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Hello!

This blog has been a ghost town for about four months now. I’m not sure if it was my longest hiatus but it was definitely another long one.

I could bore you with excuses that hold no weight anyway or tell you what I’ve been up to (I won NaNoWriMo this year by the way) but really, I don’t want to.

Let me be honest here. This blog here, good old Writing Wings, started out as a fun experiment for me. And I learned a lot and had fun. But I changed my intention of this blog way too much. And now that I’ve been away for so long, it’s just a quiet but persistent nagging in the back of my mind.

I don’t want to write here anymore though. I have a balance of old friends and new friends, family and perfect strangers, atheists and Christians. It’s a bit tiring to balance my audience here. I do want to keep blogging though. But I want to do it for me.

I’ll be writing elsewhere. Sometimes stories, sometimes political rants, sometimes perfect chaos of nonsense. But I’m not going to tell you what the blog is. If you discover it, you can read it. Most likely because you will find it by tags that will show that you are looking for my type of writing. I want my new audience to like me for what I write, not who I am.

I will be closing out all of the pages of this blog except the blog itself. They will remain online and public for as long as I don’t feel shameful for them. If you would like, go back and read old stuff. Or just walk away from here like I will after posting this.

For all of you still here, I’d like to thank you most of all. My audience. No matter who you are, what you believe, whether I know you or not. If you have stuck around until this very end, thank you. You have made me feel like I wasn’t just clicking keys for nothing. You all are great.

Thanks for the great ride.
~Author Faerie :)

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Leaving Camp

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo has reached its final day. I had a lot of great writing days in there. Learned some new tricks and ironed out a few story ideas. Unfortunately though I will not among those with a 50,000 word novel.

I have some goals to take away from camp though:
1 Write something daily – I have slotted two periods of time in a normal day to get some writing done. One right after work and one later in the evening. If I can get up on time or earlier I might move one of those to the morning or just add in a morning wake up writing session. Anyway, my goal is to put words on a page everyday.
2 Personal Journalism – I will be keeping a journal again (like I did a few years back for a while) and writing about the day and how different things made me feel. I think this will help me in many ways to keep track of things that stuck out with me throughout the day. I don’t have to write a lot but I do have to write every night in the journal despite my mood. (This will be separated from my other writing times and not count as a normal writing time.)
3 Work Space – I will pick a work space for my writing time and stick to it for that writing time. My favorite spots as of lately are my new desk area and my coffee place down here called Smelly Cat (I’m told it’s from Friends but I didn’t watch that…)
4 Story Focus – I will focus on no more than two separate stories at a time. Unless I am working on a special project or series.
5 Blogs/Articles – I am very interested in writing political opinion blogs and articles so I will be doing more of those as well. Many of which will be posted on this blog here. But I will also look for other ways to get my voice heard.

Am I disappointed with not finishing a novel during camp? A bit. But I’m more excited in what camp has sparked in me again. I have a writing track now and I’m ready to tack off!

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Yay! Camping has finally started! Woo hoo!

And guess what?! I’m already ahead! Not by much but still ahead!

Here are a few tips that I’ve found this year already or are leftover from last year’s NaNo:

    1. Don’t blog/surf online for fun/etc until you’ve at least matched where you are supposed to be for that day.
    2. Get ahead as much as possible when you are in the zone. You will need that stock up later in the month. I promise.
    3. If you don’t have an outline yet, take a break and put some of your writing time towards putting together at least a vague one. It will help you tremendously. And you’ll make up that time no doubt.
    4. IF you have an outline but get stuck somewhere, skip it! That’s what the outline is for! Write scenes out-of-order and whatever you have in your head at the moment. It will save you a lot of wasted “writing block” time.
    5. Similar to the last one, learn to use the brackets as ways to insert a thought like [and then they do something that gets them to the place where _____ happens]. Seriously, you will love yourself later on and either save yourself from writers blocks or even boring scenes.
    6. Other suggestions for brackets are things that you need to fix with characters or plot holes but don’t want to waste precious writing time on that stuff, such as [change Sam’s name to Jessica from this point forward], [go back and fix Chelsea’s back story so that she now has a sister] and [act as if Owen and Jadara haven’t met yet]. Just don’t put your entire story in brackets. That defeats the point of writing a story.
    7. If your morning allows for it, get some writing in before you take off for the day. It will boost your confidence knowing that you at least have a few (or more) words already under your belt for the day. I did that today and it felt great. :) You won’t regret it if you do but don’t go out of your way to try this if you aren’t a morning person.

Well hopefully my first round of tips is somewhat helpful for someone. Mainly just keep writing, if you come to a block, skip it or just write something else entirely until you get an idea. Good luck campers!

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Well, online anyway. :)

This June I will participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It is a summer version of the regular NaNoWriMo in November. I will still be trying to complete a 50,000 word novel but the twist during the camp months (there is also an August camp) is the addition of cabins. Each cabin holds six writers to write together and encourage each other throughout the month. It’s a great idea for a camp like this. Online encouragement of people doing the same crazy thing that you are.

On a personal note, I am very ready to start writing. I’m hoping that this month goes better than my last attempt in November. I learned a lot of tricks then that I will be applying during camp. Only three days left.

So if you are camping along with me, good luck!

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Wow. A lot of big issues lately. It’s time for a slight break for a writing blog!

Yes, I am writing. Aside from blogs, I have started working on a new book. (For all of you asking, “what happened to that other book you were writing and excited about finishing about a year ago?” may answer is, “It’s still around. I’m just not ready to go back to that story line yet.”) So anyway, this new book of mine has a finished outline and quite a bit of background.

If you followed me around the time of NaNoWriMo 2011 you may remember me boasting about a writing program called Scrivener. (I posted about it here.) I had a trial version of the program specifically for NaNo and fell in love with the program almost instantly. Sadly though, the trial was over shortly after NaNo and I didn’t use my NaNo participation coupon (I didn’t win and receive the winner’s 50% off coupon, though 20% off is still good) in time to gt the discount. Still I debated getting Scrivener at its regular price ($40) because I thought it was worth that much.

My husband (oh yeah, by the way, I got married last month) suggested looking to see if there was any program that compared to Scrivener that was free or at least cheaper. After a bit of fighting it on my side (I had fallen in love with Scrivener, remember?) I gave in and started the search. Now given the title of this blog, you can probably figure out how that search went. It was long and very few things even came close. I found a lot of full screen, no distraction, writing programs that focused on typing without all the extra stuff. But I wanted Scrivener’s features.

So I kept looking.

I googled so many combinations of things and learned a lot about a lot of programs. But things kept coming up short. My husband figured I was being biased so he pulled out our other laptop to help me search. Luckily he had also used Scrivener so he knew what it was I liked about it. About the same time we both came across a promising program called Celtx. It was free and while I did some research first, he just downloaded it and started messing around with it. Celtx has a free version as well as a paid version,though it’s a lot cheaper than Scrivener. He liked the program right away and insisted I download it to the other laptop and just try it.

What I had of this story at this point was all mashed around in a Google Doc. Now, I love Google Docs – I like sharing documents with other people who can read them and comment on them or edit them along side of me. But it lacked the organizational extras of Scrivener. So I gave in, downloaded the free version of Celtx and started transferring stuff over. I hit a few annoying patches where the program wasn’t doing what I wanted it to or I didn’t know how to do something – and couldn’t find help. But it still holds a promising feel.

I haven’t looked at all the features yet to see if it’s enough to replace Scrivener. Right now I only have the outline and characters over in Celtx but that’s enough of the story that I may be stuck with it for now. I say “stuck with it” mostly joking. It does seem like a good program and I can probably learn to really like it. I’m just having a bit of trouble switching.

If anyone out there has tried Celtx and can giver their feedback or hints, I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you have tried both programs. Please leave comments if you can help me.

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