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I have stumbled upon a lie about fiction. And Paul Harding exposes it in his quote. The best fiction tells the truth. Being truthful in fiction differs from being factual. You want situations and characters to leap off the page, be someone who you might meet on the street, at an airport or your daughters’ school.

Readers have finely tuned lie detectors and will spot characters who do not act true to their nature. The risk being they will throw your book across the room crying “Bunkum and Balderdash!”

What character has felt “real” to you? Have you met a character who was not?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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I am struggling to find stillness, a little silence. The moment I sit down to write the beast roars. I try to ignore it. I wish for it to go away. I beg it to leave me alone.

It doesn’t work. The holidays are coming, and I have lists to make, gifts to buy, cookies to bake. I know how to quiet the beast. I pack up my laptop, get in my car, and head to the coffee shop. Amid the holiday music and the calls of “Grande Sugar-Free Iced White Chocolate Mocha” and “Venti Gingerbread Latte with Soy”, I find my nothingness of silence.

Where will you find your silence today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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Don’t know about you, but I have had a busy week. Plenty of hustle, bustle and holiday excitement piled on top of the normal onslaught of daily tasks. It all leaves me a little, well, tired. Ragdoll, dead dog, tired. You know the feeling, your brain gets fuzzy, you can’t keep your eyes open, and no matter how much you try to stay awake, you can’t.

I habitually over schedule during this time of the year, knowing I will need the help of Santa’s elves to get it all done. But my scheduled naptimes are non-negotiable. I designated today, downtime day. I will wear my fluffy slippers and flannel PJs, start a roaring fire, settle into my big leather chair with a glass of wine and see what happens.

What will you do to relax today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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I love John Muir. Have I mentioned it before? There is something magical, contradictory and surprising in the phrase “They make their way into the heart of the roughest solitudes with smooth reserve of strength…” I’m not sure I have ever considered solitude as rough. But being alone, working alone is not always easy.

And I love the idea of conquering the challenges we face with quiet courage. There is an enviable beauty in the creatures who can reach their goals without wailing and lamenting their fate. There is grace in the steady steps and focus that makes them mountaineers.

How will you face your day?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

 

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A daily writing practice is hard to achieve. Many things vie for our attention and our time. Family, friends, social media and the newest Netflix release are relaxing, enjoyable, and easy.  Temptations abound. But every day I write. Sometimes the agonizing grind produces one hundred words. Occasionally, a writing session is filled with magic, pixie dust and a torrential release of words.  It is the sporadic reward for making a commitment and doing the work.

What steps are you taking to make writing a habit?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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I had a short conversation with a new friend yesterday. Our discussion centered on the recent loss of a loved one, and their legacy. It got me thinking, as these things do, about my legacy. It is easy to descend the rabbit holes of Netflix, and text messages, and cleaning, or other time-consuming things. As much as we enjoy or feel compelled to participate, they don’t seem epitaph worthy.

Do you want to be a beloved parent, spouse, child, or friend? A gifted artist? An advocate for the needy? A philanthropist? A prolific writer? Legacies don’t show up without work, effort and determination, every single day. What will they write on your tombstone?

What can you do today to take a small step toward your legacy?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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This cartoon hits home.  I am completely focused on “not finishing my novel”. But it doesn’t mean I am not writing. In fact, I find writing is now easier than it was before November. Words spill onto the page in record time. I glance up and I have 300, 500, or 1000 words starting at me. The words are not bad. I like this side effect.

I feel like a weightlifter who has trained hard and then returns to the “normal” routine to find it has become too easy. I like getting more done in less time.

Have you noticed any residual effects from NaNoWritMo?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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I may or may not confess to hearing voices on occasion while I am writing. They might inform me about the dialog, or way the character should act. Sometimes they might divulge secrets about their past or share their hopes and dreams.

I hope writing fiction continues to be legal, or there is a change I could be in trouble.

What are your voices telling you today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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I hope you are taking a breather. I know I am needing a break. Besides, there are tasks I have ignored while writing. Now they are demanding attention.  Very important tasks… laundry, grocery shopping, vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen and a little holiday decorating.

The good news is taking care of mundane tasks has allowed my subconscious time to process and devise brilliant solutions to writing issues I didn’t even know I had.

Have you gained insight into your work?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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No matter where you finished, you now have words written, your first draft.

Step 1. You may need to finish some words to get the story completely done, and then comes the hard part.

Step 2. The marinating. Once your draft is done, put it away for a while and work on something else. Maybe it only needs a week or two, but it might need longer. You will know. The key is to let enough time pass that you can look at the draft with fresh eyes. Before you start…

Step 3. Editing.

What step are you on? Are you finishing your story? Or are your ready to let it sit for a while?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer