This is a blog about writing from the words you can’t get out to the bits you polish and publish.

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My Writing Resolutions for 2018 (aka new year, new approach to my writing life)

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

My Writing Resolutions for 2018 (aka new year, new approach to my writing life)

It is time, yet again, to set up some goals for the year ahead and I am posting them on my blog as usual to make it real and help make me feel accountable. So let’s just dive into what I’m striving for this year and why.  Word Count Goal: 350,000 Regular readers right now are looking at that goal and being like… …because 350,000 words for the year is well below my average for the last seven years I’ve been setting a goal. In fact, I’ve only written less than two out of the seven years. So why so low?...

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Project Status Report

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017 in My Writing, Works in Progress | 0 comments

Project Status Report

As part of a larger effort to organize my life and make better use of what little writing time I have these days, I decided to do up a massive Project Status Report of everything I’m working on and where it is now. Couple of things before we start this. I have WAY too many works in progress and unfinished projects. I am well aware of this and trying to remedy the situation. Why it’s gotten this way is a long story but I’m working to break the bad habits and make the best of my erratic writing schedule so I can whittle down the list in the...

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Hillary Writes All the Things 2017: my writing year debriefed

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017 in Goosed, Mummy Witch House, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The King Stag, The Myrtle, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Hillary Writes All the Things 2017: my writing year debriefed

As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look at how my year in writing went. I’m going to try to keep this short. I’ll fail, mind you, but that effort surely counts for something, no? For more details on any of this, you can see my whole writing year month by month here. (Keep in mind that my Writing Year starts in December, ends in November.) Here are the numbers from December 2016-November 2017… Goal for the Year originally 200,000, later upped to 500,000 words Total Words Written 610,622 (122% over final goal, 305% over my...

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November 2017: I’ve got 99 problems and NaNoWriMo is definitely one…

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The King Stag, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 1 comment

November 2017: I’ve got 99 problems and NaNoWriMo is definitely one…

What’s ironic about the fact that this is the latest I’ve ever posted a monthly recap is that I actually wrote most of this post in mid-November and I’m just having such a busy December that I’m only just now having the chance to post it. (Christmas + my kid’s birthday + baby + husband working a whole lot has made for a super hectic month with far too many all nighters and too few moment for my stuff.) But NaNoWriMo 2017 deserves a proper debrief so let’s get down to it. Here’s what November 2017 looked...

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The writing doesn’t have to stop just because NaNoWriMo did

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

The writing doesn’t have to stop just because NaNoWriMo did

There are so many people on my social feeds right now talking about how much they miss writing now that NaNoWriMo is over and I know this is crazy but hear me out… what if you just kept writing? Like, what if you didn’t stop just because we flipped the calendar page? Kept putting words down even though it’s not the special month designated for writing. What if you stopped treating the end of NaNoWriMo as a finish line and instead as a door to the rest of your writing life? You can call it WriLi or NaNoLifeMo or something if...

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The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Love of Three Oranges, The Myrtle | 0 comments

The fantastic premiere production of The Tale of Tales at Rutgers Prep

Since early 2003, you’ve been hearing me talk about my project adapting the Italian fairy tale collection, Giambattista Basile’s The Tale of Tales aka the Pentamerone, into a whole bunch of plays. There are six tales plays from this project finished so (of what I think will eventually be twelve tales total), this fall, I wrote material that connected the tales together into an evening and offered a select group of directors I’d worked with in the past the chance to premiere any combo of them as they liked. While this mix and...

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The last few days of NaNoWriMo: becoming the writer you want to be

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 2 comments

The last few days of NaNoWriMo: becoming the writer you want to be

There is less than a week before we emerge, blinking, into sparkling December. While a handful of you have already finished your novel and are now winding the month down, adding finishing touches and picking out the sweater you’ll wear in your author photo, the rest of us are scrambling, writing down to the wire, still not sure if we’re going to be able to make it. Believe it or not, you CAN still hit 50,000 words at this point, even if you only started writing the minute you finish reading this. The average writer can write 500...

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It’s NaNoWriMo Week Two so take quitting off the table and just keep writing

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

It’s NaNoWriMo Week Two so take quitting off the table and just keep writing

Wrimos, to be on pace, you should be hitting 20,000 words TODAY. If you’re not there yet, do not fret! There’s still plenty of time to hit 50,000 and beyond, you just gotta stick with it! We’re due at the halfway point by Wednesday and then it’s all downhill to the 50k finish line! But it’s probably getting harder, isn’t it? If you’re starting to struggle, you’re not alone. Week Two of NaNoWriMo is infamous because it’s the time when most people give up. Why? Well, there’s a lot of...

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NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 11 comments

NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

I know that some of you out there are as obsessive as me when it comes to trying to figure out how far along you are in National Novel Writing Month so I decided to share my personal calculator. It’s simple but powerful. This calculator will work in Open Office, Microsoft Excel or Google Drive, depending on what you use. But it works best in Google Drive since that is what I set it up in (there are also some handy little charts in the Google version the other versions won’t get). It is very simple to use. All you do is type in...

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October 2017: (figurative) flaming pineapples

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

October 2017: (figurative) flaming pineapples

A theme in these monthly writing status updates is me saying, “I feel like I accomplished nothing this month!” and then posting a really big word count and this month is no exception. And I mention it because I’m starting to suspect this is not just a hang-up that I have but rather something that all creative people struggle with. How do you really measure progress in the creative arts? If you worked on things but didn’t put anything out that you could publish or sell that month, isn’t that still progress? But...

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