Tag: nanowrimo

NaNo Prep

The making of a NaNo rebel

That’s right. I’ve gone to the dark side of NaNoWriMo. Somewhere between realizing that we have only three days to prepare for NaNo (it’s okay, you can panic) and looking at my bursting-at-the-seams schedule, I decided that taking on a whole novel in one month would be disastrous. Catastrophic, even. I like this story idea. …

NaNo Prep

NaNo Prep Day #5: Characters

Technically at this point, you can be cut loose with your one-sentence summary and barrel into NaNo and the pantsing world. Pantsing, if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, is when an author flies by the seat of their pants instead of relying on a plan or outline. Generally, pantsers do have an idea of their story; it’s …

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NaNo Prep Day #4: Crafting your pitch

If you’ve put away your mind map, take it out again. You’ll need it. This step is less like the traditional elevator pitch–you know, when you’re at a conference and you’re standing in an elevator with a literary agent, and you have twenty seconds (at most) to sell your story to them–and more like a …

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NaNo Prep Day 2: Choosing an idea

If you’re just joining us, this is a mini-series during October to help prepare for NaNoWriMo in November. You can see past posts in the series here and here. One of the most frequent questions I (and authors in general) get is: How do you come up with your ideas? And the truth is, I have …

NaNo Prep

NaNo Prep: What exactly is NaNo?

You might be a seasoned NaNo participant. (Yay! So am I!) But some of you might be confused by all these references to NaNo. I’m here to clear up the confusion. NaNo is short for NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s kind of an international phenomenon at this point, but it …

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NaNoWriMo prep month [and the Florida vacation]

I just got back from a week in Florida. I took the kids, on my own, and flew to Florida to spend a week with family. We stayed at a condo rental right on the beach–and I mean literally right on the beach. It was our front, back, and side yard. When I landed in Florida–I grew …

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 …

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 …

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‘Tis the season…to write 50,000 words.

It’s always around this time of year that I remember I have a blog, and I start posting with some regularity. So, if you don’t know or haven’t heard, NaNoWriMo is coming up soon. [That’s national novel writing month, even though it should be called international novel writing month since it has basically taken over …

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Validation for NaNo, being a writer, and being alive.

I have an informal writing blog on Tumblr. It’s a place to keep snippets of quotes and images that I find inspiring so I can revisit them often. During NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, I update frequently to feel connected to a blogging community. Tonight, I stayed up until midnight to validate my word count on the …