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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Word Warriors

cj Sez:  Hey, all you word warriors: You still have more than half a month to reach your NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words. Keep up the good work…you got this!

  As for my story: After years (true) of pecking away at it every time I think of a different direction, I’m re-editing, again, a story that will probably end at about 70 words. Obviously, I am not a candidate for the NaNoWriMo challenge, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that all you writing warriors will carry through to the finish!


Writerly info

  Stephen King has published 65 novels/novellas, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five nonfiction books, as well as more than 200 short stories. All told, he has sold more than 400 million books, and many of them have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, and television series. Even some comic books. How does he do it? He has strategies for creating a story that people love to read. One of those is to write the truth.

“Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want. Anything at all... as long as you tell the truth... Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex, and work...What you know makes you unique in some other way. Be brave.”


You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. — Jack London


   On Jane Friedman’s blog: “A Writer’s Guide to Fair Use and Permissions” . . .


Okay, that’s it for today. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for a happy and safe you.


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