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…
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…
- Things can always be worse.
- Always, I mean ALWAYS double check the locks.
- It doesn’t always end with a happy ending.
- When there’s a twist… The evidence (the smallest pieces) are all there. You have to be able to follow the bread crumbs back.
- The bad guys have to have a purpose and a reason.
- And last but not least… anyone can be a bad guy so watch the f*&^ out.
What I’ve learned in the years I have watched Criminal Minds
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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Life Lessons… What I Learned From Reading: A Bridge To Terabithia by: Katherine Paterson
Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone. That’s not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
This book is one of my very all-time favorites. I love it, I think it is amazing! A classic that is incomparable, and the best part?!?! I loved it when it came out, and yes I just aged myself and I’m alright with that fact.
So what did I learn from reading A Bridge to Terabithia?
- It’s okay to have an imagination, no it’s mandatory!
- There are no limits to that imagination.
- Having a boy as your best friend? It’s okay, no it’s totally cool!
- Sometimes you don’t get a happy ending.
- You’re never too young to learn that life can really hurt.
- Last but not least… Moving on and putting the pieces back together after debilitating grief isn’t exclusive to adults.
Life lessons learned in elementary school wow…
Did you learn something from reading a book that has stayed with you for your entire life? Share below?