, I found it funny, touching and beautiful. This was a reading experience outside of what I usually read because I rarely read contemporary novels, especially ones about other cultures different from my own. I encountered a lot of intriguing cultural differences but also a lot of universal truths that transcend culture, ethnicity and age.
This week’s Friday Favourites consist of my favourite TV show, favourite book series and favourite writing tip for the month of October. Continue reading
“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” – Ray Bradbury
This quote reminds me of the importance of character development in a story. If there’s anything I’ve learned about writing stories over the years, it’s that it’s helpful to know your characters intimately. Continue reading
A few days ago, I watched a YouTube video where a girl talked about all the cliches she couldn’t stand in Young Adult fiction. Listening to her list made me realize that I had a few cliches in my own writing and it reminded me of how easily we can use cliches without even being aware of it. So my writing prompt for today is: What cliches have you found in fiction and how do you avoid them? Continue reading
I’ve been in such a reading mode lately, especially since I reached the 11th book of the year yesterday. I set a Goodreads reading challenge to read 15 books in 2015 and I’m happy to say that I’m close to reaching that goal. Like others who enjoy reading, I buy books like other people buy shoes. Those buys give me a great high when I admire the book covers and relish in the anticipation of reading them. Continue reading