Have you ever seen this? It's the fabulous Neil Gaiman reading his picture book, Instructions! (I guess I don't know if I should call it an illustrated poem.) Illustrated by Charles Vess.
Writing exercise for your nano novel: After watching this, try writing the next section of your novel in second person as a set of instructions for your main character to act out. It brings your novel back to the level of thought/action beats and has the effect of fun, orderly tone where you (and by this pronoun I do mean you) are the one pulling the strings!
Refreshing, I tell you!
Check out my new class page where I have announced a November offering. (Things are gonna keep changing around here for a while until I get better organized. House cleaning is always the last thing I want to do, but it must get done.)
This link makes a good case for taking my upcoming class. We will explore a single project with lots of hand writing. My current NaNo had its roots in short explorations through writing prompts, now it is weaving itself together like nothing I have ever written (Caveat: this is only the 3rd day of NaNo, so I will keep you posted). So far, so good!
I have an MFA in creative writing, an unpublished YA novel under my belt and in a drawer, my second, a novella, is nearly done. Click through the door below to write with me in The Practice Room (follow this link to read more about it). I post the schedule each Sunday - like clockwork. On the blog, I post whenever I like.