Pre-NaNoWriMo Inpiration from Robert J. Ray

It is that NaNo Time of Year Again.

Coming up on my first NaNo in 2007 I was very, very, unsure of myself.

What if I say I’m going to do this and I don’t make it through the first week?  What if everyone I know finds out I am a huge failure.  I hesitated to even say I was thinking about it.  But, I went ahead and set up an account login at  And on 7 November 2010 that novel, If I Should Die, was published.

The Weekend Novelist Yellow Tattered BookPre-NaNoWriMo Inpiration from Robert J. Ray

The Weekend Novelist

January 1994 Edition (Yellow Cover)

“As a novelist, you probe the lives of people around you – parents, family, friends, co-workers – searching for motives. And when you find the right motive, the perfect pitch of a motive, it makes your character hum.  A character that hums at a high enough pitch will drive your whole novel.”

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By Sally

Sally Franklin Christie Blogger and Author of If I Should Die and Milk Carton People.