Category Archives: NaNoWriMo

NaNo 2019 Day 20 — Flaming Apple part II

It’s about that time again! Time for what? Time for another ‘flaming apple’ highlights reel! Only this time, I actually searched for images of flaming apples and didn’t get anything exciting, so let’s just say the lights in the book are a metaphor for the flame of my story, which, though dimmed, hasn’t gone out! Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 20 — Flaming Apple part II

NaNo 2019 Day 19 — Building the story

I mentioned in another post that the attempt to write a novel has changed the way I look at books. Although that’s not quite right — it’s not just books. It’s changed how I understand all stories.

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NaNo 2019 Day 18 — Writers must be readers, too

A common piece of advice in writing forums and from writing coaches is that you need to read extensively in the genre you’re trying to write. I don’t understand this piece of advice.

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NaNo 2019 Days 16 & 17 — Catch-up weekend

Weekends are such a great time to relax. Unless it’s NaNo, in which case they’re a good time to build wordcount and/or catch up to where you’re supposed to be.

While I didn’t find myself totally caught up after the weekend, I did add a good number of words, and I’m happy with a few additions my characters made to the story: Continue reading NaNo 2019 Days 16 & 17 — Catch-up weekend

NaNo 2019 Day 15 — #amwriting

Behind on wordcount today. Again. Oops.

I mean, if I added in all the words from all the posts I’ve written this month… but that would be like cheating. It would certainly be cheating myself, since my goal is not really to just make it to 50k, but to actually finish this manuscript.

Therefore, instead of a long post today, I’m hanging up a sign on my door that may or may not help me actually achieve my goal: Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 15 — #amwriting

NaNo 2019 Day 14 — Inspiration

There are days that require inspiration. Days that pull or push in just the wrong ways. Days that make you tired just by existing. Days when everything is a struggle.

When I come across an inspirational quote, I sometimes jot it down for just such occasions. Here are a few that live near my desk, in case one of these speaks to you and fills your need for today: Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 14 — Inspiration

NaNo 2019 Day 13 — Bartleby

I haven’t done much blogging about what I’m writing for NaNo this year, and for a very specific reason:  I don’t like to share too much too early. It’s almost like I’m worried about sharing too much, in case I change my mind about what’s going to happen. Or maybe it’s a kind of stage fright.

But a thing happened in my writing that I loved. It has happened in every manuscript I’ve written so far, and it gives me a charge every time. Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 13 — Bartleby

NaNo 2019 Day 12 — My young writer

Nope, this is not a post about the child inside of me who has been a writer since I could hold a pencil (though she might merit a post on another day).

This post is about my 11-year-old daughter.

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NaNo 2019 Day 11 — The part where you might just quit

There are some parts of NaNo that are notoriously harder.

First week is usually a roller coaster, but mostly downhill. You’ve got nothing. Anything goes. Literally!

Second week can get a bit more difficult. Your characters are getting IDEAS. You’re trying to corral everyone, but it’s just not working. Continue reading NaNo 2019 Day 11 — The part where you might just quit