Alright, flex them fingers, sharpen them pencils, drink a pot of coffee and WRITE WRITE WRITE

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Alright, flex them fingers, sharpen them pencils, drink a pot of coffee and WRITE WRITE WRITE

I am sure that you have been seeing the ads everywhere, people madly collecting their thoughts throughout October, heads down, pens scratching out an idea.  This is the wonderful time of NaNoWriMo.  I cannot express how much I love it.  I never finished a book, I never even came close to 50,000 words, but I have learnt more in the last two years from NaNoWriMo’s books, the interviews they get, the authors who post encouragement and tips. But, the best was meeting a local group of writers who turned out to be the most wonderful, brilliant and encouraging group ever. When you sign up, you can join in on local groups write-ins, both in real life, and virtual, which is so much fun and helpful if you need that accountability.

All of the above is why this event is so immensely popular. It pulls people together, if forces you to learn, to push through, FORCE yourself to write. You may not hit the 50,000 goal, but the fact that you stuck with it makes you feel frickin fantastic.

I even managed to do the Camp NaNoWriMo this year and I hit my goal of 10,000 words! WOOPWOOP!

This year I will be doing things a little differently (and, yes, you are allowed to do things differently).  I don’t have time to do much, as I also run a small business and am trying to start printing my artwork my self, AND I have a small human who is crawling now and making me realize there is no such thing as FULLY baby-proofing a house.  So, I am going to use NaNo to write blog posts, try to finish TWO of The Cunning Crow Newspapers (read about that here) and try to start a podcast.  I might pull out my book idea if I feel like it, but I have these specific goals and I don’t want to throw to many separate projects onto my plate.

ANYWHO, I hope that you all are joining in too, and no matter what your plan is, I hope you succeed beyond your wildest expectations!!

Follow NaNoWriMo and get tips, inspiration and do the word sprints, they rock:

AND one of my favorite authors, Austin Kleon,  made a simple little calendar for your progress HERE

Join me on Twitter @trishfibs (writing account) or @wildrootsphoto (artwork) and we can follow each others progress!!

Week Recap: NaNoWriMo, Short Story & Art Sale

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Recap of the last week & what I am up to! (short n’ sweet)screenshot_2016-11-05-12-08-36

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nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_participantI’m falling behind on my NaNoWriMo, but that’s OK, I have still managed to carve out time to write everyday, go to virtual write ins and group write ins at Kamloops Library.  What a great community this event has!

If you are in the Okanagan area, here is the Facebook page, and Write Ins in your area.

Here’s my Profile if you want to Buddy me.

For your writing pleasure, go check out my Spotify soundtrack of Instrumental Music for Creativity! Perfect for NaNo word sprints!


csfoxtswiaadsfzI also submitted a short story to the CBC Short Story Contest  🙂 🙂 🙂

Please send me all your luck & good vibes for this contest lol!!


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Write On!

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Blogs & Tips That Help Me Write

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I love all the writing and editing tips that are out there right now, as they really help with 20160902_125809_hdrmy writing skill, and I am sure they help other aspiring authors too.  
Here are some great sites that I have collected and found useful (also, I wrote a previous blog post with a bunch of tips here)


A shwack of tips from Angela Ackerman of Writers Helping Writers.

I definitely recommend Writers Digest to anyone, I ended up getting a subscription. Here’s a recent article on How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to A Lifetime of Better Writing.

Sarah Rhea Warner Website & Podcast

Writing Excuses is an awesome Podcast hosted by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells.  I started right at season one, and have jotted down so many tis already.  Their tagline is “15 minutes long, cuz you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”  Sold.

I typically write by hand and count my words, but here is another tip via NaNoWriMo regarding this style.

And, now, just something funny for you all. 


If you want to see what else I’ve been up to, check out my latest Blog posts

curated-book-listBooks Galore~A Curated List of Non-Fiction Books,




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inspirationMy Work in Progress-Creative Ruts, Pregnancy, & The Creative Habit.




Happy Creating Everyone!
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Writing Tips (woopwoopNaNoWriMo)

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Typically I am a “panster”, writing and creating whenever I feel like it, not really planning much, but, now that I am doing NaNoWriMo I have gone into a planning frenzy.  So, I want to share some of the things I have found for all my fellow newbie comrades.

First of all, I love the idea of asking your characters questions, see who they are, what their motivators are. So here is a short list I made, feel free to download! (my books are typically fantasy, or have supernatural twists so questions MAY lean towards those genres). I got most of these ideas from Chuck Wendig, whose blog is amazing (humorous, swift kick in the ass advice), but googling character questions brings up a plethora of information.


Next will be use of magic.  Man, this list really made me go, ‘oh, shit, I never thought of that’.  I think knowing a lot of these will make my writing better, and help build a more solid story.

Lastly, general advice. These are my favorites that I have collected, and if you like them, you can follow my Writing Tips board over on Pinterest as I usually try to post them all there:

Susan Dennard: I Love getting her email, because her advice and honesty about her writing process is fantastic.

Wil Wheaton: He posts a lot of his writing on his blog, but I Love his honesty about depression and uncertainty/fear about the creating process. It’s just so relatable and sincere.  I just love the guy.

Patricia C Wrede:  Oh man is her blog ever full of advice. She’s also the one who wrote the above Magic Rules post.  Dive in there and start learning!

 Chuck Wendig: LOL, I just love this guy. His posts are funny and he never takes anything to seriously.

She’s Novel:  Sign up to get free stuff/newsletter and utilize all her resources.  Lots of PDF guides (character questions, novel planning, setting guides, etc) that you can pick and choose what works for you.

I hope you enjoy! If you have some great resources/blogs/books let me know in the comments or email me!
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