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My 2019 New Year’s Write-olutions

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My 2019 New Year’s Write-olutions

I am usually an adjustable person when it comes to change but the new WordPress compose window is such a nightmare, I’m actually going to keep this somewhat short literally just so I don’t have to deal with it for more than I have to. I’ve said before that Setting smaller, specific goals with wiggle room is the secret to good writing resolutions. I’ve also always believed that the best goals are the ones that address a problem you are having otherwise what’s the point of changing what’s working? To that...

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2018 Writing Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

2018 Writing Year in Review

I said going in that it was going to be a hard year because I’d have less writing time than ever before and that turned out to be true in many frustrating ways… BUT it gave me a lot of time to stop and think about how I work and to refine some things and find my groove. That’s why you’ll notice I started getting a lot much more done in the back end of this year than I did in the front, despite not having any more time. Instead of hitting you with a big wall of text, let’s just dive into what this year looked like...

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Q4 Autumn 2018: NaNoWriMo Takeover!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Personally..., Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Q4 Autumn 2018: NaNoWriMo Takeover!

This might be the latest in the month I’ve ever gotten one of these updates out but December was a wild month so let’s get right down to it… September 2018 Total Words Written This Month 41,248 New Words Only23,165 Overall After massive writing months in July and August, September was relatively smaller, in part because we went away for a week that month. Vacations in the past ended up being somewhat productive for me because I used to write when my daughter would sleep but now the big one doesn’t nap and the little...

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Hair of the Dog Post-NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Hair of the Dog Post-NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge

You know what the very best cure for a NaNoWriMo hangover is? Hair of the dog! Just keep on writing! But sometimes that’s not always so easy, especially if you’re feeling a bit burned out and missing all the motivation and fun of the big NaNoWriMo event. My Wrimos were lamenting this very thing and wishing they had just a little bit more of a push to help them get to the end of their novels so I decided, if it’s the structure of the challenge people like, instead of just saying “keep writing,” maybe we could all...

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The end of NaNoWriMo and using the magic of the event before it runs out

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

The end of NaNoWriMo and using the magic of the event before it runs out

My fellow Wrimos, November ends very soon. There are mere days left in NaNoWriMo. Some of you are still typing away, frantically trying to reach your writing goals and I am right there with you, trying to get as many words down between now and then to get there (at this exact moment, I am 21,957 away from my target so it’s going to be a busy week!). In the end, it doesn’t really matter how many words you write, what matters is that every word you get done between now and the end of this month is a triumph and one you did not have...

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In your own way, in your own time (NaNoWriMo pep talk)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

In your own way, in your own time (NaNoWriMo pep talk)

“They are making me feel bad,” my five-year old said, holding back tears. She glared across the playground where half a dozen kids were scrambling up the brand new climbing rope mountain like monkeys. “They’re making it look like it’s easy but it’s NOT easy because I can’t do it!” And I knew exactly how she felt. My first NaNoWriMo, I was struggling to stay on pace with the daily word count, having never written this much in my life before then, and there were people who had already breezed past...

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Bullet Journal Style Word Count Coloring Calendar

Posted by on Nov 3, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo 2018 Bullet Journal Style Word Count Coloring Calendar

You ever see one of those really pretty bullet journal pages and wish you had something like that for tracking progress but have absolutely no artistic ability? I was having that very feeling when I decided to make this cool NaNoWriMo 2018 word count coloring calendar. It’s Frankenstein-ed from several pieces of clip art and a NaNoWriMo word count calendar I made myself and it’s ideal for making a pretty visual chart of your writing progress this month. Printed on square is the number of words you should have by the end of that...

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NaNoWriMo and writing when the world is on fire

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo and writing when the world is on fire

What a month, huh? Trying to think about writing with current events being what they are feels exactly like this GIF. And, at times like this, it’s hard not to wonder what the point even is? When the world is a screaming vortex of bad and even tomorrow doesn’t feel like a guarantee, you start to wonder why are you doing something as frivolous as writing? On those days when it feels like everyone is ambivalent to your whole existence, how can you make yourself believe they would care about what you have to say? No one will ever...

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

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 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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Forget your novel! How to Prep Your LIFE For NaNoWriMo.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

Forget your novel! How to Prep Your LIFE For NaNoWriMo.

How do you prepare for a big undertaking like NaNoWriMo? You can just stumble into your novel-writing journey headfirst drunk buffalo style and hope it all works out. But you’ll have your best shot at success if you do a little preparation before the month begins. But I’m not talking about your novel itself, though your certainly welcome to prep that if your plotter heart desires. What I’m talking about is the kind of prep work even the most devout pantser can get on board with: preparing your life itself for the epic...

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