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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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From the Archives

Yes, It’s Fun

I love writing these tales, seeing the word count tick up, knowing I’m creating something which didn’t exist in the world before. I grow fond of my characters, because they live inside me and I want to present them in the best light. Which may be one of my problems with revisions, but we’re not going to talk about the downsides here.

Pumpkins!

I’m not talking pumpkin spice (though I’m fond of that as well), but pumpkins. Big, fat orange ones. Adorable little ones which fit in the palm of your hand. Seeing them piled up outside the grocery store gives me a thrill. Even the fake ones outside the craft store make me happy.

Favorite Reads

I’m a binge reader. I will take an author and read five or six of their books. When I start to see the tropes and how they structure things, I stop and move on to something else. This isn’t a slam at the authors, by any means. Sometimes, I read books and watch films to pick them apart. It’s a big part of learning my craft. I don’t want to do that when I read for enjoyment, though, and the moment I start “seeing” the structure, time for me to move on, no matter how much I might love the author.

Looking Back

Six women who wielded power which shaped the entertainment taste of a nation, five of them living long enough to watch the industry change and the roles they held as directors and producers becoming the exclusive domain of men.