blog header

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.
Read More

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
Read More

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.
Read More

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 Inspiration: Day 13

"My notes are written in blood on the sand, the same as any writer." — J. Michael Strackzynski It'd be so easy to just say "Yup" and move on. I don't think any writer's story has ever turned out exactly the way they imagined it would when they started. Even if your ending is what you imagined, and the big scene in the middle hit all those right notes that came to you like a vision in the shower, it's still not exactly what you thought it would be. Somewhere along the way, you write something and it comes out...different. Maybe it's the heroine's cat or the old friend you didn't know your main character had. Maybe it's a allergy to citrus or a shiver that passes over their skin if they touch raw wood. Maybe it's just a minor detail that adds color and maybe it's something that sends everything careening in a different direction that you didn't anticipate, but you know that this is a thread you have to follow. read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 12

"If you are going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill Does it feel like a slog yet? For some folks, that comes during Week Three. For others, it starts on Week Two. I'm not experiencing a great deal of it, but there have been moments when I've looked at the words that are still yet to go and I just groaned. I know it's going to get more difficult as I start trying to fill in the connective tissue of my major scenes. Those are the worst moments. read more

Pin It on Pinterest