Small Space Problem Solving

My new writing/work space

Over the past several months my partner and I have struggled with sharing a work space. Needless to say a few disagreements have come up. On Thursday I came up with this solution in our small space and I love it.

A work station without spending additional money. Instead of complaining about a situation, find a solution.

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15 days into 2019 and it’s time for a New Year’s quote from Ellen Goodman.

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

~Ellen Goodman

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

~E.L. Doctorow

This describes my journey thus far.  I am enjoying the continued exploration. 

2018 Recap

This spring I started a blog for my writing.  After contributing to my photo blog for several years and continuing to do so, I wanted a space for my new endeavor.  On May 16 I published my first post here.

It was a frightening thing to do.  For me this was a step out of my comfort zone.  Writing is a part of my life yet I have shared little along the way.

Taking the step to start this blog filled me with gratitude.  Starting is the hardest step.  The blog evolved into a writing space, quotes, and some pictures along the way.  I am unsure where it will go in 2019 but I know I will continue on with it.  It serves as a wonderful creative outlet.

Since starting this new blog, I have written 8 posts.  Posted 12 quotes from various writers, posted photos, and included a few statuses.

A huge thank you to all of my followers and everyone who has read and/or liked my posts.  It does not go unnoticed.  Thank you!

I look forward to sharing more of my writing in 2019.

 

 

 

 

“I’m writing a book.  I’ve got the page numbers done.”

~Stephen Wright

 

My NaNoWriMo Experience

The Final Tally

With 16 short chapters, 17,316 words, and 13 days of writing NaNoWriMo is officially over.  This does not mean I‘m finished with my novel.  It means the monthly challenge is over and I am relieved.

Thoughts about the challenge.

I enjoyed taking part in the challenge.  This was my first year, and it was challenging.  More so than I imagined.  Before starting this challenge I was writing regularly.  Doing what I termed daily writing practice. Every week day, most days I would sit and write about whatever popped into my head.  Writing for 20-30 minutes a day and averaging around 600-1000 words daily.

I knew I would need to step up that number to reach the NaNoWriMo challenge.  At the end of October I figured up I would need 1667 words daily to reach the target of 50,000 words.  In my mind this seemed easy as I was averaging 800 words daily in only 30 minutes a day.  This goal translated to 1 hour daily. However, I knew writing for one hour every day would prove difficult.

I did not expect the level of difficulty to write daily toward a novel.  Free writing for 30 minutes a day about whatever comes to mind is not only easier but faster.   Coming up with scenes, characters, dialogues, and direction of a novel takes more time.  Some days I would write for 45 minutes and only have 800 words. With free writing that translates to 1200-1500 words.  For NaNoWriMo that difference in the number of words is huge.

I faced two big challenges with meeting my word count.  Read more

“Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader”

~ Joseph Joubert

As of last night my total word count is 14,863.  My new target goal to finish out this challenge is 20,000 words.  Next week I plan to write about my experience participating in this challenge.

For all of you out there tackling NaNoWriMo, how is it going for you?

“Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to you that the kitchen is a mess.”

 — Esther Freud

Pardon my absence.  I will return.  October is a busy month for my family photography business.  Then I decided to tackle NaNoWriMo for the first time.

Currently, I am faltering.  Funny how I started at midnight full of excitement and hope.  Now, it seems writer’s block is taking over or maybe its the challenge getting to me.  As the month continues I will update my progress here.