The Music of Mrs. Andrews

As some of you know, the project I'm working on for Nanowrimo this month is the sequel to OFF THE RAILS, so I'm finding myself revisiting a lot of the music I listened to when I wrote the first book, with the addition of a lot of new songs. The first time around, I listened… Continue reading The Music of Mrs. Andrews


NaNo Better Late than Never?

I decided to forego my annual training camp this year since it was getting a bit redundant, and now I'm kind of regretting it. I realized last week that the outline I wrote out two years ago was nowhere to be found. I remember handwriting at least two different copies and typing one of them, but… Continue reading NaNo Better Late than Never?


Nanowrimo Check In

How is everyone's Nanowrimo going? Getting your words in? Hopelessly behind? Already done? (Insane, I know, but I know people who can finish in two weeks! Yes, I hate them, too.) I'm sitting just about where I want to be, with a couple of extra days in the bag in case I need them later.… Continue reading Nanowrimo Check In


Nanowrimo Survival Kit

In all the years I've been doing Nanowrimo, I don't know how I managed to not make a post about my survival kit. I think I even remember drafting one before, but maybe it got rolled into a previous Boot Camp post, and it's not coming up in my search. Oh, well. Time to start… Continue reading Nanowrimo Survival Kit


Nano Boot Camp: Wrap up

It's October 30. Only one more day until the kick off. There can't possibly be more prep work, right? Wrong! For today and tomorrow, write 1500 words each day. Physically clear off your desk. Put away the junk. Check your stock of pencils, notebooks, and flash drives. Run any necessary maintenance tasks on your computer,… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Wrap up


Nano Boot Camp: Week 7

We're almost there! Just two more weeks to go. Write 1200 words per day--at least 60% needs to be geared toward your nano novel. See last week's post if you need ideas. Write 7 days per week Finish outlining Create your playlist, organize your netflix queue and TBR shelf. Make sure you have the tools… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 7


Nano Boot Camp: Week 3

We've been escalating quickly the last couple of weeks, but now it's time to knuckle down and really get in the habit of getting those words down. Before I started writing professionally, I always felt like 750 words was the hardest hurdle. 750 words per day Write 5x per week Continue with your research. Hopefully… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 3


Nano Boot Camp 2017: Week 2

It's week 2 of our Nanowrimo training program, so we're going to step things up just a little. Write 500 words per day Write 5x per week Last week you decided roughly what your story is going to be about. This week, identify anything you'll need to research for the story. Make a list, and… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp 2017: Week 2

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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


Wait, it’s November?

The last few weeks have gotten away from me. After being sick for over a month (bronchitis, my old friend, I did not miss you), we wrapped up October with a massive remodel--which has now stretched into November. In theory, all work is supposed to be done by the time I get home from work… Continue reading Wait, it’s November?