This is a blog about writing from the words you can’t get out to the bits you polish and publish.

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Writer jealousy and book deal envy

Posted by on Nov 6, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Writer jealousy and book deal envy

Comparisons and competition Back in school, what were you told every time you took a test? Eyes on your own paper! And yet, as we test the waters of our writing life, we can’t seem to resist taking a peek at what our neighbor is doing. Your favorite books have been through hundreds of rounds of editing and revision in the hands of professionals. It’s ludicrous to compare them to the first draft you just finished. A writer who’s been at it longer has built up writing experience and honed skills you can’t realistically...

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8 Advantages to Increasing Your Writing Speed

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

8 Advantages to Increasing Your Writing Speed

How fast do you write? Do you know your actual your words per minute? It’s worth figuring out for setting deadlines and planning projects. It’s particularly handy for when you see an opportunity you want to submit to because you can figure out whether you can realistically finish something on time for it or not. If you’re only writing for yourself, then your writing speed doesn’t matter. You can take your time and revel in the words and work at whatever pace is the most comfortable. But if you’ve got your eyes...

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What does Butt in Chair mean?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

What does Butt in Chair mean?

What does Butt in chair mean? A bit of writing advice you’ll see a lot is, “Butt in chair!” But what the heck does that mean? I can do a heck of a lot of things with my butt in a chair that have nothing whatsoever to do with writing! I also do a fair amount of writing without my butt in any kind of chair at all between dictation and my standing desk. The expression Butt in Chair means you have to show up. Spend the time you set aside for writing actually writing and not checking Facebook or taking the perfect #amwriting...

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Make Writing a Priority

Posted by on Nov 3, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Make Writing a Priority

Once you’ve given yourself permission to write, you’ll realize that’s not enough. Because it’s one thing to say, “Yes, I will write!” and another to do it. You’ve already got a whole life crammed into 24 hours a day, and there are zillions of things vying for your attention. Writing has a lot of competition. Prioritize writing If you’re going to add this new element into your life, you must commit to it by making it a priority. Take a minute, and list everything important to you ranked, and...

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“It’s not as good as in my head!”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

“It’s not as good as in my head!”

“It sounds amazing in my head but when I write it down, it’s terrible!” Does this sound familiar? You’ve got this fantastic scene in mind, the whole thing is just RIGHT THERE fully formed in your head, and all you need to do is write it down! You rush to your preferred writing implement, start to write and… things don’t go quite how you pictured. You expected your beautiful gazelle of an idea to leap directly from your imagination. Instead, you’ve got this newborn fawn lurching around the page. The...

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Writer’s block? Can’t start? Skip the beginning!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Writer’s block? Can’t start? Skip the beginning!

It starts somehow Sometimes you sit down, butt in chair, just like you’re supposed it and… you’ve got nothing. Or you’ve got something, but it’s stuck in your head, and you can’t seem to get any of the words down the page. And all the while, the blank page just sits there still so empty, mocking you. Even after years of writing and hundreds of projects started and finished, I still get that same gulping fear when I open a blank page for the first time and start something new, and I want to share a silly little...

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Do you consider yourself a writer?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2019 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Do you consider yourself a writer?

Do you consider yourself a writer? Do you feel comfortable calling yourself one now? One of the most common mental hang-ups I’ve seen in beginning writers is this reluctance to call themselves a writer… “yet.” There’s always some arbitrary benchmark they’ve set up in their head for when they’ll be worthy of the title, something that designates when they are a Real Writer. Often, this benchmark moves as they progress in their career so it’s always just out of their current reach. But, the thing is, all...

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Why start a writing habit?

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Why start a writing habit?

Start a writing habit Why start a writing habit? What’s the advantage of writing regularly rather than just when you feel like it? There are several big reasons. Build up your writing muscles The runner jogs every day to prepare for the big marathon, and daily training and exercise does the same thing for the writer. As with any regular activity, it may be a struggle to keep up at first, but, in time, you’ll be stronger and able to do more than you thought possible. Writing becomes second nature. You don’t think about...

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To the surprise of literally none of you…

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

To the surprise of literally none of you…

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year! NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and it’s a fun and frantic challenge to write at least 50,000 words in the month of November with the aim of completing the first draft of a whole book by the end of the month. If you hit the target, you’ll get fabulous prizes including a winner certificate, a paperback copy of your printed book and, of course, bragging rights. Despite the name, it’s an international event and free for everyone and anyone to participate....

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NaNoWriMo 2019 Bullet Journal Style Word Count Coloring Calendar

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo 2019 Bullet Journal Style Word Count Coloring Calendar

Download Printable PDF You ever see one of those really pretty bullet journal pages and wish you had something like that for tracking your NaNoWriMo progress but have absolutely no artistic ability? I was having that very feeling when I decided to make this cool NaNoWriMo 2019 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 each date is the number of words you...

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