It’s that time of year again. Sharpen your pencils, put on that lovely aluminum foil wrapped creativity cap, or brush off that dusty outline you meant to get to a year ago. National Novel Writing Month is here!
So far, I’ve had one writer borrow my “No Plot? No Problem” NaNoWriMo prep book, and one person tell me they are diving in. Please keep your fingers crossed for Kathy Schultz for her brave effort.
I myself am chickening out this year, but I’d love to add your name to our list of aspiring authors in this great national challenge.
INNIE OR OUTIE, KATHY HOUSE WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR WRITING
Mark your calendars. November 8th our own Kathy House will be presenting on the topic of introverts and extroverts in the writing field. Find out how you can take advantage of your natural tendencies to write. Look for this event at the Standley Lake Library in Arvada, November 8 from 1:00 to 3:00. Let’s plan a carpool or two to save gas, help the environment and make the day even more fun.
About a year ago, I did a presentation on writing more in less time. Some people had come hoping to find ways to “stop procrastinating.” While the tips I used were good for those in the midst of a writing project, for people who find themselves doing dishes instead of writing the next chapter the tips may not have been what they were looking for. I’m currently working on researching how to handle procrastination. If you have any thoughts, and would like to pass them on to me, please let me know.
Have a great writing week my friends!
1. From Liz Funk:
My book club is reading New York Times best selling Orphan Train and I saw that the author is coming to Smoky Hill library. She might provide some great insight into writing/getting published. Interested? Here’s the website:
2. Trying the NaNoWriMo Challenge?
Okay, all you great writers! Time to sharpen those story-telling skills–or at least learn to chunk a bunch of words on a page. National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo is coming soon. This is one of those bucket list items. You gotta try it once, right? Want to know how it all works? Check out the site and grab up your courage. Then, let me know and we’ll keep your name on our members’ credits and kudos page. Just send me an email and I’ll put you on the list. Good luck and happy writing. Remember: you can write well or you can write poorly, but you must never write nothing!
3. In case you missed it:
Joan Johnston did a great job of presenting “Writing A Series That Will Sell Endlessly” this past Saturday. Her no nonsense approach to writing as a business was gripping, and her anecdotes about the writing life kept the large group at the Southglenn Library enthralled for two hours. Here’s some interesting “trivia” with regard to selling books:
Did you know . . .
80% of all books sold are sold to women
52% of the book market is all about romance
25-27% of books sold reside in the mystery/thriller market
… You should always keep your own name on all of your work, even if you bounce between genres. You’re branding here, folks, and your name is important.
… And if you use a pen name be sure to trademark it.
… Your readers become invested emotionally with your characters–so make your characters likable!
… If you’re thinking of writing, have a series in mind. Here are some ways to branch out and write a series:
- Use Families – this approach has helped Joan write 57 (or was that 58) novels since 1983
- Use a mobile character – like Jack Reacher so that setting becomes the major change between books
- Develop an entire locality, either made-up or real, but write about it from different perspectives – just be sure to LOVE your local and characters because in a series you’ll be writing about them for a long time to come.
Happy writing everyone. See you either Tuesday or Thursday nights!
Last week I heard that parking was a problem for some people. Wendy Howard let me know that the Alamo Dinner Theatre had an event there. My apologies that information didn’t get out in time. Going forward, if you’re challenged by parking in front of Panera’s, please check out the light rail station next door. I think we can park there.
Did you know NaNoWriMo is coming?
This is an online challenge to see if you can write 50,000 words in one month. If you’re up to the challenge and want to get ready, I’ll bring the latest Writer’s Digest Thursday to help you prep. It has a few articles on making this huge event successful for you. I also have a copy of Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem!. Chris is the founder of NaNoWriMo and has some great insights.
Wishing you a creative writing week.
CONGRATULATIONS ZJ CZUPOR
Each year Writer’s Digest magazine sponsors a huge writing contest with over 6,300 entrants in 10 categories, and prizes ranging from $25 to $3,000 for work in fiction, non-fiction and all manner of writing for publication.
This year, Littleton Writers’ member ZJ Czupor placed 6th for his mainstream/literary short story, Down in Disappointment Valley. You can see his name in print in the November/December issue of Writer’s Digest.
Congratulations, ZJ. No one deserves this recognition more.
CHUCK SAMBUCHINO COMES TO THE DENVER AREA
Last week, Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest contacted Littleton Writers to let us know that he’s coming to the Denver Area for a couple of one-day seminars that are open to all of us. For $129 (when you register by October 20), you can experience a mini Colorado Gold with what look to be some great presentations. The seminars are on the following dates:
- Friday, November 14th – Boulder Inn, Boulder, CO
- Saturday, November 15th – Ross Cherry Creek Branch Library, Denver CO
Chuck, an editor with Writer’s Digest Books also oversees one of the biggest blogs in editing, the Guide to Literary Agents blog. He alone would be well worth the investment, but there are going to be several workshops and pitch sessions. Be sure to check out Colorado Writing Workshops on line.