Hillary DePiano

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“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

You can always tell when I’m catching up on my inbox when I do a lot of mailbag posts in a row. Relatedly, here’s another one: We met last year during NaNoWriMo (October 2016) in preparation for our arduous month ahead. Thanks for all the great info. I wrote 50K words that month and almost completed my suspense novel. I have perhaps 20 pages to...

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How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Despite the fact that life with a new baby is chaos and we’ve got the multipliers of a preschooler and having just moved to monkey wrench the whole dealie, I feel like I’m doing much better than I did after my first daughter was born. Not just from a mental health and personal juggling standpoint, which is leagues better than it was last time...

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New customizations make Camp NaNoWriMo the most flexible month long writing challenge ever!

New customizations make Camp NaNoWriMo the most flexible month long writing challenge ever!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

Maybe you’ve heard of Camp NaNoWriMo (the smaller, spunky sister event to the big November writing extravaganza) and were underwhelmed by the idea. Or maybe you’ve been meaning to try it out for years but something always seems to come up. Either way, with a host of really cool new features letting you customize your Camp NaNoWriMo experience...

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Want to do your own monthly writing recaps in 2017? Free graphics for you to use!

Want to do your own monthly writing recaps in 2017? Free graphics for you to use!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Regular readers know I do a monthly debrief of how my writing is going and have found it incredibly helpful in auditing my writing work and keeping me on track. I also make a silly little graphic for each month to serve as a title image for easy sharing on social media and beyond. This year, I made all of my monthly graphics using the free site PhotoFunia....

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Manage multiple writing projects & keep your word count on track with this writers yearly goal system

Manage multiple writing projects & keep your word count on track with this writers yearly goal system

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 2 comments

By popular request, I’m reposting this updated for 2017. It’s exactly the same as last year, only the dates are updated in the spreadsheet (I didn’t update the screenshots, so sue me). I do have a slightly different system I’m personally using this year that I’ll share when I get a chance but the basic format is the same so go...

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Setting smaller, specific goals with wiggle room is the secret to good writing resolutions

Setting smaller, specific goals with wiggle room is the secret to good writing resolutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Evergreen, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

It’s a brand new year which means it’s the traditional time of setting new goals and resolutions for the year ahead. For us writers, that can mean setting deadlines or striving for new writing habits in the coming year. I think taking a few minutes to write down concrete goals is a great way to keep you focused on what’s important to you...

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