napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: On day eighteen of #nanowrimo ... On my best writing days I begin with a walk to the beach at sunrise because, "There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul." (Victor Hugo)
It is from that interior landscape that my writing emerges...even if some days, that walk is only in my imagination. Have a great writing day, y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #imageastext #amreading #booklover #book #bookstagram #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #sunrise_sunset_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise #capefearsunrise #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #primeshot #pocket_nature #landscapephotography #ncc2017

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: On day seventeen of #nanowrimo ...As "The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."(Ralph Waldo Emerson) so is the creation of a thousand stories is in the first word. If writing were easy , everyone would do it. Even when you have an amazing concept, a jaw-dropping plot and a cast of intriguing characters...putting them together into a cohesive manuscript sometimes takes a few revisions...take a walk today and marvel at everything you see and remember...everything you see could be the acorn of your next novel. Have a great writing day writing day y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writersmotivation #writingmuse #authorlife #amwriting #aroomofonesown #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #imageastext #amreading #booklover #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #book #bookstagram #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #trees #nikonphotography #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Thursday's Writers Read: Writers tend to be voracious readers...our palates are mecurial, but discriminating, and if it is reading other writer's work that informs our own, it is our own readers who inspire us some days. "Though I wish I had written a lot more, been bolder with my talent, more forgiving of my weaknesses, I've managed to draw a magic audience of passionate readers into my circle. They come to my signings to tell me stories, their stories. The ones that have hurt them and made their nights long and their lives harder." (Pat Conroy, A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life.) On this, day sixteen of #nanowrimo think about the idea that as a writer, this may be your meaning and purpose in life... to give voice to that 'magic audience'. Have a great writing day, y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #imageastext #writingmotivation #authorlife #amwriting #aroomofonesown #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #amreading #book #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #californiaphotography #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #nikonphotography #landscapephotography #clouds #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Day fourteen of #nanowrimo ...have hit the doldrums and am staring out my window watching the squirrels and birds argue over the birdbath...normally I'd shoo the squirrel away, but in napa our landscape is scorched and the viable habitat for wildlife has shrunk drastically so I tend to root for any animal that not only survived, but chooses to stay...party on Dude! I'll just be a little later with my word count...sometimes you have to reboot to get back in the groove of writing... stop and smell the roses...before the deer eat ALL of them! Have a good writing day y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writersgarden #writersblog #imageastext #writersmotivation #amwriting #aroomofonesown #writerscommunity #writersjourney #book #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #californiaphotography #californianature #californiadreaming #natureshots #NorthernCalifornia #landscapephotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #authorlife

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday's Writer's Motivation: #nanowrimo day thirteen: to write a story that impacts the reader indelibly is always my ultimate motivation...so to that end is my facination with other writer's literary motivation and style...thus my pilgrimage to the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks, Oregon...its origin rooted in reality, fantasy, myth, legend and memoir...
"The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and short story collections and novels and dead people's diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These are the things of your becoming." (Cheryl Strayed, Wild, From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail) #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #authorlife #amreading #book #booklover #bookstagram #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #oregonnature #oregonphotographer #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #oregon #pacificcresttrail

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: solitude is a gift...use it to fuel day eleven of #nanowrimo 📖
When I look back and realize that mine are the only footprints on the beach...I have to believe the sunrise is a gift meant just for me, and I am inspired...until I recognise the pedometer, ear buds, empty pen, old Kleenex, post-it notes and lifesavers that have fallen out of my pocket one by one, leaving a Hansel & Gretel trail behind me...thank God sandpipers don't tattle. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #authorlife #writersjourney #amreading #book #bookstagram #booklover #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #ncc2017 #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #primeshot #pocket_nature #capefearsunrise #sunrise_sunset_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: ...sometimes you need to embrace your frustration and use it.
"The fog is an illusion--
A master of disguise,
Which hides the tangible
Before our very eyes...
(Walterrean Salley)
Ten days into #nanowrimo ,If you feel that you're struggling to find your way, to keep the excitement you had that first day, relax...don't stress over word counts or cohesiveness or the feeling that you don't know where your plot just went ...just sit down and write...like a long stream of consciousness...just put the words on the paper...your muse will eventually appear out of the fog that is your brain...and if the words don't make sense at the moment...you can always rearrange them later📖 This, of course, never happens to me🤑
Have a good writing day, y'all!
#whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writersblog #imageastext #writersjourney #amreading #book #writersjourney #amwriting #writerscommunity #booklover #bookstagram #californiadreaming #californianature #californiaphotography #napa #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #nikonphotography #fog #deer #poetry

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

From the ruins of St. Phillip's...Backstory is a bit like archeology...the deeper you dig, the more complex it becomes...spread out over time, meaning comes organically.
"Archaeology is the discipline of things...how people get on with the world. (Michael Shanks, Archaeologist) Sometimes, writing is like a black and white photograph, merely hinting at meaning, but quite enough to inspire the imagination of your reader. Have a great #nanowrimo writing day, y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writersblog #imageastext #writingmaps #writerscommunity #writersjourney #authorslife #book #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #ncc2017 #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #landscapephotography #pocket_nature #primeshot #ncbrunswickislands #naturalnorthcarolina

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration: Detail...for a writer, seemingly insignificant details are worth a thousand pictures...it is the words we use that create that visual that keeps the reader engaged.
"Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work...belief and reader absorption come in the deatails: an overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything." (Stephen King, Writer's Digest interview, 2009)
No matter how your writing went yestetday, anything...no, everything is possible as the dawn breaks. Have a great #nanowrimo writing day, y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writersblog #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #book #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #authorslife #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #NorthernCalifornia #landscapephotography #nikonphotography #napaphotography #clouds #sunrise_sunset_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

For me, setting has always been an integral part of any plot...I mean seriously, would 'To Kill a Mockingbird' be considered a seminal novel if it had been set in Vegas?
What does your character encounter when he walks down this idyllic autumn street...is it good or evil...is he moving toward, or fleeing from, what is just out of sight, around the next corner? Will he triumph or fail? How does setting convey mood, theme or conflict?
What is the setting of a memorable scene you've read? Ever traveled somewhere because a favorite book is set there? (So guilty) Or been someplace you thought needed to be where your story was set? (Guilty again) I loved walking the streets that Scout, Triss, Holden and Jamie walked...they are characters I carry with me whenever I sit down to write.
As #nanowrimo progresses, remember that every aspect of your story matters...especially to that fifteen year old fantasizing about being Holly Golightly. Have a great writing day, y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorslife #writingmaps #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #amreading #imageastext #bookstagram #book #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #oregonphotography #oregonnature #nikonphotography #natureshots #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #autumn #trees #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday's Writer's Motivation: My apologies to Led Zeppelin, but THIS is the Stairway to Heaven..."Any book that helps a child form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs is good for him." (Maya Angelou) I will go so far as to say that to deny, even unintentionally, this habit is the greatest sin imaginable, because to do so is to marginalize that child's life and narrow their world irrevocably. I believe the gift of reading is as close to heaven as I will be on earth...and to lose that gift would be hell...I'm just saying. Have a good #nanowrimo writing day, y'all! #whyiread #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writerscommunity #authorslife #writersjourney #writersblog #amreading #imageastext #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #oregonphotography #Powellsbooks #Portland #keepportlandweird #nikonphotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: Research is key, especially with reference to your audience. "Here is a list of terrible things, a vulture's wings, the rabid bite of the dogs of war, the voice of one who went before. But most of all, the mirrors gaze which counts us out our numbered days." (Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War) Occasionally, less is more... Even with mystery and horror genres, hyperbole, exaggerated boodthirst and thematic embellishments do not always capture your readers interest...a subtle nod rather than explicit description speaks volumes. Readers of all ages have surprisingly discerning imaginations...know your audience...choose your theme and your words carefully. Have a good #nanowrimo writing day y'all! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writersgarden #authorslife #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writersblog #imageastext #writersjourney #writerscommunity #amreading #booklover #book #bookstagram #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #napa #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #landscapephotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

#nanowrimo2017 writer's fuel...donuts...from one of the most amazing, outrageous and delightful shops I've ever encountered... #voodoodonuts The experience was almost as good as the donut...just call me and Homer Simpson; huhuhuhuh...so good! And so is #Portland ...walking these streets in the evening is a writer's paradise...every character you could imagine walks past within the first six blocks...the edgy, off kilter atmosphere inspires a dozen possible characters, scenes and plot twists...Have a good writing day! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writersgarden #authorslife #amwriting ##writerscommunity #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #writersblog #imageastext #writersjourney #amreading #book #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #landscapephotography #oregonphotographer #cityphotography #keepportlandweird

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration: It's the first day of #nanowrimo and I've gotten off to a rocky start. On my way home from a great holiday in Portland, Oregon, I was caught in a road closure on I-5 near Shasta Lake, Ca. yesterday, because of...wait for it...a wildfire! Seriously...I'm experiencing a wicked case of dejavu...or PTWFSD (post traumatic wildfire stress disorder) so instead of sitting comfortably at my desk pounding out a first draft of a new YA novel, I was sitting amidst a thousand (no exaggeration) huge trucks watching firefighters wrangle yet another disastrous fire. But I finally made it home this afternoon and back to my notes and outline...Thanks to my preliminary research and outline and using the master outline of #betternovelproject...it turned out to be a good writing day. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #amwriting #writersgarden #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #writingmuse #authorslife #writerscommunity #writersjourney #book #bookstagram #booklover #amreading #writersblog #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #imageastext #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #wildfire #CalFire #firstresponders

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

"For these beings, the fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave...they sift the human storm for souls...they frenzy forth...such are the autumn people." (Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes) Happy Halloween y'all... #nanowrimo2017 starts tomorrow...let this be your first step as a writer...the discipline of writing every day. The sense of accomplishment is empowering, and at the end, you'll have the bare bones of the novel/short story collection you always knew was just waiting to be discovered...on your mark, get set...GO! Have a good writing day. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #imageastext #writingmotivation #authorslife #amwriting #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #amreading #book #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #californiaphotography #dayofthedead #Halloween #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #autumn #jackolantern

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday's Writer's Motivation: "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." (William Shakespeare, Macbeth) Yes, All Hallows Eve is coming...so dress up in some atrocious Walking Dead costume, (or your old superhero jammies) trick or treat only at those houses where any form of chocolate is offered, then stock up on your caffeine delivery system of choice, (mine is intravenous, but then I am a bit twisted) because wild and wicked #NaNoWriMo is coming my darlings, and nothing else matters except you, your pen, pencil or computer and 1,666 (dear Lord treble sixes!) words per day, because 30 days hath November. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it. Do it for your crazy self... do it for your ever patient, supportive significant other, your barmy old granny, your irrepressible, lovable kids, your neurotic dog or supercillious cat...Hell , do it for that weird ninth grade English teacher who raged about all those rap lyrics you were always interrupting the class with, but who also encouraged you to write them down because, yeah, they're poetry (uh huh, just like that Shakespeare guy!) set to music...
BUT JUST DO IT! (Appologies to Nike🙃) #whyiwrite #writiersofinstagram #writersmotivation #writingmuse #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #imageastext #amwriting #authorslife #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #oregonphotography #oregonnature #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #natureshots #landscapephotography #pocket_nature #primeshot #amazing_shots #autumn #Halloween #fallcolors

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: "The voice of the sea speaks to the soul." (Kate Chopin) Magical places do not exist only in fiction. For me, a walk on the beach settles my soul, inspires and encourages me...It is my magic. I'll use it again in a few days for #nanowrimo Have a good writing day y'all. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #amreading #book #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #ncc2017 #ncbrunswickislands #beachesofnorthcarolina #authorslife #ncphotographer #capefearsunrise #sunrise_sunset_aroundtheworld #ig_sunrise #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #primeshot #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

The 'Free Expression Tunnel' at the campus of NCSU...be true to your muse..."Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear...figure out what you want to say. It is the one and only thing you have to offer." (Barbara Kingsolver) #nanowrimo begins in a couple of days. Use it to finally stretch your wings and fly...you'll never look back. You might lift your eyes to the skies and scream, WHY ME? But you'll never regret taking the plunge. Trust me🙃 #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writersmotivation #amwriting #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #imageastext #amreading #book #bookstagram #booklover #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #ncc2017 #ncphotographer #learnsomethingneweveryday #whatisawtoday #whatinspiresyou #primeshot #authorslife #graffiti #thereisarteverywhere

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Never forget that with every word you write, you have the ability to inspire, encorage, enrage or engage...choose your words carefully..."Every age has a language of its own; and the difference in the words is often far greater than the thoughts. The main employment of authors, in their collective capacity, is to translate the thoughts of other ages into the language of their own." (Augustus Hare, Guesses of Truth) It is not enough to have the inspiration for a great novel, or the ability to render random words into poetry or prose...a writer must also have the ability to make them salient to the reader they wish to reach. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writersgarden #authorslife #nanowrimo2017 #aroomofonesown #amwriting #writingmotivation #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #whatisawtoday #californiaphotography #californianature #imageastext #napa #natureshots #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #landscapephotography #primeshot #autumn #trees

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration: 'Tis the journey, not the destination that feeds my soul and gives me purpose..."Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled...gather your courage, step off that road into another direction." (Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now) After the chaos of the past weeks here in Napa, I need structure and purpose and meaning in my life...which is why I've decided to step off this road and go ahead with #nanowrimo2017. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmuse #writingmotivation #aroomofonesown #amwriting #authorslife #writerscommunity #writersjourney #book #amreading #writersblog #imageastext #bookstagram #booklover #whatinspiresyou #ncc2017 #nikonphotography #greatoutdoors #amazing_shots #pocket_nature #natureshots #landscapephotography #primeshot #autumn #trees #naturelovers #amazingnature
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