NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 12. Keep Swimming

I feel I need to be in this chair, with the computer on. The habit is forming.

I know what the feeling is, because, forgive me, I used to be a runner. I used to need to lace up my sneakers and go for a run like an addict needed their fix. I had formed the habit and I liked it.

So now the habit of putting words to paper, screen, and/or voice recording is forming. Today, as I was out and about, I had the urgent desire to get home so I could write. Of course, I sit down and the blank page intimidates me into scrolling through Facebook, but I caught myself early and here I am.

No Comments For Now

I had to disable the ability for readers to leave comments. I was being targeted for a hack, or hacked, or what ever it is that makes a website shut down. I shake my head at this, because on one hand, I wonder what on earth someone could possibly want with me? But I get it, they want my identity to use in some other place or places in the world. It’s a very strange world out there. Once I get something figured out, a stronger firewall or larger cinderblocks, I’ll reopen comments. Sorry. But I’m on twitter (see sidebar), so tweet me.

Is Your Story Changing?

My NaNoWriMo 2016 project continues to change. Or maybe I should say, evolve. As the story unfolds, the scenes play out and the characters come to life, I’ve had to make changes. Will they stick? I’m not sure.

These changes are making a difference in the story. I am beginning to see how important details are to scene building and character growth, not just to the forward movement of the story itself.

I’m also having what I hope are *moments of brilliance,* some of the sentences I’m stringing together are killer. IMHO. LOL

Excerpt from my NaNoWriMo 2016 Work In Progress, Family Dysfunction.

(*Note: I use placeholders for names I’ve not figured out, like TKMother or TKSenator, etc. If you see them in the text, I’m still working out those details.)

Maybe it’s time to tell these stories,” TKMother explained. “These are my stories, of my life, my experiences. The things that happened to me, at the hands and the whims of these men. I should be allowed to tell my story as I see fit.”

“But you’re bringing up things that happened ten, twenty, thirty plus years ago now, mom. Think of the lives you’ll ruin.”

“They did not think about the life they ruined.”

“Has it been so bad mom? Has your life turned out to be a complete failure?”

The uncomfortable silence settled between them, filling the small room with thick emotion.

“It was hard. And it made me who I am today. And today, yes, life is hard.”

Catalina nodded. Life for her mother could not have been harder than it was right now.

Her mother fingered the deck of cards, flicking the edge of the stack. The top card flipped over showing the Queen of spades.

“Is that a clue?” Catalina asked.

“It’s just a card.”

Brown eyes searched deep green familiar ones. Everything was a clue.

An Experiment

I’m learning how to use Mail Chimp, another piece of the author marketing puzzle, the ones the experts lay out and show you how to put it all together. If you subscribe using this link here, you *should* receive updates to my NaNoWriMo 2016 Writers Journey blog. I plan to share my experience as I write, edit and navigate the publishing worlds, self and traditional, until my story is finished and in the hands of readers.

Thank you for your support.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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