Coffee with Deb

5F092C81-D382-41E1-9E29-55F75ED031D1*taking a sip of coffee*

Morning is my favorite time of the day. The little jingle, waking up is Folgers in your cup, comes to mind. Now, you’ll be singing this all day. You’re welcome.

While I don’t drink Folgers coffee, I sure do love my morning coffee.

Morning routines have been a part of my day as long as I can remember. I’m fortunate enough to be able to have one that includes a bit of knitting, email, and social media. It’s about an hour when I can just let the time pass and not even care that it does.

With that said, that hour is for me to ease into my day, maybe plan what it will look like, and create space in my brain for new ideas.

Which in fact, I have many.

*taking a sip of coffee*

The problem, if you’d call it a problem, is that too many ideas surface each morning and I have not a clue where to start. I’ve been wanting to write a non fiction book on living intentionally. With so much of my life having raised great kids and not having to have a 9-5 job, it leaves me with many hours of my own time. (Bless my husband for providing an amazing life for us so I’m able to be me.)

So, where does this leave me?

*taking a sip of coffee*

Mapping out a plan, if you’d call it that, to write that book. With the help of friends brainstorming ideas, this may come to fruition. I’ve written several novels, but not non fiction. Yea, it’s writing, but it’s all “plotting” it out, sectioning it off so it flows and makes sense to you, my reader. I have had such an awesome life filled with adventures that I know of many of you reading this would relate to. Living intentionally is about making a life that you can be proud of. It’s not too late. Whatever your age. Day one starts now.

Today starts your intentional journey. Do me a favor, take out a piece of paper, a pencil, and grab your cup of coffee. Journaling.

Ok, i saw you roll your eyes. 😉 I’m not talking “Dear Diary” journaling.

I’m talking focused journaling with the intention of increased productivity. Remember, productivity doesn’t have to always be about work; finishing a book you’re reading or fun day at the park with your kids.

*taking a sip of coffee*

What makes you feel joy and contentment? That’s what I’m talking about.

Living intentionally.

Share your thought below. What is the one thing that brings you joy? Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

*taking a sip of coffee*

Write On!

~deb

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NaNoWriMo Day 9

Whew!

Got that done a bit more late today. Stuff happens, right? My husband came home from a business trip today, and we had dinner with our daughter. After a stop at Best Buy, we came home and I headed to my office to write.

Word Count Accomplished.

There are three rules to writing a novel,

Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham

Isn’t that the truth. I’ve always been told when you know the rules, you can break them. Knowing the rules is often the hard part. In writing 50,000 words in 30 days, all rules go out the window. Though, for me, I can stick to some of them. Editing, for example is done sparingly and only when I know it doesn’t sound right, or what was my character thinking? I’m not going there, I often talk back.

I’m having a great time doing this. We are 9 days in. That’s huge! I try to NOT to look at the big picture here, but take it one day at a time. I also try to stick to the 1667 or within 100 words over, so I don’t overwhelm myself. I know some will write 3000-5000 a day.

Not me. That’s what makes us all different, right?

I also find that taking time after I write with a fun, no-brained type of activity like reading a magazine or knitting, helps to gather my thoughts and re-hash what I just wrote.

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Words completed to date: 15,138 (34,862 words remaining)

Yes, I’ve verified the word count on my NaNoWriMo page. Have you?

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Music playing on my TV: Smooth Jazz

Beverage of choice: Mango juice

Place I chose to write: My office

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So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

NaNoWriMo Day 8

Are you keeping up? We are over the 25% mark of being finished.

That’s 1/4 of finishing with 50,000 words.

Today was not as busy as the last 7 days have been. I was able to have coffee with a friend and finish part of an Etsy order.

And Write!

As my husband mentioned to me tonight, “at least you’re getting in the writing habit.” Exactly right! Sometimes you just plain don’t feel like writing, but when you finally talk yourself into it, you’re glad you did. I’m speaking of myself, of course.

The ability to be a Pantser during NaNoWriMo was something I didn’t think would be possible. You’d want to have a plan, an outline of where the story would go. Not me. Like I mentioned, the only plan I had was to write a chapter for the book each day. That’s 30 chapters total. How the chapter ends dictates how the next chapter begins. Easy for me. I can get my head wrapped around the scene and into my characters head.

Speaking of characters, I love my Main Character, Morgan. She’s very likable and at times pretty fun. Everyone loves to be with her and the two men that think they want her, well, makes for some fun writing. I press on, scene after scene. Chapter after chapter. I’m truly finding that love for writing I once had.

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So, next time you’re at a cross roads with your character or scene, try to put yourself in his/her shoes. Visualize where they are at that moment and press forward. Sometimes running is better than walking, and sprinting is definitely better in the end, when you’re trying to get to the end.

Word Count Accomplished!

Words completed to date: 13,349 ( 36,651 words remaining)

Yes, I’ve verified the word count on my NaNoWriMo page. Have you?

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Music playing on my Ipod: Jack Johnson

Beverage of choice: Herbal Iced Tea

Place I chose to write: Panera Bread

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So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

NaNoWriMo Day 7

One week down! 3 more to go!

WooHoo!

I’m really kinda diggin’ this writing stuff. After one week, 7 days, of consistent writing, my mojo is coming back. Or should we say, IS back!

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I am finding that writing in the evening seems to be my thing. I used to think that mid morning, through lunch, to early afternoon was when my writing mojo kicked in.

I’m truly just excited that it has kicked in.

Today was busy with finalizing (seriously finalizing) my second knitting book. With that behind me (though book signings and promo things now ahead), I can concentrate on getting through November and NaNo.

How about you? How are you doing after 1 week of writing?

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Word Count Accomplished!

Words completed to date: 11,748 (38,252 words remaining)

Yes, I’ve verified the word count on my NaNoWriMo page. Have you?

Keep writing friends!

You fail only if you stop writing.

– Ray Bradbury

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Music playing on my Ipod: None. The hum of of customers in the cafe ring in my ear

Beverage of choice: Hot Green tea

Place I chose to write: Barnes and Noble Cafe

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So, as I say, my friends,

Write On!

Deb

NaNoWriMo Day 6

Sigh…

Writing every day is something I’m really beginning to enjoy. Though, I’m finding that having to do book edits, fill Etsy orders, errands, etc…It’s challenging at times.

I won’t quit! I’m almost 7 days in (tomorrow). That makes it 1/5 of the word count completed.

How about you? Have you found that writing is becoming more of a habit than “Oh, my gosh, I HAVE to write yet today and it’s already 8:00 PM.”

No? Good!

That’s the one thing I was hoping to gain from this. The other thing that I’m finding kind of cool is that when you do write everyday, you remember more of the story, so having to go back and read it because you haven’t visited it in over a week…well, ‘nuf said, right?

I started out at a fantastic coffee shop, Wesley Owens, where I ate some lunch and wrote just a bit. Only a bit. My brain wasn’t engaging very well, so I packed up (after only about 300 words) and went shopping. Hobby Lobby to buy yarn, which then turned into Christmas decorations.

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Word count accomplished!

Words completed to date: 10,113 (39,887 words remaining)

Yes, I’ve verified the word count on my NaNoWriMo page. Have You?

Keep on writing! Don’t give up. I’m not!

Don’t give up.
There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you.
Don’t listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
– Sidney Sheldon

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Music playing on my Ipod: Nora Jones

Beverage(s) of choice: Carmel flavored iced tea at Wesley Owens. Iced Coffee at home

Place(s) I chose to write: Wesley Owens this morning. My desk in my loft this evening.

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So (my friends), as I always say,

Write On!

Deb