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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 3: The Mind Dump

If you’re still hanging around waiting for another prep post, dear reader, thank you. Truly. Loyal readers like you keep me going. Life kind of got away from me this past month, and I just bought myself some time to work out the kinks. The life of a starving artist and all that. (Let’s change …

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Camp NaNoWriMo–July 2017 edition

Funny story, though it’s not so funny as it is perplexing, and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this whole day. I worked last night, the 30th of June, and I punched out of work sometime between 3:30am and 4am. As I walked to my car, I told my coworker “Happy July.” She …

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My Writing Process (Or: How I Went from a Pantser to a Plotter to a Plantser)

Over the last few months, several people have come up to me, online of course because I only hang out with my toddlers, and asked me about my writing process. I’d explain a little bit here and there, but I’d never have the time (or energy) to really put the process in words. Again, I’m …