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Number twelve is the loveliest …

Twelve is such a great number isn’t it? Twelve steps of AA, twelve months on the calendar, twelve in a dozen, and then there are the twelve quotes for writers.

We’ll get to that.

So, I’m done screaming now, which is good, and I guess I’m moving on (I had a good appointment with my therapist in other words, lol).

This month was supposed to be my Nano Camp (July) but I have allowed life (including a colonoscopy) to distract me. I hardly did my DBT homework either. So there is one month almost gone, never to be seen again  😦  I’m sure the time is not wasted, but it feels like it is!

So anyway – I guess reading these writing quotes is one way to be inspired to write. Of course, inspiration is NOT THE SAME AS ACTUALLY WRITING, Kathleen! But when I do write it is like my depression doesn’t exist. My low self-esteem doesn’t exist. I feel like a worthwhile person, and like all the time I waste (read: disabled) doesn’t matter; I write, therefore I am! I am a worthwhile person! My life is not a waste! And my mental illness doesn’t matter. I don’t know how or why that is, and I don’t know why that isn’t more of a motivation to actually write … but anyway… here are the quotes, by “The Literacy Site

“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy–which many believe goes hand in hand with it–will be dead as well.”

-Margaret Atwood

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

-Gustave Flaubert

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

-E.L. Doctorow

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.”

-Truman Capote

“Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For these two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.”

-Roald Dahl

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

-Isaac Asimov

“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.”

-Amy Tan

“The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.”

-A.B. Yehoshua

“I believe that writing is derivative. I think good writing comes from good reading.”

-Charles Kuralt

“Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is that  you’re having a relationship with your mind.”

-Natalie Goldberg

“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.”

-Meg Rosoff

Read more at http://blog.theliteracysite.com/quotes-about-writing/#mjgs3ajHYUEwYjDf.99

Spa-RINT! (National Novel Writing Camp)

Ok, here it is Saturday the 11th of April, somewhat sortof halfway through Nano Camp.

As many of you know Nano camp is related to National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November. November’s goal is to write 50,000 words, along with some 18 billion other novelists … ok I exaggerate but I am too lazy to look up the actual number of participants. It’s a lot, ok?

ANYway – this is the April 2015 Nano Camp, and I am in a virtual “cabin” with ten other like-minded individuals. My goal is to write 25,000 words in the 30 days, but anyone can set whatever goal they wish. I am finally caught up and even 100 words over my 833 word a day limit. I’m at 9268 words! (20,705 words total if you add the words I’d already written) Can I hear a wahoo? I also wanted to work on editing the present work but that bogs me down so much and I don’t make any progress toward “finishing” the book. So I am just focusing on the word count for now.

It’s going pretty well. I’ve never written a historical Christian novel before; it’s always been contemporary. But what I like to read are the historical ones. So why not try something I really like?

I’d like to thank the academy … hey, who do we thank when we write prize winning novels? Oh yeah, I’d like to thank my dog … wait. I don’t have a dog! (shaking my head) – well I’d like to thank my friends who like to read my drivel and who cheer me on, unconsciously or not.

So what are you all up to on a Saturday night? I think I am going to do another sprint   😀 (A sprint is where you set the clock, my friends and I like to do 15 minutes, and you write at breakneck speed until someone says to stop!)