Nano Boot Camp: Week 5

We're more than halfway there, now! Are you feeling the pressure? Write 1,000 words per day Write 6 days per week Begin outlining. Commit either the first two chapters to paper, OR sketch out a rough idea of the overall plot arc for the book. Identify the opening scene, the turning point, the low point,… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 5


Nano Boot Camp: Week 4

It's October now, time to start getting into some advanced-level prep work. Write 750 words per day Write 6 days per week Continue researching. Start working with your characters. Create a cast list, and include a few lines of description for each of your main characters. You may want to print this off so it… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 4


Nano Blog Hop author questions

Recently, I've been participating (or trying to participate) in the Nanowrimo Blog Hop hosted by Raimey Gallant. I was tagged with a few questions by another participant, Kyle Overstreet, and below you can find the questions and their answers.   First off, how do you pronounce your name? Is it like “sign” or is it… Continue reading Nano Blog Hop author questions

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Nano Check In: Week 2

How is everyone holding up? Don't know about you guys, but week two was rough for me. On top of everything else, I wound up scrapping the bulk of my outline and starting fresh. My new outline seems okay--so far--but we'll see how long it lasts. If I'm lucky, it'll make it to the end… Continue reading Nano Check In: Week 2

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Nano Check-in: Week 1

How are you all? If you're in the US, then this past week has probably been particularly rough. I took two days off writing. I just didn't have the heart or the energy. My villain was hitting too close to home. I thought about dropping out of Nanowrimo completely. But after a couple of days,… Continue reading Nano Check-in: Week 1


Nano Check In

How is November treating you? Are you writing like the wind? I've been lucky this year. I have a lot of down time at my day job, and I've been using it to do a good chunk of my writing. So far, I'm making a pretty strong showing. (And now I'm going to go find… Continue reading Nano Check In

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Nano Training Camp: Week 8

Bleh. I hope that you guys are doing better than I am. Lately, I've had tons of ideas, and absolutely no followthrough whatsoever. I think that part of my problem is that I'm just feeling discouraged in general with my writing. I started querying my 2012 Nano novel in May. 40+ letters sent out, and… Continue reading Nano Training Camp: Week 8

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Nano Training: Week 3

What is it with this time of year? It's like kryptonite for computers. Every year around this time, one of our machines goes down. Saturday Missouri woke up to the blue screen of death on her computer, and then it refused to boot. We're currently sharing my laptop, which is apparently having hard drive issues.… Continue reading Nano Training: Week 3

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Prepare yourself.

Warning! As of today, there are 5 weeks and 4 days until November 1! That's 39 days. 1,056 hours. 63,360 minutes to do all of your prep work for NaNoWriMo. Have you done your research? Selected your background noise (related music, tv and movies)? Written your outline? Performed maintenance on your machine? Stocked up on… Continue reading Prepare yourself.

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Anticipation and a Half

If all goes well, I'll be hitting the 50% marker on my Nano draft this afternoon when I get off of work. I thought about forcing myself to write the 4,000 necessary words all in one go last night, but then my Amazon package arrived, including two books that I've been dying to get my… Continue reading Anticipation and a Half