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I Finished NaNoWriMo – Now What?
I met this year's NaNoWriMo challenge with an open throttle and pedal to the floor hitting 50,000 words on Friday, November 15th. But I didn't celebrate. I wasn't excited at all. I still had to finish it. I was super close and had several choices, but worried about the ending. Remember, worry and doubt is... Continue Reading →
Why NaNoWriMo Works and It’s Not Too Late to Join!
Eleven days into the vortex that is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, and I hit the 34,000-word mark on Monday. I know. I'm nuts. I have realized several things about myself, my writer's life, and the personality type that could help YOU write a novel in less than a month. If you can relate to any... Continue Reading →
A Sunday Morning Revelation and the Benefits of Waking up Early
Seven hour jet lag, starting last Monday, and a fall back to standard time has messed with my internal clock and I rose with the birds this Sunday morning. Okay, before the birds. I've been like this for a week now and had a revelation about waking up early. Nearly two hours later I got... Continue Reading →
How to Write Thousands of Words a Day
Want to get into the habit of writing thousands of words a day? Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month AKA Nanowrimo? I've learned some tricks that might help you reach your goal. Four years ago, I wrote a draft of my second book in a series, hitting around two thousand words per day... Continue Reading →
12 New Blog Post Ideas and Writing Prompts
Need a new blog post? Seeing a lot of the same ideas floating around the Interwebs and don't want to drown in oversaturation? Trying to come up with something new but just can't think of anything? Here are 12 new blog post ideas for whatever time of year it is, even if it's not November... Continue Reading →
What Twins, Who Inhabit My Brain, and NaNoWriMo Taught Me
When I decided to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, I had no idea if I could. You see, a five-year-old child inhabits my brain and can throw quite the tantrum. If I don't want to do something, she sends waves through the entire length of my spine which becomes rigid.... Continue Reading →
I Crushed It. Now What Will I Do? I’m Addicted.
I wrote 50,000 words in 23 days to win NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. Yeah baby! I happy danced and then cried a little when the NaNoWriMo Team sent a YouTube Video with their congratulations. Every day in November, I woke up and felt driven. Writing in the morning worked the best for me,... Continue Reading →
Hitting the Halfway Point
When I wrote my 25, 000th word for National Novel Writing Month, it reminded me of swimming through the Boulder Reservoir to touch the ice during the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. They’re both a sink or swim venture. It got tough when I could barely touch the bottom. My legs and arms grew... Continue Reading →
Why I Joined the Madness
I’m an obsessed idea freak, by that I mean, once I get an idea in my head I have to accomplish my goal. It drives me nuts until I do. After talking about it, visualizing, and then calculating the best route, I keep my eye on the prize gleaming at the finish line. I’m sure... Continue Reading →