5 Things to Consider Before Writing a NaNoWriMo Outline

The annual National Novel Writing Month (November) is only a few weeks away.  If you haven’t started on your outline for the event, then you’re in luck!  I’ve narrowed down the five most important things you should think about before you start work on it. Overkill – I’m sure you have a germ of aContinue reading “5 Things to Consider Before Writing a NaNoWriMo Outline”

3 Personal Benefits of Writing a Novel

I’ve written four novels now (if you include that terrible teen-becomes-werewolf novel I wrote in high school for a contest but never published) and I suppose that might make me somewhat of an authority to someone who is thinking about sitting down at a computer or legal pad to write a novel. I’m in theContinue reading “3 Personal Benefits of Writing a Novel”

The #NaNoWriMo Checklist

In just two weeks we will be heading into dark territory.  The National Novel Writing Month will be upon us.  How many of you wordsmiths plan on cranking out a novel that month?  Well, you can include me in that mass of lemmings desiring to throw their minds into overdrive to write 50,000 words inContinue reading “The #NaNoWriMo Checklist”

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”