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IWSG and Now That NaNoWriMo is No More

InsecureWritersSupportGroupThis post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) blog hop where writers work to support and encourage each other on the first Wednesday of each month. You can click the image or link above to find more musings from other writers.

The group was founded and is led by our captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh and his  comrades in arms. This month they are: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

After the October I had, November and NaNoWriMo should have been easy as falling over.

Well, I fell over plenty and it wasn’t easy.

I started the novel-writing challenge six days late. First stumble. Then my usual wake up at 4:30 am to write was not happening. Most mornings I hit snooze until 7:30 and wondered where all my time went. Major trip ups. There were even a couple of days I didn’t write a single word. Picture full-blown face plant.

I considered calling it quits. My story could wait until the New Year to be muddled through. It was going to be okay. So, I stopped being hard on myself.

Somewhere in the midst of all those days I was introduced to the wonderful idea of sprinting. In just 15 short minutes I could accomplish what I wasn’t getting done in an hour. Little quarter-hour blocks of time became my best friend. I could write 500 words while waiting for water to boil. 500 more when my daughter showered. Another 500 as I waited on hold for a representative. Before I knew it, I had written my required 2,000+ words a day in the little times that I thought were wasted. Who needs to carve out huge chunks of time? Sprinting is the way to get through a first draft.

Oh, there were still days I accomplished nothing other than my regular life, but I knew I could get through it. My last big push was on Saturday, November 29. I sprinted and then I wrote in long blocks of time. My family was ignored and no dinner was  prepared. I am happy to say I finished the challenge on that evening.


Of course the story isn’t finished. 50K just got me past the murky middle. But I did what I wanted to do: Complete the NaNoWriMo Challenge. That was good enough for a November.

So, how did everyone else do this month? If you competed in NaNoWriMo did you accomplish what you wanted? I would love to hear how you did.

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NaNoWriMo 2014 Update: Day 20




I am tired of complaining and excuses.

I have nothing good to report, so I will report nothing.


See ya tomorrow,

Leanne Ross aka Read Faced  (daily word count: HAHAHAHA / overall word count: Don’t even ask.)


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Coming Clean

soapI’m not a fan of taking a shower. Getting wet each morning just isn’t appealing. I’m supposed to climb out of my cozy bed, stumble into a cold or hot bathroom, drench myself in cold or hot water, re-emerge into the now humid space and then try to get dry.


Oh don’t get me wrong…I do it. Sometimes I stretch out the days between the events, but that’s usually in the winter. These summer days where the shirt sticks to my back makes me rush to the cool water.

I bring all this up because this morning I was thinking about clean hair and about my writing.

As much as I dislike the routine of showering, I enjoy my hair being clean. I like the way it smells, how it feels running through my fingers and even how it misbehaves. It dries naturally a bit fluffy, with waves next to my face. No flowery products are needed.

When my hair is dirty it feels weighed down. The thin areas seem to show. I never feel confident.

I will take clean hair over dirty any day of the week.

This also applies to writing.

CLEAN writing is the stuff we all love.

When I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I was astonished. Okay. Yes. The story was mind blowing, but the thing that struck me the most was the way she used words. Ms. Collins’ writing is so clean and crisp you could butter your bagel with it. She doesn’t weigh down the story with flowery language that doesn’t need to be there. She cuts to the point.

Maybe I should do that now.

I want my writing to be clean. I want to smell it, feel it and watch it misbehave. I won’t worry about thin areas. I will feel confident when it is out in the world.

And I know how to make that happen.

It’s routine.

Like taking a shower every day to get clean, writers have to write on a regular basis. Clean writing comes from pushing ourselves out of that cozy bed and getting wet. Otherwise we’ll be shoving a colorful baseball cap over our story’s ears just so it can be seen in public.

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Take Care,   .·*´)
(¸ .· ´      (¸ .·´Leanne


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Bailing Water

WIPpaperboat4Last month I discussed how I was lured away from my finished first draft by a shiny new writing idea. This one was just going to write itself. All I needed to do was show up.

Well I did show up.

It didn’t write itself.

Since my last post about it, I’ve been struggling with the forward motion on that project. My thoughts kept returning to the series I put on hold.

After a long talk with my daughter (she is wise beyond her years), I came to the conclusion that I’ve been procrastinating the rewrites.  It’s no good having half-finished messes everywhere. I always expect her to finish what she’s started. It’s time I took that advice for myself.

So I chucked my fear of what was going to be in that rough draft and I started reading it.

You know what? The story is good.

Of course there are some holes in the plot that are letting in water, but I’m a strong bailer. I’m even excited about the work. I have faith that I can keep this story afloat.

Wish me luck!



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This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) blog hop where writers work to support and encourage each other on the first Wednesday of each month.

This month the IWSG is being hosted by the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh  along with Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson!

I hope you’ll visit them!

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Tweaking the Ambiance

I was never one of those people who need to move their furniture around to see how it looks in a different place. My couch is exactly where I put it, give or take a few inches, when we bought our house 15 years ago.

In that time I HAVE added to the ambiance of our home with my artwork, McCoy pottery, an “L” stick collection or two, and even a tumbleweed.

When I figured out that I wasn’t happy with the way my website felt, it wasn’t really a question of moving stuff around or getting rid of anything. I just wanted to add to what I already loved.

That’s what I think I’ve done. It’s still me…but even MORE SO.


The new website design is one of the free themes from WordPress. I have tweaked it a bit by adding my own background and page headers. It’s supposed to be based on my writer’s desk, though no where near as messy.

I wanted to make the big REVEAL before the A to Z Blog Challenge Theme Reveal Blog Hop on Friday (Please come back for that). So, I guess it’s kind of like getting new carpeting before the relatives come over for Thanksgiving dinner. HA!

Please feel free to take a look around. Maybe you can even hangout a while and put your feet up, but not on the furniture, please…some of it’s new *WINK*.

If you usually only read my posts via email, I hope you’ll make an exception and come by for a real visit.

I’m so excited by all the work I’ve done. Photoshop has been my obsession for the past few weeks. Now every page on the menu above has its own header.

I hope you like it!


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IWSG Day in December

This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group is being hosted as always by Alex J. Cavanaugh. His comrades in arms are Julie Flanders, InsecureWritersSupportGroupHeather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler and Elsie is Writing! Thank you all for your effort.

The purpose of the IWSG is: “To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!”

After you’ve read my post, please Click here  to “hop” to another blog on the list to support and share with others.

As for me, I am still on a high from my early finish of the NaNoWriMo challenge. My rough draft is almost complete. I continue to wake each morning before the sun, trying to maintain my NaNo pace. After that is done I plan to take the rest of the month off and let the story simmer for a bit.

The question I have today for you writing veterans is on critique partners.

Where did you find yours?

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NaNoWriMo Update: Day 11

NaNoWriMo CrestA strange thing happened this morning when I uploaded my usual 2,000 some odd words per day written onto the NaNoWriMo website. I discovered that I have reached the halfway mark on the writing goal. I have 25,420 words under my belt. This is huge for me to have this many at 1/3 the way through the month.

I was a bit surprised that there were no balloons and confetti. I just did a single fist pump in the air. Then I went on with my work.

Here is to patting yourself on the back. Good job Leanne!

Add me as a NaNo Writing Buddy: READ FACED

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NaNoWriMo Update & IWSG Day

NaNoWriMo CrestInsecureWritersSupportGroupToday happens to be the sixth day of NaNoWriMo AND the first Wednesday of the month. That makes it IWSG Post day too!

NaNoWriMo Word Count today is: 13,011

My daily Word Count is: 2,017

Let me start by saying today’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group is being hosted by: CD Coffelt, Tina Downey, Isis Rushdan, and Michelle Wallace! Thank you all for you effort for the group.

The purpose of the IWSG is: “To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!”

After you’ve read my post, please Click here  to “hop” to another blog on the list to support and share with others.


Until this morning I was not feeling a bit insecure about my progress on NaNoWriMo. Everyday I have been well above my personal goal of 2,000 words a day. Last night before I went to bed I briefly wrote out my outline for the chapter I was working on today.

My issue is not about having time to write. Setting my alarm for 4:30 in the morning seems to be working well for me. I jump out of bed to the cold house, write for two hours and then hop back under the warm covers for another 60 minutes of blissful sleep. It is my reward for getting my word count out-of-the-way early.

My concern is that my story will end before I reach the 50,000 words. Let me say, it is not a REAL worry, just something I am pondering in the back of my head.

I am wondering if any of you who have done NaNoWriMo have had the same sort of “pondering” happen to you? 

If you are doing NaNoWriMo right now…don’t feel like you need to respond. Get back to work! You only have 24 days left until November ends.

Do add me as a writing buddy though…my NaNoWriMo user name is READ FACED

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NaNoWriMo…Here We Go!

NaNoWriMo CrestAfter much deliberation and hand wringing (I guess people still wring their hands when they’re nervous, right? Or is that something straight out of the fifties?), I have decided to embark on NaNoWriMo. For those of you who are not in the know (don’t worry if this is you, I just found out about it a few months ago), NaNoWriMo is a sort of movement amongst writers. The acronym stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. This happens to be November. According to the NaNoWriMo website ( there are 218,874 would be novelist writing their hearts out right this minute (well, maybe not this minute….I should say right this day).

The idea is to crank out a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of the month.  Now, I know what you’re thinking. How can anyone possibly write anything worth reading in just 30 days. Well the truth of it is you probably can’t, but you can come up with a decent rough draft that could be made into something special. I just read a pep talk article written by Rainbow Rowell the other day. It turns out her hugely popular new book Fangirl (which I just got done reading last weekend) was started as a NaNoWriMo project. This gives me hope and inspiration. It also makes me feel like I have some miniscule part in something bigger than myself…even bigger than my novel. I’m possibly working right along side, virtual elbow to virtual elbow, with some of the greatest writers alive today.

The novel I plan on drafting is the second book in a YA trilogy I’m writing. For the past few weeks I’ve been mapping out the story and laying down a hard outline on some paper. My fingers have been itching to get started typing, but I forced myself to wait for the official beginning of NaNoWriMo. So this morning I woke up at 4:30 to start my journey. If you break up the 50,000 into 30 segments you get about 1,667 words needed a day to complete the task.  My goal is to write 2,000 words a day.  By 6:30 I had already written 2,117 words and was able to go back to bed for an hour.  It felt pretty good (getting my word count AND going back to sleep).

I’m writing this blog now, instead of working on my novel, because I wanted to say that I will be mostly away for the month. I won’t be gone from home or away from the computer, but I will not be composing any blogs.  I want my brain focused on the 50,000 word prize.  I do plan to keep you posted on how this whole thing is going, but likely I’ll be giving you my word count. You can also keep track of my month by watching the little blue boxes on the right. They are linked right to my NaNo page.

Wish me luck and lots of plot twists!

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