There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Monday, November 30, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes: NaNoWriMo LAST DAY LAUGHS!

Rereading parts of your novel while writing is like doubling back at rerunning parts of a marathon mid-race.
{Chris Baty}

Writing a novel is like making love, but it’s also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it’s like making love while having a tooth pulled.
{Dean Koontz}

People always see me writing and ask me if they can read my writing. The answer is yes, after I publish it and they pay for it.
 {Jarod Kintz}

Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor.
{Joyce Carol Oates}

The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
{Marty Feldman}

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Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes: NaNoWriMo Week 4

A word has power in and of itself. It comes from nothing into sound and meaning; it gives origin to all things.
{N. Scott Momaday}

Jump high and hard with intention and heart.
{Cheryl Strayed}

Even those of exceptional genius are plagued by constant self-doubt, and that perhaps the most important quality setting the brilliant apart from the mediocre is their willingness to let the doubt happen but plow forward anyway, not to be shown up by it but to show up doggedly for the day’s task, however monumental its ask and however small its give.
{Maria Popova}

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. 
{Annie Proulx}

Whenever you think it’s the end, it’s probably just the start of something else.
{Jen Gotch}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers! 

To my USA blog buddies, may you have a fun, delicious, and happily memorable Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
To everyone else, wishing you many blessings, too!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes: NaNoWriMo Week 3

Isn’t every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn’t there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods? 
{James Agee}

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
{Thomas Edison}

That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been....Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly. 
{George Saunders}

We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky. 
{Walter Mosley}

What you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
{Doris Lessing}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes: NaNoWriMo Week 2

Dreams are lovely...But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.
{Shonda Rhimes}

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. 
{Zig Ziglar}

Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.
{Vaibhav Shah}

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
{Thomas A. Edison}

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
{Denis Waitley}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IWSG: NaNoWriMo 2015

Writers can definitely use a designated day once a month to complain, cry, rant AND boost, cheer, support. Thank you, Alex, for creating this awesome group! What is IWSG? Click the following links to learn more: 

This is my seventh year doing National Novel Writing Month. Holy moly! It seems like just yesterday I heard about NaNoWriMo and thought it was the coolest idea ever. It’s such a great thing to be a part of something this big. Even though I know there are writers writing every day just like me throughout the year, it’s really special to come together the entire month of November. You know you’re not alone. You cheer on your fellow writers and they return the encouragement. Even if you don’t make 50,000 words by November 30, you’ve got something down, something to work with into the holidays and new year.

I’m definitely a plotter, and I’ve always plotted my NaNo novels. Usually I spend the entire month of October planning it. This year I'm being rebellious: I haven’t planned at all! I had the names of the two main characters and a basic idea. So how am I doing four days into NaNo? Check out my page and see. Not too shabby so far! This novel is going to be a mess, but really all my novels are a mess whether I plot or not. So it’s kind of fun trying to pants it this year!

Are you participating in NaNo? If you’re a pantser, do you have any tips for me, a definite plotter, to stay sane throughout the month while attempting to pants through this novel?

Keep calm and write on, IWSGers!

From the Wavy Lines archives: The Gymnastics of NaNoWriMo

Monday, November 2, 2015

Motivational Monday Quotes: NaNoWriMo Week 1

Don't suppress what makes you different. It will ultimately set you apart.
{Candace Nelson}

Be yourself. Because if people don't like you as you are, they're not going to like you as somebody you're trying to be.
{Jimmy Dean}

Always zig when people expect you to zag. Confound them!
{Soledad O'Brien}

She wanted to be extraordinary, to possess a savage glitter. 
{Joy Williams}

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare. And I dare a little more as I grow older.
{Catherine Drinker Bowen}

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
{Maya Angelou}

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
{Anaïs Nin}

Creating one single story often requires experimenting and planning and falling on your literary rear more than once before you find the way that works for your particular tale. The most important issue is to keep on trying until you get it right.
{Nancy Lamb}

Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.
{Octavia Butler}

So this is always the key: you have to write the book you love, the book that's alive in your heart. That's the one you have to write.
{Lurlene McDaniel}

Happy reading and writing, Zigzaggers!