Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth." Tayari Jones

A Writing Tool

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) can be a nail-biting slog of daily word counts moving ever forward toward a goal. Today's "tool" is a fun break from the tedium. Carly Watters, a literary agent with P.S. Literary, created #NaNoHoroscope.

Writers sent her their astrological sign, genre, and topic, and she responded by telling a prediction of how their NaNo would go. I'm a Leo writing women's fiction about climate change. My NaNoHoroscope was: "You're feeling the heat, literally. A fire sign w/ sun ruler, writing about the climate you know how important this message is. Sundays will be your most productive day. Your power will reside in the first half of the month so you'll be nearly done by Nov 19th." Carly Watters.


Productivity Tip

In the spirit of NaNoWriMo and needing to get the words on the page, I wanted to share my Top 10 Ways to Ways to Beat Writers Block. If you've got ideas on how to get through - and win - NaNo, I'd love to hear them.


There's a Story Here: Sunrise, Carlsbad, California, 2020

What story would you write about this photo?


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