#NaNoWriMo 2014 is here! What are you writing this month?
It's already the end of 2014?! November is one of my fav months because it's the month of my birthday, there is crisp Fall weather AND it's National Novel Writing Month! This year I will work on my first screenplay. I don't know how I'll "measure" progress. But writing every day on it is the goal.
In 2012, I tried my hand at a novel - without an outline. Egads! It was super fun and intense though. Let's just say "Jenny Chang: Nubian Queen" will never see the light of day.
Last year I opted to do a short story a day. It was super rewarding because it forced me to just get something done. Stories don't have to be EPIC. [continue reading]
#5DAYS OF FAIL: FAILERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE! DAY 5
Last day of the first-ever FIVE DAYS OF FAIL! We are here!
Read all the blog posts about the first #5DaysOfFail:
* Day 1-2: http://jennyyang.tv/blog/2014/1/6/5daysoffail-failers-of-the-world-unite
* Day 3-4: http://jennyyang.tv/blog/2014/1/8/5daysoffail-failers-of-the-world-unite-days-3-4
DAY 5 OF #5DAYSOFFAIL:
INSPIRATION WORD "PLACE"
(FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014)
#5DaysOfFail: Day 5. Place
Blog/Essay: “Barnes and Nobel: My Mecca” by Jenny Yang
My favorite place is the bookstore. It’s the place where all of the people who care about words and beauty congregate and it is where I always want to be. People often say to me, Kelly, why do you spend so much time at the bookstore? I say to them, because books bring people together - real and fictional. It’s like one big party!
Why read your Harry Potter books for the fifth time by yourself at the comfort of your own home when you can enjoy the comfort and company of other adventure and knowledge-seeking individuals. We can be smart and inspired and titillated together.
to celebrate national novel writing month (or the unfortunately nicknamed "NaNoWriMo") this year i will spare myself the white-hair-inducing effects of writing 50,000 words in the month of November by writing a story a day.
these stories will be of any length and veer into any territory i wish. the idea is for me to write one a day for every day of november. these will be first drafts with minimal editing.
if you are into any of it. please comment below! perhaps you can help me figure out if there's ANYthing in these stories worth adapting or polishing into something awesome.
story 10. girlie drag (by jenny yang. sunday, november 10, 2013)
wearing skirts was such a drag. like, wearing a skirt felt like i was slipping into a costume of weakness. i knew i was a “girl” but for some reason there was this expectation that as a “girl” i needed to wear this circles of cloth that made me feel exposed and vulnerable. i hated wearing skirts so much i would cry over it when there was some kind of important Chinese family banquet that required me to ‘dress up’.
“but older brother and second brother get to wear pants!” i would argue.
“they are boys. you are a girl. you need to wear a skirt.” my mom wouldn’t budge.
skirts became a very emotional issue for me ever since i was six years old. that was the first time that i was thoroughly traumatized simply because i was a girl wearing a skirt....