Ahh ... my favorite month of the year! If you're American, a time of Thanksgiving. A time for family and delicious food. (Pumpkin pie is my weakness!) It's a time when the weather changes for good, leaves are crunchy on the ground and everywhere you look there's a russet-golden hue.
It's also the month of my birth (which coincidentally falls on Thanksgiving Day this year.) And if you're a geek like me, it kicks off the Season's Greetings--the movies, music, decorations all come out by Black Friday in our house.
But this month is something else special: NaNoWriMo. It's my first year participating. Of course, to make things more interesting my shift for the airline just changed back to 3am start time five days a week. So my internal clock's gonna be all jacked up while trying to write madly while kids are in school... when I should be sleeping, but you know what?? I'll sleep when I'm dead. That was my motto in college anyway... LOL!
So if you're a Nanner, best of luck! I think it's brilliant to have NaNo right after Halloween when there's an abundance of candy and chocolate to get us through it. My kids raked it in last night. Our neighborhood had a haunted house, haunted trail, and spooky animatronics show.... all in walking distance. It was so great!!
I was reading some of The Lovely Bones yesterday. OMGosh! What an amazing story and piece of work that is!!! Have you read any of it??? Read it!! I can't wait to read more, though it will have to wait for now. But I was reminded how we should always write from the heart. The author's words moved me. Our writing should do that also.
Are you writing a story right now? If so, yes, get your plot, characters, dialogue all right and tight. But don't forget to write from the heart. It's what makes good storytellers, amazing storytellers. It's what sends shivers down our spine even when the story's not scary.
What about you? Any words of wisdom you'd like to share that helps make a story a story?? I'm all ears!