Last time we saw our intrepid hero, she was all swagger and ready to try out a new toy (which is still the best writing tool I’ve ever used, by the way) to write NaNoWriMo. Then, she disappeared. Again. What happened to the girl who wrote 13 novels in a year? Honestly, I wonder that … More On Not Writing and Beyond
I’m writing this from a cafe near my house instead of from the comfortably window-adjacent table at my house. I had to get out to be able to concentrate. You see, I live with 2 other people: my darling irowboat and an equally darling professional musician named Kevin. Kevin plays just about anything with stings, specializing … More The Importance of Sucking
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
So you want to do NaNoWriMo, but you’re not really good at this plot thing. Maybe you’ve written short stories but not a novel, maybe you’ve always wanted to write a novel, but you don’t have any idea of how to make a plot. Maybe you’ve written or are writing your Good Novel Idea, and … More NaNoWriMo Prep: Creating A Plot in 4 Easy Steps
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?
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