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NaNoWriMo Updates and Some Much Needed Cheering for Week 2

During NaNoWriMo, it has always been week two that has put a damper on wrimos’ progress. The newness has worn off and we’re tired from all the word-sprinting that we did last week.  However, I urge you to look at it this way: OMG, YOU’VE JUST WRITTEN YOUR HEART OUT! DON’T GIVE UP NOW!

Your novel/stor(ies) deserve your attention and dedication. This novel idea has stuck with you throughout the tumultuous week one (meeting new writers, feeling great about your word count, feeling depressed when you see other peoples’ word count, etc.) Also, since we’re on the topic…

NaNoWriMo is a time where we should be cheering each other on. We should be encouraging others, not comparing ourselves to them. Sure, some of us work better when we are in competition with someone else. Just make sure that it is healthy competition and not one that will cause a grudge or hinder your writer-buddy-friendship. We’re all working toward the same goals.

In addition, remember that while you may feel encouraged and enthused with your own personal word count, remember that others may be struggling. So don’t brag about your fabulous word count. Patting yourself on the back is great but not everyone is going to see that three layer cake that you made for yourself as encouraging — so keep the flaunting to a minimum.

Also, check in with your fellow writer buddies. If someone appears to be struggling or if you think someone could use a boost of encouragement – try and help a little. The key words in that sentence being “a little.” Don’t write their book for them – Oh my gosh, don’t you realize that’s her baby?! It’s like telling someone how to raise her kids “correctly”.

That being said, how is everyone doing? Have you had some fantastic successes? Are you going through a rough time? Let us know how much you are loving or hating NaNoWriMo this year.

All right, it’s back to the word mines for me.

Love, Joy

Posted in NaNoWriMo, Writer Lifestyle

Unleashing Your Creativity & Productivity for NaNoWriMo

A couple weeks ago, one of my friends helped me create some candles. I felt a little bad about making her house smell so perfume-y but the candles did turn out wonderful.

It was during the drive home when suddenly occurred to me that while these candles smell divine, I chose them because of their pleasant aroma and not for other (more productive) reasons – mainly other aromatherapy perks. I’ve heard of certain smells helping to calm you down but do smells also help you become more…productive and creative?

*vigorously internets*

*yes, I just turned that noun into a verb*

*internets some more*

In a study led by Kristin McCombs of Wheeling Jesuit University, peppermint was found to help students perform better. While a study led by Stephanie Lichtenfeld of the University of Munich in Germany found that the color green helps release your creativity.

Apartment Therapy wrote up a great article about scents that help improve your productivity level. The article suggests Cinnamon (for alertness and focus), Mint (for boosting attentiveness), Lemon: (“which jolts the mind into action when detected”), Orange (similar to lemon), and Rosemary (which helps you become quicker and smarter).

I’m excited to try out some of these scents while I’m writing (for work and for NaNo).

Here’s a tip (that has worked for me in the past – though I haven’t researched anything about it yet). Since I’m so used to working productively in cafes and at the WFPS meetings, even just the scent of coffee helps to increase my creativity and productivity level.

What scents work best for you? Or do you prefer to work in a room with no smells to distract you? How about color or sound? Do you write with music playing?

We’d love to hear from you! Jot down your ideas, thoughts, and questions in the comment section below.

Love, Joy

Posted in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 1

It’s day one of NaNoWriMo 2014. How is everyone progressing?

Since it is so early in this year’s event, I’m sure that we’re all still excited and raring to go, right? Some of you might have run up against some snags in your plot. Fear not. Like I said, it’s still early. Write as much as you can and take a few minutes to look at the big picture of your story. Go over your background info to make sure that you have everything that you need to make your characters real and …oniony. You know, layers.

Do you have any concerns or triumphs to share? I’d love to hear from you. Jot down your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.

Love, Joy

Posted in Writing Inspiration

“Based on a True Story”

I ran across this video the other day on FB. I have to say that I absolutely love this story. I’ve since found out that it’s fake but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a fascinating plot!

If you’re stuck, looking for a bit of inspiration, or just want to hear an intriguing story, check it out:

Hope it inspires you!

Love, Joy

Posted in Writer Lifestyle

Oh, You Poor Poor Writer…

Hello writers and other creatives,

So my fiance and I will be moving into a new home soon. I hesitate to say “soon” because it’ll be a few months from now (about five). However, we’ve been waiting on this home for about a year now so I’m officially calling it “soon”. However, since we decided to move, I’ve swapped jobs. In addition to that, being a freelance writer pays the bills but it’s not the best paying job in the world. If you’re a struggling creative, you probably know the feeling.

To ease my worries a bit, I’ve been researching ways that I can save money. About a week ago, I came across this awesome Frugalista Starter Kit, which I intend on having in my home and giving as a gift for new homeowners.  Amrita Singh is a smart and clever woman. I suggest following her on Pinterest, YouTube, and on her website.

This starter kit should help save you money and ease your financial worries so that you can focus more on what you are passionate about: your art. That may be creating words, painting a masterpiece, sketching something inspirational, or creating a musical composition. No matter what it is, I’m here to help support you.

Love, Joy

Posted in Writing Resources

Time Management and Scheduling Tool!

Hello again, everyone!

Okay, so I’m big on going old school when it comes to scheduling stuff. Sure, I like using Google calendars and FB for events but I also use this handy dandy tool.

It’s called paper and pencil.

*avoids your angry glare*

Before you leave this page because you think that I’ve totally wasted your time, give me another moment.

I add my events and tasks to a digital calendar that syncs with my laptop and phone but I also write my tasks and events down on a to-do list and write down stuff on an actual paper calendar because it helps me remember what I have to do. There’s something special that happens when you pick up a pencil or a pen and write stuff down by hand. You have to spend more time on it and you can have your calendar or task list open, sitting next to your computer, as a reminder all day. You have a better chance of remembering the task.

No electricity required. No syncing. No internet. None of those things that could disappear in a black-out. Yes, of course, it could catch fire. So can your computer.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive (but pretty) way to keep a handwritten schedule, check out this beautiful and whimsical calendar/planner template that I found on Etsy. It’s only $8.50 and is available for instant download. So all you have to do is click and print. And before you ask, no I’m not affiliated with this person. I just thought it was pretty.

Love, Joy

Posted in Writing Inspiration

Motivational Writing Poster Goodies

So I’m a Doctor Who fan and a writer, which is why I’m totally loving this quote print from Chickalookate’s Etsy page. If you’re a fan of either, I suggest that you check it out. And before you ask, no I’m not affiliated with her. I just thought her print was pretty awesome. I ran across it while I was doing some *ahem* research *ahem* on Pinterest.

*points to Pinterest link* You probably don’t need another distraction but that’s a link to my Pinterest page, if you want to follow me. I post a lot of things that have to do with my current projects and activities like:

  • writing
  • motivation and tips for working at home
  • moving to a new home/new homeowner tips and designs/small home tips
  • crafting
  • my stories

All right, everyone! Back to the word mines! *cracks whip* *closes Pinterest tab*

Love, Joy

Posted in NaNoWriMo, WFPS News

WFPS Special Events for November

Hello Everyone! I know that it’s been a while since we last posted anything. I don’t know about everyone else but I’ve been busy busy at work, planning the wedding, getting ready for a big move, and planning out my NaNoWriMo project for 2014. Speaking of NaNoWriMo, here at WFPS, we are excited to announce our event calendar for November. These are our themed events for our Saturday Write-Ins:

11/1/14: Writing Down The “Bones” Halloween Write-In

Come in your Halloween costume, dressed as one of your characters, or as your favorite author and start the month off with WFPS. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats. Not to mention, plenty of leftover Halloween Candy.

 11/8/14: Pajama & Pasta Write-In

Come in comfy pajamas, enjoy a pasta meal, and write ’til your fingers fall off. Bring your laptop, enjoy the free Wi-Fi, and the pleasant company. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

 11/15/14: Potluck

Don’t worry about what to eat. Bring a dish and enjoy the company, food, and incredible wordsmithi-ness that is NaNoWriMo. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

11/22/14: “Stone Soup Day”

Bring an ingredient for the soup pot and have a nice warm bowl while you write. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

 11/29/14: No Turkey Gets Left Behind

Bring your turkey day leftovers (get them out of your fridge once and for all) and enjoy some coffee and finish up your word count for the month. Word sprints on the hour, raffle with prizes, and cool treats.

Please feel free to join us! Eat some awesome nummies and write until your fingers fall off!

 

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So, I gave you my list of excuses for not updating the site. However, I will try to update more often, even if it is just a simple writing or planning tip, an update on how the group is doing, or a writing prompt. Scout’s honor. Okay, so I wasn’t a girl scout. Writer’s honor, then. 🙂

 

Love, Joy

Posted in Writing

Onward and Upwards…!

Hello Everyone!

Yes, I’ve been absent.

Yes, my excuse is work.

However, I would like to take this moment to plug my personal website. I’m revamping my personal website in hopes that I can use it as my professional freelance website.

What do you think?

What do you like to see when you go to a “professional writer’s website”?

I’d love to hear/read your comments and thoughts about this topic. I’m looking to start a brand new chapter in my professional career.

 

Love,

Joy