Writing Intentions and Inspirations, by P. O. Dixon

Writing Intentions and Inspirations, by P. O. Dixon

For the third time in under a year, I’m participating in a Savvy Authors BootCamp. The goal is to write 50,000 words during such events. Last summer, I wrote the first draft of Lady Elizabeth. Having completed the BootCamp successfully in July, I set the very rough draft manuscript aside for months while I focused on other projects.

One project was the prep work for the 2014 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. I tend to take NaNoWriMo very seriously. First, I have to win. Second, I have to cross the 50,000-word finish line long before the Thanksgiving holiday week. It’s not that I cook dinner or anything like that anymore. It’s just that I found myself writing Thanksgiving Day in 2012 to meet my daily writing goal of 1,667 words, which was no fun at all. But, I digress.

I enjoy participating in Savvy Authors BootCamp events in conjunction with NaNoWriMo. They’re very structured events with writing teams, group writing Sprints, daily challenges, and a prize to the winning team that is separate from all the NaNoWriMo winner goodies.

My November 2014 writing project was So Far Away, the second book in the Everything Will Change series. My fabulous writing team was named History Lovers.

Fostering team spirit and boosting one another’s morale was particularly important. In addition to reporting our writing success on a daily basis, many of us would share inspirational tidbits. That was one of my favorite parts. In 2013, I simply shared text-only tweets. In 2014, I stepped up my game with inspirational picture quotes. Throughout this post are some of the daily inspirational pics that I prepared and tweeted to my team members.



I especially like the following writing quote.


My shortest story to-date, A Tender Moment, which was originally intended to be half its final length, took months to complete. Certainly, there were many starts and stops, but all totaled that sweet little what-if story is the work of more than a few weeks.


Here are a few more quotes I shared with my team members that may ring true with many writers.


I mentioned earlier that I’m at it again. The goal of the current Savvy Authors BootCamp remains the same: to write 50,000 words. However, the event stretches out for two months, and it is rather unstructured. Instead of small teams, we are a single group.

This extended time frame suits me perfectly. Whereas writing 1,667 words can prove quite challenging some days, writing a minimum of 833 words a day to stay on track is very doable.

What am I working on during this BootCamp, you may be asking? Surprise! It’s a new Darcy and Elizabeth happily ever after story. I can hardly wait to share it with everyone!

What say you to an exciting contest to conclude this post? I’m giving away the BBC Mansfield Park dramatization audiobook. I’ve only listened to the sample, but it’s on my TBL list. Comment for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen on April 16th.


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36 Responses to Writing Intentions and Inspirations, by P. O. Dixon

  1. I customarily write 3000-5000 words per night, but I do occasionally hit the wall, and the writing stops for several days to a week. I am still constructing stories in my head, but nothing is on paper.

    • That’s an impressive customary word count, Regina! I’m also in the process of constructing several stories in my head that have yet to make their way to paper. As tempting as it is to work on multiple stories at once, I’m trying hard to resist and focus on writing one at a time. 🙂

  2. I love to write like this! love it. I feel it allows the story to be more real, less confusion and rewriting later, and allows you to achieve goals so much quicker. My joke is that every month is Nanowrimo for me. However, my first and only attempt at NANO was when I wrote Northanger Alibi. I had to complete it in 3 weeks due to a ball I was hosting, thanksgiving, and my family from Europe coming to visit. I decided then and there that a man must’ve planned Nanowrimo during one of the busiest months of the year! Lol!

    • I’ve often wondered about the timing as well, Jenni! I also enjoy silencing my internal editor and writing free flow. Thanks for sharing your NaNoWriMo experience. Looking at this year’s calendar, I’ll have three weeks to complete 50k words if I plan to finish before the start of the Thanksgiving holiday week. 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing with us what you have been up to, Pam. I wish you success in completing the book and accomplishing your writing goals. Yeah, another P&P story to look forward to.

  4. I did NaNo for the first time last year and I felt like I really learned a lot about myself and my writing in the process. I really recommend every author try to make some kind of commitment like that to themselves for a month to see what they’re made of. (I’m made of not caring about reordering that sentence to avoid the preposition, at the moment. :p) I didn’t make it to 50,000. I could have if I really pushed myself on the last few days but by that point I realized I was really ok with patting myself on the back with what I had done and needed to get my life back together. I referred to the time afterwards as kind of detoxing. November is a really rough month for me because my son goes through weird sleeping habit changes then, oh and then we moved on December 1st (yes, I move too much). I wish I would have known about a spring option, that may have worked well. I have a group of friends in which several are teachers so we’re thinking of doing a mini version for ourselves over the summer. Obviously the coaching skills would be severely lacking. 😉

    Anyway, congratulations on winning at other times and good luck this time around too. I can’t wait to see the finished product! I also loved the quotes!

    • Thanks so much for sharing your NaNo experience and insights, Rose. My membership in Savvy Authors allows me to take advantage of NaNoWriMo-like bootcamps throughout the year. I’ve found that I am more committed to the daily writing process when I’m part of a team. I’m hoping that this summer’s event will be far more structured than the current event.

      I’m so glad you loved the quotes!

  5. Love all the quotes! I’m in awe of you talented writers. Thank you for your hard work, and thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. Pam, Thank you for these lovely quotes. Some were spot-on for things I am working on now. I love “No tears in the writer, No tears in the reader.”

    • Sorry. Hit post before my thought was complete…..Robert Frost’s quote is quite apropos….about tears and surprise. I have loved that since you posted it on Facebook a while back.

      • That’s an excellent point, Deborah. Frost’s quote is powerful. It’s gratifying knowing you remember it from a past Facebook post. Thanks so much for reading and enjoying my stories. I hope you’ll love what’s next.

  7. These quotes are great. You must listen to the MP dramatisation when you have chance, if it’s the same one I’ve heard (Felicity Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch). I’m not especially a Cumberbatch fan but oh my word, his voice is like chocolate, I never thought I’d go all a-flutter over Edmund Bertram!

  8. Am looking forward to whatever your next inspiration might be, just ordered “A Tender Moment”, thought I had read all your books to date, well, lucky me I had not…and I love the quote by Thoreau. Hope the boot-camp is a great time for you.

    • Thanks so much for getting a copy of A Tender Moment, Adrienne. I hope you’ll love it. I’m delighted to know you’ve read all my stories and you’re looking forward to what’s next.

  9. Can you hear all your cheerleaders as you write to your goal? Looking forward to your next release. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Joy. I’m glad the SA Spring BootCamp lasts two months, because there are so many diversions at this time of year.

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