Friday, November 4, 2011

"Ghost Town" Writing Exercise

Stuck in a rut? Cannot find something to write about?

Do yourself a favor and let these photos of a “Ghost Town” give you some inspiration:

Moscow Ghost Town

Why is it “abandoned”?
Who lived there?
What is its future? Its present? Its past?
Why is there way too much computer editing in these photos?
Who is the photographer?
Is he/she in love with some one from the photos?
Are they stalking some one from the photos/loving from afar?
Are they visiting or do they live there?
Visiting or revisiting?

There are a million questions to ask and a couple million different ways to answer them. Give your imagination a chance to just run away, get caught up in the moment and exercise those creative muscles.

Do not forget to take a look at the comments at some point and see if they spark any ideas or even change part of your creative exercise a bit, but be careful, it honestly does take away some of the beauty and mystery from the photos as well.

Remember that even just doing a few minute free write/writing exercise can help warm yourself up for your current project or just warm yourself up for the day.

Good writing, every one!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011: The Beginning

That is right folks, National Novel Writing Month is finally upon us. Today the marvelous challenge of writing 50,000 works that actually mean something to each other starts!

I have done what I can to prepare:

-Months ago, I set aside a story idea that I really want to do. Since I’ve been itching to work on it, it should in theory help me to keep motivated.
-Wrote an outline to keep me on track and promptly lost it… I should probably remake it.
-Wrote out a synopsis and posted it to my NaNoWriMo account.
-Wrote out character descriptions for the characters
-Connected with friends who will also be doing the challenge, so I know where to get the support from/offer support too.
-Oh, and created an NaNoWriMo account, which allows me to get emails, make donates, and connect with other participants.

So, if you are participating, let me know. We can help check each other on track. Make sure you become my Writing Buddy on (user name: Everyroadisanoption).

Also, don’t forget to make a donation or buy some awesome swag. NaNoWriMo even lets you know where your donations are going and gives you some neat extras to help inspired you while you write. Next year I will be actually using to help me find writing sponsors so I can give more to these wonderful organizations!

Stay tuned for more updates this month on my progress and for tips!