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NaNoWriMo: How to Stay Motivated

NaNoWriMo: How to Stay Motivated

Why, exactly, is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, held in November? I mean, there's Thanksgiving. And 'tis the season to start getting ready for the holidays. Plus for my fellow runDisney addicts, there's the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in Disney World, so I need all the motivation I can get to finish. Are you [...]

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 [...]

Where to Find Writing Exercises | Friday Five

Where to Find Writing Exercises and Prompts

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. For a second, I considered saving face by saying, "Just fooling, haha," even though the exercise was really cute: Write [...]

Motivational Videos for Writers | Friday Five

Motivational Videos for Writers

It'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 [...]

Flash Fiction Friday: How Easy

Happy Friday! Chuck Wendig posted a great Flash Fiction Challenge today: A Story in Five Sentences. I love writing exercises like these. Quick and breezy, so I'm jumping in: Her hair, once thick and lustrous, now hangs in limp waves past her thin shoulders, the perfect length for him to wrap around his meaty hands. She stifles a [...]

NaNoWriMo Day 1!

So, while working at my favorite coffee shop yesterday, I had a conversation with Edgar Allan Poe about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I asked him if he thought it was crazy for me to even think about signing up, seeing as how I also have a midgrade to rewrite per an editor's notes, (a head to toe [...]