Yearly Archives: 2009


On Pins & Needles!

Posted 31 December, 2009 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, Writers Write 0 Comments

I feel… excited. Anticipating something great…

I keep a separate blog, a personal blog away from this one because I want this one to be specifically about my writing, focusing on it, keeping it in my face with pinpoint precision. On my personal blog, I don’t have too much excitement about the New Year. It’s coming, whether I get excited about it or not. That’s not to say I’m forlorn or depressed, I just didn’t really create a lot of things to be excited about in the next year. That might change in January but… I’ve become more  seat-of-the-pants in other aspects of my life, not just my writing. We’ll just see what happens.

This blog, though… SIGH (that’s a good sigh). I feel like 2010 is just going to be a great writing year for me. And I’m trying hard not to lose that oomph! and enthusiasm, because I need it. I waste so much time during the year feeling down and avoiding writing because I don’t feel like it, or because I think it sucks or it’s boring and not enough time just dang writing. Get it on paper, edit it later. Or not. Just write! These are the things I yell at myself while I’m watching the fourth straight hour of TV, staring at the Word icon, thinking I should open it.

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Get Re-Excited about Being a Writer! [repost]

I’ve been thinking, and thinking a lot about the New Year as a writer, and reading lots of great advice on how to approach and achieve my goals. I found this through the #writing chat on twitter, and thought I would share!  Hopefully it will help someone else, it’s definitely given me some things to think about. Source: Beneath The Cover Get Re-Excited about Being a Writer! By Susan Goodsell – Dec 28 , 2009 New Year’s Resolutions—Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you simply cannot escape them! Personally, January 1st has always given me a thrill. I get a sort of “back-to-school” feeling and enjoy the whole mentality that, “The […]



New Year’s Resolutions for Writers & Bloggers [repost]

Just found this excellent post that I’m planning to put to good use in 2010. Thought I’d share it! It’s from Year Zero Writers As writers and creators of content, more and more we’re finding it necessary to turn to the Internet to showcase our work. While we cannot be in several places at the same time, it’s possible for our material to exist in numerous corners of the Internet, all at once. In an age where Literary Agents and Publishers are holding back on marketing their authors’ books we simply have to turn to each other to propel our material to different audiences, something one person can’t possibly do on […]




Going crazy, wanna come?

Going crazy, wanna come?

Yeah. I’m about to lose my mind up in here, up in here. I’m setting my literary goals for 2010, and thinking back to 2009. I started the year off with a goal to simply write, and write more. I had really started to get back to it in 2008, late in the year, after a long, decades long, really long break from it. 2009 was the Year of Writing for me, a year of putting my goals in my face and working hard at it. I set a goal for myself to write 200,000 words (or more). I stopped counting the words after 300,000. That doesn’t mean every word […]



The NaNo Report:Week Four-ALL DONE!

The NaNo Report:Week Four-ALL DONE!

(crosspost test) Last night, at around 11PM, I typed the final, offcial word on my 2009 NaNoWriMo and declared that sucker to be DONE. Well… done as in done all the major writing, and plotting and structrurally, everything is in place. It needs editing and some oomph and some passion and probably a good spelling and continuity check  but for all intents and purposes, I finished yesterday. Let us all dance and rejoice. Official word count is ~93K, just over it… like 93,050 or something. I do plan to add some today before the deadline runs out at midnight tonight, mostly so I can get it over 100,000 words, so […]



Picked up this cute lil thing today:

Picked up this cute lil thing today:

I’ll save my Academy Award worthy speech for when I actually finish my piece, but I just happened to be at the NaNo site today, updating my wordcount. As of today, Winning is now activated, so instead of feeding my words into the gobbler and letting it calculate my words, it takes you to a winner page. You get a neat certficate to save and one of these handybanners to toss about the internet. YAY! Now I’m off to stare at my manuscript and pray for divine intervention, or maybe one of those text-to-speech programs. SIGH. I know what I’ll be doing over the Thanksgiving break.



The NaNo Report, Week Three!

The NaNo Report, Week Three!

Good heavens, aren’t I done with this thing, yet? NOPE! So last week was a slow week. I didn’t really write much all week, mostly because I was burnt. out. from the first 50K words. I’m now over 70,00 and I swear to heaven, just over halfway done. URGH. I realized, this morning, that the end of Nano is approaching. Like SCREAMING at me– next MONDAY! I basically have 7 days to write my story climax and touching ending. Which doesn’t sound hard but YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE IT! And so now I’m calm. I realized this week that I was having a hard time moving on in the […]



The NaNo Report, Week Two

Sorry I am a little late updating, this week. I’m. so. tired. I spent last week uhm…. writing. My brain is a fog and my fingers are burning. I decided to take a couple of days off from NaNo’ing so yesterday and today I am just chillin’. Over the weekend I crossed over the 50,000 word mark., First, YAY. Second, Okay, but I still have a ginourmous amount of desert to cross because my story isn’t finished. And Im getting tired. And my writing is getting lazy and uninteresting and I am burning out. Hence, a break for a few days. Not too long, or I won’t go back to […]



The NaNo Report: Week One

The NaNo Report: Week One

It went well. The end. I’m just kidding. Week One did go well. Very well. I wanted to make a serious dent in my piece because I know it will end up being more than 50,000 words. I am wordy and my plot is slightly complicated and requires a clear passage of time and events in order for it ‘read’ right.  I ended up passing 30,000 words over the weekend, which was AWESOME! I’m so proud! So week 2, I hope will firmly insert me in my plot and get me most of the way through it. The ending is going to be a little tricky, I think, so I […]