To that end I have found an online course that I think I will take - a special treat to myself. The website is called Big Picture Classes and the particular workshop that interests me is entitled, Picture the Holidays. this is a description of the course:
Picture the Holidays is a photo centric daily guide to creatively and mindfully celebrating the season.
With as much light and magic this time of year can bring, it's easy to be equally hurried and harried. This 30-day (actually 31!) e-class is the perfect remedy for the holiday hustle. Seasonal photo prompts delivered to your inbox each morning will not only inspire your inner photographer but will encourage you to take a few moments to yourself each day to get creatively centered, one photo at a time.
It is now crunch time; T-minus one day and NaNoWriMo 2010 begins. I currently have about 16 students signed up for this challenge and that has me more excited that writing my own book. I had no idea that so many students would be thrilled about an academic endeavor. Some students have decided to have NoWri slumber parties so that they can stay up late and write together; some have created other worlds by drawing maps and buildings and characters. One senior has decided to take a required narrative paper from English Comp and develop it into a full length novel. His enthusiasm inspires me.
I have downloaded the windows beta version of Scrivener and absolutely LOVE this program so far. I have decided that as much as I crave linear order in other facets of my life, writing comes to me in fragmented scenes. This program allows me to create index card scenes as I think of them; jot down little notes to refresh my memory for another time; and rearrange the digital note cards in any order I desire. What is especially useful is that the index cards are linked to the actual manuscript text which is also linked to an outline mode. This is quite valuable if I decide to rearrange my scenes, the text will also be rearranged in the proper order in the manuscript. Very cool, if you ask me.
I now have a true incentive to complete the challenge as all winners of NaNoWriMo will be eligible to receive 50% off the retail price when it is released in January 2011.
I currently have my character sketches - coupled with flickr photos for visual stimulation - and about 10-12 index card scenes. I hope to flesh out a few more scenes before the clock winds down and I actually have to start writing 1,667 words a day. It is a little scary -- but also rather exciting.