Hillary DePiano

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Q1 2018: Winter Writing Wrap-up

Q1 2018: Winter Writing Wrap-up

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

This year, I decided to start doing my writing debriefs quarterly. Partly because I just don’t have time anymore to take the incoherent screeds from my private writing journal and make them pretty enough to post every month, partly because it better reflects the amount of work I’m doing (ie, this year I’m only doing about as much work in...

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Work / Life Balance or apparently, you can’t just not sleep?

Work / Life Balance or apparently, you can’t just not sleep?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was in a production of Cinderella (as Cinderella, naturally) and it was the first time I was really starting to feel the struggle of balancing everything I want to do between extracurriculars and theatre and social life and academics and everything. There was a senior in the play with me, Dave, who was president of...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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