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”

NaNoWriMo Tip #12: The Regimen

It is necessary for any writer to write on a schedule, writing every day at least a little.  If you are participating in the NaNoWriMo and do not stick to a regimen of writing, you will soon find yourself way behind the goals you have set for yourself. Peter Straub rises every morning, dresses in hisContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #12: The Regimen”

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Wordiness Part 2

It is good practice to write rough drafts without being too wordy as a common exercise so that we can be better writers out of the gate and not have to go back and do so much revision. One of the ways I write when I’m in a hurry and have to get a certainContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Wordiness Part 2”

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Wordiness (Part 1)

  Over the next few posts, I will comment on the problem of wordiness and how to avoid it.   As writers we try to create the most prolific prose imaginable, but then again some of us try way too hard.  Here are some ways to avoid it:   1.  Speak Your Lines – ReadContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Wordiness (Part 1)”

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend

Many writers use autocorrect in order to help with spelling or even grammar, but most times the grammar check will only denote passive voice and sometimes it can completely ruin a piece of writing.  As a sci-fi writer, sometimes the names of my characters give the spell-checker fits. All of us who use iPhones know how auto-correctContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend”

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #6: Bogging Down

Hopefully before attempting the NaNoWriMo you wrote an outline for your novel.  If not, you will soon find yourself bogging down in the plot and not being able to carry on.  Even if you did write an outline, sometimes that is not enough to steer around the muck and mire of the tar pits ofContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #6: Bogging Down”

NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #3: Outlining

There may be many of you who write like Stephen King, who have a general idea where you are going with your novel but have decided to “wing it” every day during the NaNoWriMo, relying on your instincts to get you through this massive project.  If you are able to do this, and be consistentContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #3: Outlining”

NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #1: Compartmentalizing

 Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, and even though I am not participating, I thought I would help out my fellow writers out there who are feverishly typing away to manage their time well. I write 1000 words a day even if I don’t feel like doing so.  It is my daily regimen.  IfContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #1: Compartmentalizing”

A Chip Off the Old Block

Friday was a very special day for me.  It was the day that my oldest daughter informed me that she wanted to write a book. Kaylee is 11 years old and most parents probably would have said something like “Aww.  That’s cute.” or “that’s nice, dear” and then gone on about their business.  No.  IContinue reading “A Chip Off the Old Block”

Common Core vs. NCLB: Damage Done

Across the U.S., the Common Core guidelines are being rolled out for use in classrooms, requiring students to read and write on a level higher than ever expected of them.  Students in the lower grades will benefit from this if the Common Core guidelines are followed throughout her formative and high school years. However, IContinue reading “Common Core vs. NCLB: Damage Done”