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NaNoWriMo Prep Master Post

Planning on participating in NaNoWriMo and looking for some help in getting ready? Here's a master list of my hints and tips to make your NaNoWriMo preparations more effective – and hopefully less stressful!
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NaNoWriMo Prep – Ya Gotta Have Friends

When writers write, we lock ourselves away in the little worlds we have in our heads, occupying a landscape different from the one around us. Even if we are with other people, we're alone. Worse, when we emerge from our self-imposed exile, those who share our living spaces don't necessarily understand what we're discussing or the peculiar highs or low that can come in the process of putting a story together. This is why, from time to time, we need to seek the company of our fellow writers, to find our tribe.
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NaNo Prep – Beginnings, Ends, and Middles

I've been a pantser most of my writing life. Many's the time I've leapt with nothing more than a brief idea of image, letting the story take shape with no knowledge of where I'm going, but trusting that everything will come together. It's even worked. Sometimes.
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Now Available

30dayliterarymadnessSurviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a daybook of support, encouragement and the occasional kick in the pants to help make the stress more bearable and keep your eyes focused on your goal.

For each day of this mad sprint, there is a quote and essay designed to help keep you going at the keyboard, along with other pieces about preparation and the novelizing hangover that comes in December. There are also pages for those other moments, the ones when you’ve fallen slightly behind – or you realize this may not be a year you cross the finish line. No matter how your November novel experience is going, this book will be a companion for each day.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 28

"You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once." — Oprah Winfrey Funny, I keep telling my characters that. At this point, they're not particularly interested in listening. But they're in the middle of the book, so they do not know the pain which lies ahead of them. My hero, especially. He has no understanding how out of his depth he is. Naturally this is going to cause considerable pain, especially to the heroine, who is falling for him despite her logical instints that tell her otherwise. ::cackles evilly:: Character torture. Gotta love it. read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 27

"Decisions are made by those who show up." — Aaron Sorkin So we're now facing the last four days of November and the frantic race for the finish line of NaNoWriMo. Whether yesterday was a good writing day for you or things went by the wayside due to family commitments, that doesn't matter. Today is a new day and it's time to get back to work and show up at the page. Behind or ahead, today is the day to recommit to what you're trying to achieve. read more

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