The Construction Zone

November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo in writerly circles.  You can officially sign a commitment online to churn out a 50,000 word novel or you can modify the plan, like I have, and use the framework to challenge yourself unofficially.  Theoretically it is designed to help writers begin a new work from scratch, but I am using it to rewrite a Middle Grade novel.

As if this isn’t excitement enough, I have another challenge going on right outside my office window, and I can’t resist a little metaphorical fun.

This is my construction zone,

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and here is my design plan (plot chart) for my  WIP (Work in Progress).

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Outside my window,

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Steve Neal and Clay Gilbert with  Noah Warren Home Improvements have turned our backyard into a construction zone.

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Here is the design plan (architectural rendering) for this WIP, our new deck and screened porch.

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Some of the tools of my trade are my computer, dictionary, thesaurus, sticky notes, hole punch, highlighter and stapler,

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while Steve and Clay use their hammer, nail gun, saws, tool belts, leveler, and ladder.

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Sometimes in the building business, you leave a pile of debris

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and sometimes, you need to try a new angle to get all the pieces to fit together.

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But last week, I added (almost) 10,000 words to my project

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And Steve and Clay added over 1,000 square feet of plywood to theirs.

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Whether you build with words or lumber, I wish you much success in achieving  your goal this week!  And fellow NaNoWriMo writers, I’d love to hear how your construction site is coming along.


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