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I hit a milestone yesterday. According to my Bullet Journal, I’ve written for 365 days in a row.

Think about that. Three hundred and sixty-five days. One year.

A big part of doing anything is sticking with it. Last year, I watched the Rita and Golden Heart Finalists be announced, looked at my own writing output…and got very depressed.

40 Days

But what I started doing instead was making these forty days not a time to deprive myself of something, but to add to my life. Make this season a positive instead of “How long before I can have a Snickers again without feeling guilty?”

NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 30: Victory

Let’s treasure not just victory, but the connections we have made with our fellow writers. This is all too often a solitary calling and we need people who understand what it is to have a storyline fall apart or the moment when you are absolutely convinced that every word you are writing is certified, 100% crap. To be a part of this community, even for a little while, is to have the joy of knowing we are not alone.

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.

Now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Bookstore

Blog Archives

NaNoWriMo 2016 Day 1: Let’s Go

It’s early here on the west coast, though some of you reading this elsewhere have probably already had your first cup of coffee. You’ve possibly even had a chance to start on your NaNoWriMo Project. I haven’t. This is one of those years where the demands of the work week prevented me from staying up until midnight, ready to type at least those first few words. I was sensible and went to bed at my usual time so I’d be able to get up when the alarm went off and be reasonably rested for all the commitments I have to do outside my writing.

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Halloween

“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.” — Samuel Smiles

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Nesting

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” — Elbert Hubbard. Today, I’m talking about nesting. It’s coming a bit later than I would like but you still have a little time and most of these tips are things you can do in the next two days before we reach midnight Monday evening.

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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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NaNoWriMo Prep: What You Can’t Prepare For

All those plans went by the wayside yesterday morning at about 10:30. That was when the husband and I took one of our two cats to the vet. Some three hours later, we said goodbye to him.

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NaNoWriMo Prep – Harnessing the Trope

“The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication.” ― Terry Pratchett

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NaNoWriMoPrep – Counting Words

On Wednesday, I offered some advice on how to prepare your environment for NaNoWriMo. Today, I’m going to talk about another thing you need to make some decisions on, preferably before NaNoWriMo actually starts: how to keep track of your words.

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NaNoWriMo Prep — 5 Ways to Get Ready for November

We’re twenty days out from November 1, and I figured it’s time to start offering up some advice to help you get yourself organized for the coming month. In this post, I’m not offering tips for how to plan your novel, but how to organize your writing environment so you can minimize distractions, stress, and “Why didn’t I think of that!” once the writing starts.

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