Finding Time For NaNoWriMo: 3 Strategies to Increase Willpower and Save Time

This is the second post in my series on finding the time for NaNoWriMo, and as we established yesterday, time is a more complicated issue than just hours. Its being able to use that time. Time is the easiest thing to manage once other things are taken care of. Because no matter how much time … More Finding Time For NaNoWriMo: 3 Strategies to Increase Willpower and Save Time

Finding Time for NaNoWriMo: Do you need time or energy?

Time – the great enemy and friend of the creative trying to sneak a large or small project into everyday life. When contemplating doing National Novel Writing Month, the most common snag people run into is the question of time: Do I have time to do NaNoWriMo? It’s an understandable concern. Even to a seasoned veteran … More Finding Time for NaNoWriMo: Do you need time or energy?

NaNoWriMo Prep: Do You Really Want to Write a Novel In a Month?

With all the talk about National Novel Writing Month coming up, there’s this strange sense of oppressive anticipation, of obligation, of polarity, of excuses and hand-wringing about if people can actually finish. And as I have said, I’m here – dedicating a post each day toward using what I learned after 10 NaNoWriMo wins and a … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Do You Really Want to Write a Novel In a Month?

NaNoWriMo Prep: Advice and Finding Your Natural Mind

If we wish to be resourceful and creative in life, we must seek out encouragement and advice that nourishes and replenishes us. Especially in times of creative abandon. With NaNoWriMo around the corner, advice is flying from every side, blowing like wind from a canyon. It is difficult to know which way to turn – … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Advice and Finding Your Natural Mind

Dealing With Pre-NaNoWriMo Anxiety: 5 things to do instead of freaking out

We are only fourteen days away from National Novel Writing Month, and the internet is becoming abuzz with the yearly questions: Will I or Won’t I? I don’t Know What to Write! I Never Get Past 30 Thousand Words! So much worry. And as an old martial arts teacher once liked to say: Worry is … More Dealing With Pre-NaNoWriMo Anxiety: 5 things to do instead of freaking out

National Coming Out Day Special: When Your Character Comes Out of the Closet

I remember the first time one of my characters came out of the closet. I was 17, working hard on one of my first non-academic works of fiction, what was supposed to be a coming-of-age love story between two college students. I had been working for months, but it seemed like no matter what I … More National Coming Out Day Special: When Your Character Comes Out of the Closet