New Podcast Up: Word Counts and Trailer Spoilers

On this episode we discuss word counts versus daily writing goals and how we meet personal goals of finishing our writing projects. We share several methods that help us reach our goals as writers and hopefully these will be some good ideas for you to use as well. We then talk about the recent trendContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Word Counts and Trailer Spoilers”

A New Personal Record

This last weekend I worked on my novel marathon style.  Saturday I managed to participate in the annual Norman Holiday Parade, dressing up as a special forces scout trooper and marching with my JediOKC friends.  At 1:00pm, after downing a gluten free lunch at Texadelphia, it was off to the laptop for a non-stop writingContinue reading “A New Personal Record”

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 #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 #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 #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”