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Jenny's Journal

Hi again and welcome to my second foray into blogging. I've been told that a blog should be a journal of your activities. Or that a blog should have only one slant to it (if you're a food writer, it should always be about food; if you're a new mom, it should always be about babies—wait, that can't be right). To my way of thinking, there are no hard and fast rules for blogging. Just as there are no rules for novels.

Oh, you thought there were? That what the professor set forth in class or what you read in any particular book were rules to follow? A famous writer who knew something about the subject said: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are." A quote from William Somerset Maugham, the author of The Moon and Sixpence, Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge, and—yep, those classics and more.

One of the finest books on writing is by Stephen King, simply titled On Writing. No rules, just great advice from one of the best writers around. October is a good time to read it, as you are gearing up for NaNoWriMo. You are gearing up for NaNoWriMo, aren't you?
As November approaches, here's my advice: Grab an idea; let that be the key that opens the door to imagination; then follow wherever your story takes you, and do it however feels right for you. If outlining is your thing, map it out. If you enjoy making it up as you go along, start dreaming. If you prefer to stand on your head while typing on your computer—well, I wish I could do that. Good for the brain.

So this blog ends up with a slant, after all—writing about writing. What could be more fun? I hope it's been fun for you, and that you come back again. And I hope, while you're at it, you'll leave your own writing behind, by way of a comment.
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