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
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?
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
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
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
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