Yes, I am working on an outline for a book to create during November.
To keep your tools sharp, you need to use them. Grammarly just reported that I went over 26 million words in October.
Think about 26 million words all typed on this Logitech k350 keyboard. I have replaced keycaps on a few of the keys. Other than paint rubbing off, been a great keyboard.
Today I entered a flash fiction contest. I don’t for the life of me understand how Word, Grammarly, and Pro-writing aid disagree on so much.
Between the AP manual and the Chicago style manual, I am just not sure which is correct.
From Dialogue tags to internal thoughts, English has changed since I was in school.
Who dreams up this stuff?
Where publishing is concerned, use an editor. I spent days trying to teach myself what they consider to be ‘good grammar.’
I used to believe the comma was my only nemesis, not even close.
The Little Brown Book has nothing on today’s style.
I will leave you with this final thought. If you are not sure, the odds are excellent that the reader will not be sure either. Go back and read some of the literary greats if you want to blow what you think you know about grammar out of the water.
My secret is this, Write the Damned Story. Please don’t get your knickers wrapped around the axle where it comes to grammar. The more you write, the fewer mistakes you will find when you finally do edit it.
Once written, put it away. Last year’s project is still in the drawer, waiting for me to edit it with a fresh set of eyes.
Don’t rest on your laurels. Once you develop that habit of writing, stick with it. I have found that between 4 AM and 6 AM works well for me. It would shock you how you will bounce out of bed once you get into the habit.
There is a science involved with that time of day, and it involves Theta Waves. Just try it for a month.
I can do the mechanics of research or editing anytime; for the creative part, I need zero distractions. I have yet to be offered a car warranty between 4 and 6 AM.
The news is toxic to the creative type. Remove the screens from your view and don’t focus on the idiots. From clickbait to ratings, they will say and or do almost anything to get your attention.
You might notice that I have blogged about certain events in the past. That was wasted energy but, it was a vent. That leads me to my last point, expel toxic poop from your life. From the media to people, if they are unhealthy, shut them out.
As a programmer of years ago, there was a saying—garbage in equal garbage out.
I hope this gets you in the right frame of mind and hopefully excites you about NaNoWriMo.
Yes, I contribute to them every year. I believe in the mission.