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NaNoWriMo #Preptober: My Survival Kit

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit - #writing #amwriting

Cross posted on As The Eraser Burns.

It’s almost that time of year again, folks: National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, the yearly Olympics for writers where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days. The fun begins on November 1st, twelve days from now. TWELVE.

As in, one-two-three-ten-twelve days, less than two weeks!!! [click to continue…]

Happy National Pink Day! Let's talk about being bold.

I. Love. Pink.

The color, the artist, wearing it on Wednesdays, I love everything about pink, so imagine my utter joy after discovering that yesterday was dedicated to my favorite hue! I might have missed it, but I still shall wear it from head to toe today and be a living Pepto Bismol bottle, even while running. Talk about joyful miles!

But first, I must confess that there was a time in my life when I did not wear pink. Why?

Because someone told me I was too old. [click to continue…]


Happy First Day of Summer: My Summer Bucket List!

Happy First Day of Summer! I'm celebrating by making a summer bucket list. What's on yours?

Ah, summer, time for rest, relaxation, peaceful long runs, and lazy afternoons!

Well, not really.

My schedule isn’t exactly R&R compatible, now that I’ve picked up two more side jobs, we bought a beach house fixer-upper that needs major fixing upping, plus there’s Camp NaNoWriMo in July. Still, I don’t want summer to sail on by, leaving me scratching my head in September, wondering where, exactly, the time had gone.

So while enjoying an afternoon tea, I thought I’d think of 26 Things I’d like to do this summer. Why 26? Because there’s 13 weeks of summer … accomplishing two things a week shouldn’t he hard, right?

Guess we’ll find out in September. [click to continue…]


Where to Find Writing Exercises: Friday Five

I once gave a presentation where, ten minutes in, I asked attendees to do a writing exercise.

Instant awkwardness.

I could feel the groans they shifted in their seats, grimacing as though I had offered pickle juice for their tea instead of cream. Yikes. For a second, I considered saving face by saying, “Just fooling, haha,” even though the exercise was really cute: Write a Dear John letter from a fairy tale character to their significant other.

But no, it was part of my class plan. I like sticking with plans. So I had everyone put pen to paper, sensing potential presentation disaster.

They did it. I did it. And guess what? [click to continue…]


Friday Five: Five Motivational Videos for Writers

Motivational Videos for WritersIt’s been a crazy week.

Seriously crazy and while I did get some work done on a manuscript, it wasn’t good work because my mind has been pulled in so many direction. I hate not doing good work. It makes me feel lost. Chaotic. Incomplete because I haven’t been living my authentic life lately. Regretful over how much time has passed since I sold my last book. Pissed off because I know I’m capable of accomplishing more but this week, I allowed doubt, fear, procrastination, and my crazy schedule get in the way.


Stop. Take a breath. [click to continue…]


Oddball Writing Tips

Oddball Writing TipsWhy haven’t I been doing more Friday Five posts? I love Friday. And I love 5’s despite my aversion to odd numbers and the fact that Novalee Nation had a deep fear of fives from one of my favorite movies, Where the Heart Is.

(Well, actually, Novalee feared #7 in the book, but this is one of the rare times I liked the movie better than the book, no disrespect to Billie Letts.)

But anyway, I’ve decided to do more Friday Fives, starting with this one about…

Five Oddball Writing Tips

… a collection of writing tips, tools, and tricks that can help you get your fingers moving, words flowing, and mind focused! [click to continue…]

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