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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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NaNoWriMo: Write fast. Outrun your fears.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo: Write fast. Outrun your fears.

Mere hours stand between us and the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Whether you’re about to attempt your first novel or your fifty first, it’s going to be a wild ride of fun and productivity. As soon as the clock ticks over to November 1st, it’s time to start writing like the Flash on 20 Red Bulls. There are a lot of ways to write, from the slow tweaking of the difficult work email to the herky jerky stop and go of writing that research heavy non-fiction piece. But there’s nothing that thrills me like a...

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What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales) | 0 comments

What is Hillary doing for NaNoWriMo 2017?

“What are you doing for NaNoWriMo this year, Hillary?” Is a thing people keep asking me and I keep answering something along the lines of, “Haha, just trying to survive!” And they laugh. But I am not joking. Like, can I get real for a moment? I’m the lone ML for a pretty big region with a packed calendar, I have an infant and a four-year old home with me and my husband is going on a business trip for a whole week of November. Oh, and I am literally writing this right now dancing in place at my kitchen counter...

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September 2017: rocking the boat

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

September 2017: rocking the boat

Here’s what September 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 31,753 words Average Words Per Day 1,058 words Monthly Goal didn’t set one Yearly Goal 477,587 / 500,000 (96%) Things completed: did an abridged version of Pintosmalto aka Arm Candy for a school doing it in competition an abridged version of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Now New and Improved! wrote up a family story (one of many I’ve been meaning to do for ages) Other Works Actively in Progress this Month: All The NaNoWriMo ML stuff The Fourth Orange...

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Growing a writing life

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Growing a writing life

At the start of the summer, the 4 year old and I planted a whole row of sunflower seeds. We tended them with love and the plants were a couple of inches tall … when the guys that do our lawn decided to bathe the entire row in weed killer. (They are very nice people, the lawn guys, but they are not really great at weed vs flower identification. There have been many casualties this summer, despite my best efforts at flower protection.) It was a dark day and I’m still really super bitter about it. BUT, there was one sunflower that...

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August 2017: Takin’ care of writer business

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

August 2017: Takin’ care of writer business

Nothing sums up 2017 like the fact that I’ve started to include the letters I write to my government reps in my word count because of the number of times I’ve had to write them. I’m up to contacting them daily now and everything is complete and total garbage. But anyway… Here’s what August 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 37,279 words Average Words Per Day 1,203 words Monthly Goal didn’t set one Yearly Goal 445,834 / 500,000 (89%) Things completed: my adaptation of Pintosmalto aka Arm...

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Introducing Script Sort, the easiest way to find the play that best fit your needs

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Evergreen | 0 comments

Introducing Script Sort, the easiest way to find the play that best fit your needs

Especially this time of year with schools and community theatres setting up their seasons, planning for the school year ahead or looking for competition friendly pieces, I get a lot of emails from groups who need a recommendation for which play of mine best fits their needs when it comes to casting, length and content. While I’m always happy to help, I thought it’d be nice to give anyone the chance to do this themselves right here on the site without waiting for me to reply. Introducing Script Sort! Sort scripts by genre, cast...

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“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

I covered this already in my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series in another post but this is far and away the most frequently asked question on this series so let’s have another go at it, shall we? “What if someone tries to perform my play without permission?” TD; DR Version: People will try to perform your play without paying no matter how you put it out there but it’s not difficult to stay on top of and make sure you get paid anyway. Long version: I have a bunch of self-published plays and a bunch with legacy play...

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