Hello you gorgeous people! This is my (only slightly) shameless request for your help in helping me get to The Night of Wr iting Dangerously, taking place this November 15th in San Francisco. Because I love travel and the city, I have audaciously already booked my trip there, and now all I need is assistance … More The Night of Writing Dangerously
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?
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
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
October is NaNoWriMo Eve. Next month, those who choose to participate in National Novel Writing Month will partake in a tremendous act of writing: 50,000 words – a novel – in a month. But NaNo is about more than just words; no matter if we write 5 words or 100,000, it’s an act of self-confidence, of shattering … More NaNoWriMo Eve: On Bravery and Beginning
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