Hillary DePiano

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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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Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Masks, NaNo What Now?, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, The She Bear, Three Padded Walls, Vardiello, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

2016 was a crap sandwich for just about everyone and I’m no exception. It was a crazy stressful year full of unexpected changes and pressures and so much of the future is still uncertain. But while 2016 felt like a big fat fail as I was living it, it actually turned out to be a pretty darn good year for writing, oddly enough. Let’s take a...

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Won NaNoWriMo AND finished your novel? Come over here and let me tell you how much you rock!

Won NaNoWriMo AND finished your novel? Come over here and let me tell you how much you rock!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Evergreen, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from NaNo What Now? Finding your editing process, revising your NaNoWriMo book and building a writing career through publishing and beyond Available now in paperback and eBook. To the writer that finished what you set out to write, You are a rock star! You did everything you set out to do this month. You’ve got a complete first...

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TFW you won NaNoWriMo (yay!) but you haven’t actually finished your book yet (boo!)

TFW you won NaNoWriMo (yay!) but you haven’t actually finished your book yet (boo!)

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Evergreen, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from NaNo What Now? Finding your editing process, revising your NaNoWriMo book and building a writing career through publishing and beyond Available now in paperback and eBook. To the writer that reached their word count target but didn’t finish their story yet, It was such a tremendous high to hit that word count goal, wasn’t...

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If you signed up for NaNoWriMo but didn’t win or reach your writing goal, this pep talk is for you

If you signed up for NaNoWriMo but didn’t win or reach your writing goal, this pep talk is for you

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Evergreen, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from NaNo What Now? Finding your editing process, revising your NaNoWriMo book and building a writing career through publishing and beyond Available now in paperback and eBook. To the writer that finished neither their NaNoWriMo project nor reached the 50,000 words, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo since 2002, and from 2002 until...

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I’m doing a NaNoPrep talk at the Maplewood Library on Monday, October 24th at 7 PM

I’m doing a NaNoPrep talk at the Maplewood Library on Monday, October 24th at 7 PM

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, NaNo What Now?, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

Let’s chat NaNoWriMo! Come hang out with me in person this Monday night at 7 PM at the main branch of the Maplewood Library where I’ll be answering questions and offering tips, tricks and advice on how to get through your first novel and the NaNoWriMo challenge! Ideal for anyone who’s a first timer, curious about the event or has done it...

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