Sharing Personal Growth and Pending NANO Book

October 10, 2018

Sharing personal growth in positive ways can be tricky.  How do you share with others when you have something you feel like bragging about?  The last thing you want to do is to inadvertently bring someone else down.  The whole objective of personal growth is motivation.  That means inspiring and upbuilding others, as well as yourself.  You need to strike the right balance between sharing your news and gloating.

Sharing Personal Growth

When it comes to sharing personal growth, it’s okay to feel proud of the accomplishments you have made.  Just try not to get too cocky and share without bragging.  For instance, allow me to provide an update on the progress of my current work-in-progress mermaid book.  Since I’ll be creating this book for National Novel Writing Month (NANO) this November, I haven’t started writing yet.  However, I have started working on my book outline.  I’ve been busy developing my plot, scenes, characters and setting.  To help cement the ideas in my mind, I’ve been writing down all my thoughts.  I’m using methods that worked well last year when I wrote “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” (NANO 2017).  I’m a firm believer in “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” – use it again.

[Aquatic theme background for my new mermaid website]

Last week I did something different for this upcoming novel.  I created and launched a book-related website already, unlike I did for my other 2 NANO novels in 2016 and 2017.  Hopefully the site will help me obtain some true mermaid lovers and fans who will follow the book related posts on the website.  It’s  extremely easy for visitors to join and start submitting comments and questions right away.

Writers Sharing Personal Growth

Writers who network together are always sharing personal growth stories and activities.  That includes talking about different story ideas and topics that appeal to us.  From what I’ve been hearing, I’m not the only one interested in mermaids.  I’ve been seeing and reading an awful lot about mermaids this year.  So what is it about mermaids?  Just what is the appeal of my chosen subject for this pending NANO book?  I don’t know why people find mermaids to be such an interesting topic, but I hope it stays that way for a long time.

sharing personal growth - nano book

The questions in the above paragraph weren’t the questions I cited in a recent article.  The article title is:  Mermaids Get Older Like Humans In Upcoming Mermaid Book.  I probably should have included those questions also.  Inquiring minds certainly want to know.  Do you want to know what questions I did ask in the article?  Take a moment to check out the 3 questions that did make it into the article.  You’ll find them just as interesting.

I know I’ve been fortunate enough to learn a whole lot about how to successfully complete this annual writing challenge.  Watch out for the latest posts on my website about the pending NANO competition.  They will continue to provide insightful information and tips.  Do you plan on entering the 2018 NANO challenge?  If you are, be sure to read what I have to say about training for the 2018 National Novel Writing (NANO) Challenge.  If you really want to follow the status of my NANO progress, just return to this WIP Updates page on a regular basis.

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