I’ve had a long few weeks of writing. Working two freelance jobs, relearning how to do math for one of them, blogging every day, and generally working my writerly tail off. Every now and then, I pause in the middle of a particularly difficult sentence, paragraph, article, and with a thin thread of panic, I … More The Mind is Never Empty
We’re narrowing in on the last few days before National Novel Writing Month. We’ve been getting ready – reprioritizing time, deligating as much as we can, clearing out space to allow the giant wonderful mess of November to come in like a bevy of frat boys and take over our houses (and, might I add, … More NaNoWriMo Prep: 5 Rules to Boost Word Count
When undertaking great tasks like writing a novel in a month, it is easy to get lost in the idea of the thing – the idea of what it takes, who we need to be to accomplish our lofty goals. Right now, I am having to remember this daily, as I move into a new … More NaNoWriMo Pep Talk: Come As You Are
So you want to do NaNoWriMo, but you’re afraid of the time commitment. Your days seem full, and even though you think you could probably squeeze in a few hours writing here and there, you’re pretty sure your willpower tricks will work, but you still have a sneaking suspicion you’re doomed to fail. It’s time … More Finding Time For NaNoWriMo: Painless Time Management
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
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?
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?
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
My name is Michelle, and I am a hoarder. Not of stuff, not so much anyway (though I do own a prodigious amount of brickabrack from my life which holds value only to myself, and probably is only clutter to anyone looking from the outside-in) but an idea hoarder. I hoard ideas. It’s a terrible … More Writing Mistakes: Hoarding Ideas
Over time, I've often been asked a lot to talk about my writing process – the nuts and bolts of what I do when I sit down to write. And so far, I've resisted doing so, partly because I don't really know if I have a writing process, and partly because its a very self-conscious … More My Writing Process (with pictures)