Welcome !

I would like to take a moment to welcome you to my website! Stop by the BEAN BAG PARTY to check out fabulous children’s stories to share with your little one!  In STORY TIME  you will find new short fiction stories that vary in genre and length, but each one is an original, completely written by me, and I hope that they will not only showcase my writing style and voice, but entertain you as well!


Carla Marvin

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Falling into NaNo

(I do not normally do this, but this is a duplicated post from my writing advice blog The Write Inspiration)
It is that time of year again, when writers take their craft by the pens and plunge into a wordy abyss. Whether you are a brand new writer, or a seasoned pro, 50,000 words in just 30 days can seem like a very daunting task. “What’s the point,” you may ask, “in getting down so much, if I’m just going to have to go back and throw a lot of it out in the editing process?” Well, let’s look at it this way…

Have you already written 50,000 words this year? If so, then go make yourself a cup of cocoa, a batch of cookies, sit back and relax while you laugh at those of us who are trying to write our fingers numb in November. If you’re like me, you planned to write more than 50,000 words by now, but somehow found NaNo creeping up on you last week and said (or screamed), “WHAT, there is NO WAY it’s November already?!” Well, guess again, my friend, it is indeed that time–only 5 days away!

So, if you haven’t written as much as you wanted to this year, now is the time to revamp your thinking and pickup speed on the progress meter. NaNo is NOT about creating the perfect novel in 30 days. It is simply about people like us who find that life often gets in the way of our dreams and goals, and/or we just do not give ourselves the time we need to accomplish the things we want. The main thing you need to do is figure out what story you want to write and get down as much information toward that end as you can before the month is finished. In December you can worry about going back and hashing out the plot points and minor details. That is what the editing process is all about–it gives you a chance to reread what you’ve written, figure out what works and doesn’t work, fix any plot holes you may have, and to make sure that you’ve tied everything up nice and neat with a pretty little ribbon on top (or left just the right amount of mystery that readers will beg you for the sequel). Now that we have that settled…

I CHALLENGE YOU to join me in this month of craziness!

And remember, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”–Stephen King

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