Tricks and treats are afoot as the cooler weather closes in and another November is about to bring us ever nearer to the end of another year.
Some of my personal treats are that I've enjoyed a wonderful visit with family in Tennessee, but now it's also a treat to be back home with my dear wife, my computer and office, my own bed, and everything else that comes with being home. Getting away can be nice, but there's no place like home.
National Novel Writing Month will be a treat for many of us during November, though it might be a trick keeping up with the progress and meeting the 50,000 words required at the end of the month in order to walk away and claim a win. I'm going for it again this year. I may have a few tricks in the way of challenges that may hinder me at times during a busier November than I've had in the last two years, but in the end I hope to be treated with the beginnings of another novel.
The special treat of attending the BlogWorld Expo 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center will be coming this week-end November 4th and 5th. It might be a bit of a trick to make it around to everyone who will be exhibiting and soak up all the information I can. You can be assured that I will be reporting my experience to all of you right here on Tossing It Out.
Those of us in the United States will have the treat of Thanksgiving Day in November. Many of our Canadian friends were tantalizing us recently with stories about their Thanksgiving Day treats. Now it will be our time. I love Thanksgiving dinner.
Finally, I have a little treat in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). My recent cross country drive between Phoenix and Tennessee inspired some thoughts about how planning out the writing of a novel might be compared to planning a trip.
Planning a Trip vs. Planning a Novel
Know where you're going-- Where is my story going to end.
What is the purpose of the journey?-- Why do I want to tell this story?
How are you traveling? -- What will be the genre, point of view, and style of the story I'm going to tell.
Where are you going to stop (stay) along the way? -- What do I what to do when I need to get away from my story for a while.?
When are the best times to stop to take a break?-- What will be my writing schedule?
Watch the road signs -- Spell and grammar check are great tools for me when I write.
Obey the traffic laws -- Write right.
Dealing with road hazards and detours --Think about the story problems as I run into them and try to deal them before I get hopelessly lost.
Learn to read a map -- I like using tools like time lines and character sketches, but outlining is one that I should try to use more often.
Will you being doing NaNoWriMo in November? Do you have any big plans for Thanksgiving? How will you spend Halloween?