Week One…

Week one of NaNoWriMo is coming to a close and folks, I am not doing well. I mean, mentally and physically I’m fine, but on word count, well, not so much. Or really, hardly at all. I was optimistic. I had plans. But November started and those plans went directly out the window. The kids…

5 Places to Nano – and How to be Kind

Before you start deciding where you want to go to NaNo, you need to consider what you need from the place you’re going to NaNo. For me, I need food and drinks – I prefer the convenience of purchasing something there vs bring something with me, wifi – updating my word count as I go…

Small Victories Friday

I am editing Shenanigans for probably the seventh or eighth ( and hopefully final) time – and I don’t mean seven or eight drafts. I edit in ‘batches’, so I’ll edit two or three ‘drafts’ of the same book each time I edit. Then I need a break from the book. All of this in…

Finding the Silver Lining

One of the things I learned early in my writing journey is to avoid going crazy, to stave off paranoia, you have to find the silver lining. It’s a matter of changing your perspective and digging deeper than the surface. Below you’ll find six of the most helpful things I’ve learned in my decade of…

Starting fresh

New year, new novel, new doc. No new computer though. Last August, I decided I needed a break from Malarkey.    I spent September and October plotting what I was convinced would be my NaNo novel, but it turned out to be too complex – for me – to write for NaNo. I’m sure plenty of…

The Muddles

It’s the muddles of December. December has been gentler to me this year, than in years past. Usually, I spend most of December a puddle of goo which has been drained of both vocabulary and tears by a ruthless November. This year, I finished NaNo two days early. That hasn’t happened for me in years….

Midway…

Tomorrow is the midway point to NaNoWriMo. Halfway through November. Halfway done. 25000 words, in the bag. You’re writing, hopefully, frantically probably, ignoring all the rules of grammar and most of the rules of spelling, in order to get the words out as quickly as possible. Your document is full of the red and blue…

Con Lessons

Every RT I come home with some epiphany. Sometimes it’s a broad sweeping lesson I can apply to my writing in general. Sometimes I realize the conflict in my almost-finished-draft of my WIP is completely jacked and I need to make major revisions to rewrite the first twenty-three chapters. And those twenty-three chapters have taken me nearly…

Up and At ‘Em

I’m a night owl. Most of my accomplishing is done in the wee hours of the night. That stretch of time after the kids have gone to bed and before I succumb to sheer exhaustion. It’s when I do the dishes and rotate the laundry and feed the cat and take dog food out of the…

Fake it ’til you Make it…

Most of the time, I feel like I’m faking it. As a parent, as an adult, as a writer, as a feminist, a liberal – Lord, I am faking it left and right. At what point am I ‘liberal enough’? When am I ‘feminist enough’? How do I know when I’m an actual grown up?…