Going back to sane writing, finally.

I decided that writing 20k in six days was unreasonable. I, Jessica, had broken my all-time record and wrote 3,400 in one day this month. I wrote the funniest lines I had ever thought up, and some of the worst. But I did not choose to drive myself batty and get to 50k on November 30th. I did not quit. I did not, and if you stopped because it was seeming unreasonable, do NOT feel bad. Even some of the people like Chris Baty and the crew over there never win. Even famous writers don’t win.

I, however, did flip-flop. You see, I started out this month on the Young Writer’s program, with a goal of 30k. But I wanted to be fresh and exciting, so I went to the adult site. I thought I could make it. And I could have, had I not started the first 9 days with a goal of thirty thousand words. I simply did not get the right momentum going for it. So I caved and validated on Young Writer’s program just a bit ago. The only thing that saddens me is that I did not stick with the YWP, as I would have liked to use it as many years as possible. It is a great site.

Do not feel downtrodden, fellow writers. Would you have written those 10 thousand, forty thousand, or 19 thousand twenty-three words this month had you not been determined and encouraged to make some serious progress? Perhaps try looking at NaNoWriMo not as reaching the goal, but pushing yourself out of your lazy writing habits.



Relationships suck more for the writer than for the characters, trust me.

…That is all I have for today.

WC: 22,326/50,000

( I think the above philosophical statement probably has to do with my word count.)

Midnight Writing Marathon… kinda

Yeah, I’ve made it to 4 in the morning and I’m almost going at a good pace.

My eyes are blurry and dry.

If only my characters would stop moaning about must haves and still haves and well maybe’s…

I might have gotten some sleep tonight.

My word count well, it may be snazzier than some.

But I’m really sick of the numbers 11, 12, and 13. They’ve been with me all day. I need a new friend.

Like 18 k.

But now I must cut this stupid poem short. Because my laptop underside  just burnt my hand.

The computer gets a nap but I still write.

copyright Alpina 2011

It’s Frost Time

It will be long ere the marshes resume,
I will be long ere the earliest bird:
So close the windows and not hear the wind,
But see all wind-stirred.

Nothing is more inspiring than a Robert Frost poem to this author. I could sip them like tea on even an Indian Summer day. But that is not always what happens; when I look for inspiration or a good verse to ignite the pen, the results sometimes cough like a diesel jalopy. I wish some one would give in and print all of these lovely anti-prose works in one volume. But now I exhale and type.

[Eh? Not so bad. Copyright Frost and Alpina. Seriously. I’m watching you, punk.]

Every writer needs help.

No one is perfect. Writers especially.


Right now, as a participant of NaNoWriMo who did not click the ‘Divorce your Inner Editor’ Button [eh, it’s got a different name], I am still having trouble with catching myself when I write something utterly repetitive or cliche. For instance, in my current novel [known heretofore as Deception] my MC is 15-16. She and her brother are constantly using the same adjective form, –ly. It drives me bananas, because I’m constantly looking for words other than completely or totally or seriously. Maybe they have a bit of a problem. Or maybe it’s me. Yeah, I’m honest enough to admit it’s my problem. It’s just easier to make them sound like that.


So stop blaming your darn characters and just ignore the cliches! OR, if your not a part of NaNoWriMo [we’re strictly prohibited from self-editing during November, even though we do], just think about how you could say it different—UGH, darn, I almost added ly. Okay. Okay. Let’s see….

…Just think about how you could put it across in a different fashion. Watch the news and take note of newscaster’s grammar if you don’t want to sound like a texting teenager.


Disclaimer: this method may not work if the newscaster doesn’t have a clue. Use some common sense.

Hello Writers and the like.

I am henceforth known as Alpina, though that is not my real name. It is a brand of typewriter that used to exist. The name was also inspired by the OC song ‘On The Wing’, though this doesn’t mean I’m a complete pop music bubble brain. I listen to jazz quite a bit. No offense to those strictly-pop fans.

This blog is a compilement of all the blogs I ever tried to make about writing. Some were never read, some were copied, and some were frequented by people on the internet that I did not want to be around anymore. So here it is… Alpina’s Quill. Or Aplina, which works just as well saying as it’s a typo. Writer’s have to be open to these things.

Happy NaNoWriMo month. :-]