In Which your Hosts Finally Return!

We have an Exciting Plan for NaNoWriMo, and politely request your participation!

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Greetings octopi of all shapes, sizes, colors, and other attributes!

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When we said we’d be back in August, apparently what we meant was November… So let us begin this post by wishing you all a very happy National Novel Writing Month! For more information and participation in NaNoWriMo, make your way over here to the official website. In the meantime, GeGi will be attempting* to share a daily post here on the Octopus Society of Evil Authors official blog for the entire month. It is quite the impressive and ambitious goal, but such are the lengths we are willing to go for you, dear readers of the blog.

GeGi’s plan, such as it is, can be outlined as follows: every morning, GeGi will write the required wordcount for NaNo. Then at some point in the day, that writing will be shared here on the OSEA blog. Since GeGi’s plan for the novel is more of a loosely connected series of vignettes and scenes thematically tying together through overlapping characters set in the same location during the same (nonlinear) overall time-period, this will potentially work out quite well.

GeGi would further like to encourage you all to participate in the writing process by leaving various forms of feedback — if there are characters whose stories you’d like to see told, events you wish to know more about, or other sorts of writing props you might think of, please leave them in the comments. This is very much not a planned-out novel, and as such there is a lot of freedom for reader involvement. Tell your friends! Spread the word! And most of all, have a great NaNoWriMo!

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All the best,

Your OSEA hosts.

EDIT: [ *footnote: attempting is a key word in this sentence. As is plan. Things often have their own ideas about schedules. There will be days in which Things Do Not Go According To Plan. Participating by leaving writing prompts will probably help Things to Go According To Plan more often. (The key word in that sentence is “probably”). ]

Thoughts on How to Start a New Project.

In Which GeGi continues the metaphor of Writing As Gardening, this time in relation to the genesis of a new project.

Greetings, dear octopi!

In a continuation of last week’s metaphor, I, GeGi, will attempt to map out how you can guide the garden of your mind from bare earth to fruitful plant.  In other words, how to go from vague idea to an actual project.

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What happens When the Words Stop.

In Which GeGi addresses an issue all writers have eventually encountered.

Greetings, fellow octopi! This is GeGi hosting today.

There are times in a writer’s life when the words stop. The flow seems to dry up; you struggle to craft even the simplest sentences. Inspiration and creative energy feel like things of the past, and you wonder if you’ll ever write again.

I do, at least. The rhythm of my writing is very cyclical — abundance is followed by drought followed by fresh abundance, and on, and on, and on. When I was younger this worried me. Each time I took an involuntary break from writing, I felt like it was the final time. The well had run dry, and I wasn’t a real writer after all.  Then the words would come rushing back, and I would be consumed by writing again, trying to ignore everything else so I could spend hours upon hours in the fictional worlds of my own creation. I would tell myself that this time it had to be real, that it would last. Which, of course, it never did.

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