NaNoWriMo Followup Thought: Book Blurb

  You have spent an entire month writing a novel, and now that you have finished it and are working on the editing phase, it is probably a good time to write a book blurb. A book blurb is that paragraph of text on the back cover of books that tell the prospective reader whatContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Followup Thought: Book Blurb”

NaNoWriMo Tip #28: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

So maybe you’ve finished the NaNoWriMo or maybe you are slaving away at the final pages (and if you are, you need to stop reading this RIGHT NOW and get back to work), but I’m sure that as you peruse the text of your masterpiece you will find some scenes, character dialogue or something elseContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #28: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

NaNoWriMo Tip #27: We’re So Proud of You!

As I peruse the blogs today I find many of the NaNoWriMo writers have completed their goal of 50,000 words ahead of schedule.  This is great news!  If you haven’t quite reached the goal, then keep at it, don’t quit, and take a hammer to that creative genie. I think it’s great that many ofContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #27: We’re So Proud of You!”

NaNoWriMo Tip #26: Don’t Beat Yourself Up

So here we are, and as I’m reading the blogs and testing the waters, I’m finding several blog posts about people giving up hope of ever reaching 50,000 words by Friday.  Many of the posts opine their sorrow of not finishing, feeling like their writing skills are sub-par, lamenting the coveted goal of winning theContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #26: Don’t Beat Yourself Up”

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: A Little Encouragement

Here we are one week from the deadline and many of you are still hammering away on the NaNoWriMo.  For most of you this week will be a mad dash to get finished.  I wish you the best of luck. I also perused the internet to find a little encouragement that might help you pushContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #25: A Little Encouragement”

NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Piecemeal Criticism

When I write, I usually end up invariably creating chapters I did not intend to write when I originally wrote my outline.  Usually, they are on subjects or set in places that I did not originally research or intend to include in the novel. For this, I have the glorious internet to thank.  However, theContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Piecemeal Criticism”

NaNoWriMo Tip #23: The Recorder

For those of you who have nothing to do but write all day long and all night, this blog post is not for you.  I am sure there are many writers out there attempting the NaNoWriMo who have to pigeon hole time during the day so that they might crank out several thousand words andContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #23: The Recorder”

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

Today’s title comes from Dante’s Inferno, the words written upon the gates of hell.  You may be feeling like that right now even if you have planned this NaNoWriMo novel to the teeth.  It happens. If your fingers are still hammering away at the NaNoWriMo (and you haven’t given up), you have come thus farContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here”

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Focus on the Intent

One thing that is very difficult at this stage in the NaNoWriMo project is the daily grind.  Some writers find it difficult to crank out a scene or will bog down in telling the story or moving the action along.  Where to go next, you ask? One thing that I do that helps me toContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Focus on the Intent”

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: The Midway Point

Well, here we are.  The midpoint.  We are now 15 days away from the deadline and many of you should have most of your novel completed if you want to spend some quality time editing and revising. I have a few encouraging words for you today so that you will not quit when you haveContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #15: The Midway Point”