Sit Down and Write 4

sit down 4It’s here! The fourth annual write-a-thon, Sit Down and Write. The event is being hosted by Michelle at Stories Inside. Michelle describes Sit Down and Write this way:

“The Sit Down and Write write-a-thons are for any writing you need to get done. If you’re working on a novel, a novella, or even short stories. If you have a ton of reviews to write coming off of any read-a-thons you might have just finished with, then this is for you too! Any writing you need to get done…this is the time to really buckle down. . .”

I didn’t know this event existed until Michelle wrote about it on a blogger discussion board. The event started earlier this morning and continues until Sunday, September 8th at 11:59 pm. Participants can post their progress on their blogs, the event’s check-in posts, or during the chats being held on Twitter. Hashtag: #sitdownwrite 

My goals:

  • Write for at least thirty minutes a day.
  • Have four blog posts written and ready by the end of the week.
  • Read! Reading is just as important as writing.

Will you join this week’s write-a-thon?

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Big Think: Isabel Allende and The Dying Art of Letter Writing

Yesterday I mailed off a letter to my younger brother. Even though he lives in the same state and we could talk to each other every day on the phone, we still exchange letters. Sometimes we write to each other as often as every day and other times, we might ink out a letter a few times a month. In our letters we talk about our lives, family, literature and our thoughts on what’s going on in the world. I look forward to his letters and I know he looks forward to mine, especially since they’re usually four pages long or more. It made me think about writer Isabel Allende’s interview with the Big Think and what she thinks is the dying art of letter writing.

When you write someone a letter, there is so much to think about: what kind of paper to use, pen or pencil, what kind of stamp, and of course what to say. I’m a stationary kind of girl – the fancier the better. So I wanted to know your thoughts. Do you still write letters? Email is easier but there’s nothing like receiving a handwritten (or typed) letter in the mail addressed to you.

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Not again.

I have writer’s block. I also have reader’s block. The only thing I can read is the required reading assignment from my British Lit class, Paradise Lost. Sigh. I better start checking out some children’s books. It’s the best cure for reader’s block. Maybe it’ll help the writer’s block also.

Nanowrimo and The Bloody Chamber

I am not a writer.

I am a reader.

A lover of the real and the bizarre, great plots and even better sentences.

But since I think everyone should get step out of their comfort zone for a minute, I’m participating in this year’s Nanowrimo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Nanowrimo starts every year on November 1st and for the whole month, thousands of people will write a novel, word by word, while trying to accomplishing their total word count. The prize: the ability to say honestly that you wrote a novel.

This will be the third year I’ve participated and I am determined to accomplish my word count of 50,000 words. What is my book about or its title, you ask? I have no idea. I barely have my protagonist’s name.

But that will not stop me.

I will write word after word until I reach my goal despite tests, studying, family, and life in general. I will get to 50, 000 words by writing 1,667 words a day. I just have no idea what I’m going to reward myself with at the end. Maybe with a nice book.
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It’s Halloween night and not one child has knocked on my door. I’m glad I’m not the one who bought the candy this year. But no worries; I have Angela Carter’s fairy tale masterpiece The Bloody Chamber to keep me company on this spooky night.

I heard about Angela Carter through a review by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. Then recently I read a great essay called “The Angela Carter Workshop” in Tin House. The essay’s author, Ricky Moody, described what it was like to be a student in one of her workshops and to have an ongoing correspondence with her.

Carter went and retold old stories in a way that leaves the reader in awe. I know I held my breath several times while reading “The Company of Wolves,” a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Once I finished reading it, I had to read the story over again. Highly recommended.