Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Parallel Writing



A write-in is something that is encouraged for people who participate in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo). You get together with other writers at a specified location for a specified amount of time and write. You're each working on your own novel of course. If you have had children, you probably know the term, "parallel play." Parallel play is when two kids may sit close to each other, and look as if they're playing together, but they're really playing different things, and all by themselves. They just happen to be in close proximity. Well, the grown-up version of that is called a nanowrimo write-in...LOL.

Our write-ins were small...OK very small. The most that ever showed up were three writers, me included. Usually it was just two of us. But an amazing thing happened during that time at the coffee house. I learned something about myself, about my writing. Though the coffee house is full of live, laughter, and whirring espresson machines, it's not nearly as distracting as a sink full of dishes and seven piles of laundry. I got more continuous writing done at that coffee shop than I'd ever get at home. So I'm continuing my write-ins, though now I don't have any other writers to parallel write with....LOL

If you're stuck in a rut, give it a try. I highly recommend mixing it up once in a while, or as in my case, on a regular basis. How 'bout every Tuesday at 6pm?

PS What does the photo have to do with all of this? Keep coming back and I bet you'll figure it out. More to come.

6 comments:

nita said...

Hey Karen, Holy cow, it's been a while since I checked your blog. But, I see you haven't been by lately either. So,how goes the parallel writing. Interesting the distractions at a coffee house are less intrusive than the dirty dishes quietly yelling at you. Keep on writing girl.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Yeah,I've been out of commission (blog-wise)for a while. Guess it's time to get back to it, huh? Thanks for dropping by.

It's snowing like crazy here. Lots of birds on my feeders. ~Karen

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