Its NaNoWriMo time!

NaNoWriMo is here again. Every year, writers (bestsellers and amateurs alike) participate in this writing marathon virtually, through out the month of November. The aim is to write 50,000 words before the end of the month.

In their words:

#NaNoWriMo is a month-long creative adventure that takes you deep into your imagination every November.

#NaNoWriMo is your chance to finally write the first draft of that novel you’ve always meant to write.

#NaNoWriMo is waiting for you.

Once again, as I have been doing for more than a decade, I am trying to keep up with the #NaNoWriMo activities. There is a lot of merch to buy and win, and lots of group activities, according to region and genre and more.

This year, I got an angel’s blessing on my Writing.com account, in the form of a paid subscription for three months. I call it an angel’s blessing because it was anonymous, and it came at just the right moment.

So I will be uploading my #NaNoWriMo story to my account, for everyone to read. I hope I meet my target this time!

Daydah, September 23, Writer

My birthday is in a few days, and while I am nursing a bad cold, and trying to get work done, I am actually not looking forward to it this year.

I will tell you why.

For as long as I can remember, I have always tried to make my birthday, a day of joy for others. I plan matchmaking parties (got many friends hitched this way), or outings, or even lunches, where I go the extra mile to cook up a three course meal.

But this year, I just want to run away. I want to sit and reminisce on all the years of my life. I want to contemplate on where I am now, and how I have miraculously survived on my own, as a single mother for the past two years. I want to sing to myself, laugh at my memories, cry to a stupor and smile as I remember my son’s antics.

I would prefer a spot where I can be part of nature for a while, just listening to the birds chirping, the wind rustling the leaves, or the sea lapping at the shore.

Just for 48 hours.

But I can’t.

I have to be there, for others once again.

This time, I know most of the people that will reach out on Sunday will be those who care about me; those who are still not used to the idea that I might have died in 2017 and there was nothing they could have done to save me; those who remember the old jovial happy me of about a decade ago, and long to see her once again, shining with warmth, hugging everyone within reach.

I long for her too.

Ever since I got back, I catch a glimpse of her sometimes, hear her boisterous laughter once in a while. I know it will take time to heal, so I am patient with her. I know all the broken pieces of her shattered heart can only be put together in time, but I wonder.

Can the broken edges can be sealed up once again? Can she ever love again? Can she ever remember the pain and not hurt inside?

I got a mail from NaNoWriMo today. Someone there remembered my birthday. The letter encouraged me to prioritize my creativity. While it may be just another promotional newsletter to the writer, it touched me because a part of me that I wish I could revive, is my creativity.

I wish I could make one-of-a-kind stone bead jewelry again. I wish I could write again, with gusto, and actually finish a piece. In time, again, I guess.

One of the things mentioned in the mail that I did immediately, was to check for famous writers and authors born in September too.

I did not find any one for September 23. I could not believe it! I checked IMDb, and Famous people, but could not find any author, only songwriters, and lots of actors. Then I checked On This Day, and saw some, but none of them was born in my generation!

The most recent writer (not songwriter), is Peter Allen David, an American writer born in 1956. He’s still alive, known as PAD, and writer of comic books like Incredible Hulk, Aquaman, Super girl and more (maybe I should consider writing comic books eh?). He also wrote Ben 10: Alien force. I like him already 🙂

So for this generation, I submit to you,

Adedayo “Daydah” Makinde, Nigerian writer born in 1984.

Watch out for that name 🙂

Cool Tool: Wattpad

Today makes it seven days I have been without my phone. It was stolen while I was attending a meeting, with Jaden in tow, but the story of July 21, 2018 will be written another day. Today its about Wattpad.

I used to write a lot of stories, and took to blogging like a fish takes to water, but along the way, life happened and I found myself writing less. I joined a group called IBcoco to ensure I wrote more often, about two years ago, but I find that story-telling, which was what drove me to writing in the first place, was missing in my posts.

So I took to writing a bit at a time, on my phone. I lost a half-finished story when my phone got stolen seven days ago. My heartache drove me back to Wattpad and I began writing afresh.

What is Wattpad?

Wattpad is the best place to read and share stories. It’s the place where stories are redefined.

Wattpad is a community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, humor, and teen fiction.[5] It aims to create social communities around stories for both amateur and established writers.[6]

The platform claims to have an audience of more than 65 million users, who can directly interact with the writers and share their opinions with fellow readers.[7]Although available in over 50 languages, 77% of its content is written in English.[8] A number of Wattpad users are translating stories to continue to build the platform.[8]

I have been on Wattpad since 2009, but mainly for reading stories. Wattpad offered mobile reading solutions from then, and I loved the ability to read anywhere any time. You can also vote for your favorite stories and comment.

The site has evolved to more than just a reading service, and even offers awards called Watty Awards, to the best and highest voted writers on the platform.

If it were not for Wattpad, I would not have found PreOrdained, a wonderful Nigerian story of hardship, choices, and victory, by Ad_zy1. Nor would I have found the story of the year 2015, Storm and Silence by Robert Thier, a juicy read that also teaches you about the old English aristocracy and culture.

I hope to complete my stories soon, and this time, share them with the rest of the world.

Cool Tool: Avatar Maker

Part of writing well-rounded characters involves giving them credible features. If they are human, they have to look right. Describing them properly for the reader helps to create things that they can identify with.

I’m not referring to perfect characters but full and real ones, with flaws and human features. Of course if you are creating aliens or superduper creatures like in Harry Potter, you can be as creative as your imagination allows you to be. Inventing extra limbs and extra eyebrows over one eye will not be out of place.

But for human characteristics, sometimes it helps to actually see what you want to describe. Some writers “borrow” from their environment, using features picked from the people around them, or from the memory of people they have seen. But what if you could actually build a character from scratch and see how he or she looks?

Avatar Maker can help you achieve that.

Avatar Maker was created to help you make avatars that you can use to represent you or in other places, but as I created an avatar for myself some minutes ago, the thought just popped into my head.

I can actually make avatars for all my characters, and then describe them in my book. I can even create a group collage of all of them with their names under each picture, and use that as part of my reference when I write my next book.

So to writers out there, what do you think? Will Avatarmaker.com help out in fleshing out your characters in your next episode or book?

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I’ve been writing a blog post every week for almost a year and at some point the engine is running out. This week, it’s come to the point where I had absolutely no idea or inspiration about what I could write about in a matter of a few hours. There are a lot of things…

Going to the Beach

End of summer last year, I decided to get my creative juices flowing again, after being rather stale for years, and took some online classes at Coursera. One was a series of Fundamentals of Graphic Design to get some more basics, especially, since I want to take my card creations a little further. The other …