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NanoWriMo — The struggle is real people.

So I signed up for NanoWrimo….

What was I thinking?

If you don’t know what NanoWrimo is its National Novel Writing Month. So for the month of Nov. you write 50,000 words. That’s roughly 1600 words a day.

I have signed up for NanoWrimo several times and have never ever finished.

I’m starting a new series and honestly believed that signing up would push me to write book 1.

It’s Nov. 8th, and I’ve written 750 words. 🙁

I don’t know what it is about Nano that first makes me think I can write 1600 words in a single month, but that I can continue that type of writing for 30 full days.

The strangest thing is if I hadn’t signed up for Nano I may have written more words. But the deadline aspect of Nano, makes me worry more about writing and not actually getting any writing done.

Tell me I’m not alone…

 

Life Lessons, #2 What I’ve Learned from Watching Criminal Minds


What I’ve learned from watching Criminal Minds

And how they’ve made my writing better.



  In case you don’t know Criminal Minds is a television show about a group of FBI agents who profile serial killers. Now that I’ve explained that to you I should also tell you that you should crawl out from the rock you’ve been living under.
  I mean who doesn’t know what Criminal Minds is? I mean it’s on syndication and on like ten different cable/satellite channels any given time any given day of the week. So look it up ladies and gentleman you have no idea what you are missing. And here is why…

    What I’ve learned in the years I have watched Criminal Minds

  1. Things can always be worse.
  2. Always, I mean ALWAYS double check the locks.
  3. It doesn’t always end with a happy ending.
  4. When there’s a twist… The evidence (the smallest pieces) are all there. You have to be able to follow the bread crumbs back.
  5. The bad guys have to have a purpose and a reason.
  6. And last but not least… anyone can be a bad guy so watch the f*&^ out.


  Do you have a favorite show, or do you watch Criminal Minds? And if so has it influenced your writing in anyway? Let me know below. 


  And watch out because like #6 says anyone can be the bad guy… you might just be in one of my novels as the one who did it, in the study with the lead pipe. Please tell me you got that reference…

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Sex Ed and the Modern Day Romance Writer


Sex Ed and the Modern Day Romance Writer


  Knowing the human body before you write about it is paramount. Trust me you need to stay current on your education even when writing love stories.
  It doesn’t matter if you don’t write erotica, or explicit sex scenes understanding the working parts can mean the difference between how a man holds a woman in a loving embrace to a choke hold.
  Even if you write sweet romance understanding the fundamentals of a heated look and how it will make someone feel in a biological way instead of a physical. Making your writing JUMP off the page, make your readers feel it, believe it, fundamentally understand it.
  Confession Time…In a former life I sold adult toys and products. Doing this; I was taught and learned more about the human body and sex then any one person ever needed to know. But in doing so I learned and changed and boosted my sexual writing to a different level.
  My characters, and readers benefited immensely, I don’t write erotica (and not because I can’t haha), because I knew exactly what was going on with everything not only below the waist but above the waist as in the mind as well.
  The human body is an amazing thing ladies and gentleman and staying current and learning something new about the human body every single year will keep your writing fresh and modern plus it will bring your readers coming back for more.






  How do you keep your sex scenes current and fresh? Leave a comment below.





(Christie teaches Sex Ed and the Modern Day Romance Writer at conferences and writers workshops it’s a funny and interactive workshop, if you’re interested please contact her.) 


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