NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Time Out

If you are in a comfortable place right now in word count with the NaNoWriMo, then by all means take a break.  Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., and if you are a hardcore writer like me then you will want to write today, but fight the urge. Last night I went to my wife’sContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Time Out”

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 #20: Write Blind

This blog is related to the blog post I wrote yesterday.  Often when I write, I write whole chunks of text and then the Inner Critic Faerie pops in and tells me to change what I just wrote because it is unbecoming of my ability.  I have to ignore that sometimes and just write onContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Write Blind”

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Living With the Inner Critic Faerie

The NaNoWriMo competition is a race to the finish.  One thing that will keep you from reaching your goals in only eleven days is the magical internal critic faerie. My current WIP This Broken Earth is being released in three separate installments with a complete text being released in January.  I set deadlines for myself and thenContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Living With the Inner Critic Faerie”

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 #17: Action In the Dialogue

Every year I teach Shakespeare, one student invariably asks the following question:  Why does Shakespeare not write stage directions in his plays?  The answer to this question is always the same: If you will examine his dialogue, you will find that he does. For example, in Hamlet Act 1.1 we have this exchange: BERNARDO: Who’sContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Action In the Dialogue”

NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Free Write

Today’s tip comes from a lyric I heard in the new Soundgarden album King Animal (It has indeed been too long).  The song is entitled Halfway There and the lyric follows: “I woke up with my feet nailed down and my head moving the speed of sound” (Chris Cornell) As a writer, many times IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Free Write”

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”

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Scrivener

  I know that several of you use Scrivener to write long form novels, but did you know that Scrivener can also help you plot out a real time word count goals?   First, if you do not use Scrivener, it is well worth the $49 for the program.  I have been using it forContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Scrivener”

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Be Good to Your Body

I don’t know where you write, whether it be at a desk, on a table or sitting with your laptop on a couch, but more and more studies are being released that prove that sitting for long periods of time can be hazardous to your health.  The Atlantic reports that “people who sat more than 11Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Be Good to Your Body”