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How to Handle Modern Day Sensibilities in Historical Fiction

The year is almost over, and it occurred to me I’ve never covered the topic of modern sensibilities. You know what I mean, right? Well, if you don’t, let me break it down for you.

While our stories have historical settings that sweep us away, many of our characters usually have modern sensibilities, or ways of approaching the world.  

Why do our characters have modern sensibilities?

Well there are a couple of reasons why. First of all, you’re writing for a modern audience. If your characters, particularly your protagonist, adopted all the sensibilities of the story setting, they would probably be very unlikable. Most people had very different social norms as little as sixty years ago. So things like interracial dating, pre-marital sex, multiculturalism, women working outside the home after marriage, and women wearing pants, were controversial. (And yes, I do know there were pockets of society that were doing all those things, even in the 1950s. The point here is to talk about perceived societal norms, nationally.)

Second, unless your story uses those traditional social norms as part of the stories theme, why even make it a big deal? For example, in ancient Greece, people actually believed that a relationship existed between beauty and morality. That ugliness on the outside reflected ugliness on the inside. But how does this relate to your historical YA about a girl growing up in Athens wanting to learn how to read? How does this effect your kick ass manuscript about the Peloponnesian War? It doesn’t so don’t worry about it.

So what do you do? My test question is, Does this affect the plot or my character’s arc? If the answer is no, then ignore it. Or, if you really want to deal with it, try the following;

Make fun of it.

Amelia Peabody is the wife to a prominent Egyptologist in Elizabeth Peters historical mystery series. Amelia lives throughout the mid and late Victorian period. She is almost radical in her beliefs about women’s equality but is quite normal for our period. (So is her husband) But the author plays up their upper middle-class background and sensibilities by giving us a scene in an early book where they have afternoon tea in 110 degree Egypt. Hot tea, melting butter and warm scones – in the hot Egyptian desert. Clearly the author is making fun of British sensibilities.

Highlight how your character is different.

This is a good way to show your protagonists moral character. In Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, the title character shows a level of respect and tenderness for a Jewish woman named Rebecca that was historically inaccurate. In addition, Rebecca herself is a courageous woman who stands up for herself and her people. These are admiral traits, but historically, not realistic. But who cares? It’s a great story. Both Ivanhoe and Rebecca capture the imagination of the reader because they are so different from the time period.

Ignore it, all together.

Seriously. If it doesn’t have anything to do with your plot or your character arcs, why include it? If you’re writing a historical romance about a princess and an accountant, and they end up making love all over your book, this is probably not historically accurate. (Not that people didn’t have sex, but things get antsy for women of high rank doing it. Remember, Henry VIII’s wife Catherine Howard was executed for having an affair and Mary, Queen of Scots BF started a civil war.) None of that matters if it’s a good story.

Finally, you could do all of the above in interesting and subtle ways. But that’s up to you. Just remember that the story is the most important thing.

Have fun writing.

Jason Henry Evans: Life is funny. In 2004 I moved from Los Angeles to Denver, newly married with a desire to be a great teacher and husband. I dedicated myself to public education and realized my heart was not in it. So I moved on. At the same time I stumbled into a creative world of art and literature I now call home. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been worthwhile.
You can catch up with Jason on his Facebook Author Page or on Twitter. You will also find up to date posts on his blog.

Kazuo Ishiguro Turns 64

As a writer, I am more interested in what people tell themselves what happened rather than what actually happened.
Photo by Frankie Fouganthin [CC BY-SA 4.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Nobel Prize winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was born November 8,1954. He’s the author of six novels and has been awarded the Booker Prize, an OBE for Service to Literature, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

In his latest novel, Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro creates an environment that is at once both familiar and unique. How do your memories impact the scenes and characters in your stories?


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog Gabrielle V. Brown, Contributing Editor with Writing From the Peak, writes literary and speculative fiction, nonfiction and the occasional poem. Gabrielle’s published works include technical and academic nonfiction, poetry, memoir (as a ghostwriter) and a cookbook. Find her on Facebook, her website, or contact her at gvbrownwriter@gmail.com.

A Quick Primer on Pacing

What is Pacing?

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Pacing is the length at which a story is told: from the length of the words, to the length of the sentences, to the length of the paragraphs, scenes, chapters, and story itself. In order to match the content of a story to the way a story is told, it is necessary to control one’s pacing.
An epic saga cannot be best told in a flash fiction. It requires some word-count.

Being able to see pacing is like being able to see the Matrix. You’re looking at a substratum of story that most people don’t know is there—and once you see it, you can’t not see it.In order to match the content of a story to the way a story is told, it is necessary to control one’s pacing.

So, what is it?


The words that you choose for your story can make it feel fast or slow.

Your selected vocabulary assists in determining whether your fiction gives a straightforward or a more convoluted impression.

The meaning of the words can be essentially the same. But the feeling that a reader gets from them is not. A lot of popular fiction uses a stripped-down vocabulary to give a feeling of directness and veracity; more literary fiction tends to use bigger words, so the readers feel like they’re chewing on some seriously high-fiber, good-for-you fiction.


A short sentence is blunt.

A longer sentence can give the impression of being more persuasive, more thoughtful, more expansive; the kind of connections one makes between simple sentences as one links them together also expresses more or less formality (semi-colons are very formal); a lot of dashes and parenthesis and commas and even a run-on sentence all indicate something going on in the sentence that requires a moment’s thought: the speaker is lying, some sort of philosopher, or not thinking straight.


Skim through the paragraphs above.
Again. Just look at the lengths of the paragraphs. Don’t read any of it.
The fact that the paragraphs aren’t the same length is important.
Which paragraphs look easier to read?
Which ones are going to get skimmed?
Which ones pop out?
Do they pop out because they’re short or because they’re different?
What happens to a reader when a series of paragraphs goes from short, to medium, to short again?
What happens when a series of paragraphs starts out short, then gets longer?
What about paragraphs that show contrast?
What about paragraphs that are all the same? Does it sound natural? Or does hitting the paragraph return at regulated intervals start to destroy the meaning of what is written within them? Is it like repeating the same word over and over again, until it becomes meaningless?

Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.

I highly recommend breaking up any concentrated monotonies of paragraphs. Just hit the return key a few times. It’s liberating.

Scenes, Chapters, and Sections

The various pieces and parts within a story have their own pacing. As you start to shift your attention from paragraphs to larger sections within a story, you may start to notice that the paragraphing and sentence lengths shift with the tension in the scene. For example, a long paragraph might contain a lot of details that the POV character casually notices. A series of short paragraphs might indicate a chase scene.
Different writers handle their pacing differently, but there are some patterns that tend to form:

  • Shorter pacing is faster pacing.
  • Longer pacing is slower pacing.
  • Medium pacing is often broken up by longer or shorter pacing, just to keep the writing from becoming soporific, which is a word that here means “sleep-inducing.”

Something to watch for is a moment when the pacing doesn’t seem to fit the content. This is often a hint to the reader that things are not what they seem.


Pick up a print copy of War and Peace sometime. Or The Lord of the Rings. Compare the physical weight to something like “One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts,” by Shirley Jackson.
Some stories are longer than others.
Some stories have to be longer than others.

The length of stories in a genre is not about “what sells” so much as how much plot, at what pace, the readers expect to get from stories in a certain genre. Romance novels are often shorter than epic fantasies. When people read a romance, they only want so many obstacles before the lovers get together. Too many obstacles, and it starts to feel too much like real life. With epic fantasy, readers want to have a lot of obstacles. And whether there’s a literal map included in the book or not, they want to have traveled all over it. This requires more plot and therefore more obstacles.

  • In a romance, having too many subplots is an unwelcome distraction. The reader really only cares about the main lovers.
  • In an epic fantasy, you almost can’t have too many subplots or POV characters. The reader cares about the world itself, and sometimes you need than a single main character to show it all off.
  • Short stories only have the tiniest bit of plot. They often spend most of their time setting up a single conflict.
  • Sagas have so much plot that it often takes generations and entire continents for it to all play out.
  • A novella or short novel is often the story about how one stripped-down incident suggests a larger whole.
  • A series of mystery novels—in which the mystery novels, of whatever length but all of them roughly similar—is often the story about how history repeats itself but that, with intelligence, you can learn to cope with it.

The quickest way to learn pacing is to type some in. Find authors who have been publishing a lot of bestselling books over a lot of years, and start typing in words from a book you like that’s been published in the last ten years or so. Don’t start with Stephen King or George R.R. Martin. They’ll probably be over your head. (They’re generally over mine.) After you’ve read something you like, take a moment to ask yourself why the author chose the pacing they did. Some authors are good at distracting you from how they work their magic tricks, so you just end up getting sucked back into the story. Studying those writers is like attempting to solve the unsolvable.

That’s good. Those are the ones you want.

DeAnna KnipplingDeAnna Knippling has two minor superpowers: speed-reading and babble. She types at over 10,000 words per minute and can make things up even faster than that. Her first job was hunting snipe for her father at twenty-five cents per head, with which she paid her way through college; her latest job involves a non-disclosure agreement, a dozen hitmen, a ballerina, a snowblower, three very small robots, and a disposable dictator in South America. Her cover job is that of freelance writer, editor, and designer living in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, cat, more than one cupboard full of various condiments, and many shelves full of the very best books. She has her own indie small press, www.WonderlandPress.com, and her website is www.DeAnnaKnippling.com.

Letter from the Editor – November 2018

Dear PPW Readers,

Welcome to November and the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you participating? Last month Writing from the Peak covered many ways to prepare yourself for NaNo, and today is your day to fly. I wish all of you luck and perseverance as you dive head first into what might be one of the most grueling writing months of the year. Some will cross the finish line in twenty days, while others will crash and burn in two. No matter when you cross the line, just remember, success is not finishing first, but starting in the first place.Success is not finishing first, but that you started in the first place.

Writing from the Peak, will spend November helping you keep writing. Deb Buckingham will help you find ways to Generate Ideas. DeAnna Knippling will set the pace for you with Pacing Primer. Lit-Quotes by Gabrielle Brown, are always inspirational and a visit with the Grammar Police by Robin LaBorde will keep your writing free of comma comas. In addition to PPW’s blog, Pikes Peak Writers will also be hosting monthly events that will certainly add to your writing arsenal.

Open Critique
This FREE program provides a critique experience for a small number of PPW members who seek feedback on manuscript pages and who want to learn how to have positive critique group experiences.

Write Brains
Write Brain Sessions are free mini-workshops on the craft of writing, business of writing, and the writer’s life. Watch for them in Colorado Springs on the third Tuesday of most months. Pikes Peak Writers began offering monthly Write Brain workshops in 2004.

Write Drunk, Edit Sober
Come and enjoy some wonderful, guided improv writing prompts and a discussion about what those prompts produce.

Writers’ Night
Writers’ Night is two full hours of discussion, laughter, and fun with other local members of Pikes Peak Writers.

I wish everyone writing success in NaNoWriMo as well as anything you are doing this month. May you find the courage to sit at your writing table each day to conquer whatever writing beast you are facing.

KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Frankenstein for Halloween

Over the past month, I read Mary Shelley’s book, Frankenstein. I don’t recall if I ever read it in high school or in any college lit classes, and with Halloween it seemed like a good month to read this classic.  Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published on January 1, 1818. Mary Shelley did not initially put her name on the book as the author until the second edition came out in 1823. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, 1818 edition title pageAlthough she is most well known for Frankenstein, she was also a prolific writer of short stories, essays, biographies and travel.

She hatched the idea for Frankenstein while traveling. She spent a summer in the company of  Percy Shelley (her husband), Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Clairmont near Geneva, Switzerland. The weather was gloomy and, it is said, that during one of these dreary spells she and her friends decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. They all got to work except Mary, who struggled to find a story line. One night she dreamt about a scientist who created life from death. This dream became the basis for Frankenstein.

Two hundred years later, Frankenstein is one of the mainstays for Halloween costumes and late night chills. It inspired a long list of plays, movies (remember Boris Karloff?), poems, and oddball knockoffs (think Gene Wilder). In honor of Mary Shelley’s book, and Halloween, here is an excerpt from the original Frankenstein.

It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes. and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.

How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophic, or to delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covers the work of muscle and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but the luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips. 

Happy Halloween Everyone!


KJ Scrim, Profile ImageManaging Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.

Something Sinister

Lindsey walked into her house through the garage door, exhausted by the endless meetings at work. She flipped the light switch in the dark entry way, but nothing happened. After flipping the switch a few more times to confirm that the lightbulb was indeed dead, Lindsey groaned in disgust at having to now replace the bulb. Not an easy task for someone who is five foot two. She had only taken a few steps down the staircase to fetch the lightbulb from the basement, when she heard the scuttling of tiny claws scraping the bare cement. Her stomach twisted, her heart raced and every fiber of her being screamed at her to run back out to the car. No, she would not run away from what was very likely a mouse.The door slammed shut. She knew she wasn't alone.

Her hands trembled as she turned on her phone’s flashlight and continued shakily down the stairs that groaned with each step. Every horror movie she had seen told her this was not a good idea, that she should turn around now and leave the lightbulb for another time. Moving the light around the unfinished basement revealed that she was alone. The mouse had gone. Lindsey let out the breath she hadn’t realized she was holding. She crossed the basement to a shelving unit on the far wall. Suddenly the sound of the door slamming shut behind her rattled her to her core. She knew she was not alone now. She turned around, her flashlight illuminating the large person walking towards her, his sinister laugh echoing through the dingy basement.

Power of a Word

This is a scene we have all seen. Most of us even yell at the idiot who walks right into danger, but this would have been very different if we still understood the word “sinister” as its original definition. Would we have been worried for Lindsey if she had heard a “contrary laugh” instead of a sinister one? Words are powerful things, but they only carry as much power as our understanding of the word allows. Looking at “sinister” we can see how words evolve over time.

Sinister first appeared in the English language in the fifteenth century, rooted in French and Latin. The Latin definition of sinister is: left or on the left side. The word evolved to mean “contrary, false; to the left” in French. By the time sinister integrated with English it had come to indicate something of ill-will or intending to mislead. Somehow “left” and “intending to mislead” just don’t cause goosebumps the way our current understanding of sinister does.

Good and Bad Omens

So how did sinister come to have the terrifying connotation it does now? The practice of augury had a large impact on the word “sinister” in particular. Through attempting to divine an answer by watching the flight patterns of birds, people believed the could tell when good or bad events would take place. If the birds were flying on the right side, it was a good omen. However, it was an ill omen if they flew on the left. Delving further in, many identify light and dark magick as the right-hand and left-hand paths, respectively. Now, the left side, which is also considered to be a self-serving art, has progressed from simply implying bad luck to representing a supernatural evil. Since the fifteenth century we have moved from describing someone as low caliber as a hustler, someone who doesn’t intend physical harm to another person, as sinister to attributing this word to that which is truly evil and intends great harm toward someone.

~ May your Halloween season be spooky and free of any sinister events. ~

Leilah Wright lives in beautiful Colorado Springs where she amasses books like a dragon hoards treasure. She is an editor at Novelesque and is writing her first novel. A true pluviophile, she is happiest on rainy days while drinking obscene amounts of coffee. When not working she enjoys time with her two children, reading, and catching up on shows. Keep up with her on her Blog and on Facebook.


Why Movies Make Us Cry

Emotion in Screenwriting and How Novelists Can Use It.

What a treat to have Kevin Ikenberry at Write Brain in October. His presentation proposed to answer the question, “How do film techniques translate to the novel?” In a nutshell? Emotion is a product of story structure. As writers, we can double down on the two aspects that the written word excels at – imagery and emotion.

Kevin Ikenberry
Kevin Ikenberry

Kevin distilled the science of building emotionally resonant story into four steps by asking these questions:

  1. Who is your protagonist?
  2. What is your protagonist trying to do?
  3. Who is trying to stop your protagonist?
  4. What happens if your hero fails?

He also went into detail about the tricks and tropes for structuring your story to provoke emotional reactions of your characters. One that stood out was isolating your characters in some way. Such as making them an outsider or a “chosen one”.

Thank you Kevin for a fantastic evening!

If you missed October’s Write Brain then…

Please join Pikes Peak Writers for November’s Write Brain.

Sharon Manislovich will present Web Presence 101.

You’ve got a product and you want to market it. Where do you start? Should you create a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter presence and be done with it?

Find out the answers to these, and many more questions on Nov 20, 2018 — 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Library 21c – 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

See you there!


Pat Conroy Would Be 73

I still write in longhand. I type like a chimpanzee.
Thank you Robert C. Clark, photo used under creative commons license

Today, Pat Conroy would have celebrated his seventy-third birthday. Best known for The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, he wrote eleven novels and a cookbook the old fashioned way, pen to paper. What is your preferred method for getting the words down, and why?


Profile Photo of Gabrielle V Brown Managing Editor Pikes Peak Writers Blog Gabrielle V. Brown, Contributing Editor with Writing From the Peak, writes literary and speculative fiction, nonfiction and the occasional poem. Gabrielle’s published works include technical and academic nonfiction, poetry, memoir (as a ghostwriter) and a cookbooks. Find her on Facebook, her website, or contact her at gvbrownwriter@gmail.com.

Farewell as President

Final Prez Says from Bowen Gillings

For the past eighteen months, it has been my honor to serve as the President of the Pikes Peak Writers Board of Directors. That time has seen many great challenges and changes at PPW. These ranged from adding Deb Courtney’s Write Drunk, Edit Sober to our monthly slate of events to establishing the Writing is Art partnership event with Cottonwood Fine Arts Center to honoring the legacies of members Steven Nelson and Ron Cree. I heartily thank my fellow board members and the volunteers of PPW for their support, their efforts, and their commitment to the education and improvement of fellow writers.

My time as your president is now over and I look forward to serving alongside a reinvigorated board under the leadership of President Kameron C. Easler. Please, join me in giving her our full support as we, the members of PPW, strive to grow and improve this outstanding organization.

September 2018 PPW Board MeetingPrez Says Logo

September 20th our Board of Directors met to discuss agenda issues and elect replacements for vacant positions on the Board. As mentioned, Kameron was elected for a two-year term as president. Georgeanne Nelson is the new PPW Secretary. Shannon Lawrence and MB Partlow now serve as co-directors of the Non-Conference Events (NCE) committee. KL Cooper, Becki Davis, Jenny Martin, and Ed Raetz are all on the Board as Members at Large. Laura Hayden, the 2019 Conference Director, vacated her position as Board Liaison and has been elected to serve as a Member at Large as well. The Board is now one of the largest in recent PPW history with fourteen members. This excites me as it means opportunities for new ideas to address the needs of our organization.

With Kameron taking on the role of president, PPW is in need of a Vice President to serve alongside her. If you value PPW and what it does, if you wish to help steer the future course of the organization, then reach out to her or any other board member as soon as you can.

Aside from elections, the September meeting also addressed our ongoing needs with reports from the treasurer, the NCE directors, the conference director, and the web team. Keep checking our website and social media for updates in these areas.

We took a look at and built teams to address the following areas:
• Special Scholarships – led by Georgie Nelson
• Fundraising – led by Damon Smithwick
• Marketing – led by KL Cooper

How You Can Help

If you would like to help PPW in any of these areas, please reach out to the leaders mentioned above. You can find contact email information for each on the website.

We are also in need of volunteers to help in building our 2019 Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Vacant positions are listed on PPW’s volunteer page.

Bowen GillingsThank you for continuing to engage with Pikes Peak Writers. If you have questions about PPW and how it works, please reach out to me. The address is now ipp@pikespeakwriters.com.

Best regards,
Bowen Gillings
Immediate Past President
Pikes Peak Writers

Keeping your Health for a Marathon Month of Writing

Whether work has you swamped, daycare cancelled, or your day is filled with stuff, making time for NaNoWriMo can be challenging.

And stressful.

The stress can get a hold of you and knock you down. Your head starts to hurt, your cold kicks in, or the flu bug knocks on your door. It also happens to be cold and flu season, so the importance of keeping yourself healthy and in tip top shape is very important.

I completed NaNo back in 2013. 50,013 words in 30 days. I won’t lie, it was a challenge, but the best challenge ever. And, I kept healthy through the entire month, so I was able to finish. Winning!

Healthy tips to keep writing

I have a few tips to keep you healthy through the month of November. Not in any order. The things that are important, in my opinion.

~~ Fitness
I know, though it’s not a four-letter word, It IS a four-letter word. Fitness of any kind keeps the mind active, the blood flowing, and the creative juices moving. You are less prone to sickness and medical conditions. It puts you in a positive frame of mind, allowing your body to relax and your writing to flow.

For me, Yoga is my go-to. It’s only 20-30 minutes a day. Who doesn’t have that amount of time to give to your own well-being. I’ve become more focused, less prone to eating all the “bad” things and my moods are more positive.

That can be you too, if it’s not already.

~~ Hydration
We’ve all heard this.

First thing each morning, sip a tall glass of water until it’s empty. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue and organs counts on it to keep it in working condition. Your body uses water to flush out waste, maintain its temperature, and keep joints lubricated.

I know what you’re thinking, “Deb, stop! I know this.” But, it’s important to hear it again.

It’s all common for us as writers, to grab that cup of coffee, when in fact, caffeine can hinder our ability to focus long term and cause dehydration.

I drink coffee. All the time. I won’t stop, and I’m sure you won’t either, but just grab that tall glass of water and drink it alongside your coffee. I mean really, who can live without coffee? Not me!

~~ Have some fun
When was the last time you just went outside, took a walk, read a book at a coffee shop, hung out with your kids at the park, or watched your favorite TV show?

For me, my fun is knitting, cross-stitching, and reading. I make it a point to do one (or all) of these things each and every day. I call it my mental health time. Time away from my keyboard, from my work as a designer, from writing.

It’s a time to be with YOU. To get away from the everyday tasks and your writing.

Why eating healthy matters

You’ll be less stressed, more productive, happier, and healthier. Your brain will have the nutrients it needs to keep you focused. Certain foods have the ability to moderate the body’s cortisol levels, which is, if you didn’t already know, your stress hormone. Managing stress through the month of November should be your key ingredient to being successful in completing your novel. It’s the number one cause of writers pulling the plug, saying it’s too much.

Some of my favorite go-to snack foods (because, who doesn’t like to snack?) are:
~Banana with honey
~Granola bites
~Apple with peanut butter (anything with peanut butter, really) It’s a great source of protein.

I’m sure you have your own favorite snack foods. Keep in mind, the more processed foods you eat, the worse you could possibly feel. The more natural, organic foods you eat, the better you’ll feel.

In conclusion, writers, you have the ability to make choices that will keep your body in tip top shape during this all-important month of writing your 50,000 words. Why wouldn’t you want to commit to YOU for the month of November? And, if you so choose, why not start now, and give yourself a head start to being healthy so you can finish. Winning at NaNoWriMo.

Write On!

Deb Buckingham headshotDeb Buckingham is a long time member of Pikes Peak Writers and a published author of two successful knitting books, Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On. She writes for her own blog, and her artistic side is part of her every day. Deb is a creative photographer whose passion is “shooting” creatives in their own studios. She enjoys reading a well written novel.