What is Writing Out Loud?

Growing up, there was one feeling I remember feeling the most out of all the others. Alone. I felt alone. I felt like I was a burden to others around me because I always had something going on. There was always something. I don’t know how I learned it—but I learned it was a negative thing. I was the only one I knew with a mentally disabled brother. I was the only one with a terminally ill mother. I was the only one in my neighborhood who was going through, well, everything. Everybody else around me was all smiles and happiness and easy. Oh my gosh, how I just wished for easy. 

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A Christmas Poem

Merry Christmas Eve! Christmas is almost here! Are you excited? Do you have all your shopping done? Are the presents wrapped? Gah! I’m a little sad this season is almost over but I’m also excited for what’s coming next. It’s a weird feeling. Mostly, I’m excited for everybody to open their presents!

In the spirit of Christmas and to stretch out my writing muscle, I’ve decided to write a Christmas poem (also I’m extremely competitive but I’ll explain that later). Well, hubby and I wrote this together. It was really fun actually. Minus the staying up late part. (ahahah)

And now I present, for your reading pleasure, The Unnamed Christmas Poem!

Twas the night before Christmas

As all stories start.

Let’s peek on our friend,

Who is making some art.

“I’m going to stay up so I can  meet Santa.”

He says as he colors at the table with mom

Making his plans as fast as he can

He must act quick, he heard that Santa was over Guam

His biggest dream, is to meet the fat man who brings all the presents,

Who drives a sleigh and lives with elves. 

On Christmas morning, he thanks his parents

But he wants to thank Santa as well.

Tonight’s the night, he’ll  sneak downstairs

to meet the white bearded man.

The room is bright with colored lights

The tree is empty, there is still time

Across the floor he crawls staying as quiet as can be

Finding the perfect spot beneath the tree

Soon Santa will come

And leave tons presents

He closes his eyes, for just a moment. 

It’s late and he’s tired but he is determined 

He isn’t sure how much time has passed but when his eyes open next-

 It’s him! He’s here! The big man himself!

“Santa!” He yelled, his excitement growing

The man turned, smiling wide, finishing his task

“You should be in bed,” he said. His voice a whisper. 

Our friend just nodded, “I wanted to thank you.”

The man looked surprised. This was a first. 

“You’re welcome, little one.” 

Our friend gave a very quick hug and ran upstairs, his goal accomplished. 

“Goodnight.”

He was at that last step when he was struck by a thought. 

Santa- who wore a suit of red- was missing the red!

He thought for a moment, and the knowledge came rushing.

It was his daddy who he saw, not the king of the North Pole. 

Christmas Writing Prompts

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I love the snot out of Christmas. I love the whole holiday season where it seems like the world is agreeing with the idea of slowing down and enjoying things. I love the colder weather, the bundling up to go look at lights and all the things that happen during the holiday season. It rocks my socks off and I love every single minute of it.

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Writer’s Gift Guide

I’m enjoying making these little gift guides! Turns out, they’re fun. Hopefully you are finding these helpful. Today, we are going to be talking about the writer in your life. I’m sure we all have one. If you don’t, they probably just haven’t told you that they write. (hahaha, writers rarely share, we’re afraid of rejection and awkwardness.)

So here we go! The coolest gifts that will make a writer’s heart smile.

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NaNoWriMo & Preptober!

If you know what November is and how NaNoWriMo (link) is, then you might currently be in prep mode for Preptober!

For those who are wondering what I’m talking about and why I am changing the name of months, let me explain. 

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where writers across the world all challenge themselves to write a 50,000 novel in November. Thirty days to write an entire novel. Granted, not all novels are 50,000 words, in fact, a lot of novels have a significantly higher word count. This is supposed to be a draft. This is your starting point. NaNoWriMo is a great way to challenge yourself to put your creativity at a higher number on the priority list. (Which is always my problem, let’s be real.) 

This is my second year really attempting to do NaNoWriMo. The first year was a complete flop and I couldn’t keep up with the word counts and I eventually got so far behind that I gave up. Life got in the way and I wasn’t prioritizing writing. The first year I did NaNoWriMo I found out about it like a week-ish before November 1st and decided to just jump in. I’m a pantser type writer so I thought I could just wing it. 

Based on year one, you cannot just wing it. You need some preparation. You need to have a little more than just an idea for a book to do NaNoWriMo. The first time around, that is all I had really, an idea.

Books are not just ideas. There are plot points and characters and development and all the things that make it up. It starts with an idea but that idea needs development. 

Which is why this year I am working on Preptober. Which is the month of October, prepping for NaNoWriMo. I’ve made a little word count tracker that I stuck in my notebook to help keep me on track with my progress. I’ve also been keeping up with NaNoWriMo and all their Preptober activities. There was even a quiz to help me figure out the best way to add writing time into my schedule and so far that has been my favorite thing. You can take that quiz here.

I’m also working on an outline so I actually know what I’m writing about instead of going off the last thing written. I have a huge problem with editing as I write instead of just working on the next part. I am hoping the outline will help me keep moving forward instead fixing what I already wrote. First drafts need to be first drafts and I need to let them suck and edit them later. 

I am so excited to start writing my next book with National Novel Writing Month. I might even be more excited about the results of the schedule quiz and implementing it. (The results were really helpful!)

Oh! If you want to snag my word count tracker, I’m gonna share it with you for FREE! Who doesn’t love free things?

(This PDF is for a 4×6 size tracker, it should print out in the middle of the page for cutting. If you want a full page version, reach out to me!)