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No NaNo for Me, but….

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I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve never done it, yet. But one year, I hope to – when I’m writing a novel. I know you don’t have to write a novel, but it is National Novel Writing Month. I’m sort of doing my own intense memoir-that-reads-like-a-novel fix up this month, which means I’m going through my memoir and looking for places to change some of my telling to showing.

It’s harder with a memoir, because I can’t just make stuff up like I could in a novel. But I’m learning to be more creative in adding scenes and dialog even if I don’t remember the exact words that were said, though sometimes I do.

I have been reading more novels lately. I’m a slow reader, but I recently finished Steele Secrets, a young adult novel about a girl who meets a ghost in a slave cemetery. It’s full of compassion and integrity and a great read for any teenager or young adult.

Right after finishing Steele Secrets, I read Linda’s book, All Good Stories. It was great to follow up an emotionally moving novel about saving a slave cemetery with something lighthearted and funny. Linda’s book is technically a novelette. It was fun and easy, but not too easy. Both books were important to read: Steele Secrets, because we need to honor the enslaved people who suffered and died in America, and All Good Stories, because we need fun and delight in our lives. We need balance.

My memoir does sort of read like a novel, I hope. I have work to do, and I’m sure I can set some goals to intensify my efforts. I imagine there’s more thinking going on in revising and editing than the speed writing of NaNoWriMo. I sort of envy all of you doing that. I bet it’s exhilarating. Hopefully next year, I’ll join you! Dang! I wish I could edit out those sort ofs, sort of. No, really.

Okay. I didn’t mean that NaNoWriMo writers are not thinking. But it’s a different kind of thinking. Maybe the characters are thinking for them, which would be cool. Am I in trouble? I worry too much. Sort of. 🙂 Better to stop now. The stream of consciousness is carrying me away.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt: “novel” was brought to you by Linda G. Hill.

To find out more, visit Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/11/04/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-nov-516/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, available at amazon.com.

25 thoughts on “No NaNo for Me, but….

  1. I’ve been getting myself into NaNo yet again. And again, I’m doing badly. I thought I could do it this year because I have a better chance to find some privacy, but it’s still not much. Well, I still have more than 3 weeks. If I do 2500 a day, it could be possible.

  2. Good luck with the memoir revisions. My other blog was called my fictional autobiography!

  3. That sounds interesting : girl who meets a ghost in a slave cemetery ! Just to my taste when I am in bed and read to fall asleep ! Lol !

    http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.be/2016/11/stream-of-consciousness-novel.html

    • It’s a young adult novel, so an easy read. I was very moved at by the ending. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll come back and check out your blog more later.

  4. It’s practically impossible when writing memoir to get everything exactly as it was, but remember, it’s YOUR memory of events. Others in your family will disagree (sometimes even vehemently). When that happens, tell them to write their own memoir.

    NaNo always ended up being thirty days of stream-of-consciousness for me and probably everyone else that does it. Nature of the beast.

    • I’ve imagined my x husband having a different memory and telling him that very thing. Thanks for your helpful support and encouragement, John. I will remember this is about MY memories.

  5. imagining quite a character
    leaping forth in your memoir, JoAnna 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for your Amazon review, JoAnna! So happy you enjoyed it. 🙂 And thank you for mentioning it here.
    I took a couple of masterclasses on the subject of non-fiction last month. The main point they stressed is that people read for entertainment, so even memoirs, unless you’re just writing for yourself, need to have some elements of fiction-type writing in them. Best of luck with it, JoAnna. 😀

  7. The writing process is intriguing for me JoAnna, no matter what we are writing the process to get there is always exciting I think….

  8. Good luck on the revision, I am sure the thinking it involves is akin to re-writing the novel in your head. I could never think of NaNo – this dedication is beyond me at the moment.

    • Thanks, Praj. You never know… .maybe someday you’ll be ready to write your book in your own way. Right now, you’re busy living life and collecting material.

  9. Bonsoir JOANNA

    J’ai vu ton passage sur mon blog
    Je me permets de rentrer dans ton univers
    Pour te dire merci
    Merci de ta fidélité
    Merci de tes commentaires
    Merci du fond du coeur
    Merci pour tout
    je te souhaite une très bonne soirée

    Une excellente semaine à venir avec une petite chute de température

    Reste bien au chaud

    Prends bien soin de toi

    Gros bisous Bernard

  10. Joanne, I agree that memoir should read like a novel. I’ve done NaNoWriMo the previous two years by writing fiction drafts; this year I’m doing it by writing a memoir sequel to an earlier memoir manuscript I’ve completed. I need the pressure of a deadline to get me away from editing my first memoir; it needs to rest for awhile. 🙂
    Blessings as you write your story ~ Wendy

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