Week Three Spectacular!

Fox Socks Box Knox
Knox in Box
Fox in Socks
Knox on fox in socks in box.

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

My all time favorite Dr. Seuss book is “Fox in Socks.” Crazy full of weirdness and rhyming. ūüėÄ And a perfect book for our Week Three talk.

At Week Three Dr. Seuss had already dealt with Chicks and Bricks and Blocks and Clocks. He’d taken care of The Goo-Goose chewing new blue goo. He had celebrated Ben’s band, Bim’s band, Big bands, Pig bands. Ah, Week Three is of course when Dr. Seuss would have written:

Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze.
That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze.

And then, because Seuss was now on a tongue twisting roll, he began:

Very well, then, Mr. Knox, sir.
Let’s have a talk about tweetle beetles…

(The best part!)

In all of the month, Week Three is one of the best! You’ve got your characters fleshed out, your plots are moving. In fact sometimes they start moving really fast. It is¬†hard to keep up! Your characters have¬†their own ideas of what is going on and it doesn’t always mesh with what you planned but it doesn’t matter. You’ve gotten into the swing of things and you’re just madly taking dictation. You know you’ll fix it later.

Week Three is a great time to ride that rollercoaster! At each write-in do word wars. Take breaks and refuel. Get as much down as you possibly can while things are moving.

Write like Mad! For soon your story, like Knox, will say:

Fox in socks, our game is done, sir.
Thank you for a lot of fun, sir.

~ Pacifika aka Patti

We Week Two, do you?

“Shuffle, duffle, muzzle, muff. Fista, wista, mista-cuff. We are men of groans and howls, mystic men who eat boiled owls”.

Bartholomew and the Ooblek by Dr. Seuss

So say the king’s magicians of themselves. They create all manner of havoc when the king asks. Why did he ask? ¬†He was bored with the normal. Bored and needing some inspiration, something new. Just like you in Week Two!

What’s Week Two you ask? It is a miserable time of NaNo. Worse than the Editing Doldrums of December. ¬†(I just trademarked that.) ¬†Your characters flee and hide in corners, refusing to talk to you. Your plot points vanish into thin air. And worst of all – you start thinking that mountain of dirty laundry and dust piles and crusty dishes look enticing! What’s a writer to do??

There are a few thing to snap you out of it and break that rubber band of recurring disaster.

  • First¬†– take it to the threads! Everyone suffers this malady at some point in their NaNo career. Reach out and create a thread if there is isn’t one; if there is, read through it for fabulous ideas on how to make your novel behave and get your mojo back.
  • Second¬†– take a break! Give yourself permission to take a day off and do something fun. Go see a movie, read a book, get a massage, go mall walking. ¬†Replenish your flagging energy so it’s raring to go when you sit back down at the keyboard.
  • Third¬†– if you haven’t already, attend a write-in in person. Being there in person is important to your weary writer brain. Enthusiasm is contagious and where better to find it than at a write-in! Join in the word wars even if you are simply typing “I know nothing.” over and over. Getting those fingers moving will eventually wake up your sleepy muse and she’ll look at your repetitive sentence in horror and give you something better to write.

Whatever you choose, remember the lesson from Bartholomew. Be careful what you wish for; you might just get it!

Missed a few of our ML reports? You can catch up on all our Seuss-ish fun on the Spokane Regional NaNo threads:  Here!

NaNo Week One (and counting)

*Cough Cough*¬† Please pardon the dust.¬†We¬†seem to have missed October a bit.¬† There was that one post¬†about Food Prep for NaNo, but we seem to have lost the rest of the month.¬† Sorry about that.¬† Our intentions were good, of course, but the flurry of MLness sort of took over.¬† The good news is we’re back!¬† And mostly on track even.

There is a wonderful thread of Dr Seuss-ness on our NaNoWriMo Regional forum:  How Dr. Seuss Does NaNo.  Being as it is our adopted theme this year, and where we are going to put the many ML communications in lieu of spamming your email inbox, you should check it out!

We have a lot of new faces in the area and first timers as well.¬† Please take a moment to reach out to them. Add them to your buddy list, share your expert advice on How to Survive NaNo¬†or just say, “Hi, how’s¬†your word count?”.¬† They can all be found in our Welcome thread.

Remember Tacoma/Pierce County?¬† We beat them soundly in a one-day word war last year.¬† This year they¬†have challenged us to a¬†month-long¬†word war.¬† Of course we said, “Bring it!”, but then they added about 100 more writers, and Azombieatemyshoelace defected to their region!¬† Not to worry, we acquired several new writers-of-mass-word-count this year and our average per writer is higher.

Lastly, don’t forget we are still taking submissions for the regional anthology, “And Then What Happened? Vol. 2”.¬† You can send us anything written this past year, including poetry and black & white photos or drawings.¬† We’d like to have your submissions before Thanksgiving.

Contact us via Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, email or¬†comments below.¬† Then get back to writing!¬† Week two is approaching fast! How’s your word count?