Welcome back for week three of my challenge posts! I hope you'll enjoy the playlist I've compiled, maybe even find a new favorite or two to add to your own listening repertoire.
On to the challenges!
If you've always wanted to be a writer and you thought you never could, I'm here to tell you it's never too late to try. And any Nanowrimo event, whether it's the main event in November or one of the camps (April or July), makes it so easy to get started. Depending on what genre you choose, you could even end up with a full length rough draft at the end.
My first experience with Nanowrimo happened in November 2016 when I decided to take my kids through it as a school project. One enjoyed it. One didn't. I ended up with half a novel and I didn't want to stop. The words just flowed and flowed, as did the ideas. The same thing happened with my second novel, but not quite as quickly. My third novel was even slower to get down on paper, and by the time I got to my fourth one, I was really questioning which direction I was going with this fantasy series. Still, I persevere because I know it all fits together. I just haven't quite figured out all the details yet. (Yeah, I'm sweating...)
So I kept going and joined in the Camp Nano event in April of that year. (Or it might have been the July event. My memory is fuzzy on the exact date.) I chose to write the rest of the novel I'd started in November. (I'm a slow writer with a lot on my plate in my non-writing life.) I found my first round of Camp Nano kind of awkward. I liked the single-minded focus of Nanowrimo and the drive to get those virtual badges. But there were a couple of things I struggled with. Read on.
I forgot to mention something in last week's post about the differences between the two events. In a Camp Nano event there are 'cabins' - basically online groups of writers who encourage each other as the work continues. My first group wasn't bad. They just weren't as easy to relate to as the ones I got connected with later on. It took a while for me to find writers I resonated with. But I didn't give up over the following years. You don't get to pick your cabin, but you can start your own and send out invitations to people. Also if you know someone who's starting a cabin, you can ask for an invitation. I've never started a cabin, but I got connected with a couple of writers with a similar mindset and since then, the cabin experience has been more encouraging.
So I guess what I'm saying is this. I was 40 years old when I started writing seriously. It is never too late to try. And if one aspect of writing seems too daunting, there are always helpful writers out there who are more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences with you. I highly recommend you not wait any longer to give writing a go if that's been on your bucket list. You can start today with just a little bit of time, a piece of paper, and a writing utensil...or you can just use your phone. :)
Enough about Nano events! Let's check out the challenges!
#30DaySongChallenge Days 10 - 16
I'm really having fun with these! I love talking about songs I've enjoyed throughout my life and why they mean something to me. Here are the prompts for the past seven days:
#1WordPromptChallenge Days 10 - 16
I didn't get to post but one photo on the proper day! I made up for it, of course. :) Sewing masks took far more time than I thought it would.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you're not stuck in your house all day, but if you are, I hope this post offered you a happier way to pass the time. Also, don't forget! My ebook, Ripples (Children of Y'Dahnndrya book 1) is on sale through April 30th for only $0.99 USD!
I hope you'll be back next week to check out the next round of updates, music, and snippets! Don't forget to keep checking back if when you first visit, the story snippets and Camp Nano update aren't where they are supposed to be.
Y'all stay safe, smart, and healthy! See you next time!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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