NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: Reflections of a 12 Year NaNo Vet

After this year I have officially participated in NaNoWriMo 13 times.  I have won 12 times.  I have been a municipal liaison 12 times.  I have yet to publish anything from the November program, but come March one of my Camp NaNoWriMo novels will be published. I would not be a writer or author ifRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: Reflections of a Municipal Liaison

For the past 13 years of writing during National Novel Writing Month, I have spent 12 of those years as a Municipal Liaison.  What is an ML?  We are community organizers, volunteers, and cheerleaders.  It is our job to make sure local writers have the support they need and want to get through the month.Read more

NaNoWriMo 2016: The End… Not Really

NaNoWriMo is over!  I am done!  Well, as done as I can be.  What happened in the end? Quite a lot happened and all in about 2 days.  As I have mentioned before, I didn’t really write a novel this year.  I wrote 2 things.  First, the background necessary to help me co-write a novelRead more

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo: Nearing the Finish Line

There are just a few days left in NaNoWriMo 2016.  As of writing this, I am less than 3,000 words away from a win of 50,000 words.  I am by no means near finished with anything.  While I have mostly put aside my work on Northanger Farm, I have had some major developments with theRead more

NaNoWriMo and Writing: Writing Every Day

I think the one advice almost every author has given is that you need to write every day.  The idea, from the way I understand it, is that by writing every day we make progress and move forward.  It is making writing a habit and routine rather than another obligation we need to find timeRead more

OMG What If They Like It!?

There are only 4 months left until Modern Persuasion is published.  I am dealing with a whole new set of emotions and anxieties.  Some I anticipated, but there are quite a few I did not expect at all. I have passed through the phase where I worry what will happen if people don’t like theRead more

NaNoWriMo: Day 14

It has been a rough week.  Not for writing, things are coming along beautifully with the writing.  It has just been a tough week.  I don’t think anyone will really wonder why.  I have turned to writing as a way to help process what is going on in the US.   Here is what hasRead more

NaNoWriMo Adventures 2016: Day 7

Every NaNoWriMo is different for me.  All I know about how I write is that I do it best with a 30 day/50,000 word goal.  Other than that, there are no rules.  No, that’s not accurate: I also cast my characters.  A lot of time is spend casting who would play this character among celebrities.Read more

Issues in Modernizing Old Novels: Character Development

There are a variety of problems and concerns I have as author and reader of modernizations.  One of those issues is character development.  I often ask myself the question: can said character exist in the 21st century?  There are plenty of follow up questions: What is it about said character that doesn’t/does work? What would beRead more

Camp NaNoWriMo – I won this time!

I won this time! It is August and that means July’s Camp NaNoWriMo is over.  This time, I won, but it didn’t come easily.  I already wrote about my struggle to focus and how I spent too much time trying to explain the rules of the world rather than enjoying the story. In the endRead more