This is totally related to everything.
About six years ago, I converted from (Reformed Baptist) Christianity to Wicca. I won’t get into all the details about that process here, but later I found that by distancing myself from Christianity, as so many new Wiccans do, I was throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
There were many things I missed about Christianity that had nothing to do with its theology or doctrines, including going to church (yay for Unitarian Universalist churches!) and my daily “devotions.” As a Christian, I read my Bible every day, sometimes twice a day, as well as my favorite devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. It kept me sane and at peace on days when that was a most difficult task. It focused my intentions in the morning and helped settle my thoughts in the evening.
During Camp NaNoWriMo this July, I “enter the dark and terrifying forest” as I revise a novel for the first time. That quote is pulled from Rachel Aaron’s ebook, 2k to 10k. It is one of the books I have been referring to as I plan to revise Nazrat of the Kora, the novel I wrote during last November’s NaNoWriMo. Other books on my list include Stephen King’s On Writing, Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing (3rd ed., though I should have the 4th ed. soon), and even The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel, by Tom Monteleone.
As I’m delving into strange territory, I find it necessary to look at the maps created by the explorers and travelers who have been through the forest many times before me. Looking at these maps has helped me develop my own plan for the upcoming month, along with my own goals. Here’s a little of what I’ve learned and some steps I plan to put into action. Continue reading “3 Steps for Revising My Novel This Camp NaNoWriMo”
“Gardeners who creatively toil in the rich soil of imagination, like myself, often end up surrounded by plants that look as if they had been tended by Morticia Addams. We are not known so much for our horticultural skills as for the triumph of our enthusiasm over our prior experience.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
Well, WordPress is still weird, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
Because WordPress is weird.
I’m trying out WordPress as a possible new home for my blog and “author” website. I had been using Blogspot and Google Sites, but I wasn’t satisfied with either of them. I want an all in one site where I can make blog posts and have basic information about my writing life. We’ll see how this works out. If I like it, I may add my domain name to it. If not, perhaps I’ll find something else.