Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

The value of a writing community

Can I talk NaNoWriMo for a moment here? I really didn’t want to. I wanted to write something about editing. I wanted to give you tips and tricks about the editorial side of writing. But the truth is that all I can think about these days is 50K words in 30 days. About how it’s…

How You Doin?

Hello fellow writers! Well it’s November 4th and while some of us are still sleeping off daylight saving time and the sugar rush of the last two weeks, many of you are just settling in to the chaos and excitement of NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is every other post on Facebook, while Twitter is…

When Fact Meets Fiction

More than twelve years ago I was spending my Monday morning online and perusing the Sunday Lifestyle of my hometown paper when my heart stopped. There he was, my ex smiling into the camera, his arm wrapped around another smile I recognized, both of them grinning in glee and announcing their engagement. I wave of…

NaNoWriMo Check-In

November 8: if you’re on track, you should hit 13,333 words tonight. I’m about 4,200 below the mark as of right now, but I haven’t given up hope! Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you on track? Join us in the forums on NaNoWriMo.org!

NANOWRIMO!

Sorry. Didn’t mean to shout. I’m just all fired up. It’s National Novel Writing Month. We covered NaNo pretty extensively last year, so this year it’s a support party! Are you going to go for your 30 day, 50,000 word novel? Check out our forum thread on Nanowrimo.org or come chat up other Write on…

40 Days Later

It’s been forty days since NaNoWriMo ended. Where are we all now with our projects? For my part, I’m still plugging away at my story. I only wrote about 5000 new words in December, but I did map out the second half of my book, so I’ve got a plan. My 2011 project was a…

NaNoWriMo 2011: Wrap Party

One way or another, it’s December 1st, and for those of us participating in NaNoWriMo, the pressure is off. As I’m writing this, I’ve just validated at 50,084 words. I finished my tenth chapter. I am just past the midpoint of the novel. The protag’s emotional and plot-driven stakes were just significantly upped. I feel…

Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget NaNoWriMo between courses.

Eight days and 13,337 words remain as I type. Put down the electric knife and the cooking sherry and write that scene that’s been eluding you. What’s the worst that can happen? Your father in law carves the turkey with a pie server, and your kids fall asleep earlier… no harm, no fowl, because you’ve…

NaNoWriMo 2011: Week 3

They say it takes three weeks to form a habit. I don’t know who they are, but I believe them. It’s our third Thursday of NaNoWriMo, and we’ve been madly noveling for 17 days. Today’s target word count is 28,333. I’m right on schedule as of this blog, and my story is just now beginning…

NaNoWriMo: Keeping Momentum in Week Two

We’re in the middle of week two, if you’re on target to finish, chances are you’ve got about 15,000 words of your novel in files somewhere. I’m going to hazard a guess that all of your writing sessions aren’t as peaceful and contemplative as that guy’s looks. Week two has a reputation for being a…