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Contests and Challenges / Re: NaNoWriMo2017
« Last post by Cathie on Today at 01:24 PM »
Just popped in to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I'm stuffed and so ready to nap! Hopefully, I'll be hitting the keyboard tomorrow.

 Hairaplenty, hope the mad cleaning frenzy and food prep weren't too stressful and  you are basking in lots of praise!
JFriday and Sandy --Yay, pie!  :applepie
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Contests and Challenges / Re: NaNoWriMo2017
« Last post by JFriday on Today at 09:44 AM »
Sandy, I totally got focused on word count and I've never had such awful writing. So I think you have an excellent plan. Besides, when you focus on and enjoy the story, that's when the writing flows.

I hope everyone enjoys their pie!! :applepie
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What about Maya Angelou?
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It's YA and illustrated and poetry, but well written and very interesting:

BECOMING BILLIE HOLIDAY by Carole Boston Weatherford, ill. by Floyd Cooper

And I can't recommend anything, but you could look for a good biography of Duke Ellington.

Oh, I just remembered reading this one, LOUIS ARMSTRONG: AN EXTRAVAGANT LIFE by Laurence Bergreen.
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My dad loves reading biographies of famous historical figures from US history. I was browsing his shelves the other day, and it hit me that he reads almost exclusively about white guys--Washington, Jefferson, etc. For Christmas this year, I thought I might buy him a biography of a really amazing woman or person of color. But I'm not much of a biography reader, so I thought I'd ask you all for recommendations. Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony come to mind as possible subjects, but I could branch out if anybody has other thoughts.

My dad really responds to elegant (and in my opinion, sort of purple) language in the books he reads. Whatever I buy, I have to stay away from clunky prose or he'll put it down and drift on to something else. Thanks in advance!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: NaNoWriMo2017
« Last post by SandyM on Yesterday at 06:26 PM »
 :lol5. I am really stuck over here. I think I'm getting too focused on my word count. My goal this weekend is to get back to enjoying the story and worrying less about the deadline. I'm mostly finished with work this week so I'm hoping I can relax, write, and read for the next 4 days. Oh, and eat pie.   :applepie
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Education / Re: PB class OR 12 x 12 challenge?
« Last post by Mindy Alyse Weiss on November 21, 2017, 10:46 PM »
What a great Christmas gift to give yourself! Both options sound wonderful. I can't wait to see which one you choose.

As for knowing when something is revised enough to submit--I think everyone struggles with that to a certain degree. I used to send things out way too fast when I first started writing and can usually tell how close I'm getting by the feedback from my critique groups/beta readers and paid conference critiques.

Are you part of a great critique group? They're absolutely priceless, and I love being in both in person and online groups.

I think I want to give myself a Christmas gift of something that'll help with my PB writing. I have considered either an online PB class or joining the 12 x 12 challenge community, but I'm not sure which would be most helpful for someone just starting to seriously learn the craft. If you have experience with either 12x12 or online PB courses, can you say a little bit about how it may have helped your writing?

For me, the problem with writing is not getting ideas or drafting them, but revision. Like many people, I often think my work is "done" when it is not, and I don't feel like I know how to revise to make it better.  So if you have recommendations on resources that would particularly help with learning to revise, I would love to hear about them.

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Contests and Challenges / Re: NaNoWriMo2017
« Last post by Pons on November 21, 2017, 10:00 AM »
Sharing another line which shows great literary genius:

Shel picked up another pitchfork which was conveniently leaning against the side of the door, apparently unaffected by the high winds, and started to help.

No one can ever, ever look at this. Ever.

 :lol4 I feel the same way about my draft: no one can ever read it, but it is actually getting me to a better place. (I hope.)

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