Tag: goals

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Happy New Year! [The making of a creative life.]

Can we all just agree that 2017 was rough? Whether it was personal or political (or both-definitely both), it feels good that 2017 is over and there’s a clean slate. I debated whether or not to reflect on 2017, since that’s my New Year’s Eve tradition, and I decided it was wise to skip it …

camp Nanowrimo, Planning

Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo [2 days left]

There are only two more days before Camp NaNo. [Technically, only a day and a half.] Can you feel the tension? All that nervous excitement waiting to spill on the page? Good. We’re going to harness that energy and focus on developing your characters today. I love sketching characters, and it’s probably my favorite thing …

Planning

Countdown to Camp (five days)

If you don’t know, Camp NaNoWriMo is coming back in April. What’s this elusive camp, you ask? It’s a virtual camp for writers where we’re placed in different virtual cabins – either randomly or by choice – and we work on our writing goals. Camp activities are optional but encouraged. What do you need before …

beginnings, Goals

Look back and moving forward.

As I look back over the past year, there were a lot of changes: a new addition in our family, the death of a beloved pet, moving to a new state, finding the courage to publish, quitting my job in the beginning of the year only to start a job during the final days of …

Anthology, Book Promotion, writing

I managed to do a bookish thing!

Writing has been a big part of my life ever since I could remember, and it has always been a dream of mine to publish something. That dream has been realized! (And it keeps growing.) Three days ago, an anthology known as The Longest Night Watch, an annual anthology that serves as a tribute to …

Goals, NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

July is here, which means it’s a flurry of NaNo activity and writing. Except it hasn’t been for me. The first couple days of July, I went camping to celebrate my oldest son’s birthday. (There’s nothing like hiking a mountain while turning 3 years old!) Now, I’ve been trying to play catch up and plan …

Children's Literature, Goals, Reading

In June. (Alternatively: Summer’s coming; watch out books!)

  Pre-summer is in the air. The sun is out, and people are generally happier. At least they are here in Seattle. Usually this means people put away their books in favor for camping or beach trips or other really fun adventures, but not me. (This unintentionally makes me sound incredibly boring.) It seems like summers …

writing

Revision isn’t just for manuscripts.

If there’s anything I’ve learned about writing it’s remembering to be flexible. Goals that sounded reasonable at 3am are actually ridiculous. The last thing I want is to feel so overwhelmed and discouraged because I can’t keep up. So, the best way that I know how to fix it is just to revise the entire goal …

NaNoWriMo, Uncategorized

Success – NaNo 2015 & beyond

This is the first year I feel like I can honestly say I won NaNoWriMo. It wasn’t just reaching the 50,000 word goal this year; I’ve done that before. For me it was about sticking with a project and holding out for those 50,000 words. I ended up writing a grand total of 81,546 words – …