Thursday, November 12, 2009

Alcott, Shut-In's and NaNoWriMo

When I was growing up, I read a book about the life of Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women). The book told how she would lock herself away in her room for days at a time and write frantically on her novel.

I feel a little like that while writing for NaNo this month. I feel like I have to give up the rest of my life in order to get a rough draft of the words I need for my novel. I miss my TV shows. I miss surfing the web. I miss my computer games. I miss hanging out with friends. I had to turn down an invitation to hang out with someone last week because I needed to spend that night writing and would never get the words I needed if I even spent a couple of hours out - because those two hours stretch on late into the evening.

Last year one of the NaNo pep-talk writers said that he wrote 1,000 words a day, writing over the course of the entire day. For those of us who have day jobs or must take care of family members, we do not have that luxury. Someone once said to be a successful writer, you have to want it more than anything else. A strong desire, produces results.

Is locking yourself away from the world for weeks at a time to complete a novel really worth the sacrifice? That's up to each aspiring writer to decide for themselves.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Here's the video!

Here's the video. It's embedded now to make it easier to watch. Thank you, Glynis, for your help with how to embed it!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Perfect Gift

This month I am working at my job during the day and am writing for NaNoWriMo at night. It's starting to take a toll, but the words are starting to add up and make the writing worth it. Still I feel like I don't have a moment's time to do anything except work for my day job and write on my novel. I can't imagine the holidays yet and I haven't even tried to think of the perfect gift for everyone.

At work, we just released our holiday video. It's about finding that PERFECT GIFT this holiday season. It's really a heart-touching video and I wanted to share it with everyone. I hope you enjoy it!

I haven't figured out how to embed a YouTube video in this blog yet, so you'll have to click on the image below to watch the video.