The school year has officially started and summer ended after Labor Day. We are two months away from NaNoWriMO and my mind is on Preptober. The question is, am I going to do Preptober and Inktober? I bought my ink pad over the weekend to give it a try. I thought I would follow the recommendation of another artist and author. They had the same love for art and writing, the trick is not going with giant size paper and using a limited color palette. By now, you know I love miniatures, so scaling down shouldn’t be a problem.
Over the last year, I’ve worked on a novel that’s supposed to take place in a small town. I did my research and took road trips to places with only a few hundred people in residence. Of course, as soon as I get art projects rolling the literacy muse starts calling. The cycle of stories and art is constant. Dividing up my time when both of them call to me is a challenging.
I guess the process of brainstorming and getting those creative juices flowing spills over into all parts of our brain. That’s why writing prompts and exercised to keep building on our skills are important. All those notes on ideas and experiments saved me when I didn’t feel motivated, or when I thought the inkwell was dry.
Last year, I had some Halloween themed writing prompts during the month of October. This year, I plan on creating prompts to improve the setting of my story, and scenes with characters. The month of all things spooky will set the right mood for love, werewolves, and all kinds of creatures that took up residence in the middle of nowhere.
Small towns are allowed to have their own way of doing things, and they have their own kind of characters. Add in the someone who’s new to town who begins to question the oddities, and you have a start to a story.
September is time to get into writing mode. What is your focus for this year’s NaNoWriMo? I’ll keep you updated on events and progress. My posts are Monday through Friday!
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