Goodness, time is moving quickly. Normally, I would be going at a good pace for a normal month, but at 13,000 words, I am behind. And I know from some of your wonderful messages, that many are feeling the same. Last month was busy, and now I am in the process of very, very slowly … More NaNoWriMo Tips: Write in the Cracks
(Why are you reading blogs? Go write! ) When I was younger, I spent a lot of my time (13 years) involved with all things theater. Acting in, writing, and directing plays all taught me a lot about storytelling, and about writing. Playwriting and screenwriting is writing distilled down to an impressive science; instead of … More NaNoWriMo Tips: stage directions and other lessons from script writing
October was a wild ride, and this ending feels hard won. There was the loss of irowboat's cat Felix, the win of the NaNoWriMo post, the daily life in-betweens of it all, and working in the words wherever they fit. The anticipation of November has hung on us all heavily, and today it is here. … More Ten Down, Three to Go! With other thoughts.
Like many advice givers, I'm afraid I can't follow my own. I still have some 10,000 words left of October, having been put off schedule slightly by all the excitement, and I'll be writing with my head down and blinders on from now until tomorrow night. But I just wanted to say: thank you. I … More A Very Brief Note, for there is writing to do
Only two days ago, I carried wine to my car in the snow. The cold air here is whistling down the neck of still-musty coats retrieved from storage boxes, leaves skitter in the wind, and a pumpkin late graces my writing time instead of coffee. Yes, NaNoWriMo is nearly here. No matter how prepared or … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Step Away
So wow. Hi to all you NaNoWriMo people! There are…. Quite a lot of you. Enough to make me feel like I'm in one of those dreams where you've forgotten your clothing and are back in high school, only where the high school is a virtual auditorium, and it's filled with people you very much … More Big News, A Warm Welcome, and other tales.
It doesn't matter what our reasons are. We could be writing a novel in a month just to know if we can, to see if we want to be writers, because we are bored, because we want an excuse to not talk to anyone at Thanksgiving. Maybe we want to try that novel idea we've … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Know Why
Hello all. I really suck at this kind of thing, so bear with me. After a good deal of thinking, I've decided that I would really really love to attend the Office of Letters and Light's A Night of Writing Dangerously. And I need your help. To attend, I need to raise at least $250 … More A Request for Assistance, with perhaps provocative incentive
Choose your priorities. Seriously, choose them now. Because whatever you don't choose will fall by the wayside in November. Sleep, nutrition, diets, housework, and laundry are always the first to go. Then comes the little things, like email and responding to comments on our blogs, if we manage to blog at all. Facebook becomes a … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Choose What Balls To Drop
We will not try to write 50,000 words in a month. We will write 50,000 words in a month. This is NaNo, the battle of mind and fingers against the word count and time. This is a time for silly tricks and rule breaking and letting go of obligations. This is the time for us … More NaNoWriMo Prep: We Won’t “Try”