We’re in the final stretch of the NaNoWriMo marathon – day 23. Whether we started well or poorly, on time or late, with a well defined idea or not, we’ve been living in this reality of writing a novel in a month for 23 days now, and there is a mere 7 left. If we we’re … More NaNoWriMo: The Inevitable Writing Stall
There’s something that happens to me sometimes, Something that I haven’t talked about with many other artists or writers, but I am sure I can’t be alone in experiencing. When writing fast, when creating off the cuff and uncontrolled as we do in deep journal-type writing practice, or in NaNoWriMo, we have to pull from … More When Writing Triggers
What with NaNoWriMo well under way, we must ask ourselves: Are we actually writing? Here is a handy list to double check if you are, in fact, writing. Things that are not actually writing: Looking for that tab you had open as reference material for a blog entry Outlining Complaining about not writing Practicing your … More Are You Actually Writing?
It’s day 7 of NaNoWriMo. We writing warriors have survived the first glorious week. Today is Double Up Day at the NaNoWriMo Headquarters. If you want an extra challenge, then double up your word count for the day. (And get $50 worth of swag for a $25 donation!) Those who are writing, keep writing. Those who have … More A Brief NaNoWriMo Pep Talk
Today, I took myself to a cafe to do not much in particular. I sat at a wobbly table in the back – the only seating available on a chill fall day – and let my mind wander as I listened to the comforting white noise of people typing, conversations, music I could barely make … More Cultivating Creativity with Boredom
Right now, we’re still in the first blushes of NaNoWriMo. Those who have started are beginning to feel what it is like to write their stories, to write and keep writing, feeling that initial rush of a plot beginning to form (I don’t think that feeling ever goes away). Some, like me, have yet to … More NaNoWriMo: For All Those Who Haven’t Started Yet
With NaNoWriMo in full swing, the O-word is being flung about a lot, and I need to get this off my chest. I’m resurrecting an old post because it is every bit as true today as it was 3 years and 6 novels ago. I am not a fan of outlining. In fact, it takes … More Reasons I Hate Outlines With A Firey Passion