Even if you have no interest in ever running a marathon (or even a 5K), if you’re “competing” in the 50K/30.0 “marathon” of NaNoWriMo, you’re still a marathoner in my book.
I love the month of November so much, I named my newest puppy November (Nova for short) although she was born in October. My birthday’s in November, you see?, and as a child growing up in the Southern Hemisphere, the best things happened during this magical month. The weather finally warmed up, and the best … Continue reading November Magic
I didn't actually set out to answer those questions. But over the past several months, they've been on my mind. A lot. Let's back up. My teenaged daughter is a voracious reader. She always seems to discover and read the "hot topic" books months before I even hear about them. She'd read all John Green's … Continue reading How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?
If you've ever participated in NaNoWriMo, you've had your writing gamified. I've done and won NaNo five years in a row now, and I have to admit that I love watching the word counts rack up. There's nothing like a daily bar graph to encourage you to stay above the trend line.
I admit it. Until two years ago, I lived under a rock. I’d never heard of NaNoWriMO until after I became involved with my critique group, and when I did, I was horrified. Write an entire 50,000-word novel during the month of November? Oh, HELL no! And that remained my opinion—until about two months ago, … Continue reading Lessons Learned by a First Time NaNoWriMo Participant
Can we all just agree that the last two weeks have been the worst? I mean it. No matter what side of the political debate you fall on, the aftermath of this election has taken a toll on all of us. I’m not here to get political, but I do want to address this toll … Continue reading How to Write When You Just Don’t Wanna
I can see the light flicker in NaNoWriMo writers. Burnout on writing no longer allows you to face your keyboard with a glimmer of grace, but you’re bogged down with dread instead. The only twinkle in your eye comes from crying. You want to give up. All writers at one point or another have … Continue reading Writing Burnout? Try A Rinky-Dink Writing Approach